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i got the hardwater bug REAL BAD.

anybody else?.

i've been told it is helpful to talk about your addiction with others.

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Join the club. Thats all I've been thinking about since June!! It helps that I'm building a fish house. And, with bird hunting just around the corner and the new lab puppy I got, that helps too.

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My name is Kevin, and I'm a hardwater addict. It all started innocently enough when I was a kid. I'd go out and chop a hole in the ice and eat onion and ketchup sandwiches while trying to catch perch. After a while it got so bad that I wouldn't even chop the hole anymore, I'd just go out on the ice and eat my onion sandwich while rummaging through stacks of frozen eelpout left by others. I wasn't even with it enough to catch my own. Later I progressed to riding snowmobiles on the lake and whenever I found myself airborne I'd turn around to look at the pile of eelpout I'd just hit. Sometimes in April I secretly rode my bicycle out to fish left on the ice that ravens were chewing on to see what others had left behind. I'm almost ashamed of the way I now drag my kids out onto the ice in all kinds of weather to indulge in my habit of perch-jerking. Oh, I know they're bundled up well enough, but I wonder: will they pick up my bad habits one day? My son was on the news one day and they even showed his photo when, as a 3 year old, he hooked into about a 14 lb. tiger muskie. What's next? Vacations spent on LOW or Red Lake with the whole family bent over trying to catch a glimpse of creatures of the deep? As I scraped the frost off my windshield the past three days I'd start with a round eight inch hole between two others, much like the way I make holes for my flasher and two rods. Please Lord, I promise to find additional ways to spend time away from work if you would just let me have a couple of months of hardwater fishing. I hope others can learn from the error of my ways. Thank you.

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Yep, me too!

I can't wait for the open water guys to start whining about having to put their rods away for the winter wink.gif

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Kevin, I'm glad my addiction isn't as bad as yours. Now that it's cooling down, I'm eager to hit the open water once again. During the heatwaves all I could think of was fishing in a 10 inch or less lake.

But now that I think about it again, I think I need to dig out my ice fishing stuff and start getting new line on it.

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Yea, I definetly think it helps if your building a ice shanty because you need time to complete it before the lakes freeze. It also keeps you busy in your spare time! Right there with you guys. Can't wait, but don't have a choice. Later

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Well, just so you know you're not alone: Saturday night I rearranged my ice tackle boxes (again), played around with my tipups to enhance their sensitivity, and just puttered in general. Yesterday I took the canvas off my fishtrap and washed it, and washed out the tub too. Last night I respooled 3 tipups, cleaned a reel, mounted it on a Gander Mt First Ice rod (awesome rod for under 20 bucks!!!), and played around with my Rock-n-Reel. On yeah, I've got it BAD!

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I'm with you guys. This weekend I had the Otter Den out and was playing with that. (The neighbors thought I was nuts) Last night I got the Vex out and checked it with that old trick of turning it on over a hard floor and seeing if the signal was clear. Everything looked good. I have also scheduled two trips to LOW for Dec. and Jan. Can hardly wait for the ice fishing show - always the event that starts the ice season in the metro. Hopefully ice will come early this year.

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I was cleaning the garage this weekend and had to start up the ice auger and snowblower. Started thinking about getting another Thorne Bros. rod.

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Oh, that reminds me - I fired up the Lazermag this weekend too!! Started right up like a champ :-)

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Oh, you said fires up like a CHAMP, I thought you said CLAMP wink.gif

That reminds me, I have to start practicing!!

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Augernaut, be carefull what you ask for he may just show you.


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Clamp on. grin.gif

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augernaut,

Just do a search under the Upper Red Lake forum for 'Clamping' Everything you ever wanted to know about the future Olympic sport of clamping.

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Ok, think I figured it out. Depthfinder weight on the nose? You Minnesotan's just ain't right! LOL!!

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augernaut, you are correct, we are not right. But........We Have More Fun

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Thats why God gave us hunting, so that we could survive the time from summer fishing to safe ice. Have to admit i been looking for some new ice poles. And maybe a new shack. Possibly a heater. A new hand auger for early season. More skimmers. Mille Lacs ice chisel. Maybe a.....

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an example of having the ice bug bad:

went out in the boat this morning to "Scout" for hardwater spots!, i did fish alittle but i have a very short attention span for fighting the wind and jet-skiers.

don't get me wrong i love spring fishing and of course the february trips on the rainy, but man, mid summer can really get a guy down.......i'd fall fish more but that is a real busy time of year between bow hunting, waterfowl, and rifle season.

3 months to go!!

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GIT ER DONNNNNNNNNNNNNNEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! shocked.gif

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Why ride the wagon when the walk is so scenic?????????

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