On Saturday, February 15th, NPAA Members and Learn 2 Fish With Us Angler Educators Greg #138 & Karen Karch #121 attended the Wakefield Fire Department Ice Fishing Tournament and educated youth and adults to the great sport of ice fishing. Attendee’s learned about safety while ice fishing, which included; what is safe ice, dressing warm, ice picks and cleats, along with having rope if you or some else falls through the ice. They also learned about the different ice fishing combos Captain Greg uses and why. Greg then reviewed the different ice fishing jigs and lures he uses along with what fish you might catch with it. Youth and adults all gasped when Greg showed them the different colors and types of jigs he used!! They asked, “why so many different colors and sizes?” Greg answered, ‘’you never know what the fish will want and that I have accumulated many jigs over the forty years of ice fishing”. The attendees were exposed to the different bait used while ice fishing along with how to hook the bait. Greg reviewed how to use a tip-up and some tips he had when using a tip-up. So many more skills were learned; such as fish identification, how to tie a Clinch and Palomar Knot, using a flasher and Aquatic Invasive Species.
After the seminar the youth and adults had a chance to spend time with Karen & Captain Greg on the ice in the Clam X600 hub. While ice fishing they used a flasher and underwater camera. Captain Greg said, ‘It is so important to get our fishing clinic attendee’s out on the ice to see how to use the equipment and skills just learned during the seminar.” Learn 2 Fish With Us held seminars at 10 AM and 1 PM and were on the ice all day. Thanks to National Professional Angers Association each youth went home with a NPAA Future Pro shirts and thanks to Shakespeare, some youth went home with a Shakespeare ice fishing combo.
Greg would like thank his and Learn 2 Fish With Us sponsor’s which include: Badger Sportsman, National Professional Anglers Association, Shakespeare, Mercury Marine, Triton Boats, The Boat Doc, Lake Poygan Sportsmans Club, Battle On Bago, Berkley, Dave’s Musky Club, Off Shore Tackle Company, Northland Tackle, TTI Blakemore Fishing Group, Maui Jim, Mad Wraps, Future Angler Foundation and The Reel Shot.
To learn more about the following organizations check out their websites Learn 2 Fish With Us at www.learn2fishwithus.com , NPAA at www.npaa.net and Future Angler Foundation at http://www.futureangler.org