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Re: Chisago Channel Ice Conditions????
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Was up on Monday really really really slow. The couple other groups out there only caught a small crappie.

Now it's time to focus on better lakes...

Posted on: 2014/11/20 12:24
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Re: Upper Red Lake New Ice Limit
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I'll just drive right on by reminisce about the good old crappie days and drive right up to LOW.

Can count on one hand how many times been to URL since the crappie boom. Cannot begin to guess how many nights spend on URL fishing for crappies...

We did early ice up there 2 years ago and it was horrible. Wasted a day on it and then hammered them on LOW, 50+ fish per day per person. Have not been back to URL since, and don't plan on it...

As far as day fishing on URL used to have good luck fishing pike. Biggest was 38.5 inches. The small pike with bones removed taste better than the walleyes but neither as good as cold water bass...

My Aunt is really an odd one, she'll try to explain why they would rather buy fish than spend the money to catch them. They harvested hundreds of pounds of salmon in Alaska a few years ago, never brought them to any fish fry's and last I heard threw out many pounds! Now they live in North Dakota and legally have a freezer full of fish...

Posted on: 2014/11/20 12:12
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Re: Fishhouse Manufacturers
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I think Dreamshak is still building houses but they are all hydraulic and believe the prices start in the mid 20's. My model is an 07 20 footer.

Have had good luck with mine it's double axle with a rear atv door.

Drawbacks are no electric or hydraulic system for the tongue. The diamond plate is rusting on the passenger side bottom.

The fish house is constructed with a steel frame aluminum for the studs and roof framing.

At one time was going to pull the trigger on a Carsella shack talked to the owner a few times really nice guy and all reports out there indicate a very well built custom house. My buddy a mechanical engineer researched every house quite extensively and had something very expensive unexpectedly come up so he didn't pull the trigger...

Posted on: 2014/11/20 9:20
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Re: Blue Tipz
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I've run the strike sensors for over 15 years now. They work ok but it seems the colder it gets the worse they work. Also spent a lot of money on 9V batteries over the years.

My buddy switched over from Strike Sensors to Blue Tipz last year and he's been really happy. I tried them out on Monday and both flags didn't send a message to his phone because he had Bluetooth on his truck which blocked the signal. My buddy who has them is a mechanical engineer and did a bit of research before he pulled the trigger.

I have the newest and greatest heavy duty smart phone from Verizon (Casio Commando 4G) and it's not compatible with Blue Tipz. IF it's ever compatible with a phone I own will switch over. My buddy gets me pro pricing so they are cheaper to run than the strike sensors and you don't need to buy a separate pager device like the strike sensor.

Another thing that stinks about strike sensor is a few years ago they switched over their devices and don't run on the same frequency. I've got a bunch of old white ones that just sit around now...

Posted on: 2014/11/20 9:12
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Re: What's everyone's minimum ice thickness?
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As far as good solid ice,

3 inches to fish
5 inches wheeler
12 inches truck

I've fished on 2 inches before (open water the day before)
Pulled the 2,000lb fish house out with atv on 5 inches
Pulled the 2,000lb fish house out with 1/2 ton on 8 inches

A few Winters ago pulled the 5-6,000lb ski house out with the one ton dually on 12 inches on LOW.

Every situation it was solid ice no snow melt and each time no snow on the ice either.

Made it out on Monday 3-3.5 inches felt really good...

Posted on: 2014/11/20 9:04
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Re: Froze over last night.
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2.5 inches make me a little nervous at times, 2 inches? Done it a few times don't want to do it again!!!

3 inches is where I start feeling do a say "safe"!

A few years ago pulled my 2K lb wheel house out with atv and to counter balance the weight had my buddy stand in the rear door to alleviate some of the tongue weight. After we got to the spot he looked a lot whiter than normal. He said we went over a crack and on the way out and he seen the ice buckled on both sides and water coming out of it. A few days later after a little warm weather my buddy from high school moved my house off the spot I put it as the guys ran the furnace full boar for 3 days and melted the ice down to 3-4 inches. The day we pulled the house out it was no more than 5 inches. When my buddy pulled the house off the bad spot I was up at LOW and if it wasn't for him suspect the house would have sunk.
The year before same lake pulled the house out with pick up on 8 inches.
Both cases it was 100% pure ice no snow.

