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can't take much more of this "ice fishing" talk! when does the soft water talk start?
trap this,jiggle that.......nope need to talk boats and tackle.
please help me!

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LOL What I like to do in these long, cold winter months is tie spinners. Yesterday I tied about sixty of em. Best of all they are cheap when you make them yourself. Just a thought to help quicken up the winter. Good luck.

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I also like to tie spinners in the winter - but not until all the Xmas rush and fuss is over. Decorations are coming down this weekend-then I can think fishing again - and we are not talking ice.

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I know what you're talking about. Although there are a few month of ice fishing left and I love to ice fish, I'm already thinking about getting the boat out. If the weather stays warm, I may have to make a road trip south shortly. Only a little over two months and my boat will be out again.

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I know what you mean. I made reservations this week for the rainy river. It is a long wait for the end of march, and even then I will have a boat to fish all day on the river and then have ice gear to drive out on URL for the eve. crappie bite.

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here here! Ice fishing can be fun too but... Soft water is defiantly da bomb! I still have many dreams of being on the lake again on a warm summer day with no one around... *sigh* But atleast I get to do some Resivor fishing in AZ next week! Fun!

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i too, am not much for ice fishing. i usually spend a couple of days after Christmas taking the line off my reels and then clean and grease them. i also check the spools on my spinning reels and the bails for any roughness. then i spend spare time cleaning and sharpening hooks, cleaning blades and organizing things again.i did go and fish some open water below a dam just to get out and fish. didn't catch anything, but felt good! del

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Do what I did, I went to Montana and floated the Bighorn for the best trout fishing I have had in years, 12 hour drive, 7 hour float, and a limit of Browns to bring home and share with my friends. 15.00 dollar for a 2 day fishing lic. and 7.50 for the conservation lic. Bring your flatbottom boat, or rent one, or find a guide, which is what we did the first day.

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Ditto here - got the open water jones baaaadddd!!
I'm passin' the winter by tending my gear and reconning new spots. I'm turning an old fiberglass fly rod into a spinning rod for tossing bare live bait - just bait & hook. I tried a rig like it last year, and it was a big kick for bass & sunnies.

Patience, man - I know it's tough.

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Especially when we have very little snow and now it is suppose to be 40 again tomorrow. Patience is not one of my virtues and waiting for that opening day is really hard!

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On that 40 degree day, I cut from work early and set up on the shore of the Big Missy for about 4 hours. Harassed a school of rock bass that were holed up under a log-cluster, and missed set on some 'eyes that cruised through. Man, those stars were bright.

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That mongo saugeye on the front page was caught just about a week and a half ago on the Miss.

Not too ling now people, the days are getting longer!!!!

However, I need to have my rod bendin' all year round!!!!

Jim W

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Okay, I figured this out! Take one beer (or more to taste), your favorite fishing magazine, and crawl in the hot tub with the fan circulating above so it feels like a nice summer breeze. I was thinking I should have added one of those sun lamps also and really got in the mood. Hint: Take out the little "order" postcards in the magazine before you get in the hot tub - they fall out and really make a mess!

But of course when you look out the window and see how cold it is it kind of spoils it. So don't look!

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heh.. or get a swirvel seat mounted in the living room and have a Dreamcast or PS2 with the fishing controller plugged in? wink.gif

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why not just do what i do, sit in the hallway and fine tune your casting techniques, just remember to take the trebles off of the rapalas or they keep snagging in the carpet. Or the best is tie a fake mouse to a line and go "catfishing" around the neighborhood. nothing better than fighting a cat on 6# and medium action equipment.

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Great idea Phyl! An FM hot tub gathering at your place! Bring your own beer and magazines?

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i tried fishing with my bait caster and a bone, on my black lab. 70 lbs. of dog fish !!! quit when the line got in her mouth and cut her lip. but man what a fight !! del

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Oops Dark30 - hot tub only holds seven people. Too small for this big site! grin.gif

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I wouldn't use monofilament for that though.. I had my cat grab some mono when I was respooling a reel and it took me foreer to get it out of his claws as it got stuck when he retracted them. Even cats that are declawed in the front can still get it wrapped around there back. I have however an old spinning combo with some soft worn braided line (orignally off a tip-up) that works quite well... and it takes him awhile to chew through it. Kite string also works, but you have to re tye it all the time.

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