ICE FISHING SLED
An ice fishing sled is an extremely valuable tool. It is used by anglers to haul their gear to their favorite ice fishing locations. Ice fishing sleds are even more
important if you are bringing heavy equipment such as a gas powered auger or your shelter to your ice hole.
While there is typically not a lot of ice fishing equipment and ice fishing tackle involved in ice fishing, it is still challenging to try to carry all the ice fishing
equipment and ice fishing supplies onto the lake in just one trip, even with a backpack and ice fishing tackle box. The answer is likely in the form of ice fishing
sleds that are designed to allow you to pull all your ice fishing supplies and ice fishing equipment in one easy trip from the vehicle to the lake.
There are a variety of options available for ice fishing sleds and depending on the needs that you have, the various features of ice fishing sleds will be more or less
important. When considering ice fishing sleds, it is important to consider overall size, storage area within the ice fishing sleds as well as how much ice fishing
supplies and ice fishing equipment will need to be moved on the ice fishing sleds.
There are several ice fishing sled options for people that have lots of ice fishing supplies and ice fishing equipment to move as well as those who just need an easy
way to carry their ice auger and smaller amounts of ice fishing supplies and ice fishing equipment. There are even soft bottom ice fishing sleds that roll up into
easy-to-carry cylindrical cases that can easily be stored in the back seat or trunk of a small car.
Some ice fishing sleds may be customized to have built-in storage compartments, either flexible or soft sided bins and containers or solid, heavier storage bins. The
more flexible soft sided bins may allow additional storage of odd shaped ice fishing equipment.
In addition, ice fishing sleds should be large enough to allow the bigger pieces of equipment such as the ice auger or ice fishing tent or ice fishing shelter. Ice
fishing tackle boxes, ice fishing bait boxes and even camping stoves can easily be stored on ice fishing sleds for easy transport out onto the ice.
Ice fishing sleds may be flat bottomed, using the whole surface area of the sled in contact with the ice, or ice fishing sleds may be more traditional runner type
sleds. Basically most choices when it comes to choosing an ice fishing sled has to do with the personal preferences of the angler.
ICE FISHING SLED CONSTRUCTION
Ice fishing sleds are generally made of heavy gauge plastic or wood and are light in weight. Even though they are light weight they should also be strong enough to
resist any rocks or shards of ice that you might drag it over. They should be deep enough to prevent your stuff from falling out of the side if you are trekking in
hilly terrain. They should also be big enough to carry everything that you are going to need. This is because ice fishermen tend to have to bring a lot of gear with
them like an auger, buckets, heaters and sometimes even their whole shelter.
If you are planning on attaching your sled to an ATV or snowmobile then be sure to buy or build one with two holes in the front two corners so you can tie a rope from
the sled to your source of transportation. An ice fishing sled is something that you are going to want to load into the back of a truck so if you are planning on
building your own then I suggest that you don’t make it out of heavy materials like steel, you are not going to want to break your back hauling it around.
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
Keeping the bottom of ice fishing sleds or the runners free from scratches and damage, keeping wax on the runners as required as well as keeping snow and moisture off
the runners and ice fishing sled bottom will all help in keeping ice fishing sleds in the best possible condition for years of service.
ICE FISHING SLED PRICING
By knowing what ice fishing supplies and ice fishing equipment you wish to transport, as well as considering how you can move the ice fishing sled itself in your
vehicle, you will be able to choose the right ice fishing sled model to match your needs and requirements. Ice fishing sleds generally range in price from fifty to
several hundred dollars. You can also buy optional accessories with it such as hitches for about forty and covers for under twenty dollars. There are numerous sporting
goods stores and even more online stores where you can purchase one. I would recommend an otter ice fishing sled, which is an extremely popular brand.
MORE THAN JUST ICE FISHING SLEDS
Your ice sled can have more than one use. You can use it during hunting season to carry your hunting gear, like rifles and decoys and portable blinds into the bush.
You could also use it to carry out a deer or whatever else you have got on your trip into the wilderness. You could also use it for general yard work such as hauling
dirt or plants or whatever you can think of.
So whatever you are going to use your ice fishing sled for, just know that it can be a helpful tool for all aspects of your life, not just angling on the ice.