An ice safety Spud Bar is the piece of equipment that will help save you from ever falling through the ice – think of it as the 'minesweeper' for finding thin/bad ice.
A Spud Bar is simply that – it is a big heavy bar with a spike/sharp edge on the end of it. To use one of these it is very simple. Basically, you will use the Spud Bar as a walking stick – hacking at the ice with each couple of steps you take. Listen very closely for cracks/crunches in the ice, and closely look for signs (such as pressure cracks, water, heavy amounts of snow or complete lack of snow), and be sure to check those areas thoroughly with your Safety Spud Bar. If your Spud bar goes through the ice on one or two swings – that area is off limits!
Ice fishing can be a very fun activity, and is much safer than most winter activities as long as you do take the time to ensure that you have the proper safety equipment and follow safety precautions! In addition to the equipment listed above, I always recommend wearing a life jacket or a full body flotation device (if you have the funds/access to one) - at a bare minimum it will act as another insulator to keep you warm while on the ice.
I hope everyone has a SAFE and FUN ice fishing season! If any of our readers have any questions on ice fishing or ice fishing safety, please don't hesitate to pop-by the shop or give us a shout – we'd be more than happy to help.
Stay safe, and tight lines!
| Jan 18th 2018 | Tags :