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Title: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on November 17, 2018, 09:04:05 PM
we were thinking about ideas to get together. I know this isn't for everybody, but if we want o get a group together for a LOTW ice fishing trip I could try to organize it.

unlike Erie, we wouldn't have to worry about big winds keeping us off the lake.  @--0--0118 @--0--0118 travel may be an issue in the winter though. I could pic folks up at the mpls airport if needed

just a thought. it's an acquired taste, no doubt. I think it's a good time. sleep, eat and drink on the ice. what more could you want? @--0--0117 @--0--0117
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on November 18, 2018, 02:40:29 PM
When I think of ice fishing all I can think of is the "Grumpy Old Men" movie.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on November 18, 2018, 04:05:36 PM
When I think of ice fishing all I can think of is the "Grumpy Old Men" movie.

this could be a mirror image of that --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 12, 2018, 12:33:10 PM
Can we do this in the summer when it's not so cold?  --099-780 Sub zero weather I can deal with for deer hunting, not sure about a little fishy. However I do like the idea, I might just consider it.  ##$%#1115
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 12, 2018, 03:08:13 PM
Can we do this in the summer when it's not so cold?  --099-780 Sub zero weather I can deal with for deer hunting, not sure about a little fishy. However I do like the idea, I might just consider it.  ##$%#1115

time spent outside is limited to releasing your bladder

i didn't know if this idea would fly. it was worth a shot. it's totally different than most of the guys here have experienced, so i figured i'd make the offer. no harm, no foul ^^&&$%GT
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 12, 2018, 10:01:13 PM
I like the idea Yari - have always wanted to try my hand at ice fishing and certainly could fit the "grumpy old men" stereotype.  What time of the frigid winter would be appropriate for that typically?  Don't know when you guys typically lose safe ice up there in the arctic.  My last 8-9 weeks of my career in Jan & Feb are pretty packed this year but after that my schedule opens up dramatically!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 13, 2018, 10:30:32 AM
Who could turn starring in your very own Grumpy Old Men live show  --099-780 --099-780 --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 13, 2018, 04:51:44 PM
mad- i'm heading up 1/17 for the annual trip. after that i'm open for suggestions. they are 4 man shacks. most require 2 person minimum. we would have to pick a date quickly. they book up fast and may already be booked.

anyone want to throw out a couple dates? i'll do the leg work
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2018, 08:27:03 AM
I'd be up for it!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2018, 02:34:23 PM
mad, HM and myself. i think i could find a place that would take a group of 3.( my last post said 2. that was a fat finger. sorry) room for one more. anyone?

let me know what dates won't/ will work and i'll start calling

FYI- i'm not saying we can only do 1 house. if more want to came, great
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2018, 05:51:12 PM
Yari - How late in the season can you guys count on having decent ice?  Reason I ask is that Jan & Feb are pretty packed for me schedule-wise.  I'll be taking the month of March as vacation & then retiring April 1 (good Lord willing!) so schedule frees up dramatically in early March.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 14, 2018, 08:11:38 PM
Yari - How late in the season can you guys count on having decent ice?  Reason I ask is that Jan & Feb are pretty packed for me schedule-wise.  I'll be taking the month of March as vacation & then retiring April 1 (good Lord willing!) so schedule frees up dramatically in early March.

march normally has good ice and the fishing should be good then as well. that is if I don't catch them all before that --099-780 ^^&&$%GT
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 07:45:22 AM
March is good for me... I would probably have to fly in
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 08:09:42 AM
March is good for me... I would probably have to fly in

i'm not far from Mpls airport. I don't know what it would cost to fly to Baudette,mn, but i'm sure that would be too much
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 08:45:53 AM
LOL... yeah, about $600 more. Where exactly would this be in case I wanted to drive?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 01:38:05 PM
LOL... yeah, about $600 more. Where exactly would this be in case I wanted to drive?

