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(Mother Nature Network)   Remember when all you needed to go ice fishing was a mobile outhouse and not some tricked-out shelter that more related to an RV?   (mnn.com) divider line 31
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2014-02-19 08:36:44 AM  
Fairly upscale.
 
2014-02-19 09:06:39 AM  
27 grand to catch a crappy.
 
2014-02-19 09:08:51 AM  
Cold people problems.
 
2014-02-19 09:08:54 AM  
I thought that ice fishing was like all the best things in life: all you need is alcohol and a hole.
 
2014-02-19 09:11:20 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I thought that ice fishing was like all the best things in life: all you need is alcohol and a hole.


I was gonna add to that brilliant observation, but it's simplicity is just too golden.
 
2014-02-19 09:11:23 AM  
Dude, stay at home if you want to drag all that along for fishing, cause the reality is that you're not fishing.
 
2014-02-19 09:15:59 AM  
No, subby, I don't remember. I live in Oklahoma. What you call ice fishing we call falling through the too thin ice. It's a hobby of mostly drunk, always stupid, rednecks. Falling through the ice, not ice fishing that is.
 
2014-02-19 09:18:12 AM  
Beer subby, you forgot beer. You cannot ice fish without beer.
 
2014-02-19 09:19:17 AM  

Publikwerks: Dude, stay at home if you want to drag all that along for fishing, cause the reality is that you're not fishing.


Sometimes getting away from home and the people there is the actual goal.

It's easier to respond honestly to incessant questions when you're talking about a thing you actually did.
 
2014-02-19 09:22:08 AM  
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2014-02-19 09:24:16 AM  
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It's what you're suppose to drink while fishing, not what you're supposed to stay in while fishing.
 
2014-02-19 09:24:51 AM  

Zarquon's Flat Tire: I thought that ice fishing was like all the best things in life: all you need is alcohol and a hole.


You're thinking of spelunking.
 
2014-02-19 09:41:17 AM  
I thought a pop-up shelter was overkill.
 
2014-02-19 09:48:02 AM  

Publikwerks: Dude, stay at home if you want to drag all that along for fishing, cause the reality is that you're not fishing.


If someone puts a hook in water trying to get a fish, they're fishing.

It really doesn't matter if you think it's fishing or not.
 
2014-02-19 10:07:40 AM  

Publikwerks: Dude, stay at home if you want to drag all that along for fishing, cause the reality is that you're not fishing.


Okay, so for the most part when they talk about this sort of thing in Minnesota they are talking about walleye fishing on the big walleye lakes.

Walleye fishing is not like normal fishing.  Sometimes you'll catch them one after another.  More often than not it's quite a while between.  That's why rattle reels were invented - so you could go to sleep and wake up when you have a bit.

/been there, done that
//why yes, I did grow up in far northern mn
///why yes, I did escape...to WI....not sure if that's an improvement
 
2014-02-19 10:08:11 AM  

eyemarten: I thought a pop-up shelter was overkill.


Precisely.

Why, back in my day we walked out on to the ice with an auger in one hand and a five gallon pail with our fish jig in the other. You'd drill a hole and then sit on the bucket with your back to the wind and fish. Just toss you catch out on to the ice and at the end of the day collect their frozen carcasses up in your bucket and go home.

And we LIKED it that way.
 
2014-02-19 10:20:36 AM  
In that vein:

Does anyone else feel like people using fish finders (sonar) are cheats? Where is the sport in that?
 
2014-02-19 10:29:03 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: eyemarten: I thought a pop-up shelter was overkill.

Precisely.

Why, back in my day we walked out on to the ice with an auger in one hand and a five gallon pail with our fish jig in the other. You'd drill a hole and then sit on the bucket with your back to the wind and fish. Just toss you catch out on to the ice and at the end of the day collect their frozen carcasses up in your bucket and go home.

And we LIKED it that way.


That is how my dad and I used to ice fish. We would bring hot chocolate and Dad would buy special candy bars (Bun bars and Chunky bars because they had chocolate and nuts and Chunky had raisins) for energy.
 
2014-02-19 10:41:03 AM  

Old_Chief_Scott: Why, back in my day we walked out on to the ice with an auger in one hand and a five gallon pail with our fish jig in the other. You'd drill a hole and then sit on the bucket with your back to the wind and fish. Just toss you catch out on to the ice and at the end of the day collect their frozen carcasses up in your bucket and go home.


Been there. Done that. Hated it.

/later I realized I didn't like eating them either, and I drastically reduced the amount of time I spend fishing.
 
2014-02-19 10:50:39 AM  

loser0: Old_Chief_Scott: Why, back in my day we walked out on to the ice with an auger in one hand and a five gallon pail with our fish jig in the other. You'd drill a hole and then sit on the bucket with your back to the wind and fish. Just toss you catch out on to the ice and at the end of the day collect their frozen carcasses up in your bucket and go home.

