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  1. Yes, 2 hours puts me north of the metro and I am not locked into that. I can certainly extend the range but the further away it is, the less likely I am to do it on a whim.
  2. I am looking for some ideas and new lakes to explore this winter. Not looking for your hot spot and will do my own research on lakefinder. What I am hoping for is to narrow down my search based on personal experiences from members here. If you prefer to send by PM rather than post, that's fine. I live in Rochester and our immediate options are walk-on only reservoirs. I have a heavier portable and am primarily setup for ATV type portability. It doesn't look like we are going to have stable ice in the South anytime soon, and it doesn't look like my usual treks to URL and Devils Lake are in the cards this year. So, what I am looking for are: 1) Lakes within 2 hours driving from Rochester. Thinking central MN. 2) ATV access is a must 3) I prefer less populated. Only accessible by ATV would be ideal. 4) Likely taking a teen who has never fished (but desperately wants to learn) with me. Species and size are not as important as numbers, but I don't want to spend all day chasing dinks. 5) Lodging close by. Don't need a resort or excess amenities but something close by if we fish late and/or decide to make it an overnighter. 6) I have looked at Waubay area. It's a bit further than I am thinking but not ruling it out either. Haven't found a ton of info on it related to my "wants" above. Thanks for reading and please let me know know if anything comes to mind. Would also love to hear from any of you with similar interests that would like to explore together. Thanks in Advance!
  3. Planning to attend the event this year. Not really expecting much in the way of serious fishing or prizes. Seems more like one of those things you just gotta say you did once. I would like to hear from anyone that has done it. Things to bring/not to bring. Tactics, baits, parking. Pretty much anything you are willing to share.
  4. My vote is for the Jason Mitchell X2. There are a lot of Otter fans and they make a solid product but don't base your decision solely on the shelter construction. Yes, it's important, but so is weight. Even if you don't plan to pull by hand, you may still have to lift it in and out of a truck bed. Customer service also goes a long way. I have never owned or dealt with the other manufacturers but Clam has always taken care of me and the Ice Team guys are top notch! It's also worth noting the Perch Patrol guys on Devil's Lake use and abuse the JMs 7 days a week, 5+ months a year and they seem to hold up well. If they aren't destroying them, my handful of outings every winter sure aren't going to!
  5. I have experienced some minor binding from time to time, but nothing that would lead me away from the PP. Last weekend I was drilling holes while seated on my wheeler. I rolled along just punching a line of holes to find the right depth and fish. Never turned the auger off or let my feet touch the ground. From the seated position on the wheeler, it would have been almost impossible to apply any downward pressure. The PP did all the work.
  6. UPDATE: My information wasn't completely accurate. The machine is a 550. No oil reservoir. Just an oil plug and filter which are both accessible from the underside. Went with the PS4 oil change kit for ~$30. Only thing I would do differently next time is buy a filter wrench that will fit. That thing took me an hour (and some cussing) to get out of there!
  7. Clam cooler chairs have held up well for me. Have never used the cooler part and even though about cutting it off.
  8. I think I could figure all this out, but you guys are a wealth of knowledge so I am putting this out here in case others have the same questions. I am planning to change the oil for the first time on a 2007 Sportsman 500 X2 efi and would appreciate advice on the following: Oil: I'm planning to switch it over to Amsoil. How much and what kind do I need? Filter: Is a K&N filter worth the extra money? Where's the best place to buy? Instructions: I've heard you have to drain the reservoir and engine. Are the plugs easy to identify/access? Are there any how-to videos out there that show the process? Other Maintenance: What other things should I be checking/changing to get ready for winter? Thanks in Advance!

    Key West

    I was down in November and had a ton of fun just fishing off the bridges around Marathon. Took my own heavy spinning combo and spent <$50 on a license and bait.
  10. To each his own, but the "guys trip" philosophy has never made much sense to me. I married my wife because there is nobody else I would rather spend my time with and my children (soon to be 14 & 15) are part of the package. We have done sleepers on URL for many years in a row, trips to Devils the last two years, and this will be our second Ice Team University as a family also. No two trips have been the same and not all have produced a lot of fish, but I can guarantee that they are all great memories that will one day be passed on to the next generation.
  11. I am 6'1" 300 lbs. The Clam chairs are on their third season for me. No complaints.
  12. I have a JM thermal X and it fits in my 1500 Silverado short bed with an extended cab. It's been a good house for me. I watched the Perch Patrol guys fish out of them on Devils Lake in 40+ mph right after Christmas and they held up well.
  13. I cannot argue with the other posters. Otter makes a nice and solid shelter. I looked hard at them and the Frabill shacks but I ultimately settled on a Jason Mitchell thermal X as it was the lightest. It has served me well and I have added several mods. I don't pull it by hand but loading it into the truck bed is still a beast. My next mod will likely be a winch in the truck bed! Good luck finding what works best for you.
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