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Catching more and bigger fish through the ice requires exertion by the angler. Drilling a multitude of holes in a premeditated pattern is beneficial for the angler. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

Winter angling is no walk on the ice

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It's difficult to make a sweeping statement, but by most accounts, it's officially ice time.

Be prepared, ice fishing itself is hard work. On open water, our boats are constantly moving. Even if anchored, the boat moves a few feet via wind and waves. More commonly, we utilize the trolling motor, kicker engine or main outboard to move. Yet on the ice, we're forced to pick out our target areas hole by hole, inches in diameter, at a crack.


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