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Ice Fishing Tip of the Day
I will make an attempt to provide one tip every day on Ice fishing.

Being that I am lazy I would relish the idea of taking a day off. In order for this to happen some one else will have to post a tip here. Thousands of tips are available to post.

Because I am seeing less and less people on the ice every year, I am thinking that no one is catching any fish and is giving up. And who wants to sit on a block of ice not knowing what they are doing. Besides I enjoy the company, friendly competition and camaraderie between 10-15 people with same interest. (or any intrest)

Most tips are common since to the avid icefisherpeople but you can be assured that many people go out on the ice clueless every year. From being improperly dressed to not understanding ice conditions.

It is my hopes that with the abundance of experience here on the boards we can rally together and provides helpful information and experiences of our excursions for that ice fisher want-a-be. So that he/her can go out on the ice feeling relatively safe and not get hurt + have good time.

So here it is… This is your first Ice Fishing Tip Of The Day -

In 30+ years of ice fishing I have been visited in the shanty only once by Mr. Game Warden. My door was latched from the inside as many of my friends do as well. Not to keep any one out per say but to keep the wind from blasting the doors open. (Any experienced ice fisherman will attest.) Any way he announced whom he was, I peeked through the peephole and seeing that what he said was true I immediately opened the door and invited him in to warm up, offered him some hot coffee, (not a beer because he was on duty)

I welcomed the visit (I know that if the game warden is on the lake checking he will have knowledge of what is going on around the rest of the lake.)+(If Mr. Game Warden is treated as a human being he will respond accordingly.) for those of you that may be thinking of breaking the law on an exceptionally good fishing day, remember that if you want to be respected then respect the fair fishing game rules. They are put in place for the benefit of the fish and your fellow fisherman. (Good ice fishing tip of the day)

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The "Spud" In reply to
Because I started this before midnight and I didn’t post it in time I am entering my next post on time.
When walking on the ice it is a good idea to carry a spud as a walking stick for several reasons:
(1.) It will help you keep your footing on clear ice (smooth - slick)
(2.) The safety of ice thickness can be tested with every step. A spud will go through 2 inches of ice with one good pop. Although one inch of ice will support your weight, the ice will not be uniform across the lake. It is not a good idea to venture further if you don’t have 3 inches or better.
(3.) If you fall through turning it side ways on your way down and hang on it just might your handle to getting back on top of the ice.
(4.) It can be used to cut your fishing hole.
(5.) It can be used to chop that tiny fish that swallowed the hook in to bits to be used as bait.
(6.) It can be used to chase away that pesky muskrat that is hanging around the hole.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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staying worm on the ice In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #3

Do not go Ice Fishing in your “Birthday Suet”

For some it might it might be a pleasant site, for others it might make them want to shove fishhooks in their eyes. Besides you wouldn’t want to get sun burned!

But seriously, fishing out on the lake at times during the winter, it feels like you aren’t wearing any cloths at all. No matter how much you try to bundle up the wind will cut right through your clothing, chilling you to the bone making what would be a pleasurable fishing trip a down right miserable fiasco.

Breaking the wind is half the battle. They’re several ways of beating the wind. The easiest is to build a shanty with all the comforts of home. Heater radio or TV lights and yes even a refrigerator. I have done this my self and must say that it is quite comfortable. Taking your heavy coats off and hangs them on the wall. Outside is 30 deg. below zero; the wind is a blowing and a howling away at gust up to forty miles per hour, all the while you are roasting at temps in excess of 85 deg.

Ok, this might be a bit too extreme for most people’s blood. There are countless numbers of portable shanties available on the market. They may not be as nice as a home made to custom shanty they do provide shelter for those lake hopers who want to try some place else miles away from home. (Some can be set up in less than 2 minuets) I had one and wore it out, after 10 years of rigorous use of course.

Ok, this might be too expensive for some one who is just starting out and is not quite sure that they will ever try Ice Fishing again. Still, getting out of the wind is your best defense for staying worm. Many years ago my dad came up with a sled that stood up on end that he could sit in. (Like a little cubby hole) he could stay out there hours after every one else got cold and had to go back in. (this did improve on his fish take home tremendously)(plans are available at http://

Ok, you don’t want to invest time or money in a home on the ice, portable shanty or build an inexpensive sled.
There are other ways of maintaining your body heat. This is a must and is always a good idea for any one who lives in a northern climate where the temps drop to freezing. Proper clothing will sustain you quite well if you remember to keep your motion to a minimum and don’t over heat. You do not want to sweat, If you do it will just be a matter of minuets after you stop sweating you will begin to start freezing. At this point you are all done. GO HOME BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE! no amount of clothing will stop you from freezing after you start sweating.