My cousin has always taken his car or minivan out on 6 inches... Some of you may recall his wood burner in his van from a few Winters ago?

Posted on: 2014/11/14 11:47
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Re: Rough Night at The Landing
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Oh, about 15 years ago I guy I used to sub new construction for decided to park his Super Duty and big enclosed trailer on 6 inches of ice on Prior Lake. After a fun day on the ice with his atv's came back to a rig on the bottom of the lake! His insurance paid full insurance loss value and he said the payout was much more than he thought.

Water was over the carpet. Truck had 35K miles on it payout was $35K and it sold at auction for $15K. Buyer put $1K into it and it fired right up!

He made the paper...

Posted on: 2014/11/14 9:41
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Re: Rough Night at The Landing
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Oops!

A friend of mine witnessed the same thing once, suv, trailer/boat. He tied a rope to the front bumper of the suv before it sank so when the recovery team showed up they knew were it was. Now that I think about it, they guy was his brother in law!!!

Another friend of mine spotted a boat on the river once sitting unusually low in the water. Upon closer inspection noted the group forgot one major thing... They never took the boat off the trailer! The boat had 7 people in it too and it sounded like (hard to understand their English) that they had never fished out of a boat before.

Posted on: 2014/11/14 9:37
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Re: Best winter boots
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After close to 17 years with the LaCross Ice Kings finally retired them. A few years ago they got stress holes on the top rubber. $80 at GM, got my moneys worth! Never had cold feet in them for the first 10-12 years. Original liner too. As others have mentioned great boot but very large heavy and tough to drive in. Many times got cold feet from putting on frozen shoes to drive.

My buddy got a pair of the new Alpha Ice Kings two years ago and had the loop snaps break off and a little research proved a major issue. The parts used to be made in the USA but they were switched to china (as told by the worker).

Was thinking Baffin but after my cousin burnt through 2 pairs 3 Winters ago in the oil fields decided to take his advice and go with Muck.

Found a place in WI there I purchased the Artic Pro's for $105. Only worn them once so far plowing my driveway but they seem like very nice well made boots.

Posted on: 2014/11/14 9:31
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Re: CARFAX - does it matter?
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I recently purchased an 02 Excursion diesel from a private party and the seller gave me the carfax report. It showed all the owners and the miles along the way. The carfax would not have been a deal breaker as these diesel 4x4 excursions are getting harder and harder to find.

As far as salvage and rebuilt titles. This Winter my 00 diesel excursion was "totaled" out. The damage looks minimal and after putting in a new tail light bulb it was driven until last week every day. My insurance agent told me that after the repairs are made the state will need to inspect it to get a "repaired" title for it. With a salvage title you cannot get full coverage on it. With a repaired title you can get full coverage on it. My body guy said the state mainly looks at safety items to warrant a rebuild title. He said even with the rear driver corner fixed if I don't replace the broken windshield it won't pass inspection.

My brother in law has a 2012 300 SRT8 he bought new with get this a brand new motor. Guess on a test drive the motor blew up! He got a decent deal on it.

A guy I know has both a early model 300 SRT8 and a SRT8 Jeep. The Jeep is on it's second motor... The current motor does have over 800hp though. It sounds like a crotch rocket.

There are some cases that a salvaged vehicle can have it's title "washed" by registering from state to state. In these cases a carfax could show the accident where the title won't.

In 06 bought a 99 dually with a clean carfax from a Ford dealership. My mechanic noted previous front end damage and what looked like replaced front end body parts. The carfax didn't show any accidents.

Say if your vehicle is paid for and your in a single car accident and you don't report a claim and fix yourself with junk yard parts. The accident will never show up on carfax.

Posted on: 2014/5/2 3:49
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