Ice fishing is an interesting activity, when you perform fishing with live bait or dead bait . Moreover, it is more interesting if you use pike for catching the fresh fish from the small ice hole. It is somehow challenging. Pike, perhaps looks traditional and less effective than general fishing. However, pike will be very useful in fishing during winter. It has some possibilities to get bigger fish.
In order to pike in an ice fishing, you will need to put some other tools within it. You will need suitable spear, tip-ups or kinds of bobber fishing instead of fishing rod. In this case, you do not need to hold the fishing rod. All you need to do is waiting the bait caught by fish. It is simple. You put the bait under the tip-ups, then, you place the tip-ups onto the ice hole. You can wait for the catch on a shanty. Once the tip-ups catch a fish, it usually gives a signal of moving flag.
You can put your spear and jabbed the pike down into the hole to attack the fish. The perfect piking must pierce the fish body. Unfortunately, fish sometimes perform a sudden quick dodge. Therefore, you should ensure that the fish properly catch the bait and put the hook inside its mouth.
Talking about the bait, you can use live or dead bait. All of the baits have its characteristic for delivering the fishing result. They have their own pros and cons. However, both are effective for ice fishing if you understand the characteristic and kinds of fish you possibly catch on that area.
A decoy here means live bait. You can use small fish to attract the attention of bigger fish in the water. Using worm is also possible. Yet, since it is ice fishing, worm bait will stay less long to live inside cold water than a small fish. Therefore, many professional fishers usually use native small fish that can survive in the cold water as the live bait choice.
A dead bait means you perform fishing using dead small fish or elastic fishing lure. The positive thing of using this bait is having no worries that the bait will stay alive inside the water. However, using the live bait would benefit to create some natural moves which mostly more attractive. Therefore, you add flavorings and colors to the dead bait to make it more attractive. So, the dead bait still looks interesting for the fish inside the icy water. Keep in mind that you should choose the elastic lure to ensure the tail part moves like a live one cause of the water tension.
Tip-Ups for Live or Dead Bait
Using a tip-ups is a popular tool of ice fishing in Michigan. It has some types for different length, material, and its price range. All of them work well. However, it is a wise choice to know what is the most-used tip-ups in certain fishing are.
Tip-ups usually made from wood, metal, or even plastic. It holds the spinning reel between the two holders which placed onto the ice fishing hole. It has a small flag which shows the signal when your bait have caught a fish.
The method for using tip-ups is effective way for fishing inside the icy water than just using the fishing rod. It makes you more relax without in need of holding the rod all the time. The tips for using tip-ups are many. However, the most useful tips is keep relax when the flag is moving. Perhaps, there is a fish already caught the bait. However, it doesn’t guarantee that the fish position is stable. It means, if you pike the fish in a wrong timing, the fish mostly dodge the spear. Therefore, once the flag moves, pay attention about what happen inside the water. Please ensure that the bait successfully goes inside the fish mouth. In this case, if the fish tries to dodge, they will not able to make significant move from its place. Of course, it adds the possibilities for you to pike the fish body successfully