Purchasing the right clothing is always a plus. (The BIGFISHTACKLE superstore has some articles you might want to consider.) Clothes that close up around your ankles and wrists snug but not tight help to keep the wind out. Many are wind resistant. A good winter outfit can even save your life if stranded in a car on a back road over night. Or the power in your house goes out.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The "Hole" In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #4

Excreting on the ice wont make it go away. It just makes the ice yellow and smelly.

You want to go fishing; you wander out to your favorite place only to find that winter in all its wander has made the water stiff. You find that no matter how much weight you put on your line, you cant get your line below the surface of the water.

You’ve come to the conclusion that you may need a hole if you are going to get your line wet.

There are several ways to get through the Ice along with many different types of tools.

Cave man had a unique method and that was to walk out to their fishing hole every day till the ice was gone.
They first tried fire, but found that as the ice melted it would put out the fire.
Then came the controversy of which is better the stick or the stone. Sticks were slow at best and nearly impossible to break through ice thicker than 4-5 inches. Big rocks worked but made the surrounding ice unsafe to get near.

Cave man would have to wait for thousands of years before string was invented to tie the rock to the stick “The Spud.” This was the greatest invention next to the “Fire”. With many variations the spud was used for many different tasks. Smaller ones could be used as a projectile. Larger ones could be used for many tasks; hunting, fishing and war with the bear on next hill over. Finally they were able to break through the ice. Not knowing what to do after they got there. They went back home and again waited till spring. It would be another few hundred thousand years before hook and line would be invented. (Two sticks tied together with a string) believe it or not, it works.

Moving up to date, we have invented many kinds of hole cutting devices. There are different size holes for the different methods of fishing.

The type of fishing you want to do may have an influence on the hole-cutting tool you want.

(a.) 6-inch hole for pan fish
(b.) 8-inch hole for walleye pike and bass
(c.) 18 X 18 inch hole and larger for spearing pike

(1.) The spud will work with all holes but slow.
(2.) The auger (cup and drill types) a little faster will cut a uniform hole for 6-12 inch holes.
(3.) The power auger messy but fast will cut uniform holes from 6-15 inch.
(4.) The chain saw (you are going to get wet!) will cut any size square hole you want. (Best for spearing holes.)
(5.) The lazar (hasn’t been invented yet for the open market)
(6.) The ever popular (Spring Thaw) slower than the spud but works well every where except the Artic and Antarctic

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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the pole In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #5

So you want to catch a fish through the ice aye?
Well God Bless ya, and Good Luck! Cause you are about to embark on an adventure that you will remember for the rest of your days.

What you will need first is a pole. There are a countless number of poles available on the open market and even more so for hand made contraptions.

My personal favorite is the ever popular wiggle your thumb under the ice method, (though it works with pike, It is not recommended that you use this method if you plan to hitch-hike home after the event. You might need that thumb!)

You can build just about any thing that will work well with just a minimum of cost. Year’s back while teaching my nephew the basics of fishing, I armed him with a stick with a string, bobber, hook and sinker tied to it. His job was to fish over the side of the boat. Not vary happy was he with such an outlandish outfit; I explained to him that he had the better pole than any of the four of us in the boat. Not liking that he could not cast with it like everyone else, he grumped and used it cause it was all he had. Wanting to set him up to be a winner, I parked him directly overtop the honey-hole. Where the action was nonstop. He had successfully out fished every one in the boat, beating his uncle his daddy and his daddy’s buddy all put together. Then came the bonus his first soft shell snapper turtle, about 15 inches in diameter.

Building your own fishing concoctions with your kids will only increase the joy and gratification of family fishing,

Try one of these, use your imagination you will be pleasantly surprised!
A spool of line and a hook is the minimum requirement.
A spool of line with hook bobber and a split sinker is nice, and will do the job quite nicely.
A spool of line tied to a stick works well.

For those of you who are lacking in imagination, handy craft skills, and adventurism or just don’t have the time can do what most fishermen do, and that is the shop till you drop method.

Rule of pike bitten thumb (sorry) is, stiff poles are used for bigger fish while the more flexible poles are for your pan fish. Or visa-versa depending on the way you fish.

Stiffer poles give you a sharper jigging action where as flexible poles will give you a more gentle jigging action.

