Although many guys might dream about creating the perfect man cave in their basement, if you're an ice fisherman, you likely dream of creating a man cave for favorite ice fishing spot. Creating an ice fisherman's mancave is about choosing the features and accessories your ice fishing shelter needs to keep you comfortable and help you haul more fish through your personal hole in the ice.
Ventilation & Insulation
It's no secret that ice fishing can be a frigid hobby. To keep you comfortable this winter, however you'll need both insulation and ventilation.
Insulation: aside from preventing heat from escaping from your ice fishing structure, you also need to prevent wintry winds from making things drafty. To prevent cold wind from slicing through your ice fishing structure, consider adding an additional layer of insulations to the structure's windows and doors. For instance, if you're outfitting an aluminum fish house, gluing thick sheets of transparent plastic around the window casings and door frames can prevent drafts from seeping through cracks, particularly when the cold naturally contracts the structure's metal framing.
Ventilation: in addition to insulating your ice fishing structure, you also need to make sure that it's ventilated. Because heat naturally rises, condensation will build and create moisture in your ice fishing structure if you don't allow for ventilation. For instance, in an aluminum fish house, installing a chimney will allow heat to dissipate, while also preventing excessive condensation. Having a chimney on your ice house will also allow you to run propane heaters safely in the structure (you should always install a CO2 detector for safety if you're using any type of heating equipment).
Lights & Lamps
It's tough (and unsafe) to fish without proper lighting. An ice fishing structure should be tricked out with proper lighting that helps you see and catch more fish.
Lamps: using lamps or other lighting options with a wider lighting aperture can help you see without blinding you in the process. Many ice fisherman use lanterns or shop lights with strong, natural bulbs.
Lights: in addition to being able to see, you can also use lighting accessories to catch more fish. Green lamps (sometimes marketed as fish lights) can attract plankton, which will also attract small baitfish that feed on the plankton. Once a large school of baitfish form under your light, bigger fish are likely to follow. To allow the green lights to have maximum luminosity in the water, you may want to use floating green lights, which can be put under the ice, adjacent to your ice holes.
For more information on finding an Aluminum Fish House Toy Hauler, contact your local manufacturer.