Been there. Done that. Hated it.

/later I realized I didn't like eating them either, and I drastically reduced the amount of time I spend fishing.


Ditto.
 
2014-02-19 10:53:10 AM  
I have a 10x20' fish house on Mille Lacs. Not nearly as fancy as those in the article. Two queen sized bunks, indoor bathroom (bucket with a seat), and all the usual stuff like underwater camera during daylight and sonar at night, and rattle reels.

Lots of fun all winter. I catch a lot of fish too.
 
2014-02-19 11:00:17 AM  
In the area I go fishing (suburban Twin Cities), lots of guys bring out big fish houses onto the lake, then run electrical and TV cable down from their houses on the shore, then sit there all weekend watching TV and drinking beer in a place where their wives won't come to bother them.

/Why yes, it is wonderful.
 
2014-02-19 11:02:04 AM  

parkthebus: Two queen sized bunks


You must have a different kind of fishing buddies than most guys.
 
2014-02-19 11:03:35 AM  

parkthebus: I have a 10x20' fish house on Mille Lacs. Not nearly as fancy as those in the article. Two queen sized bunks, indoor bathroom (bucket with a seat), and all the usual stuff like underwater camera during daylight and sonar at night, and rattle reels.

Lots of fun all winter. I catch a lot of fish too.


Unfortunately on Mille Lacs you throw back about 90% of the fish you catch due to the slot limit.

Fished there last winter - kept zero.  But it was fun.
 
2014-02-19 11:08:29 AM  

Sharksfan: parkthebus: I have a 10x20' fish house on Mille Lacs. Not nearly as fancy as those in the article. Two queen sized bunks, indoor bathroom (bucket with a seat), and all the usual stuff like underwater camera during daylight and sonar at night, and rattle reels.

Lots of fun all winter. I catch a lot of fish too.

Unfortunately on Mille Lacs you throw back about 90% of the fish you catch due to the slot limit.

Fished there last winter - kept zero.  But it was fun.


I've thrown back 100% this year. But I don't eat them anyway - give them away to friends who want the walleye fillets.

It's still fun to catch them. Walleyes can be tricky and I enjoy the challenge (and the beer).
 
2014-02-19 11:32:32 AM  
During the winter Minnesotans go out onto the ice and drink beer.  There may or may not be fish involved.  Some people call this beer drinking on ice "ice fishing".
 
2014-02-19 02:11:21 PM  
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I told Jim Bob this was a bit much.
 
2014-02-19 04:00:16 PM  

eyemarten: In that vein:

Does anyone else feel like people using fish finders (sonar) are cheats? Where is the sport in that?


I don't think it's cheating. It doesn't matter how fancy your electronics are, you can't force the fish to bite on what you drop down the hole. I haven't gone in quite some time, but having the sonar to read the depth through the ice sure saved a lot of effort of drilling exploratory holes and dropping a weight down to see how deep it was. Basically, I just used sonar to pinpoint my set up spot.
 
2014-02-19 07:36:54 PM  
As far as electronics go, it does give the angler an advantage.  I used a flasher sonar for many years before I got an underwater camera.  Until I got the camera it helped me put the bait at the right place in the water column so that I'd be where the fish were.  Once I got a camera and learned how my jigging motions translated to the lure movement and fish reaction that really helped.  That translated to more fish once I took that jigging knowledge and applied it to night time jigging with only a sonar.
 
2014-02-19 10:10:44 PM  

parkthebus: As far as electronics go, it does give the angler an advantage.  I used a flasher sonar for many years before I got an underwater camera.  Until I got the camera it helped me put the bait at the right place in the water column so that I'd be where the fish were.  Once I got a camera and learned how my jigging motions translated to the lure movement and fish reaction that really helped.  That translated to more fish once I took that jigging knowledge and applied it to night time jigging with only a sonar.


That's true. A flasher will tell you how far from the bottom the fish are. I never used a camera as they were relatively new to the sport and a little too expensive, for me, when I was into it. Used a basic plywood box 8X8, 6 holes, foam insulated, knock apart shack that went together with hinges and pins. Sat on buckets, many beers were consumed, many games of cribbage played and many fish were caught. I used to enjoy fishing through the ice more so than open water fishing. Now I'm old and it's too cold. :(
 
2014-02-20 09:01:31 AM  

stuffy: [ts3.mm.bing.net image 195x187]
I told Jim Bob this was a bit much.


Much less likely to be named 'Jim Bob'.  More likely to be named Olaf or Sven.
Where the women are strong, and the men good looking, and the children definitely want to move someplace warmer.
 
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