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Scott O.

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  • Birthday 07/05/1981

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    Rapid City
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  1. FLx 28 or Marcum Lx6 or 7

    I purchased the FLX-28 last season after using the 18 for several years and wow, what a night and day difference! I really enjoy the auto depth range feature and digital depth readout. No more taking time to guess the depth! Weed mode rocks in shallow water weeds when I'm looking for 'gills. The two zoom zones are great especially for suspended crappies when the 6 foot bottom zoom isn't enough. Now the bottom 12 feet is there. Great battery life and it's much quieter than the 18. Color customization is nice (I have it on palette 3) and I don't have any interference from any other flasher thanks to 20 rejection modes. I've seen the Marcum 6 and 7s in action and they are also very nice units and allow for lots of customization. Biggest issue is time to learn the features and the price point. Still hard to beat the quality of Vexilar or the service the company provides!
  2. First Ice

    Agreed. May be on ice this Thursday morning here in the Black Hills!
  3. Inline reel reviews

    I've been using the Eagle Claw inline for 4 seasons now and it's always been a good cheaper option. Never had a real problem with it. For all the drag issues I hear about it, it didn't let me down at all when I hooked into a 27" lake trout while fishing for rainbows last season. On that note, I was able to try 13's 6061 reel for a bit last season and that sucker is so freaking smooth that I'm going to get one this season. If don't want to spend $80 on a top-of-the-line inline like 13 Fishing, the Eagle Claw works just fine at $30.
  4. Ice rods.... What's your pic and why

    I've been using Clam rods for a number of years now and they've always been probably the best store rods I've used when compared to Frabills and such. The ultralights are always so responsive and have held up great with larger fish. Built in spring bobbers are nice on some of the lighter models. St. Croix Avid Glass rods are also nice rods for pannies and noodley tip is great for bite detection and also makes it easier for cadence jigging with small jigs/plastics. I've gotten into higher end, custom rods as well. Bricker makes a great rod for sure and I have a few customs from him. Glacial Lakes Outdoors here in SD make some extremely nice rods as well though are much plainer. What they lack in artisanship, they more than make up for in extremely high quality materials and nearly unmatched rod sensitivity. Sensitivity is a definite need for me on the ice.
  5. Bold eagle stole my pike

    Very cool. There are bald eagles on one of our lakes here in the Black Hills that come flying around whenever they hear gas augers going. I've seen them sit in a tree just waiting for a spare fish to be missed on the ice or they've landed on the ice within 50 feet of us and I've walked a trout out to them within 15 feet, put it on the ice, then they take off, fly very close around me, then grab it and go. Very cool indeed.
  6. Best Gloves for Ice Fishing

    I've dipped my hands into many holes wearing my Ice Armor Extreme gloves and my hands have stayed dry. The regular Ice Armor gloves are water resistant for the most part, but dunking them down a hole and your hands get a bit soggy. Try the Extremes out. They're warmer than the regular IA gloves and will keep ya dry.
  7. Jig/plastic combos for panfish

    A red Drop Kick paired with a red Maki Jamei has been a killer pannie and trout combination for two seasons now
  8. Noodle rod under $50

    Just picked up my first Avid Glass this season. I really like the noodley tip. It isn't the loosest tip, but I have great control over jigs and small spoons with it and I see the light biters pretty easily. Good choice if you're looking at it.
  9. What are your favorite soft plastics lures?

    I use Maki plastics from Clam as well as J and S Custom Jigs plastics. The Maki Jamei and Jamei XL are probably my favorites in the bunch, though the new Bloodi should be a killer for perch this season. From J and S, the VersaMite is a great all-around plastic and can be customized to however you are fishing. The IceMite and GoJo are also quite good. And you won't find a more accurate maggot replica than their LarvaMite plastic. Check 'em out at if you're interested.
  10. Best must have Ice lures

    Clam Drop Kicks, Hali's, and Lindy Rattlin' Flyer spoon in gold
  11. Favorite go to live bait?

    Red spikes without a doubt
  12. Best safety ice fishing bibs/parka

    I use Clam's Lift Suit for my all-weather ice fishing outfit. Warm and roomy and the buoyancy properties are appreciated by my wife, who feels better now that I have it when I go out by myself. It'll keep me floating if I were to ever fall in. I believe Frabill and Striker both have buoyancy suits now, but my money goes to Clam. Comes down personal preference more than anything else now or a good sale price.
  13. Flip over vs hub style house?

    Picking between a hub and flip-over comes down to what you want out of your shelter. You are much more mobile with a flip-over, but sacrifice some space. Hubs are great for groups of more than two, but you might not want to move once you're set-up. If you don't plan on moving much and go out with groups, get a hub. But if you like to run and gun, stick with the flip-overs. I myself have a Clam Legend one-man flip-over and picked up a Clam Bigfoot 2000 this year for when I bring out more than just me and a buddy. I have areas that require lots of moving, but I know spots where I can plant a hub and not much throughout the day. All comes down to personal preference.
  14. Underwater Cameras

    I enjoy using my Aqua Vu micro camera. Fits in my pocket and easy to use to check structure and if there's fish around and how they are responding to my presentations. I'd recommend looking that them for quick use to look at what's below
  15. Where are we going to fish first?

    Got out for my first ice trip yesterday on a small lake here in the Black Hills. Only 3", but glass clear and hard. Only a week later than usual. Other smaller lakes should be getting more inches as we speak. Larger lakes may take another week or two.