Ice anglers are a rare breed. They flock to the frozen tundra with gusto in search of the Ice Belt’s most prized gamefish, often braving sub-zero temperatures for the chance to hook a big, golden-bellied ‘eye, mammoth pike or coveted crappie. This holiday season, up their odds for on-the-ice success with gifts from Rapala® and ICE FORCE®, a collection of the most iconic names in hardwater fishing.
From big-ticket items like augers and underwater cameras that are sure to knock the socks off any ice-head on your list to tried and true ice lures, line and accessories, Rapala and ICE FORCE are a one-stop holiday shop for family and friends who love spending their time pulling lunkers through the ice. For all the gift-giving inspiration you’ll need this season — including apparel fit for the rigors of cold-weather fishing — check out the gear showcased below.
MarCum® Lithium Shuttles
Compact, lightweight and long-lasting, the new MarCum® Lithium Shuttle is an all-in-one gift solution perfect for the ice angler who is always on the go.
With the ability to extend a sonar unit’s continuous run time by as many as 40 hours, the Lithium Shuttle is a revolutionary new way to will for ice anglers to power their favorite system and enjoy non-stop action from sunup to sundown with no charging needed in between.
The Lithium Shuttle is self-contained and includes a built-in 12-volt, 12-amp hour Lithium ION polymer battery. When its battery finally runs dry after hours of fish-catching fun, the Lithium Shuttle recharges fast when connected to the unit’s included 3-amp hour charger.
Additional powered features include a LED light positioned to illuminate ice holes and charge glow lures, dual USB Power Ports, a battery status indicator and two 1/4-20 ports to accommodate additional accessories.
The Lithium Shuttle also comes equipped with an articulating handle with locking spokes that adjust to fit most ice-sonar systems on the market, and an inverted transducer rest to help eliminate freeze-up.
Mounting holes are pre-drilled to allow anglers to outfit their unit with a handy gimbal bracket. The Shuttle’s carriage is designed with dual rod holders, integrated cable storage and grips and dual transducer support-arm mounts.
Adding even more convenience, each unit comes with a 5-gallon bucket for safe storage during travel to, and on, the ice.
MarCum® Recon Underwater Cameras
This holiday season, put the power of underwater viewing in the palm of your loved one’s hand with the pocket-sized MarCum® Recon 5 systems.
Small in size, but built with big features, the MarCum Recon 5 and 5 Plus will make it easier than ever for friends and family to peek below the ice and pinpoint fish wherever the may lurk, with all the technology that keeps MarCum electronics the No. 1 choice of hardwater enthusiasts across the Ice Belt.
Both units are powered by a long-lasting lithium battery and come complete with a powerful camera and a high-resolution LCD screen the size of a smartphone for added portability. The underwater cameras built into each unit feature a 1/3-inch CMOS sensor, darkwater LED or infrared lighting, a 110-degree field of view and a 50-foot cord, allowing anglers to search deep for their next big catch.
The cameras offer three angle settings: straight down, horizontal and looking up. Color-kill technology aids anglers fishing in stained water or in low light. In these conditions, switching from a color picture to black-and-white provides an amazingly crisp and clear image.
For an option with extra bells and whistles, choose the Recon 5 Plus, which boasts a built-in DVR and the ability to take a screenshot, record to an external micro-SD card (up to 32GB), play back video and delete footage, so anglers can show off each exciting bite of the season.
The Recon 5 Plus also indicates depth of camera, direction of view and water temperature. Both models provide an impressive six hours of continuous run-time.