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Cape Cod Ice Fishing Video Tutorial

Ryan Collins

Growing up I would do a lot of saltwater fishing on Cape Cod, as well as freshwater fish for bass, sunfish and pickerel during the spring, summer and fall. 

During the winter I never got into ice fishing, probably because none of my family or friends did it. Of course Cape Cod does not get safe ice all too often either. 

Yet whenever a "deep freeze" descends on Cape Cod, and the ponds freeze up, a devoted crew of ice fishing anglers can be found fishing for a variety of different species from the many ponds scattered throughout the Cape region. 

I joined one such crew the morning of January 3rd, and I learned a lot about the intricacies of fishing on the ice. During last week's ice fishing trip we caught a bunch of fish and I captured a lot of the experience on video. 

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Ice Fishing Video Tutorial

In this new video tutorial, members of My Fishing Cape Cod can watch as I explain everything I learned about ice fishing. If you have never ice fished before, or have very limited experience ice fishing, then you will find this video tutorial particularly helpful. 

To watch the full video tutorial, all you have to do is login to My Fishing Cape Cod with your username and password. If you are not a member, then you can learn more about membership and signup by going here

Specifically in this video tutorial I cover:

  • Augers and the gear we used to drill through the ice
  • Other ice fishing equipment including fish traps, rods/reels, and terminal tackle
  • Information on the depths where we found perch, pickerel and bass
  • Safety tips and many more pieces of helpful advice for newbies

I am personally no expert when it comes to ice fishing! However I learned A LOT of great information during this trip, and I look forward to sharing it all with you in this latest video tutorial!

Ice Fishing Video Tutorial

Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can download
even more information about:

  • Augers and the gear we used to drill through the ice
  • Other ice fishing equipment including fish traps, rods/reels, and terminal tackle
  • Information on the depths where we found perch, pickerel and bass
  • Safety tips and many more pieces of helpful advice for newbies

I’m fortunate to have grown up on the beach, and I’ve been fishing since kindergarten. I have great family, friends and fishing experiences to be thankful for. Just being out there is enough-catching fish is just a bonus!

  1. Great Video. I,m going to try Fresh Water Fishing also. When it gets Warm!!! LOL When does the Season start? How much for a Fishing License? Thanks “Cape Cod Dan”

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    1. Thanks for watching Dan and great to have you onboard MFCC as a member!

      The season will start whenever the ponds thaw out. The trout are very active in the cold, so as soon as the ice melts away you can start casting lures and bait and will have a good chance of success.

      Fishing licenses are around $11 and you can pick one up here https://www.ma.wildlifelicense.com/IS/Customer/InternetCustomerSearch

      Not sure if you have already noticed, but you can read more of our freshwater posts by going here https://myfishingcapecod.com/freshwater-fishing-on-cape-cod/ and also by going to the “Freshwater” category of our forum https://community.myfishingcapecod.com/c/freshwater

      The guys in the forum are great, so make sure to introduce yourself!

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  2. Thanks for sharing Ryan.
    Question: had the rig on LP last summer and for giggles and to entertain my kid I threw a sabiki over and slow trolled. was catching 6-8 large white perch per pass once i found the school. Do you think jigging a sabiki in this situation would produce similarly?

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    1. On lakes and ponds during open water season, you are limited to two hooks per angler. Five hooks per angler for ice fishing. I don’t think that I would want to test an E.P.O.’s patience by using a loaded up multi hook Sabiki rig in fresh water. It’s your call, but I’m just saying, Doug.

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      1. Thanks Gary! duly noted and in full agreement. I’m predominantly a salt dog, so this is helpful.

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    2. Oh wow that sounds like some pretty great white perch action, and I’ve never heard of anyone catching them on sabiki rigs before.

      I’d say slow trolling them is the go-to technique. Of course I would of given drifting/jigging a try, but if you were nailing them on the troll then why change what you’re doing! lol

      PS – I just re-read your comment and I see you were referring to me dropping a sabiki down the hole while ice fishing. I bet it would work, but as Gary mentions, need to abide by regulations. I’m primarily a salt dog too, so I’m still learning a lot with regards to ice fishing.

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