So what does it take to pull off something like this? Well, evidently you just need a very simple rig and a lot of patience. In fact, I was struck by just how simple the rig is. It appears to be nothing more than a stick laid crosswise over a hole with line dangling from the other end. How rudimentary! Even here in the states, our ice fishing rigs are a little bit more intricate than that. This is especially true if we are trying to catch something of any size. If you told me this guy was going to pull a 4 1/2 foot long pike out of a hole by using a twig and some twine, I would have laughed you out of town. The only person laughing here, though, is him.
The example below of a ice fishing rig for Lake of the Woods walleye fishing, which is the most popular at Jeff's Ice-o-miniums. Of course there are no hard fast rules and this is just an example.