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TimJ

Getting ready for icefishing

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TimJ

For the most part it's been too windy for me to get out hunting much so I put together a couple ice rods. 

 

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The top one is a power noodle, the bottom is a little lighter finesse type noodle. I decided to try some cypress sapling I had for the grips.

 

The crappies better watch out this winter. 

 

Tim

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UplandHntr

hoping to better this gal this winter. Never have iced one over 30"

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TimJ
8 minutes ago, UplandHntr said:

hoping to better this gal this winter. Never have iced one over 30"

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Nice eye! I think my best walleye through the ice was about 26"...she was a tank but didn't have the length.

 

Tim

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Thunder Bay

Yum!  Nice fish... even better in winter/hard water.

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UplandHntr

That ones a tick over 29". she should be 30" this winter!! That hole is on the GPS !

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WI Outdoor Nut

I personally don't like our ice to become solid until after deer hunting (early Dec).  I love fishing through the ice and love 1st ice when most others are afraid to walk and often have easy limits of panfish.  but this year our cold weather is coming early.  I can't do two things at once, and still in the mode of deer hunting. 

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aje4

I cant wait for the ice to arrive!  I’ll have my gear ready once deer season is over....

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Remo

I'm set to go but not brave enough. A few are out up here already.

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MAArcher

I bought an auger and gear before last season.  So of course we had hardly any ice.  I tried firing up the auger last week (I rebuilt the carb when I bought it) and it didn't want to fire up.  So I'm guessing we'll have good ice this year since I'm not prepared for it. 😧

 

My stomach is grumbling thinking about fried largemouth though.

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TimJ
1 hour ago, Remo said:

I'm set to go but not brave enough. A few are out up here already.

 

I've seen a few videos of guys on the ice in MN and a couple really dumb ones in SD. I'm not one to risk going out too early. I like at least 5 or 6 inches. I did 3 inches at one time but not anymore. 

 

I know I'm too prepared this year. For sure we will have a long warm spell.

 

Tim

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dogrunner

I’m ready but we usually don’t get ice till after New Years. But this year could be sooner with the cold we have had lately.  

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Remo
17 hours ago, TimJ said:

 

I've seen a few videos of guys on the ice in MN and a couple really dumb ones in SD. I'm not one to risk going out too early. I like at least 5 or 6 inches. I did 3 inches at one time but not anymore. 

 

I know I'm too prepared this year. For sure we will have a long warm spell.

 

Tim

 Yep. Early ice I use the hand auger. When you make a couple revolutions and it goes through that is too thin for me. I don't walk out anymore, too much "stuff" to drag so I wait until others are driving for a week.

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WMassGriff

I have two augers ready to go. Nils 6"hand and Nils 8"power. BTW, I only use tru-fuel in the power auger and run it occasionally while in storage. Seems to work for me.

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oldbird

I will walk out on 3-4 inches of ice. I always have ice picks and wear floating coveralls. Taking a dip through the ice is no joke. Be careful out there!

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dogrunner

I got a bucketful of stuff ready but the ice is mighty thin right now. 

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