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Good job Timmer's! Lucky you guys can use 4 lines... We can't...:-(
I'd say there is a good # of diehards in this group!
Welcome 300! looking forward to some of your icefishing reports on the big water.
I'm a die-hard ice fisherman. I use an fl-18, handheld gps, and everything is portable for me. I'm one who can't stand sitting in a permanent house wondering if i could be catching more or bigger fish somewhere else or on the move, Good ice fishing to everyone and be safe out there.
tim what do you need cleats for just drive out but seriously i do own a set just dont like to use them unless the ice is at least 6 in thick (chicken) i will walk then no 4 wheeler to pull my frabill around do have a flasher a zercom now they are called marcum and if we are gonna do this ice thing 2 heater 1 sunflower on a 10 lb tank for keeping the holes open and a big buddy to set behind us to keep the chill off our backs plus and just in case a case for EMERGENCIES ONLY. oh yeah forgot the most important item a jar of pickeled eggs.
I have a Mr. Heater Big Buddy I am willing to sell for $75.00, used once.
I have all the toys too. 2 portables, jiffy, FL-18, 10 jigging rods, 4 tip-ups, and many of miles on the truck to prove it. I am hoping to get laid off again this winter so I can fish 5 or 6 days a week. I usually make it out 3 or 4, depending on who wants to go. (Damn gas prices.) I am disappointed that I haven't been out yet, but everything is in the truck ready to go.
As far as the "DIEHARD" goes, I have been known to take a little boat to the ice, just for one mor day on the ice.
Dad has the perement, tha I use also.
I have ran to Canada to fish through the ice and Lake of the Woods, and I live in Minot. Walleye and perch take #1 in my book, but the fight of cold water pike are real close. Love chasing Blugill and crappie to.
I'm ready, lets go.
SJS, I am interested in your heater, email me firstname.lastname@example.org.
I also have a 4x8 portable that is all customized, and really light for sale.
If it flies it dies!
Well if I fish 1-3 times per week (except for 3-4 of those weeks out of the year due to hunting or other special events), If I have called in sick to work, and taken days off from work to fish, If I have braved -30 temps, and 30 mph winds and waves on sakakawea, if 12 straight hours without a bite doesn't discourage me enough to make me stop casting, if I have all the gear (camera, countless rods reels tipups, vex, fish trap etc etc...) If I have every reef runner color ever made (including "monkey Puke") If I fish in bodies of water that may not have fish in them (sloughs) If I have had my wife threaten to leave me at least 3 times a year because I spend more time fishing than paying attention to her needs. If I have passed on opening weekend of deer season because the salmon are biting. If I keep and eat ling on a regular basis. If I don't care when my buddy baits his hook and then reaches into my bag of potato chips. if I have yelled "death threats" at someone going after one of my tip ups that had a flag up. if I hear "no travel advised" on the radio in the truck half way to the lake, and continue on. If I have had fun catching bullheads. If i had 4 walleyes and stayed all night and wound up late for work because I needed that 5th fish. If I find mysel buying ice jigs for myself when I am supposed to be christmas shopping for others.
Would that make me a die hard fisherman?
I just shot you an e-mail with my cell number sapco78.
I fish with my 3 rods, eskimo 8" auger, 2 man frabil fish house, ice cleets, radio, and propane heater. Going up to Lake of the Woods on Wednesday with a couple of buddies for some good times,a few beers and hopefully some good fishing as well. To me this is all you need. I been with and used some of the electronic's but haven't seen a big improvement in the fishing. I like to try a spot give it awhile if they aren't biting then move to another. This seems to work the best for me. Sometimes I catch more than others.
Got a Jiffy ice auger with a 12inch blade,bought back in the early 80's.Have drilled 1000's of holes with it in ice and sand-fence holes-.Used to have a couple of 4x8 ice house's.One just wore out using the other got stolen out of the back of my truck on night behind the Adult beverage place-Longhorn-now either stand out side and fish or fish in my buddy's 6x14 homemade house-12 holes-No vex-Like to use a couple of dead sticks and one good jigging rod-Nothing fancy whatever's in the bargin bin-Tackle box the size hard cover book,like to keep it simple.One thing about ice fishing-IMO-is it is alot cheaper than summer fishing.Try and go for the perch and have fillied a few buckets of them on Lake Darling and DL but usually end up going for walleyes.Like to move around alot weather and snow conditions permitting.Have spent more time on DL than any other lake.
I have all the gadgets and toys, but most of the time I fish with one jigging rod while on foot, no electronics, pulling a sled with the auger in it. I don't get to fish nearly as much as I used to, but when I do get out, I am very serious about catching fish. Pike fishing (rarely) is more for relaxing and waiting for the flags to fly. Panfish and Walleye - its all about catching the fish and not relaxing. I will walk a mile or more and drill over a hundred holes searching for active fish. I like using just the one rod because missing fish irritates me and with only one rod to concentrate on, I miss fewer fish because there is less to pay attention to. I don't usually pack a lunch (maybe a mountain dew) because I don't usually take time to stop and eat anyway. I don't like to wear gloves because they decrease the sensitivity of the rod. I will not hesitate to fish in 20 below weather. And lastly I am usually the first one to fall through the ice every year (although I am on a 3 year streatch of not going through), because I will usually be out walking on 2" of ice. I guess that qualifies me as a die-hard even though I only made it out a few times last year and not once yet this year
You're just nuts, plain and simple. I don't know what's more nuts, you, or me for being convinced by you to go fishing some of those days nobody should be outside.
HA HA HA! Mike, Ditto on shorefisherman! "nutcase"...lol.Its just plain fun and an adventure everytime you hit the ice.
I've had folks visit from Texas that can't believe we actually drive on the ice let alone "icefish" Its really funny when we explain how its done,"We drill a hole,then step back 20ft and cast,triing to hit the hole" once we do we hope for a bite...They believe it too,hard not to crack up.