Stiffer poles will give you a hard setting action for bass and walleye, flexible poles will give smaller fish the opportunity to hook themselves as well as keeping you from ripping the hook out of softer mouth fish such as crappie ciscoes and trout. (Exception to the rule is that pike are very sensitive biters and will notice any tugs felt when hitting on a pole with any strength at all. Here is where you will want to use a noodle pole or a spin cast real leaving the bail open.)

The most common pole used for pike is called the “Tip-up” not resembling any type of pole that you are accustom to, this pole sits partially under water through your hole. Able to alert fishermen a hundred yards away with just a single action’ popping up a flag to let the otherwise preoccupied fisherman know that maybe there is a fish on the line.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Re: the pole In reply to
Got to like those TIP-UPS LOL Flag-man-on-ice

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Any body got a Line? In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #6

Dropping a line is the “preferred method” of getting your hook to the fish during the ice-fishing season, when you consider that few anglers possess the skill to hit an 8-inch diameter hole from the shore.

Speaking of line. There are more different types of line than there types of game fish. With so many lines how doses one choose from the borage? Well I guess that all depends on what you are looking for.

First you want to match the line to the reel. Don’t over load the reel, meaning that you should take in consideration what the specifications called for (pound ratings). Over loading can damage your reel, stripping gears and burning up the clutches on your drag.

When you here about anglers going after lunkers with “Ultra Light” these persons are after the sport of landing big fish on light tackle. That particular style of fishing will go through more reels and line than someone who is going out to produce fish for the table, increasing the cost factor.

Using a two-size line setup is a good practice. Being that the line is at least 1 third liter than the reel line. This is a good cost and time saving practice.

Here is the math equation that I use.

Blue Gill, Crappie, Perch = 4 pound test leader – 8 pound reel line.
With this setup I will have to replace my leader line every 20 fish. (The line breaks at around 25 fish)
This setup can easily land a 7-pound bass. You will just have to ware him out before landing.

Largemouth Bass, trout, Ciscoes = 6 pound leader 8 pound reel line.
Walleye = 12 - 14 pound leader 15 – 20 reel line.
Pike = steel leader 20 pound reel line. (Same with tip-ups)

As for the brand to look for, jump over on the Tackle and Lure board. Ask the pro’s they can give you the best advice.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Re: Any body got a Line? In reply to
Or do like me and have a rod with different line on all of them, so you just use the one with the right poundage ! Sure glad my wife doesnt go in the garage!!!!! LOL Flagmanonice

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Re: Any body got a Line? In reply to
gotta love herSmileFlagmanonice

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Bobber In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #7

The Bobber, - a fish bite detecting device, is really neat to have, but is it necessary?

The answer is, “Not in all Applications”. As the avid Ice Fisherman knows, fish bite detectors come in many shapes and is often un-noticeable. The device can be built right in to your fishing equipment and be virtually invisible to the untrained eye.

First we will start with the bobber. The bobber was invented in the last two hundred years. The first was a stick tied to the string the next was a piece of cork then came the plastic then finally the poly-foam. Of those previously mentioned, all are still in use today. Yes even the stick, though you wouldn’t recognize it.

To name a few types;
Stick Bobber – long and slender with a rounded barrel or egg shape in the middle that if used with out weights will lie on its side, standing up on end when some thing has a hold of the line below. When used with weights, will stand up, zipping under the water when the bait has been taken. Not used for Ice Fishing can be if you aint got nothing else.

Bubble usually clear plastic and is often used for its stealth, is not usually used for ice fishing, but can be in a pinch.

Slip Bobber is the most commonly used bobber among Ice Fishermen for its practicability, (Fast and easy to change depths) there is a large variety from spring loaded round (push button plastic) to wood or foam with the line passing through the center and held in place by a dowel. It is a good idea to match your weight to your bobber, you don’t want your bobber floating at the bottom of the lake Wink

Other bite detecting devices The ever popular thumb wiggle under the water method. Works well with pike. Unfortunately those gills, perch and crappie just cant get their mouths around it.

Flag most commonly used with the tip-up, maid from spring steal (or spring loaded in some cases) has a brightly colored patch of cloth/plastic that pops up requesting your attention.

Electronic Beeper Used on tip-ups at night to alert Ice Fishermen the possibility of a “fish-on.”

