It’s thrilling when you go ice fishing in winter. But what do you do with all those gear in the summer?
You feel like using your ice fishing rod for summer fishing too, don’t you? But wait!
Can you use an ice fishing rod during the summer?
Read more to find out!
Is it Okay to Use an Ice Fishing Rod in the Summer?
You might be tempted to use your ice fishing rod on the open waters in summer. But ice fishing rods are shorter in length and lighter in weight than regular fishing rods.
Their shorter lengths make them less ideal for casting over open water. Ice fishing rods may not manage friskier warm water fish. They lack the weight needed for casting or fighting more energetic fish.
What happens when you use your ice fishing rod in the summer? Nothing much! It’s not a crime to do so but you might face some difficulties.
You need to remember that ice fishing rods are not designed to cast away your bait into the waters. Rather they are meant for vertical ice jiggling. You can’t throw your rod into the water with an angle as you do for regular fishing.
Using an ice fishing rod in the open waters during the summer can be done if you want to teach your kids to fish. The small size of the rod can be easy for kids to handle and you can give them the fun of fishing.
But remember the weight of a big fish on grabbing the bait can not be taken easily by a small ice fishing rod in normal open water. So you might have to be careful not to lose your rod into the waters.
So you can use an ice fishing rod in the open waters during the summer but it’s not advisable to do so. Get separate rods for summer fishing and ice fishing. It’s generally not advisable to swap them.