I could pick you up in MPLS. the lake is 6 hours from there w/ good roads. lake of the woods is by baudette
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 04:13:43 PM
before anyone commits, there is the link to the guy I use. the prices and pics of the ice shacks are included. I know nobody likes surprises.

twinislandsleepers.com

it's nothing fancy, but the fishing is usually pretty good throughout the day. plus, i'm pretty sure you won't lose weight. I normally plan on one night to eat out and get back to 'civilization'. there's a nice lodge not far away(arnesons resort)

thoughts?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 07:30:56 PM
Yari - are you thinking one of the 3-day/2 night packages?  Are people fishing right through the floor of the shack?  (yeah, some of us country folk don't get out much, sorry for the dumb questions)   Dang, that's within spittin' distance of Canada, you sure we wouldn't get trampled by all those liberals who are running for the border since Trump got elected? 
 --099-780 ##$%#114 --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 15, 2018, 10:30:46 PM
mad- I was thinking 3 day. even for me, it's too far for just 2 days. if you are interested, extra days over 3 are $25 each.

yes, you fish through the floor. eat, fish, sleep... all in the same general space. it's kinda fun/different but you don't get cold. take a nap whenever you want. fish and cook at the same time. eat and fish. and of course, bs and fish all the time @--0--0105. it's definitely a guy thing. my wife doesn't get it @--0--0117 @--0--0117

the trip to the lodge for dinner is just to get out of the 4 walls and stretch your legs
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 17, 2018, 08:03:14 AM
LOL... yeah, about $600 more. Where exactly would this be in case I wanted to drive?

I could pick you up in MPLS. the lake is 6 hours from there w/ good roads. lake of the woods is by baudette

Would Duluth be better? Of course I havent run any of this buy the boss lady but I figured I better get details together first..  LOL
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 17, 2018, 03:07:48 PM
LOL... yeah, about $600 more. Where exactly would this be in case I wanted to drive?

I could pick you up in MPLS. the lake is 6 hours from there w/ good roads. lake of the woods is by baudette

Would Duluth be better? Of course I havent run any of this buy the boss lady but I figured I better get details together first..  LOL

not really. i think it would cost more for duluth as it's a small airport. mpls would be best

i get the cost and time thing for you guys. it's a heck of a long trip for a couple days and it's not cheap. i think it will be something you would remember forever. good or bad  @--0--0105 i don't know many people that can say they slept 3 days on the ice. i have to believe that number is near zero for you southern folks ^^&&$%GT
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 17, 2018, 07:05:05 PM
I'm still interested.  Wife's B-day is March 3 and daughter is home for spring break March 16, so would a slot in the middle somewhere be an option for any of you guys?

HM - you could drive up to Peoria, hop in with me & I'll haul us to Minneapolis area to meet up w/Yari & then ride together up to the arctic circle with him??
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 17, 2018, 07:58:51 PM
i'm open on dates. we could do a mid-week if that works better for you guys. less folks mid week

the temps shouldn't be bad in March. I don't think we will be below zero. definitely not -20 like in January anyway
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 11:15:42 AM
I'm still interested.  Wife's B-day is March 3 and daughter is home for spring break March 16, so would a slot in the middle somewhere be an option for any of you guys?

HM - you could drive up to Peoria, hop in with me & I'll haul us to Minneapolis area to meet up w/Yari & then ride together up to the arctic circle with him??

I could do that... and mid week works for me as well as weekends...
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 11:18:02 AM
sounds like you guys have a plan. let me know that you guys have the 'all clear' from the HOH's and i'll get to work and find some dates
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 02:07:06 PM
im good...  pick a date...
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 02:29:07 PM
So, what do we need to bring with us?

72 hour non resident license - About $36 (2018 prices)
$250 per person fee for the house
money for night out dinner
Food or food money?
Adult beverages?
regular beverages?
Someone better have a way to make coffee !!!
Fishing gear? I probably do not have any ice fishing gear...

