Try to get all of your holes drilled before dusk; if you start drilling late in the day, when the fish are coming in to feed at night, you'll drive them away and they may not come back. As for tackle, I use a fairly stiff graphite rod (about 30 inches long) and a light spinning reel spooled with limp 6-pound-test mono. To minimize ice buildup on the tip, replace the standard tiptop with a good-sized fly-rod tiptop. Attach a small, round-nosed clip, such as a Fas-Snap, to the end of the line so you can change baits quickly. It's a lot easier than trying to tie knots with cold fingers.