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Mantis
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 10:27 AM 11/22/06 (CST)
Hey guys…

I posted a while back in the new users’ forum just before I was to move from Texas to Minnesota and ya’ll really gave me some good info. We’re just about settled into a house up here and I’ve been reading as much as I can about Ice Fishing. I had a few questions….

I imagine a power auger is the way to go but…for those of us on a budget, how hard is it to wrangle a hand auger?

How thick does the ice have to be to be considered safe to walk/fish on? What about driving?

How do you know when it’s safe to try to walk on the ice?

As far as fishing on the ice … is there any unspoken etiquette between fishermen with or without shelters (i.e. not getting too close or trespassing on someones claimed ‘honey hole’)?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:51 AM 11/22/06 (CST)
Power augers are nice if you can afford them, personally I use a hand auger. As long as the blades are sharp it shouldn't be to much trouble for you. You can usually pick one up for under $50 so its the economical way to go. Also if you are out at first ice you don't want to be carrying your big gas auger with you. Its overkill for 4-6 inches of ice in my opinion.

For safe ice most people want atleast 4 inches, some guys push their luck and will try to get out earlier but its not worth it to me. Not fish is worth my life. If you go out early be very careful, never go alone, make sure you have the right equipment with you (rope, ice picks, spud bar for testing ice, maybe a life vest, and a buddy) Usually 6 inches is considered safe for snowmobiles and 12 inches for a car or light truck. But again, I don't push my luck i won't drive my car out until I see good roads plowed by heavy trucks.

There really is no way to know the ice is totally safe beacuse it never really is. Testing with a spud bar is a good option, just give the ice a couple good jabs with it as you walk out. But don't assume anything is safe, ice does't freze evenly every time so you could be standing on 6" of ice and ten feet away you might only have 1-2" of ice.

As for on ice behavior, most guys don't like it if you come crowd them. If you see a permanent house on the ice don't go drill holes right next to it. Doing this can cuase water to come up your hole and freeze the house into the ice. Thats a good way to make enemies. Also don't drill holes on or near plowed roads.

In general its the same as with a boat. Don't over crowd your neighbor, if you want to fish an area where some one is already set up just go ask them if they mind you fishing next to him. No one will ever say no but if you just move in without asking they might get a little annoyed. Just use common sense and you will be fine.

Be safe on the ice though, you might want to head out with someone who is experienced the first time or two just to learn some safety tips.

One tip is when you do drive the car out make sure you are not buckeled in and make sure either your window is rolled down or your door is ajar, that way you can get out quick if your car breaks through.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:56 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
You gave some good advice Nofish.
I add that a cheap sled works great to haul out your gear.a pair of ice cleats for 5$ can save a groin pull when there is no snow.
You'll want to let other drive out before you try it so it's proven to handle a vehicle.



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:40 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
I still can't figure out why you would want to sit out on a frozen lake and freeze your butt off. ooo smiley You guys are nuts. crazy smiley I'll stay home were it's nice and warm..


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:49 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Mantis dont fell bad i have never ice fish in my life. smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:26 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Mantis,
as far as just starting out I'd go with a 6" hand auger if you are going to fish alone a smaller flip over fish house will make as a great wind break plue a great chair.....

as far is how close to fish by somebody if they invite you in to the circle move right in on them if not the legal distance is 10 feet they can do any thing ......

plus if you are catching fish and they ask how you are doing just say it's slow don't show them what you did catch ....

if you do the next time you go to that spot there's a big ice house right where you fishing and there's nothing you can do about it..

I've had that happen more then once so i try to keep my honey holes to my self ..

yes CK is right about the ice cleats get a set you won't be sorry !! wink smiley

as far as safe there is no such thing remember ice is never safe...

a good 4" is safe for walking on ..
but remember no two lakes are the same..



any more questions just ask..
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 06:30 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
These guys know what they're talking about.
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:07 PM 11/22/06 (CST)
Hey Mantis,

If you're going with a hand auger, make sure it is nice and sharp. That being said, you gotta be careful too. A bud of mine had a hunk of ice stuck on the end of his and he just swiped his glove over it to get the ice off and it cut his hand pretty bad. Had to go to the emergency and sew a couple of fingers. Went right through his mits and cut him pretty deep. Nice to have 'em sharp but you gotta take care.

ryanc,

Maybe we can get you up here one of these days and you can drop a line in a hole and see what happens!



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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 12:29 PM 11/23/06 (CST)
Getting a portable for me is a must.Besides being warm & toasty,my eyes on the pole would freeze up.I reel up & send the jig down alot & I'd just get shut down.Getting out of the wind is key too.it's hard to keep the spring still in wind.
Scumfrog ,I said I'd show you o ye of little faith.Once you started ripping lips you'd wonder why you never did it before.Then again weak hearted no passion guys can stay home.hehehehe
jab-jab-jab

I think we should have some decent weather for the get together & I have an extra portable to put you up in.I'll just need to get another mr.heater so the holes do not freeze over & you stay warm.
mantis should have a guy like Iceman or Tap or Woodtick or PB to show you how much fun it can be with the right gear & direction.
Just like man way back making the wheel.Once they figured out how to roll heavy items life got easier.
do you think that if my old body kept freezing I could keep ice fishing.
the older I get ,the smarter I play the game.



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 09:47 AM 11/27/06 (CST)
Mantis,
one more thing don't forget to check on the ice fishing show this weekend at the river center in the twin citys..

looks like a great spot to catch up on whats "new" ..
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