Yari, you are in charge of making the "Bring this with you" list for each of us...
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 02:46:22 PM
Wait Just A Minute Here!!!! HM on ice without me to take care of him..................Bad Idea!!!!!!!  @--0--0127 You guys get the details nailed down and I just very possibly be your 4th.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 02:49:05 PM
and there is my bodyguard... I usually need him around to either keep the peace or stir it up...  it all depends on his mood.. LOL

I can pick you up on the way to Mad's place...   and no more pink crocks....   only a few know that story from a previous ice fishing trip
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 03:02:58 PM
Im working on logistics to set a date
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 03:17:03 PM
Possible plan....

Fishing dates  - March 10,11,12 (Sunday-Tuesday)

Friday afternoon I go pick up Mike (2 hrs)
We drive to Peoria IL to meet up with Mad (4.5 hours) arriving around 9 to 10 PM
We crash at Mad's house (with his wife's permission)
We leave Peoria early saturday morning to meet Yari in Minneapolis (6.5 hrs)
then we head to williams MN and find a hotel somewhere that night. (5.5 hrs)
Get on the Ice sunday morning.
Leave the ice Tuesday around noon
Drive back to minneapolis to drop off yari then back to Peoria (12 hrs)
Crash at Mad's house again then leave early for Evansville (4.5 hrs) arriving Wednesday Morning

A lot of hard driving but its the only way I can limit the week days for WV
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 03:53:26 PM
this is a possible plan that depends on WV getting time away from the shop. He wont know how many days he can be away until we get closer. If his time is limited, me and him may fly together from Evansville to Minneapolis that Saturday morning.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 04:00:44 PM
I know yari wants to get it booked soon so why dont we all have a conversation about it. Maybe a conference call tomorrow night? We can use my companies conf call system. Say 8 PM central time?

866-382-3585   ext #8590

Whos good for that?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 18, 2018, 09:20:03 PM
Probably can't make the call tomorrow night, need to be at the Christmas party for Dream Center kids, but let me know what you prefer.  I think I can convince the warden to let you guys get some sleep here coming and going if that's what works for you.  The March dates are currently open for me.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 08:38:50 AM
lets book the dates but postpone the conf call until after Christmas...
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 08:55:43 AM
that works for me. i'm checking the dates. since sunday is normally their turn around day, we may have a problem. their normal trips are booked friday-sunday. i'll call right now
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 11:32:22 AM
i'm going to try to borrow a couple vexilars/depth finders for you guys. does anyone have access to 12 volt batteries? they are used a lot for back-up system for smoke detectors and alarms. they usually go unused and the gov't requires companies to replace them every couple years

i've been lucky over the years to snag a couple from hospitals. they are a lot better than what i can buy retail. it would be best to have a couple per unit so we can swap one out and recharge the other
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 08:50:40 PM
that works for me. i'm checking the dates. since sunday is normally their turn around day, we may have a problem. their normal trips are booked friday-sunday. i'll call right now
Once you confirm dates Yari, let us know if we need to call them to pay or if we send you a check or ??  I have zero experience in the ice fishing department, so any advice on gear to bring along for the fishing part is certainly welcome.  Looks like we have 2 holes per person - do you use a rod in each hole or tip-ups, or one of each?  Fish in one & keep your beer cold in the other?

As for batteries - I need to buy myself a new portable jump starter, one of those would probably power a depth finder for a while.  Do they have generators out at the shacks for re-charging?  Sorry for all the dumb questions, just a noob who is more aquainted with soft water sports.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 09:05:38 PM
mad- i'm going to try to get 2 poles for each. if not, i'll figure it out. rattle wheels are always fun for one hole and I have one. they may have some to

rookie! beer sinks in the open hole. more than one un-opened beverage has sunk to the bottom of the big pond --7-8-9 @--0--0105

FYI. the area by the holes is our fridge. since it's March, maybe the stuff IN the coolers outside won't freeze solid. in January, anything IN the coolers freezers like a rock

I would think your company would have a bunch of 12V batteries. check w/ maintenance.

keep the questions coming. i'll take care of the gear as best I can. once we get the gear, game on ^^&&$%GT ^^&&$%GT 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 19, 2018, 09:07:53 PM
anyone have a small generator? if not I may be able to borrow one
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 20, 2018, 11:15:02 AM
My generator is a beast, not worth bringing along.

