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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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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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    • Graphs are nice for fishing in a boat for sure.  They show you the nice big history picture of what has already gone by and gives you a good view of what the changing bottom depths look like as you float around.  Really though, when your fishing in a little hole over the same bottom for an hour or all day. What’s the point?  The important part of a graph for ice fishing is that ¼” or so of edge on the far right and what is happening on it real time.  Which then, is just like a Flasher only giving you real time info and why I went back to one from my graph.   Worley Worley!  😉  
    • Good luck on your hunt, let us know how you do!
    • I have another weekend in me to fish and fight the winds and weather and then the boat will be done for the year.  Guess it is that time of the season but would really love to get another couple outings in but such is life! 
    • who uses flashers now days haha; I'm a helix convert now too, i was hesitant at first as the Lowrance had a LCD screen a few years ago for ice fishing but the lag was unusable, but hbird figured it out. Mapping, flasher screen if wanted, and sonar all in one, its like a smartphone; everything in one.   also, I have not had any interference issues with others using the helix, especially with all of hte chirp setttings
    • Looks like a good time 
    • I love my Helix unit also, and GPS has been a game changer for me. No more fumbling with my phone in the cold with apps eating my battery and trying to keep it out of the elements.    I miss the simplicity of my Marcum VX-1 but after getting my Helix dialed in I have no complaints.
    • SD resident opener was a wet one. Saturday I didn't go out. Sunday morning woke up with 4.5" inches of snow at my place a few miles south of Sioux Falls. Never would I have imagined we would be able to hunt in snow this early! The other odd part is that none of the weather people even hinted at any accumulation or even predicted any chance of precip. It literally just came out of nowhere.   Yesterday I hunted the entire day from noon to sundown and was fortunate enough to still have some snow stick around in areas.. My only summary is swamp country. I wore the wrong boots, wrong pants etc. Should have just wore waders would have been able access things better. My biggest mistake was not going far enough west and not far enough north. But there is a ton of public land where I headed and I hadn't been able to scout that way yet this year. Everything that looked walkable was wet it didnt matter how high or low it was. If it looked good at knee level it very likely had ankle high standing water under it. Ditches were full of water, some roads were underwater it was just wet everywhere and I don't see any signs of any harvesting starting any time soon. The water just made things difficult to walk as some areas I am familiar with. I could walk one side and work it good, but then get land locked because of water and have no way of getting to the other sides and ended up back tracking and walking a lot of same areas twice  which usually isnt productive.   I only managed 1 bird all day. I missed 1 bird my first walk probably at 12:01pm right after getting out of the truck. Just was slow to get the gun up and was way behind it. Typically early season lull, I think I just stared at the bird before I even realized I should be trying to shoot it. I downed another bird early afternoon and I knew it wasn't hit hard. Made a good mark on it and then my dog got a good track and pinned it down. As I went to grab it with my hand the dog released and the bird took off like a bat out of hell and we never were able to recover it because of all of the water. As soon as I put my hand on it, it just exploded and was gone. Was just an odd scenario.   Saw a few other hens but otherwise a very very slow day. I had spotted a bunch of birds coming out of some CRP earlier in the day that headed for corn. I came back an hour before sundown and hunkered down hopefully to get some pokes at them during the golden hour and they never showed up. I know the birds are around but all the crops in makes it difficult to hunt during the day.   I dont know what to suggest for people coming for the big opener this weekend. Its going to be difficult with so many crops in. I would say anywhere north of HWY 14 should be a little drier in areas but they have still seen some moisture the last couple weeks. Up near Brown county they are basically in a drought and down in the south eastern part of the state we are breaking yearly precipitation records. Harvest is off to a slow start all over. I know this weekend is the big opener everyone gets fired up for but if it were me I would be coming back for late season hunts and skip the circus this weekend.   I wont be hitting it hard any time soon will probably just stick to some sundown hunts closer to home for now. I have some gopro footage I need to get edited from yesterday got alot of good stuff on video including the bird that got away.   Good luck to those heading out this weekend!
    • I'd like to see how the Helix handles interference.   Interference was the reason I went from my Interphase Video to a flasher. Currently using HBird Ice 45 and MarCum LX5.
    • I put all the boats put away,  subsequently the rain stopped.  I'll take that and finish pulling the dock in.
    • Posting.  Cuz I can’t sleep worth a dump.  Gonna be a MEA yahoo for most the rest of the week.  I’ve heard good reports from the friends that are already out there. They took the whole week so I’m driving myself out Tuesday night.     Just getting the the back of the truck filled with dekes got me too revved up.  Gonna be hard packing anything else besides waders, layout blind, guns and shells!  Who needs food and more than one change of clothes for 5 days anyway?!
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