Ultra Sensitive Spring Tips These little devices made of spring steel, approximately 3-6 inches in length are attached to the pole. (Temp/Permanent) The line is beaded through the eyehole. (Can be placed above or below the tip eye) This sensitive little device will detect even lightest of bites, moving ever so slightly you can see the action.

Ultra Sensitive Pole Tips are built right in to the pole not requiring any other devices for visual bite detection.

The Noodle Pole is in it self, “the bite detector.” The pole will bend right over as with its name like a wet noodle.

Tip Down is actually a precision pole holder, balancing the pole at just right point so that when a fish bites the pole tip drops towards the hole exposing the handle for easy grabbing.

The Jingle Bell Used more for night and river fishing is not commonly used. Can be if you are not in to watching your pole.

My all time favorite fish bite detector is the “KID”screaming, “I got one! I got one!” alerting the whole lake that the fish just became active again!

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Re: The Bobber In reply to
Wheres the tip of the day !!!! I need it !!! LOL , You must be out fishing you lucky @#$%

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appleloggie In reply to
My deepest and sincerest apologies for missing yesterday,
I was having a brain faaart, (an old car injury, sort of like alzimers but not. comes and goes)

Thanks for the keeping me on my toes thing Smile it is much appreciated

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Stink In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #8

Stink or not to stink, that is the question. Whether it is nobler in the heart to leave the cap off the bottle when your fishing buddies fishing stories start smelling up the joint and you cant get a word in edge wise.

In many cases stinks, will enhance the ability of hungry fish to detect food by the taste it leaves in the water, it won’t however make them bite no mater what the claim. Before you use a stink you should consider this. Many have been banned because of contaminants in the mixture (pollutants) that will kill aquatic life.

Stinks made of natural materials are the best. Make sure that the stinks you use are biodegradable; some have been found to contain petroleum by-products and have been banned (check your bottles, any thing made before 1985 should be thrown out) The newer stinks on the markets are regulated as for such…

You can make your own stinks, but watch out for flying rolling pins in the kitchen as the honey wont appreciate the fragrant aroma that is given of, filling the house with the alluring smell of fish by-products and cooking oils, (peanut or corn possibly olive).

Using a small portion of the days catch (innards) in a saucepan,1/2 cup oil, throw in a half dozen dead minced minnows (or ½ cup minced fish entrails) three or four drops essence of pole kitty (if you cant catch a pole kitty then you may sub with skunk cabbage – easily found in the winter in swampy areas it is one of a few things growing) oils from these help to retain the aroma. Cook on a low heat (do not fry) let cool then strain (use a fine strainer or coffee filter) Find a good container to pour in. make sure it is watertight.

Squirt a little on your bait or make some power baits and enjoy.

Word of caution, while this product will help in ridding unwanted guest in the house it will however be mistaken for a food supplement by folks from the Bayou area.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Hook In reply to

Ice Fishing Tip #9

What is the hook?
In my opinion the hook is whatever it is that’s keeps you going back to that favorite fishing hole or traveling to new and un-chartered waters. A hook can be the amazement of walking on waters that you would otherwise need a boat to get to. Being that it might be the clean crisp air cleansing your lungs with every breath. I wonder if it is the view of winter in all its glory, snow flying covering every thing with its pristine yet glittery ice crystals, sparkling in the sun light so bright you are blinded by its brilliance. Or maybe, just maybe it is the serenity, felt deep within the soul that calms your inner being to a plane of utter peace. Or it is the rewards of catching and eating fish, fresh from the icy cold waters.

Be that it is an old friend or an ice skating pond of your youth, or riding over the rollers in the oceans, dodging freighters in the shipping lanes on the waters of the great lakes, chasing fish in the rivers with a fly rod, or maybe setting on the riverbank at night waiting for that bell to ring, fishing will always be a part of all of us.

Though many of my favorite child hood fishing holes have been bulldozed, destroyed and turned into peoples back yards, parking lots, and worst of all, golf courses fishing will always be my first calling. As the old saying goes, “If you follow me, I will make you a fisherman.”

Whatever the hook is, once hooked, fishing will be in your blood calling you every time you see the first snowflake, or that first robin in the spring, or the first summer rain beating against the windows at work or school. Knowing that just around the corner a new fishing seasons is about to begin.

