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Little John

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  • Birthday 11/22/1965

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  1. Little John

    gloves

    Almost all gloves and mitts will eventually leak. The big difference is the "eventually" part. The greater the number of seams, the more likely it will wear out and leak or just leak from flexing. The only type of gloves that I've ever owned that didn't leak are mass from neoprene. But the problem with neoprene is that it will make your hands sweat and then they will be cold and clammy. It seams that about every other season or so, I make the mistake of trying some new "ultra warm" neoprene glove that is still cold and clammy. Got quite a selection to sell on HSO-Classifieds now. I wear a pair of windproof, fingerless and thumbless fleece Hand Socks most of the time when I'm actually fishing. When I drive the atv or sled, I'll wear the Ice Armor gloves or some other brand and know that they will get wet if tested. I guess I've just learned to carry extras and expect leaks. It's too bad, because when Goretex first came out and was manufactured in the US, you could get real water proof gloves and mittens.
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    Just Getting Started

    I've learned not to assume anything. Walking out on the ice to see what people are doing and sitting there for hours in one spot in a portable shelter vs runn'n and gunn'n require totally different equipment to do it right. A couple guys said boots, and I agree. I use three types. A pair of light weight winter hiking style boots, an all rubber 16" hoot with removable liner and Mickey's/bunny boots. Depending on the game plan and conditions, I decide. If I had to choose one, I'd pick Mickey's. Other key clothing comments: all windproof outer shell, polar fleece inside, and NO Cotton any where. For an all day outing, having a fresh pair of high quality wool socks is a nice touch.
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    Just Getting Started

    I didn't see anyone mention boots, bibs, jackets, etc. If your going to ice fish, you really need to decide if you're going to be out in the open or in a shelter. If you're not warm and comfortable you can't enjoy your time with any number of toys. I run and gun in the open most of the time, so clothes are an important part of my game. Also, like many have said, a budget is a must. And after that, you only get what you pay for. You don't need exotic stuff, but quality costs more.
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    Baitcaster style reels

    I think it's probably that lots of guys want to just open the bail and have the jig or spoon drop...but you still end up having to "pump" the rod or pull line out much of the time. The beauty of the bait caster in ice fishing is that you can pull the line out in a very controlled fashion and drop the bait in a controlled fashion too. If the bait pauses on the way down, your thumb is right therr on the spool to set the hook...It is absolutely the most efficient way to fish. Like I said, I do still use a spinning set up. But it is for more specific applications like with heavy search spoons or even shallow applications where reeling isn't required most of the time. One limitation is that this is really an application for rods 24" and longer. Short rods are better off as spinning rigs. In my opinion anyway.
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    Baitcaster style reels

    Adam, I know the rules on this site regarding advertising/spam etc are restrictive. So I don't think I can post any spec ific info for you. The reels themselves are priced in a mid to high level spinning reel range and the model # is BC-I. If you just search for the spiral wrapped ice rods you'll find them. Hope that helps.
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    Baitcaster style reels

    I have been using and building my own baitcast style ice rods for many years, primarily to eliminate line twist. I started out with standard baitcast guide placement, but was limited to stiff action rods to avoid line cross over on the blank. I eventually figured out that spiral wrapping the guides eliminated that problem and allowed me use/build with much lighter panfish blanks (2-4# class). Reels still remained a problem, because the inexpensive little crappie style level winds didn't have drags when the anti reverse was engaged. So I fished with my thumb on the spool to set the hook and back reeled to land big fish... I later played around with vintage bait cast reels, like Lews and Ryobi, but they were pricey, and cold on the hands and some would not work in the cold even after I made mods to the guts (that's a whole new story). Up until recently, if you wanted a decent bait cast reel that weighed 7 oz or less you'd have to pay $150 or more. But there are now decent reels available for 1/2 that amount with all synthetic frames that are not affected by the cold. There are also high quality solid carbon rods to match. You just have to do a but of searching to find them. I still use spinning gear when I'm scouting and just trying to pull fish to see them on the flasher. But when I get serious and want to know for sure that jig isn't turning fish off, I go with the bait caster combo.
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    UP Ice

    Any ice in the UP yet??
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    Fish of a Lifetime !!!

