|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: Getting started in the sport of ice fishing is pretty basic, as all that is needed is mostly good common sense and a desire to break the winter blues for a few hours in the outdoors. Ice fishing is a dual-edged sword in many aspects, as it can be a great deal of fun if approached properly or can be an absolute nightmare for those who approach the endeavor with a careless attitude. The main focus of getting started with ice fishing should be directed at personal comfort and safety, as it can be a very dangerous activity if these aspects of the sport are not tended to properly.
Step 1: To get started with ice fishing an individual should make certain that they are prepared for the activity and the extreme weather conditions by dressing properly, in waterproof clothing that is insulated and can be worn in layers. An extra pair of warm socks and gloves should always be taken along when ice fishing simply because these can get wet and make the trip dangerously uncomfortable. Whenever possible, the use of an ice fishing shed should be utilized, as even without any type of heat these can help a fisherman to retain body heat by blocking cold winds.
Step 3: In the same fashion, it is especially dangerous to ice fish on ice that has thawed and frozen several times in recent weeks, as this can make what appears to be strong ice structurally unsafe. A person that is new to ice fishing should always go fishing with at least one partner, and should carry a cell phone and let someone know the trip's itinerary before leaving home.