I don’t know about you, I’m hooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If your not, then get hooked. You’ll live longer.
Grab a pole a friend and some bait get out there and make some life long memories. WinkWink

Fishing our one true love.Blush Happy Valentines Day Cool

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Blue Gill and Perch Setup In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #10

As you know, different species require different size hooks to have any productive results. We all have had experiences fish, whom have resided to dropping out of school and can’t tell the deference between a #1 and a #8 hook. In addition there are those fish that can’t even tell the deference between a hook and a sinker. (I actually reeled in a couple of those, hanging on to the sinker and not letting go until they were in the boat.)(Blue Gills)

Speaking of Blue Gill my favorite hook is the ABERDEEN SNELL #8 just big enough for a bug or red/leaf worm or a piece of crawler. (Just enough crawler to cover the hook)(Usually 3 crawlers is enough for me to catch 25 Gills)(Don’t forget to stink it up a little WinkWink) And yet is big enough for those Large/Small Mouth bass to hook them selves.

Using #4 to #6 pound test leader line you will want to have 3 or 4 setups pre made before you go out. (You don’t want to miss out on the feeding frenzy while it is going on) Although most Gills weigh less than 2 pounds, that doesn’t stop the strain that each individual Gill will have on the line. Gills spin around in circles as you attempt to land them, twisting and wearing at the line near the hook.

I use two setups for Gills a single and a double hook leader.
SingleTying the hook at the bottom of the leader I will then place the sinker three inches above the hook. No more no less as this is essential for setting the hook properly (every time).
Double Tying the hook at the bottom of the leader I will then place the second hook 12 inches above the first then the sinker 3 inches above the top hook. The placement of the two hooks is very important reason is in the timing. I set the top hook at the desired depth, while the Gill takes the top hook, the bottom hook will trail behind. Like a couple of barnyard hens Gills will chase each other for a worm. The apposing Gill seeing the worm trailing behind the first Gill will assume that the first Gill has lost it and will move in for the snatch, the hook will set in to the second Gill by the first Gill resulting in the ”Double Hookup.”

The double hookup dose bring the Gills in faster, I rarely use it any more do to the fact that here in Michigan the Gill bag limit have been reduced from 50 Gills to 25. So to prolong my trip I will use the single.

I use the ”Double Hookup.” for perch using #6 to a #4 ABERDEEN SNELL using minnows or corn for bait

You can find this hook here.>

“Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Crappie Hole In reply to

Ice Fishing Tip #11

When choosing a place to drill your hole you may want to look for standing vegetation, feeder fish will choose to dart in and out through the plant life. Crappie, Bass and other predator fish will hunt these areas. Fishing above these weedy areas will prove productive during feeding periods.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Re: Ice Fishing Tip of the Day In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #12

Don’t make your honey worry!!!

Take a cell phone with you on the ice, or at the very least let “some one” know where you are going and when you will be back. If you are late getting off the lake use a pay phone to let that “some one” know that you are ok.

A cell phone on the ice can be a lifesaver, and the life you save just might be your own.

This is especially important when the Ice conditions are becoming questionable.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Bait Can In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #14

Find an o’l buddy that chaws on backer, he will most likely have an empty backer can that he will be more than happy to give you. (Watch out where you stepping Tongue)

These pocket size round cans are a handy little item to have for a couple of reasons;
(1.) They are good for caring your wax worms and mousies.
(2.) The smell of the backer on the maggots act as a power bait while the smell of the backer will hide the sent of the moth larva that will attract moths in to your house.

There is no need to punch holes in the cardboard cans they are not air tight.

You will want to get a new can every year for the fresh baker smell.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Sun Glasses In reply to
Sun Glasses
Ice Fishing Tip #15

Sun Glasses;

Not only do they make you look cool they are a vital part of an Ice Fisherman’s gear.

Aside from making you look cool on the ice, sunglasses will help protect your eyes from snow blindness caused by the suns rays being reflected by snow and ice on the lakes.

Snow blindness is dangerous to your eyes well being, though most cases are temporary, permanent damage can accrue if safeguards are not taken.

So unless you are one of those persons who think walking around with a white cane is a fashion statement, look cool on the ice wear your SUNGLASSES

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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The Lantern In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #16

There are many types of lanterns choose from. When selecting you will want to give some thought to what you hope to get from your lantern.

Of course the lantern will provide light. The gas lantern can also be your primary source of heat while on the ice or in the shanty.

By placing the gas lantern on the ice near your feet, it will help to take the bite out of the cold. This is especially helpful if your circulation is not what it used to be.

In side of a well-built shanty a single double globe lantern will produce all the heat needed to make it comfortable. Two lanterns will make it rather toasty inside. You will occasionally want to open the door to refresh your air supply. So if you don’t want to take the permanent nap, every half hour or so crack the door open to change the air. It won’t take long for it to worm back up.

