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Tips for Winter Fishing

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By Roper Outdoors - Posted on 11 December 2011

It’s that time of the year when most people put up the poles and stay in to watch the football games and make lures. But just because it’s 40 degrees and below outside doesn’t mean the fish have stopped biting. Most people get cabin fever because they want to. Now, for the people that live up north who lakes freeze over, then I understand. Personally ice fishing is not my cup of Joe. Even though the weather outside is frightful, there are things you can do to make your winter fishing trip delightful.

1) Hand Warmers – Hand warmers are the number one things on our list when it comes to winter fishing. They can be purchased at you local hardware stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, Walmart and more. They are very inexpensive and work for 6-8 hours.

2) Dress in Layers – Put on several light layers so if it warms up or the sun is shining bright you can take off a layer with out getting cold. Most of the time people put on 3 layers or more of thick clothing and start sweating. When they remove one layer they begin to get cold as if they didn't have on any layers.

3) A Spare of Dry Clothes – I know a lot of guys that put out cover and drive stake beds during this time of the year. Just in case something goes wrong and you go overboard or get splashed bring a spare of dry clothes. Hyperthermia is no JOKE!

4) Wear Black Clothing – Black fabrics absorb light rather than reflect it. If the sun is shining the day you go fishing and you have on black clothing, you will be a lot warmer. This happens because the fabric absorbs the light that then turns into heat.

5) Keep Head, Neck, Hand, Ears and Feet Warm – Your extremities release the most heat from your body. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have gloves, beanies, thick wool socks and other things that help keep them warm.

6) Adjust your mindset – If you believe and think “Man I’m going to freeze half to death” then you are. Go fishing with a positive attitude and not just in the winter but every time you go.

7) Eat & Drink – Now, I’m not talking about eating pretzels and drinking alcohol! Your body needs water to keep the blood pumping. People don’t think of this but you still can get dehydrated in the winter. It’s been said that people get dehydrated in the winter with out knowing it. A hungry and malnourished body will get colder quicker than a body that had something to eat and drink.

I hope some of these tips will help you on your next fishing trip. Remember it’s our duty to Keep The Great Outdoors Great.

Article by: Jarad Roper - Owner of Roper Outdoors, LLC


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