    I live in SE MI and fish Lake St. Clair frequently. Many of my friends are die hard Muskie Heads, but not me. I know what it's like to really be face to face with a fish like that. I had a similar float tube experience many years ago...God Bless those of you that love those fish. They are cool! But to me, they're just a pain. You can't walleye or bass fish on St. Clair with out catching those toothy, stinky, slimmy critters. Heck, I've even caught them on crappie spreaders and worms... But they sure do get your heart pumping, don't they! Glad no fingers were shreaded and memories were made. Maybe it's time to mount a waterproof camera to the front of the boat??
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    Houghton region fishing

    Try giving Lyman's On The Lake a call at 989-422-3231. I don't have any reports from Houghton. Lake St. Clair is my stomping grounds... I would imagine traffic will be a bit extreme that close to the holiday. So it will probably be an early morning or late bite.
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    Oakland County

    There are many small lakes in Oakland county, but most are private. Your best bet is to just hit Lake St. Clair. You can chose smallies or largies depending on location. If you can get on one of those little private lakes, 20+ inch largies are common...There are also small lakes with public access, but I don't generally fish them. If I'm going to combat wave runners and skiers, I prefer the bigger water of Lake St. Clair. Then I can fish for whatever is hot, perch, bass, walleye, or even muskie if I want to wrestle a few of those toothy, slimy critters...Your also only going to be 1hr away from Lake Erie's awesome walleye fishery...
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    Fan vs. Liquid Cooled

    I guess I stand corrected and the extra 60-75 pounds of weight is overshadowed by the increased horsepower. I'm not a sled performance expert. I just was going on what I was told by my Canadian sled guru's. I did buy a standard track liquid cooled sled two years ago and don't like how heavy it is and how easy it is to get stuck in deep snow or slush. But it is very fast... Now I'm in the market for a long track 2-up machine for ice fishing use only. So which one will be better in the snow and slush, a fan or liquid cooled machine? What about the even heavier four strokes??
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    Spring is sprung...BIG TIME!

    Fishing has been great on both the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers for eye's. The scads of fish that were sublegal last year (under 13") are all 15+ eaters now. My wife is due to pop with our 2nd child Jordan any day now so....my spring has been less than normal. My son Joshua (nearly 4 now) and I went up to Pigeon River State Forest last weekend for our last outing with him as an only child. We slept in the Quigley van and just mushroom hunted, ate over an open fire and snuggled alot. The morrel picking was spotty at best, due to an extremely dry spring the north part of the state has had...that is until this past week. I haven't heard much about the smallie fishing this spring. But alot of the guys don't talk that much anymore since the DNR does frown on pre-season catch and release and will write you up. The actual smallie spawn on St. Clair is usually pretty late, so personally it doesn't bother me if guys practice catch and release, as long as the fish aren't on beds yet. It's been a fairly warm spring, so the fish are probably already cutting sand right now. But what I really hate to admit is that I'm already gearing up for next years hard water season. I'm looking for an off-season deal on a Grand Touring Skidoo. That way I've got all summer to customize it for my shanty, auger,GPS, etc. Good luck to everyone and I'll post when momma finally pops.
  13. How about some reports gang? We've got walleye in the Detroit River, bass on the feed and a turkey opener coming... With all this going on and longer days to boot, it's hard to get back on the PC. But let's try to stay in touch.
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    Fan vs. Liquid Cooled

    I haven't looked up up the specs on the two machines that you mentioned but from what I know about sleds and engines; liquid cooled sleds tend to be slower, simply because of all of the extra weight that you're carrying. You have all of the coolant, water pump, rear mounted radiator etc. Now with that being said, a water cooled machine will run more efficiently in varying temperature ranges because it regulates it's own temperature. An air cooled machine is generally lighter and quicker, provided it is set up for the temp. you're running in...Let's not forget about about gearing and how the clutches are set up too...As for the tolerances being different, I'm not sure what that means??? Maybe piston, valve, etc clearances are slightly different because of the wider temperature extremes??? But if both engines are at normal operating temps, I would still expect an air cooled machine to be quicker. But I'll take the extra weight of the water cooled sled for my fishing needs.
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    steelhead

    A steelhead that survives the rigors of spawning (not all will survive) and is on it's way back to the lake is called a kelt. Kelts are pretty hungry. However, they don't generally feed aggressively right after their done spawning. It sometimes takes a day or two as they slowly drop back down stream, headed back out to the lake. They will often linger near the pier heads/river mouths if the food is plentiful, like smelt or alewives. I also generally bring my ice gear with me too. You know, just in case. That's why I drive the biggest SUV ever conceived of...a Quigley 4x4 super van. It goes anywhere and can take me, all my gear and 4 other passengers too. Check it out:
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