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Ice fishing tips for the 2018 season!

Hi fellow anglers, fishing enthusiast’s and AMFiHers! 

We are well into the 2018 ice fishing season and I have been working on this ice fishing tip post for the last week, as I have always felt it was important to pass along some fishing tips as well as touch on the importance of safety.

Ice fishing
 This is a short blog post of various tips that will not only keep you all safe on the ice but will help you have more successful ice fishing days, as well as more comfortable days on the hard water.
1) Safety must always be first.  Take every step possible to keep yourself, loved ones and friends safe out there.

2) Always let people know where you are heading out to, when you are leaving and when you are planning to return.  Make sure your cell phones and GPS units are fully charged and ready when needed.

3) Pack a day bag with extra gloves/mitts, toque, wool socks, first aid kit, safety gear, thermos filled with hot soup or a hot drink, lots of easy snacks like assorted nuts, granola bars, protein bars, instant cup of soup, beef jerky and some Gatorade or Powerade.  This bag may be needed one day to help yourself or fellow anglers.

Ice fishing catching pike

4) Report any major lake or hut concerns, ie. large cracks, unsafe holes in the ice, unsafe conditions in a ice fishing hut, anything out of the ordinary that catches your eye. 

5) Have eyes open for unsafe fishing holes that can easily be marked for notifying other anglers, by placing a branch in the hole so it can be seen when people are walking around.

6) Be a respectful and courteous angler by not dumping any remaining live bait down the ice holes. Return it or give it to a fellow angler with a smile!

Ice fishing season
7) Dress in various layers, with a solid base layer that is not cotton but more of a merino wool or dry fit moisture wick technology.  A proper base layer is key to staying warm.
8) Be prepared for not catching fish some days, it happens in the spring and summer months and can happen during ice fishing season. Use the time to practice, try out new baits and even to socialize with fellow anglers.
9) Make sure you have a variety of ice fishing baits, jigging spoons, jig heads, jigging crankbaits, all in various sizes and colors. Having a variety of baits including live bait and various sizes of live bait, can really make a big difference on the success you have.

Ice fishing match the hatch with baits

10) Having different sizes of minnows can keep you on the bite longer when fish change preference in the size of bait they want that day.
11) Respect nature and the outdoors that we all have the pleasure to enjoy by not leaving your garbage in rented huts or around your fishing holes, take it with you and dispose of it properly.

12) Lend a helping hand to any fellow anglers struggling to catch fish or just to share a few tips during an enjoyable chat on your outings.  Socializing with fellow anglers allows us all to grow our knowledge, create some memories and most importantly having some fun!

13) Make the time to check weather and lake conditions regularly as temperatures do fluctuate quite frequently throughout the season, so picking the safest ice condition and driving conditions is critical.

14) When possible head out with one or two friends, the more people around the safer the day will feel.

Stay safe everyone…The AMFisH guy…

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This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog – How to sharpen hooks on various styles of baits – fishing.

Hi fellow AMFisHers! This weeks AMFisH fishing vlog is a very thorough video about how to sharpen the hooks on various styles of baits.

I have always said that no matter how sharp we think the bait hooks are we can always make them even sharper! These days right out of the package, baits come with some really sharp hooks, but using a hook file to make the points sticky sharp is the key to many fish being landed due to an amazing hook up ratio!

A hook file like the one I use in this video does not cost much at all, between $4 and $6 at most fishing stores. These files will last a long time and do a great job at getting extremely sharp hook points, so by far this is the #1 tool to use for this.

I shot this video that I had on my list of vlogs, as I have been asked many times how often to sharpen hooks and what to use, so that is the reason why I go over everything in this video in such depth so it is as clear as possible for everyone out there still learning.

Key thing before sharpening any bait hook is to observe the hook itself, making sure that you see how the hook shape is to prevent any damages to it. Most hooks are round so they are quite easy to sharpen by running the file along each side about 3 to 5 times or as needed to reach the optimum sharpness and hook point. I also include a few level off pushes with the file across the top center portion of the hook.

When sharpening any hook you will also want to push the file towards the point of the hook as this seems to be the easiest way to prevent hook point damage that can be caused doing it in the other direction. Following how the hook is structured is by far the most critical component to a sharp hook, as you do not want to change any portions of the hook design by running the file along areas it should not be grinding.

The term I used above about getting to really sharp hooks that are sticky, basically means that when you run a hook across the surface of your hand the point should stick along the way. This is what the term sticky hooks means, a hook that is so sharp it has stick points along the area it is being dragged on.

Sticky hooks means easier fast penetration into the fish, resulting in more fish staying hook on your line! It does not take long to sharpen bait hooks so time should be dedicated to examining them and sharpening them several times per day, especially if you bait has been in contact with the lake bottom or structure. If you have also lost fish that have come free that can be a sign that your hooks are in need of a good few second sharpening.

When it comes to the barb on the hook I rarely do much sharpening on it, as it is usually very small on most hook and you don’t want to file it right down, but can if you are fishing in barbless hook lakes. On larger bait hooks you can touch up the barb slightly with a couple of pushes of the file, as the material on that larger barb will be significantly more and allows for some filing.

I got myself a few of these hook files and always make sure I have one in my pocket where it is very handy and I can touch hooks up quickly. If you do not have it easily accessible you will probably not focus on sharpening and that can potentially cost you a fish of a lifetime, so make sure to sharpen those hooks on every outing.

If you are like myself where you have all the baits you are going to use on an outing ready on a work space, it’s good practice to sharpen all those baits at once before you start your outing, as they will be ready to go the second you need them.  When you are switching out baits is also a good time to sharpen those hooks so the bait is once again ready to be used quickly should you decided to use it again that day.

Sharpening hooks take almost no time at all so it should be put on the priority list for every outing. Grab yourself a few hook files and put the time into creating those sticky hooks, trust me they will serve you well!

Hope you found this video and post helpful.

The AMFisH guy…

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