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Ice Safety Reminder, Again!

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I am not going to pretend to know when we will have safe ice.  If I did know, I would still tell you that it is up to YOU to be sure that it is safe every time you walk on the ice.  I am not going to take someone else’s word for it and you should not either.  You have to make that call yourself. I will tell you that we are getting close to seeing safe ice, but …

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‘Tweener Time!

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You all know I love to fish, year-round, love it all.  I love to ice fish, but have to admit my fall was really good this year and I hate to see it come to an end (updates and pictures coming in other blog posts, soon).  Yes, I was still fishing open water this past week; yes, my son and I did really well, but I am thinking that may have been about the end of it for this year. …

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Tip-Up Hook Keeper

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Keeping tip-ups from being a big tangled mess after they are rigged with hooks and weights can be a challenge.  In my surfing around the inter-webs, I have found a couple of ideas you might like! Here is a website for that product:  TUHK. Or, if you have some corks lying around, here is another DIY idea: Never forget, proper etiquette dictates that when you get a bite, you yell at the top of your lungs, and run as fast …

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Ice Depth-Finder Modifications

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I have a hard time convincing ice anglers nowadays that there actually was a time when we caught fish through the ice WITHOUT A DEPTH-FINDER!  Certainly, many of the “millennials” or “Generation Z-ers” or whatever, cannot even imagine being on the ice without that technology.  But, as the Sonic commercial jokes, some of us are “perennials”–thought we were dead, but we just keep coming back–and we can remember when we caught fish, lots of fish, through the ice while fishing …

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Big Enough

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At our ice-fishing clinic in Kearney last Saturday, during the classroom session, someone asked a question about the size of ice holes allowed in Nebraska, and what size ice auger a person should have.  Mostly for safety reasons, the largest diameter ice hole allowed on Nebraska public waters is 10 inches. While answering the question about what size of auger an ice angler should invest in, I started with one of my favorite answers, “It depends”.  There are more ice …

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Take Care of your Auger, and Your Auger Will Take Care of You!

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Even the most hard core of us ice-anglers are now resigned to the fact that it is going to be a few months until we are on the ice again.  Yes, I go through a period of depression every year when the ice melts.  In short order, I pick up the open-water rods and reels and “get back on the horse”, but I still am counting the days until we again have ice! So, I know many of you reading …

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Some Tips from the Ice

The extended forecast is not looking real good for our 2016 ice season, but I hope to squeeze out a few more days on the ice this winter.  I thought I would share some thoughts and tips I have been reminded of this winter. . . . I have said before that the variety of fishing lines we have available now is amazing.  I am old enough to remember when there were a handful of quality monofilament lines on the …

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It’s Coming, Better Get Ready!

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I will not pretend to know when we are going to have fishable ice this winter.  The long-range forecasts I have been following are calling for a wetter, but also warmer than average winter.  I am still fishing open water and I will absolutely as long as I can.  However, I know this, it is time to start thinking about getting the hard-water gear ready to go. There are a number of auger options on the market today, more than …

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Electric Augers

I do not have a lot of experience with any of the electric ice augers showing up on the market.  However, my buddy Teeg Stouffer over at Recycled Fish has put together a nice video comparing some electric augers, check it out: I am running an old 2-stroke Jiffy.  I have had that auger for years, so when I bought it, the 2-stroke augers were the only ones on the market.  My auger is big and heavy, but I knew …

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The Ice Man Cometh. . . .

I am already hearing some reports of folks venturing onto Nebraska ice to drill some holes and catch some fish.  Looking ahead at the weather forecast for the next week or so, it looks like our ice-fishing season is upon us or soon will be!  With that I want to again blog about ice safety.  I LOVE to ice-fish and will be on the ice as soon as possible and stay on the ice as late as possible in the …

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