Oh sure, you could fish without most of this stuff, but by the end of the day, your feet will hurt, your back will ache, your fingers will be cold, your gear will be strewn all over the ice, and you most certainly won't be winning any style points. Now I'm not saying you need a gold-plated rod or a titanium auger blade, but just remember, it's the little things in life.
It's not cheating. It's just tipping the odds in your favor. With an anvil, so to speak. It works like a real-time fish-finder. Drop your jig in, and if you don't see any green lines moving to meet your little green line...change holes, ain't nothing ther