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About arcticm1000

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  • Birthday 06/22/1975

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    New Richmond, WI
  1. Propane auger vs ION

    X2 I had a 2 stroke, sold and bought an Ion, sold that and bought a propane, sold that and bought a Strikemaster with a 4 stroke Honda and couldn't be happier with it. I use it in the wheel house all the time. Sometimes it sets off the smoke alarm but it doesn't set off the CO2 detector.
  2. Don't give up on the side imaging. It is pretty cool what you can see once you figure out how to read it. Doc Sonar's facebook page has some marked up images on it. It makes sense when someone points out what you are seeing.
  3. I bought a Humminbird 798 last year and used it like you are talking about. I really liked it for walleye fishing. I have a Vexilar also. I like the Vexilar better for pan fishing. There seemed to be too much lag on the 798 for the pan fish. I didn’t try it long for panfishing, maybe a guy would get used to it. I think the 798 says it has a 2.5” target separation also. I was worried about it being too much. I never noticed it for walleye fishing. I used it in traditional 2D mode and you could definitely tell if a fish came into the transducer, even if it was belly on the bottom. I can’t wait to use the 798 again this winter to catch some more walleye. I would check into the Helix stuff if I was buying new stuff.
  4. Using #4 Rippin Raps

    I think the key to getting bit once you call them in is the jiggle / rocking motion. I think they talk about it in the video a little bit. I think they say rip it to bring them in and then jiggle it to get them to bite. I have also heard them say it isn’t a works every day bait, but the days they do work they work great. I think it will call them in every day, but the days you can get them to commit to it are 50/50. But a lot of the time you can get them to hit a dead stick or a spoon once the rippin rap calls them in.
  5. New to me Ice Castle Fixes

    Thanks, I will check it out. Here are some previous posts about frame coating: This is from the post: After seeing all the post on POR15 I bought a quart to do some touch up on my wheel house frame. I just took a wire brush to the rusty spots to get off the big stuff then painted on 2 thin coats. I cannot believe how well it covered and is tough as nails. Worked so well I did the trailer hitches on all our vehicles and they all look brand new. Only negative is the can it comes in. Probably the cheapest paint can available. Make sure you have a container ready to store the stuff in after you open it.
  6. New to me Ice Castle Fixes

    Lots of guys talk about using POR 15 to do the frame. I should do the same thing to mine. If you search on here you will find some stuff about POR 15. Let us know how it goes and where you get it from. I think I remember some Napa's carry it. dj2quick35 Do you remember where online you got the Stainless cables from?
  7. Help! It's stuck

    No need to block for a day trip or overnight. The only time you should need to block up is if you leave it out for a week with the heat off. Or if it is thinner ice and it pools water on top of it. Enjoy your house. I know I enjoy mine.
  8. Paint on Ice Catle

    Search POR 15. I haven’t used it yet, but when I do my frame I think it is what I am going to use. It has been discussed here a few times and always seems to be the top suggestion.
  9. Thanks for putting up a report. Sorry to hear the fishing wasn’t better.
  10. Anyone snow checking a new sled?

    Snow Check is a spring buying program. You put money down now and get some incentives and then pay the rest when the sled comes in the fall.
  11. handsonguy, How did you guys do? Which lakes did you try? We are thinking about heading out in a couple weeks. PM me if you would rather. Thanks in advance.
  12. I have a Focus and experience similar traits. It had 205/50 R16 on it when I bought it. The car was scary on slippery roads and the rear tires wore really fast especially on the inside corners. I had the alignment checked at the Ford dealer and they said it was within spec. I didn’t agree and took it somewhere else and they adjusted the rear camber a little bit. It helped a little but not much. I put 195/60 R15 winter tires on it. They helped quite a bit, but it still does the same thing just not as bad. I would get the alignment checked and see what they find. If they don’t find anything I would think about trying winter tires. They make a huge difference. When they are new you can drive in the fast lane with the 4 wheel drive trucks in 3 inches of slushy snow. I put Cooper Weathermaster s/t2’s on. They are a cheaper tire, but I would put them on again. The Firestone Winterforce are kind of similar. Good luck, and let us know what you find.
  13. StabiliTrak

    It works like trucks did before they had stabilitrak. So, it should. It seems to make a difference for me when you want to give her to get thru something.