I'll put a little life vest on my beers Yari so they keep their noses out of the water, fear not!  I'm not opposed to buying some gear so don't sweat it if you don't have enough spares.  Always thought I'd like to do some ice fishing, just never got around to it - this might be just the spark I need to get started.  Wife is already rolling her eyes when I tell her I need to go buy some gadgets!   --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 20, 2018, 01:18:31 PM
My generator is a beast, not worth bringing along.

I'll put a little life vest on my beers Yari so they keep their noses out of the water, fear not!  I'm not opposed to buying some gear so don't sweat it if you don't have enough spares.  Always thought I'd like to do some ice fishing, just never got around to it - this might be just the spark I need to get started.  Wife is already rolling her eyes when I tell her I need to go buy some gadgets!   --099-780

let me know if you need ideas. walleye poles are normally mid-weight. cabelas has some nice stuff. like i said, rattle wheels aren't expensive and work well

i'll have plenty of lures. we normally stop any get get lures anyway just because. @--0--0117

life jackets? good to know you aren't into alcohol abuse. --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 21, 2018, 08:55:26 AM
i got an email back from twin islands. it looks like they have room. i just need confirmation from all of you and i'll book it.

he's running like a madman. everyone trying to squeeze in during the holidays. plus they have early and good ice for the first time in years
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 21, 2018, 12:53:30 PM
im good with any dates
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 21, 2018, 12:56:08 PM
Im good with the setup HM posted, be on ice March 10,11,12
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 21, 2018, 12:59:31 PM
Works for me Yari - thanks for all of the legwork!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 21, 2018, 03:49:28 PM
thx guys. I told him I would call next week. he's booked this weekend w/ clients and the christmas

WV- if we have to move it 11,12,13(mon-wed) would that still work? sunday may be an issue. that's normally their turn around date

thx guys. i'm on it
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 26, 2018, 10:50:05 AM
Yari just book what you can and I will figure it out. Thanks for doing this.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 26, 2018, 02:13:12 PM
Yari just book what you can and I will figure it out. Thanks for doing this.

thx. i'll try to keep the dates provided, but i may need some leeway 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 30, 2018, 10:05:42 AM
first off, I didn't get around to calling this week.  ##$%#15 with the year end stuff and the markets going goofy, work got very busy. plus the winter storm this week kept me occupied. I will get to it next week 

I took inventory on fishing gear. we can each fish 2 rods. I have 4 rods/reels completely ready to go. I have an additional 3 walleye rods w/o reels.

do you guys have a couple reels we can use? I like smaller reels. shimano 1000 series type reels. if not, bigger reels will work to. for line, I like 6-8# mono. all you really need is approx. 100' of line. we will be fishing 20-35' of water. if you have ultra light reels that hold that much 6-8# line, they would work well. if you are buying line, I use P-LINE FLOUROCLEAR instead of 'ice line'. it works well

the other option is rattle wheels. he normally has a couple rattle wheels set up in the house and I have one I could bring. they work real well instead of a deadstick/bobber. the rattle 'rings' when you get a bite. they really shine when you take a nap --099-780

as for fishing gear, I have all the lures and hooks. you may want to bring a needlenose pliers/forceps for hook removal, head lamp, fish towel for wiping hands, clippers for line. just normal things you use boat fishing work well

any other questions come to mind? I've been doing this for a while, so i'm sure I take things for granted.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 31, 2018, 12:44:14 PM
Yari - I have a reel or two I can bring along & thanks for the tips on the line choice, was wondering about that.  I think my main remaining questions would be around how much heavy clothes & food to plan on.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 31, 2018, 02:47:24 PM
mad- we need to talk about food. I always like fresh fish a couple times. we can pan fry or if someone has a propane 'fry daddy' they could bring that. I normally don't run a strict meal schedule. if the fish are biting, you don't want to miss a run. plenty of snacking. we won't starve @--0--0105

as for warm cloths, we will be fishing inside. no real need for warm clothes except to relieve yourself. I normally just bring a down jacket and 2 pair of shoes/boots in case one pair gets wet from snow

