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When will ice be here!
Posted: 27 November 2011 06:22 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am a very devoted archery hunter but for some reason this year I can’t wait for safe ice to get here to start ice fishing! I already have my poles and gear ready to go. I am buying a new ice hut this year(first ice hut ever) and looking for a vexilar. Last year was the first year in 20 years I went back on the ice and the bug bit me good.  If I’m not bow hunting then I’m doing research for the ice, looking at lakes I want to hit, looking for lakes with trout,talking to farmers with ponds,,,,you get the idea.

So,How many of you are in the same boat?

Come on ICE!!!!!

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Posted: 27 November 2011 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Im scared too death of walkin on an ice covered pond,lake,or any body of water!!!!Must be old age:)

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Posted: 27 November 2011 07:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Well I am still very leary about ice since I fell threw 20 years ago but I just can’t wait for 6” of ice or at least 5”. I was still freaking out last year when I would hear the ice pop and crack cause that was the last thing I heard before going for a swim and the ice was 9” thick where I was last year.

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Posted: 27 November 2011 09:09 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Archer, Were ya freakin when ya fell through?Howd ya manage too get out ok??

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Posted: 27 November 2011 09:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I managed to come across an older jiffy auger this summer and rebuilt the carb and can’t wait to get out there to try it out.  I caught the bug about three years ago.  Still young enough, barely, to manage without a hut.  Crazy thing, one of the best thing about ice fishing, is you can throw the guts into the garbage outside and not worry about when garbage day is…I have a weak stomach when it comes to stink!!!

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Posted: 27 November 2011 10:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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You guys catch many fish on the ice??What baits u use? Waxworms????

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Posted: 28 November 2011 10:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I was drilling holes and had another hole drilled about 4’ away. When I felt the ice give away I reached for the hole that I had drill already and got one hand on it. When all said and done I was chest deep, kicked my feet straight up to keep my waders from filling with water and just reached up with both hands and pulled myself out and slid myself across the ice on my belly for about 50’. I might also add that it was 6pm at night in Jan. So yes I was lucky but I was also not fishing alone. I headed for the car and my buddies packed everything up.

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Posted: 28 November 2011 11:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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WhitetailFreak,,,,,the fishing is gooed enough to get me back out on the ice!!! It took my 2 brother in laws and my hunting buddy 2 weeks of talking me into it before I went back on the ice. Then they couldn’t get me off the ice till it was 40 degrees out. I used waxies mostly but also used minnows too. I caught everything the lakes had to offer on just those 2 baits,,,,panfish, crappies, bass, walleye and even catfish. I put more fish in the freezor in 2 months of ice fishing than I did all summer long(well except for catfish but thats what I mainly fish for in the summer)

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Posted: 29 November 2011 05:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Hopefully that ice holds off for another week and a half so we can kill some mallards after shotgun season this weekend.

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Posted: 29 November 2011 07:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I really enjoy the times when you can get a few friends/family together and run shinners under a bunch of tip-ups for bass/pike.I usually drag out my turkey fryer burner or portable propane stove and heat up some chili or stew and of course plenty of coffee…good stuff!

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Posted: 29 November 2011 10:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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i always drag a small jonboat or a small fiberglass boat out there with me and try to stay as close as i can to it or in it while fishing

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Posted: 29 November 2011 11:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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“It took my 2 brother in laws and my hunting buddy 2 weeks of talking me into it before I went back on the ice.”
Wow . . . 2 whole weeks!  I almost don’t want to go on the ice after hearing stories like that.  Almost.  wink

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For some reason, I’m more inclined toward minnows when I’m ice fishing—nothing scientific or anything, just the way I tend to fish.

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Posted: 01 December 2011 10:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Has anyone used the hand augers?  We don’t get enough ice down here to warrant the cost of a gas auger.

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Posted: 01 December 2011 11:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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A hand auger is all that I use…Strike Master/Mora,I believe the 6” hole blade.Works great for me,just make sure you have sharp blades.I also carry a long handle ice chisel/spud just incase..plus it also makes a good ice tester.Life vest,ice picks and a good length of rope also find a home on my ice fishin checklist.

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Posted: 01 December 2011 11:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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What about rods and line?  Are there any other must have pieces of equipment?

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Posted: 02 December 2011 10:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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It really depends on the type/amount of ice fishin you do.For me,it’s tip-ups and those spring bobber spoolie combo’s. I use a rigid plastic sled with raised walls to carry all my gear.A bucket for the rods,ice scoop…which is a must for clearing the holes after drilling.I finally bought a nice all metal one after breaking several of the plastic scoop ones(mark the handle of the scoop in inches,helps judge fish size and ice thickness).A bucket for the minnows/shinners,I place a styofoam bait container inside of the bucket.Don’t forget the minnow dip net.A backpack to hold extra pair of gloves,hand warmers,thermos of coffee,snacks,tackle box of weights,hooks,lures and extra leaders for the tip-ups,etc..carry the pack in the sled! Sometimes I also bring along a cheap portable fish finder,just to get the water depth and mark the depth of the fish moving thru,but I usually just run tip-ups and those I set pretty shallow(weed beds or structures)near access to deeper water.Hope that helps alittle,and remember heavy man goes first..Ha!!!

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