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Pimpel or Ice Fishing Reels
My Own Personal Ice Fishing
...yet to be tried by me
as I live in the Australian Tropics!
My friend Uffe Edefuhr has recently
sourced this late 70's early 80's Saleman's Ice fishing kit featuring many of
the ABU product lines, including ice cramps for shoes, ice scoop, ice thickness
tester as well as all the usual ice-fishing perks, rods/reels and even the
Finnish designed Delpin ice fishing rod/reel in both sizes.
A treasure trove of items ! I now have my
individual vintage ice-fishing items available to swap for collectors or ice
Tight Lines 1982 Provides these wonderful
An unusual form of
the sport of fishing for most people in the tropics, but certainly intriguing
enough for me to read up on, ask question of friends in Sweden who practicing
the art-form. Topic was covered extensively in the ABU English catalog of 1967
(and Napp och Nytt) Links are here
has produced not only the fishing rods and reels needed , short enough
to allow one to stand or squat near the ice hole and still able to see
the action under and through the ice hole. The bottom two rods are a
never for sale Pimpel1 prototype and a Record 15 to use with a Record
Casting reel such as a 1500. Thankyou for selling me my Pimpels (the top
two) Fernando! Some great videos can be seen here at this site (when I
find it again!). Thanks to Christian for securing me the hand winding
pimpel model to the left.
that are used to cut the hole in the ice were originally hand operated
mechanical devices, though petrol-engined devices are now readily
available as a labour saving tool. I guess moving on to a more
productive area is a much more time consuming task than packing up to
try another area of the lake in summer. I believe ice can be anything
from 10cm to 100cm deep over some waters.
My friend Sören from Sweden, who
may be organizing for this ABU auger to come to my collection, tells me
this amazing story....
"I am a big
fan of fishing and my oldest son, age 9 is that too. When possible he
comes with me on fishingcompetions. My wife was this spring at a flea
market. We have talked about that my son should have an auger on his own
to drill the holes. She found it on the market and bought it for SEK 50.
The intention was to saw it off to proper length to our son. When she
got home and I saw it was ABU I couldn't bring myself to do this. It
should have been a sacrilege."
Locations obviously are in very cold areas, and not merely limited to the
Scandinavian countries. I know Canadians who fish for perch in their ice-over
farm dams. I am reliably informed that 4cm of ice thickness is sufficiently
strong to hold a man's weight. However that said , many would prefer the
thickness to be closer to 10cm. I think the first time I venture into ice
(sometime when I visit some of my cold climate friends) it will be with some
concern. Simon Rekestad has kindly supplied these images.
My friends such as Uffe and have supplied pictures from ice-fishing trips in the
wilderness of Lappland . See Photos 1, 2, 3 Please note fire bucket
for warmth. I have heard some even erect little wind shelter huts on the ice
Quite often access to these remote spots is by ice-scooters but the usual is
walking onto the lake and dragging one's equipment on a small sled using a
Some of the quarry
are Arctic Char, Grayling, Perch etc I suspect the fish are filleted and frozen
merely by leaving them on the ice.
Latest under ice capture
was a big Pike from Soren's proud son, Anton. All great family fun!
A lovely but difficult to
imagine environment for us Aussies who have no ice lakes at all!
If you have any other Pimpels or ice fishing jigs other
than those illustrated , that are unneeded or doubles in your collection
and are available for a reasonable fee, I would be very pleased to hear from