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  1. Thanks all for the feedback. The very first time I visited Upper Red - it was with Johnny P and he was awesome. However he was not out on his own like he is now. I've followed him over the years and am impressed with his new setup.....probably time to give him another shot with his new outfit. After the folks that Johnny was with sold their houses to Beacon Harbor...I just followed the houses and have been using them. Super nice people. Always willing to offer some tips as well as move the house whenever I ask. The reason I think Upper Red and Beacon Harbor appeals to me is that when I fly in (from Utah), I can rent my car - pick up groceries - and drive out to the house. I only have to pay for the house rental. Other places I've looked at on LOTW pretty much have you coming in each night...so you pay for a day house and you pay for lodging at night. Going with others - where they take you out to your hut - I guess I just need to figure out how to pack things better so I don't feel like I am an inconvenience. When I do come up - its usually by myself. I enjoy the solitude. 4-5 days in a house in almost total silence. Bliss. However there have been times when I have brought a friend or last year I brought my son for his first trip. He will be coming again with me this year. I guess another part would be expenses. Depending on the flights available...I'm spending $600-$900 just on travel to get there. So that takes a bit of my budget and forces me to look for the most cost effective options. Double that if I bring my son. Maybe I'll skip next year and be back in 2020....I'll save my allowance and have a bit more to put towards Johnny or even a different lake. Thanks Rundrave, I'll try the bigger options to draw them in. I guess I am not use to using the larger baits just because of the way I am use to ice fishing. I have the tackle....just need to be confident enough to give them a try! I do have electronics...if I see fish I can usually catch them. I agree - Its most likely location and no fish rather than not being able to catch the fish that are there. Because I fly in and have to fit everything in my bag - I usually don't pack my outdoor gear (parka, bibs, boots, etc.). But a few years ago I packed an extra bag with all that and then spent a day out of the house and hired a guide to take me out. It was Brian "Bro". And it was awesome. I guess maybe I just need to change my frame of mind. Plan better with being able to bring my gear, get more mobile, explore other options. I loved my experience with Johnny. I'll look up Cookie as well. Thanks again for all the feedback - truly appreciated. If any of you will be on the lake the 27-31....feel free to stop by and say hello!
  2. I've been visiting Upper Red each year (annual trip) for the past 7 years. I have had "success" in catching fish....but never really a "great day". From conversations I have had over the years with other anglers I know that there can be some better days and some phenomenal days on Upper Red....and I realize you can't force a fish to bite. I've spent way more than I know I should have on lures, jigs, etc. But always wanted to make sure I had anything the fish could ever want. I'm only able to fish Walleye once a year so I don't get a lot of time for practice. Lets get this out of the way - I fly in from out of state. I can only bring limited gear, so I am basically confined to a sleeper house. No tents, machines, etc. to help me be mobile. And since I am in a sleeper - I am also limited to the time I can come based on safe-ice. Usually the week between Christmas & New-Years. So - knowing that moving farther from the crowds, being more mobile, moving more often etc. is not an option, are there any tips you can offer to catching more fish from a fish-house? I use a dead-stick in one hole. Usually with the usual spoon and a live minnow. Or sometimes just a plain red hook and minnow. My other rod I jig with a minnow head and one of many jigs, lures, spoons, etc. Does my jigging need to be constant or jig, pause, jig pause? I just need some basic tips or guidelines so I can get a few more fish on the line. I've watched all the Ice-Team and other videos I can possibly find. I've read everything I can find from Northland as well as everyone else. Not much out there specifically showing or explaining what to do or how to fish in this kind of situation. Most are about first-ice and/or they are mobile. Anything you could suggest would be greatly appreciated. I look forward to this trip every year....would just like to make it a little better of an experience. Thanks! Rob
  3. I do have and take with me two different small cameras. Although every time I have used it on Upper Red the clarity of the water is poor and vision is poor. Either way - I still take them. I did figure out what I am going to do about the batteries. I have a Pelican case that will hold a few flashers and batteries. I am going to ship it to the lodge and they said they will hold it until I get there. The cost of shipping the units and batteries actually turns out to be less expensive than paying for the oversized/weight bag on a plane so it made sense. I have a FedEx account with a discounted rate through my job. Once we are done I'll have FedEx pick up the Pelican and ship it home. Problem solved, I hope....if it all works out. Still a bit of a pain in the rear-end but seems to be the best option. Thanks for the input and suggestions - much appreciated. Rob
  4. Just got an answer from the Dangerous Goods Manager at Delta. Because the batteries are 9 Amp, 12 Volt they exceed the allowable watt hours permitted in passenger carry-on or checked baggage. The battery voltage must not exceed 12 volts and the battery watt hour rating must not exceed 100 watt hours. By multiplying the Volts and Amps it comes to 108 watt hours. However - If I use the 7 Amp 12 Volt batteries that would work. And I would be allowed to take one battery in the unit plus one back-up in checked bags. But since there are 4 of us with 4 units we would each have to pack an extra bag just for the units. Renting the units vs. taking our own looks like it will be about even when you consider extra bag fees. Looks like we will rent instead of dealing with the hassle. Just easier. Just thought I'd pass on the info in case its helpful to anyone else. THANKS!
  5. Going to be flying a few places this ice season and was wondering if anyone has traveled by air with their battery or batteries for their flasher unit...9Amp 12 Volt. Are there any issues with this? Have you run into any problems - things to be concerned about? Thanks Rob
  6. When I travel light....I use this chair from Cabelas. No back support but I typically walk, pulling my gear. Compact and light is how I have to keep my gear. Plus, moving around a lot, this is quick, light, and easy.
