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Thinking of bowing out of ice fishing...

Discussion in 'IceFishingMichigan.com' started by d_rek, Jul 27, 2017.

  1. snortwheeze

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    How old are the kids Drek ? Ice fishing is an excellent way to get them "hooked" since they can see. Kids don't seem to care the size of the fish as long as there's fish
     
  2. Jimbos

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    I used to take mine to the Thames when the wallies we're coming in hot and heavy, they had a riot, and if not there it was Kensington for the crappies.
     
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  3. d_rek

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    They are 6 and 3. The kids love it but they don't last long. Hard to justify a trip with the kids all the way down to LSC when they might only last an hour. Probably that sounds a little selfish but hauling all that crap and setting up is a lot of work lol. I do take them on the inlaws pond that way I can leave my shanty setup and it worry about it.


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  4. snortwheeze

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    Have a good north end canal that mostly ALWAYS produces, sometimes big gills, sometimes little. But it's and easy on off, building houses near it now though so let's hope we can still access it come ice. Would love to take kids. Remember my old man would drag me around on a sled when i got bored for a bit. Hook fish for kiddo's and hand off the rod, bring shovel's and have em build a snowman, have the 6 yr old drag the 3 yr old around on the sled, have a snow ball fight.

    Hope ya stick with it and the kid's pick it up. I'm ready for hunting before ice though !! Been shooting a while already
     
  5. PERCHGILL

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    Unfortunately, I typically make only a half dozen trips out on LSC, around Metro Beach area, usually in late January & February. Depends on available play time, ice conditions, etc. I would really like to take advantage of the canoe I have to pop into a canal or two to fish pre-first ice & post last-ice periods.
     
  6. TheLionsFan

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    I can understand why you'd want to get out of it. I know for me though, I could never give it up. Something about getting on the ice and pulling a nice walleye or perch up through the hole.. shoot even just going and looking at shanties at Franks..

    Everything about it I just love. I could care less to step on a boat in the spring or summer. Just give me ice.

    I haven't been able to make it out since 2014 due to sub par ice and having a newborn. But I'm looking forward to this year. Especially going shanty shopping since I just sold mine.
     
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    I'm in the same boat as d rek. I studded the track on the old Phazer last fall and never took it out of the garage all winter. It sat there the winter before last also. Its going up for sale this fall along with the trailer but if I don't sell it and the ice is decent (ha) then perhaps it will see some time on the ice. I know I shouldn't be but I'm one of those that isn't counting on the winter co-operating.....again.:(
     
  9. thill

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    I'm kind of in the same situation. No kids, but I find myself rolling my eyes when asked if I'm looking forward to ice fishing. I used to get all pumped up about getting on the ice and planning trips to Simcoe or northern mi, but now I find myself ice fishing when there's nothing else to do. I have a ton of gear, sled, quad and time, but off season scouting has taken priority over ice fishing and I now hope for mild winters. I am also planning an out of state hunt to KY public land for 2018 so I'll head south every weekend I can to scout instead of ice fishing. I am keeping my gear only because I have a couple nephews 11 & 12 who absolutely love ice fishing on their private pond and I will never give up taking them. Plus most my fishing buddies now have families, kids and more obligations taking up their time.
     
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  10. Firefighter

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    Hey D, I just looked at some of my ice fishing stuff and couldn't find an expiration date... Whew! Reckon it can sit idle for a bit because interests, like game populations, cycle naturally.

    You sell it, and it'll be that much more expensive when you undoubtedly want back in.
     
  11. gamalot

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    When ever life gets in the way just sit back and punt. I have come full cycle with ice fishing. Started early as a 12 year old kid back in the early 1960 s and lived for every winter weekend. After the USN during Vietnam I took up a career and had precious little time to do much of any sports hobbies. Now I am retired with no kids and a wife who loves her job, probably for relief from me.
    Now I can't wait for the ice. I have all the best equipment and creature comforts to spend many days on the ice in my heated pop up Clam 2 man. My Brittany is my best fishing buddy. We go every chance we get but it is getting much harder because I need a freaking mule to do the dragging once we get snow on top. This year Santa, That's me, bought me a nice new toy called a Snowdog. Basically a snow machine without skis to do the dragging. I am hoping it is just the ticket to save my tired 65 year old legs and heart.
    Don't give up on the sports you love just because life is in the way. Life changes right along and time can come back once things settle down. I enjoy fishing with my buddies but I get much better fish tales when I fish by myself and the dog never gives me up for fibbing. If your gear is decent today then it will still be decent 10,15 or 20 years from now if you stow it right.

    I don't care who you are but sitting on a frozen lake is way better than on a couch watching CNN or Oprah. I'll be out there feeding the eagles dink perch that took more than they could chew and still live. My Brittany could sleep on a nail but I did make the second seat in the 2 man shanty all hers, warm and comfy.

    Gam
     
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    I have been very fortunate to be laid off from Thanksgiving to April my entire life. So I basically live for ice fishing in the winter. What better than hanging out with your friends everyday fishing while our wife's are at work.
     
  13. d_rek

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    Well can’t say i don’t get excited like a schoolboy every year for some ice fishing. Dreams of pulling slammers through the ice and all...

    Let’s see how many outings it takes for the regret and disappontment to set in this year ha ha...

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    I didn’t sell any of my crap but did swear I wouldn’t be buying any new ice gear this year.

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    I actually do not go out much in warm weather since I found electronics, and spearing, whatever your choice becomes good luck
     
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    I don't go as much as I use to but when I go and unload all the stuff in the sled I wonder what the hell happened to the way we use to fish. I would get home from school grab the bait pole and spud, stuff a bread wrapper in my pocket and I was ready to go. Now it seems like it takes an hour to just unload the stuff and then to drag it out
     
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