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I spoke to guy that saw them also. He was asking me if we carried them at Gander Mountain. I gave him a bunch of suggestions on ways to make some. He was going to have his wife sew some for him.

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An idea that I am going to try out this year is to put a length of heavier chain in the slot and sew the ends of the chain into each end of the slot. It should work, and then you won't have to worry about the sand settling into one end or the other of the slot.

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I built the perfect wind proof portable! My nieghbor remodled I took his old cast iron bath tub mounted 2" galvanized pipe to it then I took 30 ounce canvas off my boat drapped over the pipes and it never moves in the wind. The best part is if you break thru the ice it FLOATS if the plug is in (don't forget your plug).

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That sand bag ideas sure does sound heavy. Isn't the whole idea of "PORTABLE" is to stay light and be able to move around with ease?? HUH.....at least that is what I think PORTABLE is.

Chains would be the way to go, lots of people talked of that last year.
IF I knew how to link a site from last year here, I would.
DO a search and you'll find something like this topic from last year.
THE chains were a popular way to go. NO sandbags.

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Backwater Eddy hooked me up with the tip about the chains. And last night I got to test it out. It diffently helped out cause it was pretty windy. Some gusts almost flipped open my trap. But the good ol chain put a stop to that. Sure it added a couple pounds, but at least I'm not using my vex, minnow bucket, heater, and foot to hold my skirting down. And I had no snow to bank it. Hope this helps.

And if you use chain go with galvanized instead of zinc. Helps with rust.

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If you want to use sand bags fill bicycle tire inner tubes with sand. Fair amount of weight and not to bulky.

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I saw a great idea at the ice show. A guy used long slender sandbags on the "flaps" of his ice house instead of piling snow on them. I am sure we have all had to chip our canvas out before. Great idea, I am going to see if I can buy them somewhere or make them. Will keep informed.

A ZEN MASTER

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The chains sound like a good idea. I will poke around old threads and see if I can see how people are doing it. On a sidenote I see how companies are making changes to their equipment every year, presumably based on customer feedback. I know I make my opinions known to the makers of products I use hoping they are improved. At the ice show this year I noticed a lot of portable fish house makers are sewing up or fastening the canvas to the sled in the back eliminating another point of entry for cold air.

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Chains are better than sand. I'm sure sand will work, but if what holds the sand breaks then you'll have sand all over. Sew the chain on with some fishing line like Fireline or something braided. The fish trap scout that I have (way tiny) has sleeves that I put the chain in, then I sewed it on there in four places per three foot section of chain. You'll figure it out. Need to get a big ol needle to pierce the canvas.

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My old one-man Trap had sleeves sewn in on each side as well, and I had 2 pieces of rebar (24-30" each) that I kept in my sled and just slid into those sleeves once I got out to my spot and was ready to fish. That sucker never failed. Easy to remove and very effective.

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