  7. I live in a state where live bait is not allowed...but usually make a trip or two to MN over the winter. Last year I could not get into the fish with any of my lures then someone at a shop suggested that I try just a plain red hook...and he gave me one. It worked wonders. The problem is - I lost that hook and don't know what size, style, name, etc. I am planning on heading to MN again this winter and was going to make sure I bought a few packs of hooks. What is the best hook & size to use for the live minnows? I mostly fish Upper Red. THANKS!! Rob / Utah
  8. Hoyt4 - I'm somewhat of a rookie when it comes to ice fishing with a Jigging Rap (I live in UT and visit Upper Red once a year).....are you baiting that Jigging Rap with anything or just jigging it plain? I'll be there in one week. I have plenty of the jigs, just want to make sure I am giving it the right presentation. Thanks! Rob
  9. I have the "Climate" series of Striker Ice. Bibs, Shell, removable Jacket. Has zip vents on the jacket for breathing. Comparing the Climate against all other series they offer it was rated a 10/10 on warmth. Although with they way these are built I am pretty sure you will be warm in all of them. As mentioned in my previous post....this suit is very warm...almost too warm most of the time. Even though there are vents, I usually end up taking the shell off and just wearing the bibs and liner jacket. Best set I have ever purchased. ***NOTE - I do live in Utah and rarely see a temp in the negatives. It may be minus when I start the day but typically I am in 10-30 degree temps and rarely do I ever use my portable hut.
  10. Thanks for the info - I'll look him up. Would be nice to leave the hut for a half day! Thanks!
  11. Striker Ice +++ Bought it before the 15/16 season. Was a bit skeptical about it actually floating so in the fall I put on all my ice gear I would normally wear and jumped into the swimming pool. Kept me afloat, no problem. Kicked off my heavy boots while in the pool and got a touch more lift. Not only do they float, but I have never been so warm (HOT) when ice fishing. The bibs are awesome. The jacket has a zip out liner that I use most the time.....usually don't need the outer shell because its so warm. I've owned suits from Clam and others before. Good suits.....but this one is my all time favorite now. Would recommend it to anyone. Love it. Buying one for my 13 year old.....as soon as I know he wont grow out if it. Well worth the $$.
  12. Thanks for all the comments. I'm encouraged by what has been shared. Yes - I always have and use a flasher....or two. My first trip several years ago was with Patsy & Kelly. Johnny P was checking in on me several times and they did move me around. That year I was a few miles out and away from everyone. The years from then until last year I have been in several locations. I caught fish but nothing like any of the reports I read about. Before I hit Upper Red last year I spent a day with "Bro" on Island Lake and did pretty good. Reading the post from Xplorer I realized that I spoke with him the day we were both coming off the ice. He had mentioned the trip with his son the year before. I am pretty sure I was a house or two down from him last year. I am pretty sure that I have all the right gear (likely way too much gear....everything possible) and was fishing the correct way. But as a few pointed out...and I agree....being in a house right on a busy road and not being able to get away from everyone I am sure had a huge impact on the fishing. Last year, other than the fishing, it was an absolute pleasure to go out of Beacon Harbor with Ann & John Westphall. They did everything they could to make sure I enjoyed my trip. I realize that early ice is best. I guess for the earliest ice I would need to come earlier and go out on a sled or wheeler and stay in a cabin or the like. I've fished different weeks in Dec through early Feb in the houses and have been limited on the time slot based on safe ice for the houses as well as my schedule to fly out. Since I fly in from UT.....I don't have the luxury of bringing ALL of my fishing arsenal. It's not easy to pack a sled, auger, gear, and winter clothing. So I have to make some sacrifices and make the best of what I can do. I typically land in Bemidji late, stay in a hotel then head up the following morning after stopping at Walmart and buying food, drink, pillow, etc. Financially it works better for me to stay in a sleeper and pay that price rather than pay for a day house and a room at night. Plus I pretty much fish 24/7. All that said.....Again, your comments and thoughts have me feeling pretty good that by the time I can get there the ice will at lest be safe enough for the houses to be out farther and away from the traffic. That at least takes one negative out of the equation. Looking forward to the trip - thanks again!!! Rob
  13. I live in Utah but have visited Upper Red several times over the past 5-6 years. I have planned trips as late as the 2nd week of Feb and last year was there between X-Mas and New Years. The ice last year prevented the houses from being moved out very far and I could not drive my own vehicle out on the ice. I have planned my trip this year for the 2nd week in January and am just curious to know what the locals have heard about ice potential and weather predictions for this year. So far my best trip was only 7 fish in one day. Last year only 4 fish over 4 days. I know there is a lot that goes into that....location, noise, moving around, etc. I am just trying to plan ahead. Being that I am in a house the whole time I don't pack my 2nd bag with my snow suit or winter gear. This year....if it looks like the conditions may limit house movement and locations I want to be prepared by bringing my gear so I can rent a snowmobile and be a lot more mobile and catch a lot more fish. Although my main reason for the trips is to enjoy the absolutely beautiful Northern MN area and to get away and enjoy the solitude (I fish alone and don't bring anyone with me).....catching a few more fish would be a bonus! Any thoughts - info - suggestions would be appreciated. And - thank you to all the locals who over the years has made my trips to the Bemidji and Upper Red area so much fun and made me feel very welcome. Rob
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