HM- I forgot to mention. I don't drink java. by the time it tastes good to me, I might as well have a milkshake. my buddies normally do cowboy coffee or they really like the starbuck's instant @--0--0117

I have a buddy that fishes braid line. either he's a terrible fisherman or the fish don't like the braid. personally, I think they can see the line AND he's a bad fisherman --099-780 if you already have brais spooled, we can always tie on a mono leader
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 31, 2018, 08:00:34 PM
I'm not a coffee guy either.  Will down a Coke now & then but that's about my only source of caffeine these days.  Do you need us to bring any skillets or pots for cooking in?  Was thinking I could bring along a frozen batch of chili & thaw it out on the propane burner but chili for four old guys in close quarters may be disastrous - maybe potato soup instead! 
--099-780 
Frying up some fish sounds great to me.  Don't have a gas fry daddy - only a 2-burner LP coleman stove, so unless you think we need more stove space I will assume that stays home. Could also smoke a brisket, pork shoulder, and/or venison backstrap & bring that along.  As you said, I doubt we go hungry.  Will work to gain some points with the warden between now & then to see if she'll bake us something to take along, although that could be consumed before we get to Minnesota.

Swung by Gander Mountain this evening on my way home and looked for their ice fishing gear - they basically didn't have any.  I did grab a 300 yd spool of 6# P-Line but it's not the flouroclear (it's moss green) so I may need to do more looking.  Either way I'll use that line up somewhere.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on December 31, 2018, 11:10:17 PM
mad- chili is always good. I wouldn't turn down anything smoked either. as for noxious gases that WILL occur, everyone should be armed w/ a book of matches or 12 to light and combat that issue --099-780. it's amazing how well that works

was the P-LINE CX and not flouroclear? it will work. we can always use a leader. not problem

no need for a propane burner. we have a gas stove. cook a pie? fresh cookies? we've always said we were going to but never had. baked goods are a bonus
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 01, 2019, 09:43:00 AM
Yeah Yari, it's the CX stuff.  Haven't tried it before.

Adding matches and chili to the list  ##$%#114
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 01, 2019, 12:44:17 PM
CX is good. don't ever buy the CXX. it's really stiff. I don't like it at all
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 02, 2019, 07:35:56 AM
I am waiting to see what dates are set and to confer with WV on whether we are flying or driving. That will determine what supplies we can bring..
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 10:02:16 AM
WE ARE BOOKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

arrive 3/9(probably late) until 3/12. that gives us 2 full days of fishing. i will iron out the details w/ the owner as we get closer. i will also be up there in a week or so

let me know if you have any questions. he has a general list of what to bring on his website. www.twinislandsleepers.com  we can figure out the details as we get closer
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 10:57:46 AM
Awesome, thanks Yari!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 11:00:20 AM
Sounds good!  Thanks
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 11:03:09 AM
If WV and I fly to Minneapolis I am trying to figure out things to get pricing info...

When would we need to arrive in Minneapolis?

When would we need to schedule the return flight?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 03:01:21 PM
If WV and I fly to Minneapolis I am trying to figure out things to get pricing info...

When would we need to arrive in Minneapolis?

When would we need to schedule the return flight?

good question. if you can get here by the the morning of 3/9, i can pick you up. then we would wait for mad and leave from my place.

as far as leaving, plan on 7-8 hours on good roads from the lake to the airport w/o mpls traffic. of course, the basement and air mattresses are open if you need to sleep over
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 03:35:07 PM
Yari, I intend to drive up, just let me know when you need me to be there.  If it's more convenient keep in mind I could grab the guys from the airport then bring them wherever it's convenient to meet you.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 03:45:48 PM
And HM/WVW, if you choose to drive up there's certainly room for some sleep and a shower at my place.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 04:17:32 PM
mad- you would have to drive past my place to get to the airport. plus I know the route. it wouldn't make sense for you to do it, but thx for the offer

we will figure it out. it's no problem

what do you have for a vehicle? I have a RAM 1500 but the back would be very cramped for a 7 hour drive. if you have something bigger we could use, great. if not we could take my truck and another 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 06:24:28 PM
Yari - currently driving a 4WD Suburban which would work well for the crew, lots of room especially with the back seats out.  Have been shopping for a pickup but at the rate I'm moving I'll probably still have the 'burban by then.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 03, 2019, 08:40:01 PM
nice rig. we will figure out the details later. good to know what we are working with. we could all drive together w/ a burb. we may have to pack a bit better if we take a single rig, but it's doable. 

