A huge key to our success on the ice was the Humminbird Ice Helix 5. This little unit is a powerhouse, filled with features including a built-in GPS, water mapping, and the most useful feature for catching finicky fish through the ice: a digital flasher. A common and effective technique for getting fish to bite is to drop your lure—in my case during this trip, a silver and gold spoon—to the bottom, then bring it up a couple of feet while jigging. The entire time, you can see the lure on the flasher. If there are active fish within the cone of the sonar, you'll see them appear on the screen somewhere around your lure. It seems most times the fish will appear below your lure, at which point you should start jigging and raising your lure. If the fish follows your lure, it will either attack while you're jigging or sometimes a sudden stop will trigger the bite. No doubt, this Humminbird unit helps you catch more fish—especially the light biters, which are common.