“Ice King” Presentation Tactics

   01.09.17

“Ice King” Presentation Tactics

Ice fishing impresario Brian “Bro” Brosdahl is a dedicated light-line jig fisherman.

He believes the lighter the line the better the jig action, and that means more fish. Most often Brian uses 3-pound test fluorocarbon or monofilament. Never braid, which freezes when wet.

Sometimes in ultra-clear, shallow water he’ll use 2-pound test line, but that requires special care, as ice can cut it, and fish must be grabbed, never pulled out of a hole by the line.

images-8

When fishing coontail or cabbage weeds he’ll employ 4 or 5 pound test line to avoid cut offs in vegetation.

Brian says that when a lure spins, or turns, it’s less effective at duping fish under the ice. By keeping a lure constantly moving, it is less likely to spin and is more appealing to cold-water fish. Fly reel style mini-ice reels also are effective at reducing lure spin.

images-7

“Always keep an ice rod tip moving, just kind of a nervous shake or tiny lift that makes a lure wiggle and hop,” he explains. “A slow flutter often is best, but sometimes when fish are aggressive you have to jig it much more to draw strikes.”

 

Avatar Author ID 63 - 612029855

Bob McNally is currently a writer for AllOutdoor who has chosen not to write a short bio at this time.

Read More