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fisheye01
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 05:13 PM 02/11/07 (CST)
I have never been ice fishing but decided to try it would like to know what Shelters/Rods/Reels/Heating devices/Augers/ would everyone recommend.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 07:15 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
"I have never been ice fishing but decided to try it would like to know what Shelters/Rods/Reels/Heating devices/Augers/ would everyone recommend."

I would have to say get ahold of Crappie Keith have him take you out for a day before you spend 1,000$+ to see if you like ice fishing it can get realy costley..
I'v got well over 1,200$ tyed up in what i have and looking at adding more ..



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:15 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
There are the gotta haves:
1.Portable shelter 300-500$
2.Mr.Heater & 20 lb.tank 60$
3.Gas auger or hand auger(I highly reccomend gas)&scoop 300$
4.Locator(Vexilar)280$
5.2-Rod and Reels 120$

A couple dozen of my hand tied jigs, pricless!J/K
This is all I need to do damage to those pesky critters.
You'll need other rods for differnt species & or tip ups.






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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:23 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
"There are the gotta haves:
1.Portable shelter 300-500$
2.Mr.Heater & 20 lb.tank 60$
3.Gas auger or hand auger(I highly reccomend gas)&scoop 300$
4.Locator(Vexilar)280$
5.2-Rod and Reels 120$"
- That's if money's not an object to you!:-) Otherwise you can go my route!

1.Go when it's warm, No shelter needed $0.00
2.No shelter, No reason for a heater $0.00
3.Hand Auger & Scoop $30-$75.00, for a really good one!
4.Locator Used $150.00-$200.00, or a standard depth weight, $2.00
5. 2 Jigging sticks, and bait $25.00
6. A good friend with all of the above $0.00
Total cost = $250.00 with a locator and nice hand auger & scoop

Seriously thou, I've been ice fishing for about 15 years now and all I own are warm cloths a hand auger a Vexilar, and a bucket containing my ice cleats, rods reels, and tip ups. I would love to have a portable & power auger, but I just don't have the money to justify either of them! Good luck and get with CK, he can show you the ropes!



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:37 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
I agree with the above posts. But if you really want to start ice fishing you can get by without some of the big ticket items.

Hand auger will work, its a great work out. Get tough this time of year though as ice get over 2 feet thick.

Portable shelter is also nice but I personally have never fished in one. A warm coat and wool socks will work for you. It might limit you to days where it is 10 degrees and above but I have been out in much worse.

Vexilars are great but also not 100% needed. You can still find some fish with out it. I would try sticking to shallower water areas that will hold fish, say 15 feet and under. When you start going after crappie that are suspended over a 30 foot hole you need the vex to find them and to see where you jig is in relation to them.

Rods and reels can vary from $10 for a combo to $50 for a combo. Both will work but you get what you pay for. Personally all my combos cost about $15-20 and they all work just fine.

So if you really want to get out and start doing it you could probably get into the sport for an intial investement of $150 or so.

2 rods ($40)
Tip up, optional ($15)
5 gallon bucket ($10)
hand auger ($50)
ice scoop ($15)
jigs and tackle ($20 just get the basics)

These are just estimates, you can find some deals right now since stores are liquidating ice fishing gear. Good time to buy.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:37 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
Heck all a guy really needs is a drill & a stick of dynomite.






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nofishfisherman
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 09:54 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
That will do it. If you choose that option you might want to go buy a set of ice cleats as well. The last thing you want is to slip and fall as you are running away after you light the dynamite. Then just bring a landing net and scoop up the fish chunks that are floating.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:06 AM 02/12/07 (CST)
As you can see, you have many options, at many different price levels!


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 01:24 PM 02/12/07 (CST)
If you know someone who has the whole setup, then number 6 on BD's first list is the best way to go, for any kind of fishing for that matter. Your investment at that point is one day on the lake, gas to drive to your fishing spot (if its not local), $10-15 for beverages (optional for some) and, depending on what you are fishing for or how you are fishing, a few bucks for bait. If you like it, you can then consider taking the next step and investing in your own gear.

I assume most people in MN have clothes for long periods of wintertime outdoor activities, but if you don't that is a potential addl. expense. Just one more thing to consider.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:31 PM 02/12/07 (CST)
I bought my gear over time,not all in 1 fell swoop.
I know you can afford it Fisheye01.
If you are going to be out fishing like I do then why skimp.
Be comfy & cozy plus be in the fish rearin.
I know you'd think ice fishing was for the birds the 1st time out and all of your gear is froze up.
Back in my meat using days ,I could sit outside and hand over hand my line when I got a fish.
I've come a long way from those ole days.I'd never go back either.
There are a bunch of issues not mentioned here,but if you get set up like Iceman or myself you'll be glad you did.
Besides if you care for your gear it will last for ever.






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IF IT'S WET...IT'S CATCH'N FISH
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