If you have not made your shanty airtight then you will not have to worry about carbon monoxide poisoning. Also under these conditions the lantern may not be enough heat to take your coats off if the drafts are persistent.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Those Stylish Fishing Vest In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #17

Those Stylish Fishing Vest “Life Jackets”;
With all their pockets and good looks is really one of your best friends when it comes to winter fishing. Only ¾ of an inch thick this vest will fit well under your winter coat.

Not only will this handy life jacket help to keep you a float it may also be the difference in life or death when it comes to hypothermia in the wader. Every one knows that insulation is nothing but dead air space. Therefore those ¾ inch vest thing but dead air space trapped in foam.

I was at a sports store here in Novi late last Fall looking for a new life vest, I had told them I wanted one to ice fishing with. My request was soon answered with laughter and the comment that their summer line wouldn’t be out until March.

Not only did they miss out on a sale, the clerk missed out on a very important Ice Fishing Tip that I would have gladly given him. If only I wasn’t in a rush that day.

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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You’ve hacked the filet job! In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #18

Ok, so you went out ice fishing, you caught some fish, you came home and cleaned them, and you’ve just realized that not only was your brain still frozen when you cleaned the fish so was your hands!
You’ve managed to keep your fingers in the process but hacked up the filet job! And the honey is looking at you kinda funny.
Don’t worry all is not lost. Go ahead and mince the rest of the fish and say you meant to do that. It is for a new recipe you’ve wanted to try out.

" Fish Fritters"

In a bowl mix together;
2-4 cups fish chopped into very small peaces
2 eggs
2 cups self-rising flower
3 teaspoons sugar
1-cup cornmeal
1 can of beer
1 cup chopped onion greens or onions if preferred.
1-teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon of black pepper, suit to taste.
Pre heat the deep fryer and spoon a tablespoon full at a time.

Pre heat your girdle and butter it up. You will most likely use the whole stick through out the cooking process.

Take a large tablespoon full of the mixture and place on the girdle and spread to about grape fruit sized. Cook until it browns turn over and do the some.

To serve place 3 cakes on a plate top with sour cream sprinkled with chopped onion greens or chives.

Cakes can be pre made a day in advanced and reheated in the oven on a cookie sheet at 450 for 10-12 min.

Serve with a mixed steamed vegetable melody.

Red or white wine will go well with this easy and delightful dinner
Will serve five or more depending on how well you can keep your hands off the cakes. (smak)

This recipe works well with most any de-boned fish!

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Landing Your Walleye In reply to
Ice Fishing Tip #19

I am posting this one today for tomarrow, going to visit with Ted Nugent

So you got a Walleye on the end of your line and you’ve managed to get his head to the top of your hole. Now what you do?

A) Cut the line and let him go.
B) Yell for your daddy to come and get it out for you.
C) Try pulling it up and out the way you would a pan fish.
D) Wait for the ice to freeze around the walleye.

though all of these answers above will work, (mostly in loosing your fish). The correct answer is E) Grab your gaff that you have so ingeniously invented last summer. Slip it behind his gill and pull him through the hole.

For those of you who have not yet invented one, you can run out to your local fishing supply store and most likely not be able to find one. So now what? Well you will have to make one your self.

Being that you don’t have one you may not know what it is that you are looking for. So I will describe one for you and then you can run out to your workbench and throw one together.

Any kind of dowel (wood-aluminum-steel) with a #3.0 treble hook (2-3 inch diameter) attached to one end and any kind of an anti-slipping device (knob-tee-rope-dipped in rubber-a bend) on the other. You can make it as fancy or as plane as you like.

This will also work well on those pesky thumb biters (pike) or any other large fish.

Mine is a piece of broken ski pole that I brazed to a hook. (Total cost, 32 cents + tax)(I picked up the pole out of a trashcan at a ski lodge while skiing) Had it for ten + years now. Even though I haven’t had the pleasure of using it on a walleye (yet) my dad has barrowed it from me many-many times. And I watched!!!

Cool “Don’t forget to wiggle your jig.” davetclown
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Hello Dave,
Tell Mr. Nugent we said "Hello", and have fun. Please let us know how the show was.
Great tip as always!

Laugh How about a good laugh?

Mike H
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Come on Dave, your slacking on the matter !! LOL, It should be posted in the morning incase we need to use the information you give us that same day !!!! LOL, Flagmanonice

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