should be a great time. thx
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 07:58:40 AM
I have a tough Truck bag  http://www.tufftruckbag.com/  if we need to back gear in the back of a truck. it holds a lot.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 07:59:42 AM
Also, if we fly, we are limited on what we can carry so we may have to borrow some gear or pre-ship it you you..
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 09:43:35 AM
Also, if we fly, we are limited on what we can carry so we may have to borrow some gear or pre-ship it you you..

what kind of gear? you won't need a lot. change of clothes, sleeping bag are the keys. i can bring food. we fish inside so no need for heavy clothes

let me know what you need
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 02:11:31 PM
I went ahead and grabbed a medium weight 26" spinning combo at Bass pro the other day and can bring an extra couple of reels.  Can certainly haul up anything you can think of that we might need to survive in the wilderness up there.  --099-780
 
Also have a local guy selling a couple of used flashers for $25 each complete with transducers if needed, one hummingbird and one lowrance.  While doing some research on those I learned Garmin sells a nice little portable unit (Striker4) that is highly regarded.  My son works for Garmin so I can get a 40%+ discount, tempted to pick one up.  Yari has no idea how much hot water he's into with my better half/budget department/warden for suggesting this outing!
 --099-780  @--0--0136  ##$%#114
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 04:33:22 PM
mad- i'm glad the war department is a safe distance away @--0--0105

I found a couple older reels that would work, but they are bigger than I would like. i can bring them if we need them though

remember to take all the tags off your new toys. you don't want to be 'that guy' that shows up w/ all the latest gear and tags hanging off --099-780

if you do get the garmin, make sure to get the summer conversion kit if you vertical jig in the summer. the war dept will like your thriftiness @--0--0105 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 07, 2019, 05:27:11 PM
Nah, I'll show up looking like Minnie Pearl, tags dangling everywhere.  They'll identify the newbie coming before I cross over from Iowa I'm sure, especially with the illinois plates (you're not from around here are you son)

Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 08, 2019, 11:31:31 AM
mad- i was thinking about the 26" combo. i personally like a 30-32". you'd be surprised, but the feel is a lot better. if you already have it spooled, it will work just fine. if not, i believe they sell for approx the same price. i would exchange it. you will be happy in the long run

HM- if you do plan to fly, try to avoid the rush hours in the AM and PM if possible. the 494 hwy can be a parking lot. no sense making a long trip longer

hit me up w/ any other questions
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 08, 2019, 07:57:15 PM
Thanks for the advice Yari - if I get back over there I may just swap it out.  I was just thinking shorter would be better if we have four of us fishing in close quarters.   I believe the one I grabbed was a medium/light setup, I recall they had a 28" medium weight, don't recall that they had anything longer.  You're probably not surprised to learn that ice fishing gear isn't all that much in demand down this way!

 --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 09, 2019, 08:36:46 AM
mad- not surprised at all. the quarters aren't that tight. heck i bring up a 42" rod. now that is too big for inside, but it's always nice to have the biggest rod in the house --099-780 --099-780 ##$%#13
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 10, 2019, 05:04:49 PM
I did find another shimano 2000 series I will bring. it will work, but if you have any smaller reels they would be smoother.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 10, 2019, 06:47:30 PM
In the spinning reel department I have a light weight Browning to bring along and also a medium weight if needed.  Assume those will work reasonably well?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 10, 2019, 08:17:37 PM
In the spinning reel department I have a light weight Browning to bring along and also a medium weight if needed.  Assume those will work reasonably well?

