Get Up for Ice Fishing Season

Get the most out of your ice fishing trips with the right equipment.

Love fishing? Then why limit yourself to just the warm months of the year? Even in the coldest weeks of winter, as far from the open waters of summer as possible, fishermen can still get their fix with ice fishing—with a few crucial pieces of equipment.


Just because you want to do some ice fishing doesn’t mean you should have to endure harsh winter weather. That’s where a shelter comes in. With portable, permanent and semi-permanent options, there’s surely a great option available. Many even come with a sled-shaped bottom, perfect for pulling or towing out to your favorite spot.


Once your shelter is set up, the next step is to drill through the ice with the help of a handy ice auger. Essentially a large drill with metal blades on the end, it goes through the ice like a hot knife through butter. And with electric, gas-powered and manual options, you’ll have a line in the water in no time flat.


Along with bundling up in the warmest boots, pants and parkas you can find, buying a heater might be a good idea to stay comfortable in your shelter while ice fishing. With the use of propane, these heaters are perfectly portable and can make your shelter as warm as the summers you’re used to fishing in. Just be sure to read the label and ensure that the model you choose can be used in an enclosed area.

Rod and Reel

If you haven’t tried ice fishing before, you might notice that the rod and reel combos are quite a bit shorter than you’re used to. This is because there’s no need to cast; you simply drop your line into the water. The materials of the equipment, though, are mostly the same as your full-size combo. And with super lightweight and sensitive tips, you’ll see and feel when that lunker latches on.


Want to increase your odds of catching fish, but only want to manage one line? One of the most popular devices used to assist ice fishermen is the tip-up. A small device, the tip-up goes over the hole in the ice, and a baited line from it drops down into the water. Once set, and once a fish takes the bait, the tip-up springs into action, setting the hook automatically and raising a flag (literally!) to show the fisherman it’s been set.

Dunham’s Sports has what you need to try your hand at ice fishing this winter.

-Hook, Line & Sinker

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Peter’s Principles on Resistance Training

[Written by Peter Nielsen].

While nutrition is paramount in achieving an ideal body composition, exercise is every bit as important in helping you reach and maintain your goals. When designing an exercise program, there are three components that need to be addressed: cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and stretching. No fitness program is complete without all of these vital parts.

In this edition of Let’s Get Physical, Get in the Game looks at anaerobic, weight or resistance training.

Resistance Training

Muscle is the thermostat that controls your metabolism. The more lean tissue you have, the more calories you burn in a day. The best way to build muscle is through regular resistance training. This can include free weights, machines, elastic tubing or even manual resistance. Because they are fairly inexpensive, readily available and easy to use, we chose to demonstrate with free weights such as dumbbells.

The Routine

Try to do two to three sets of 10-15 repetitions (reps) per exercise for the upper body and two to three sets of 15-20 repetitions for the lower body. For larger muscle groups like the chest, back and legs you should do two to three different exercises per workout. For smaller muscle groups like the shoulders, biceps and triceps you can do one to two exercises per workout.

Achieving Success

Don’t be afraid to increase the weight you are using. Once you can perform all of the reps in a given set with good form, raise the weight. However, don’t increase the number of repetitions beyond what is listed in our examples shown here. This will increase endurance, but not help in building lean muscle tissue and boosting metabolism. Don’t worry; you won’t build big muscles just by lifting heavier weights.

One word of caution—if you are just starting out, make sure not to overdo it! Remember, the key to any new workout program is to start off easy, and in no time, you will see fabulous results.


Incline Dumbbell Press

Using a bench, set to a 45 degree angle, lay down so your head and back are supported. Grasp the dumbbells so they are slightly wider than shoulder width . Your upper arm should be almost perpendicular to your body. Extend the arms and press the weights straight towards the ceiling. Stop just short of locking your elbows. Lower the weights at a controlled pace and repeat for 10-15 repetitions. This exercise is great for the upper part of the chest, the triceps and the front of the shoulder. For variety, you can set the bench to a flat position.

3 Sets; 10-15 Reps


Arm Dumbbell Rows

Position yourself so your left knee and left hand are on the bench. Holding a dumbbell in your right hand with your right foot on the floor to keep you stable, position yourself so your shoulders are back and squared to the floor. Lower the weight towards the floor while keeping your shoulder square. Raise the weight back to the starting position while squeezing the shoulder blades together. Switch to the right hand and knee on the bench to work the left side. This is great for the upper back, rear shoulders and biceps.

3 Sets; 10-15 Reps


Laying Dumbbell Extensions

Stand with your left foot forward and your right foot back. Bend forward at the waist and rest your left hand on your left knee. Hold a dumbbell in your right hand and raise your elbow so your upper arm is close to parallel to the floor. Extend your lower arm so the weight rises towards the ceiling. Do 10-15 reps and repeat on the left side. This works the triceps.

2 Sets; 10-15 Reps


Dumbbell Preacher Curls

Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms by your side. Bend at the elbow and bring your hand up towards your chest. Lower slowly and repeat 10-15 reps per side. This works the biceps.

2 Sets; 10-15 Reps


Side Laterals Shoulders

Stand with knees slightly bent, dumbbells hanging at your sides. Bring dumbbells up to shoulder height, no higher or you can pinch a nerve. Blow out on exertion on the way up; this is the hardest part of the exercise. Then slowly bring them back to starting position at sides. Do this 10 reps, for 2 sets. This will tone and strengthen your delts and shoulders.

2 Sets; 10-15 Reps


Lunges – Legs

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and dumbbells in your hands. Step forward with your right leg and bend at the knee until the upper leg is parallel to the floor. The knee should form a 90 degree angle. Return to the starting position and repeat with the opposite leg. This works the quadriceps, hamstrings and glutes.

3 Sets; 15-20 Reps

Exercise is a physical activity that has potential physical risk. Peter Nielsen, his staff, Get In The Game magazine and all their affiliates are not responsible for an injury that could occur from exercise.

NOTE: Before starting any exercise program, you should first consult with your doctor. Peter Nielsen is providing exercise, nutritional, motivational and educational materials to help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is a physical activity that has potential physical risk. Peter Nielsen, his staff, Get In The Game magazine and all their affiliates are not responsible for an injury that could occur from exercise.

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