Ice fishing

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**1. Ice Fishing Equipment and Techniques:**
– Ice saws, augers, and chisels for cutting holes
– Skimmers for removing ice and slush
– Fishing methods like rods, tip-ups, and spear fishing
– Modern tools like flashers and underwater cameras
– Use of sonar units for locating fish
– Maps and GPS for pinpointing fishing spots

**2. Ice Fishing Shelters and Strategies:**
– Types of shelters (portable and permanent)
– Amenities in shelters like satellite TV and bathrooms
– Social aspect of ice fishing in North America
– Creating a city-like atmosphere with portable houses
– Sonar for determining water depth and fish presence
– Comfort provided by fish houses and modern fishing equipment

**3. Ice Fishing Safety Measures:**
– Regularly checking ice thickness
– Safety precautions for venturing onto ice
– Impact of weather conditions on ice safety
– Importance of proper clothing and gear
– Awareness of local regulations and guidelines

**4. Ice Thickness and Hazards:**
– Characteristics of good ice and recommended thickness
– Hazards of thin ice in swift currents and over underwater springs
– Risks associated with offshore winds and late-winter warm spells
– Dangers posed by unpredictable ice on rivers and lakes
– Use of self-rescue devices like ice picks by anglers

**5. Ice Fishing Contests and Statistics:**
– Prizes offered in ice fishing contests
– Significance of large contests in North America and Canada
– Examples of major ice fishing contests like the Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza and Lake Simcoe contest in Canada
– Popular ice fishing festival in South Korea
– Statistics on ice fishing fatalities in the USA and Canada

Ice fishing (Wikipedia)

Ice fishing is the practice of catching fish with lines and fish hooks or spears through an opening in the ice on a frozen body of water. Ice fishers may fish in the open or in heated enclosures, some with bunks and amenities.

An ice fisher cuts a hole into the ice with an ice saw. An ice auger and snow shovel are visible in the foreground.
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