bring them. they will work. you never know if you need a spare. if we tie into a sturgeon, laker or northern they can burn up a reel pretty quick. I really hope we do. they are all a blast, but rare.

i'm heading up a week from today. I can't wait. I wish I could get out 1 time before I go for a gear check, but the ice has been iffy here. i'll figure it out. 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 31, 2019, 07:57:51 AM
yari,

What time do you think we can be back at the airport on the 12th? Trying to book tickets....
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on January 31, 2019, 11:23:07 AM
yari,

What time do you think we can be back at the airport on the 12th? Trying to book tickets....

figure 8 hours from departure time from LOTW on good roads and no rush hour to the airport. we let at 7:30AM last trip. i think we could leave an hour or so earlier if we need to
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 13, 2019, 07:41:41 AM
Do we need to have a solar charger for cell phones? Is there signal where we will be?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 13, 2019, 08:51:22 AM
Do we need to have a solar charger for cell phones? Is there signal where we will be?

service will be scretchy. Verizon is the best up there. i can send texts, but no calls w/ t-mobile

i plan to borrow a generator to charge 
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 13, 2019, 11:13:26 AM
Sometimes no service is better.......... --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 13, 2019, 12:18:17 PM
Sometimes no service is better.......... --099-780

that's always been my opinion
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 06:30:23 PM
WOW. good thing we weren't up there this weekend. I just saw some pics. they had 50-60mph winds on top of record February snowfall. there are no roads and many people are stranded. what a mess!!!! anything that was on the lake got drifted in

I've been there w/ 50mph winds, but never w/ all this snow. I hope everyone is accounted for. they have a lot of work to do to get back up and running, but they are a tough bunch up there

I saw Hwy 35 in S MN is still closed the snow is still 3-4' tall in most places. they have to attack it w/ blowers since plows can't move it. what a wild weekend
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 06:58:37 PM
Yeah, it's really nuts.  My daughter is at IA State out in Ames, sounds like they had 35 shut down out there for a while as well.  All we had this weekend was insane wind and a few flurries.  Lost more shingles but didn't have to plow snow! @--0--0101
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 07:13:17 PM
Yeah, it's really nuts.  My daughter is at IA State out in Ames, sounds like they had 35 shut down out there for a while as well.  All we had this weekend was insane wind and a few flurries.  Lost more shingles but didn't have to plow snow! @--0--0101

what are shingles? is that what's 3' under the snow? ??? ???
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 07:30:10 PM
Late last week we had rain and temps in the 40's - there's no snow left on the ground here other than leftovers from a few big drifts or piles we pushed up with the plows.  Ground is still frozen though, so all of that rain and snowmelt just went straight to runoff, have had some flooding issues in the area.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 08:08:37 PM
     Yari   sounds like the Sheriffs department is going to send up a Helicopter to locate everyone. A guy from work has a friend that was stranded for 26 hours as of 230 pm today and still cant get off the lake. The plow hasn't made it to them yet as of 230 today.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on February 25, 2019, 09:07:46 PM
Maybe a slow hover about 100' off the ice would blow a path clear so they could get some vehicles out there?   ##$%#112 
A couple of Chinooks from the Army Guard unit could probably do them a lot of good!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 13, 2019, 02:56:03 PM
Well the first annual Talk Hunting Ice Palooza event has come to a successful close (caught some fish, had a ton of laughs, didn't fall through the ice, and everyone got home safe - I'd call that a success)!   Will try to shrink a couple of photos and post this evening.  Scoutmaster Yari bravely guided the two newbies (me & Hunt Master) through the ordeal - who knew you could pull fish up through 36" of ice?  It was a very religious event too - - one of us who shall remain nameless praying heavily that God would let him die, the other two praying heavily that we didn't catch whatever form of Montezuma's revenge he had.  Might have been that ten pound plate of loaded hash browns he had on the drive up there on Saturday??

