Of the two types of fishing equipment that ice fishermen employ to catch fish, the tip up is the one that may confuse a first-time user. A jigging rod is simply a smaller version of a rod and reel used in warm weather, but a tip-up is a device that comes in many varieties. All have the same basic premise, which is to deploy a small flag when the fish bites to let a person know when a fish has taken the bait.
Tips & Warnings
Practice deploying your tip up at home before you hit the ice, so it will be a familiar process to you, rather than trying to do it for the first time in what may be sub-freezing conditions.
Never go ice fishing alone. Walking on ice can cause accidents such as a serious fall or breaking through thin ice.