The hard water is back in this part of the country. That means one thing for the fisherman who have had to keep their lines dry in between the seasons. It’s time for ice fishing. Over the past few decades, ice fishing has grown faster than any other outdoor sport. This is because of the outstanding innovations that are coming about every year from ice fishing enthusiasts. One aspect of ice fishing that has greatly changed the game is the use of ATVs to get you and all of your equipment to where the fish are. The schools of fish are constantly moving and when you move with them, you can greatly improve your odds of filling your buckets. With some customization, you can have an ice fishing rig that will allow you to go farther and carry all of the gear that you need.
Ice Auger Mount
Hauling your ice auger on an ATV can be a pain if you do not have the right mounting. It can be a difficult task if you just try to strap it down to your rack, because it is so long. When the auger is not strapped down properly, it could bounce around and damage the auger blades. With an ice auger mount on your ATV, your auger will be held in place securely. Since the auger is held up in the air, you can even strap other ice fishing equipment underneath it so there is no loss of space. The Kolpin Ice Auger Carrier is a great option for this because the mount is fully adjustable and will hold an auger up to 10 in.
Rear Drop Rack
A drop rack on the back of your ATV is perfect to keep your gear in place as you traverse across the lake. The stock racks on most ATV’s do not have the sidewalls to keep the gear where it is without the use of some genius strapping. The Moose mesh rear drop rack is built perfectly for today’s ice fisherman. The drop portion of the rack has enough space to fit three 5-gallon buckets. It is also a perfect place to store your flasher or underwater camera. With the flasher in between two buckets, everything will stay in place and if you want it to be even more secure, a simple bungee can hold it tight. This rack also has a tailgate so unloading your heavy buckets is much easier.
That’s right, more bucket storage. As ice fisherman, we know the value of having all of your buckets with you, whether it’s for your catch, rods, as a seat or more. A quick release bucket holder is easily mounted and can make hauling that extra bucket very simple. So the next time your buddy is tagging along, he will have a place for his bucket as well. There is no more need to stack buckets, which can lead to that frustrating moment of them getting stuck together and your cold fingers cannot pry them apart.
Of course, all the extra cargo won’t do you any good if you can’t go anywhere. ATV’s aren’t specifically designed to get traction in snow and on ice, so a little help might be necessary. With good tire chains, you will gain that much needed traction to get you to the honey holes across the lake. ATV tire chains are an easy way to get traction. You could add studs to your tires, but those are more permanent and take a long time to install them. Tire chains can be installed and removed in a matter of minutes.