 ##$%#13

Was a great time - we need to do more of those.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 13, 2019, 04:57:46 PM
well summarized. i'm glad you guys weren't bored stiff. ice fishing can get long if the action slows. I just wish the fish were bigger. we did well with the hand we were dealt. i'm catching grief for not bringing fish home even though I have 5-6 meals in the freezer.  @--0--0117 @--0--0117 mamma just likes to needle me I guess --099-780

what's next?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 13, 2019, 07:46:03 PM
Glad to hear that everyone had a COOL time. If you can't have a good time with lots of laughs with the great folks from TH then you are hanging out on the wrong forum. I can't wait for the Walleye Blast coming up in April, it's always a great time and we don't have to worry about falling through the ice.  --099-780  ##$#@#$% ##$#@#$%
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 13, 2019, 08:09:01 PM
Glad to hear that everyone had a COOL time. If you can't have a good time with lots of laughs with the great folks from TH then you are hanging out on the wrong forum. I can't wait for the Walleye Blast coming up in April, it's always a great time and we don't have to worry about falling through the ice.  --099-780  ##$#@#$% ##$#@#$%

don't let them pull your chain. there was 36" of ice. I think the guy we rented from said that would hold several tons. plenty for my big old butt @--0--0105
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 13, 2019, 08:20:23 PM
Yeah, Rod was telling us that at 36" of ice he was good for something like 140,000 pounds of load, so even with his 25,000 pound Cat D5 (music to my ears) he has mucho margin.  Here's some pictures.  Had a couple of gorgeous sunsets, plenty of fish stories from Robert (that last one that got away was THIS BIG), our pile of walleye and sauger that became dinner Sunday night (and Monday), and an exterior view of our home away from home.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 06:24:49 AM
Hey those are the same propane lights I have at my cabin!!

Sounds like a good time was had by all!!
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 08:17:27 AM
Good deal fellas.  I knew the trip was coming up soon just didn't know when.  Glad everyone had a great time.  It sure looks like a nicer cabin than I had envisioned.
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 08:34:31 AM
Nice fish glad you guys had a great time on the ice....
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 08:37:21 AM
That's a nice looking shanty for a bunch of hillbillies.  --099-780  ##$%#115
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 09:05:00 AM
OK... yeah... I spent one night puking my guts out... but who better to share that with than MG and Yari?

Always good to finally meet long time TH members... never met a bad one. The fishing was a little slow but we all had stories none of the others had heard so there was never a dull moment. Would absolutely do it again!

And im sure all of our wives were happy that no one was an ax murderer!

Its funny that we all hear that same story from our wives before we go on one of these adventures...  Who uses an ax anymore anyway?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 11:13:09 AM
OK... yeah... I spent one night puking my guts out... but who better to share that with than MG and Yari?

Always good to finally meet long time TH members... never met a bad one. The fishing was a little slow but we all had stories none of the others had heard so there was never a dull moment. Would absolutely do it again!

And im sure all of our wives were happy that no one was an ax murderer!

Its funny that we all hear that same story from our wives before we go on one of these adventures...  Who uses an ax anymore anyway?

we all know how our wives like to be right all the time. i caught a hint of disappointment that roger didn't take us out w/ his kershaw hatchet. --099-780 --099-780
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 01:36:13 PM
Wasn't thinking - should have shown up at your house Saturday morning with an axe hanging in my belt.   --099-780

That was one of the warden's first comments when I got home - "glad to see they didn't chop you up in little bitty pieces and shove you down the hole"     I told her there was a time that we thought we might need to do that with Robert . . .

 ##$%#11
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 01:37:55 PM
That's a nice looking shanty for a bunch of hillbillies.  --099-780  ##$%#115

By the way - who you calling hillbillies?  I'll have you know Yari is not a hillbilly!    @--0--0102
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 14, 2019, 02:20:14 PM
That's a nice looking shanty for a bunch of hillbillies.  --099-780  ##$%#115

By the way - who you calling hillbillies?  I'll have you know Yari is not a hillbilly!    @--0--0102

can Yankees be hillbillies?
Title: Re: here's a thought
Post by: [Blocked] on March 15, 2019, 07:57:06 AM
uhhhh... I saw a lot of people in Minnesota that would definitely have scored high enough on the entrance exam to enter hillbilly university.