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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
12/24/2013
From Big Lake, MN
Posts: 217
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ROOOSTERFISH wrote:
Worst by far was the Eskimo Fatfish949I. Actually very disappointed with a house I saved money for and was my large purchase last year. I was so excited for the "First" time out , then it hit, a 10 mph gust , no kidding, and the wind side hub popped in and knocked over my poles into my minnow bucket and tipped over my minnows onto the ice...😡😡😡 every time out for the rest of the season even if there was no wind I tied down the windward side with cam straps. Needless to say I brought it back to FF and returned it. The rods are so sm in diameter and flex with the slightest of wind. If you're looking at hubs I strongly suggest to look at the poles and test them at the stores before you make a big purchase especially insulated .
Best purchase ..can't go wrong with Northland puppet minnows. I must have every size color in the market


I love my FF, but I tie down the hubs on the windy sides, every time. This is normal with all of the hubs I've used.

Posted on: 2016/11/3 13:04
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
12/02/2008
From Linwood, MN
Posts: 455
Best:
Otter cottage
Cabelas Predator boots
Marcum LX5( also have 7 but really liked the 5)
Navionics app for phone
Lake and Rivers bibs

Worst:
those plastic bobber stops(hate those things)
Fleet farm rod case. zippers broke right away

Posted on: 2016/11/3 13:37
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
12/13/2012
From Shakopee, MN
Posts: 68
Best:
Vexilar FL-20 (a workhorse)
Clam Rod Locker
Eskimo Quickfish 3 hub (although one of the poles shattered on first use - have it wrapped in electrical tape for now)
Tungsten jigs
Ice Armor bibs
DeWalt cordless drill
Clam ice anchor drill bit

Worst:
Clam Dave Genz Ice Sniper Series rod & reel - cheap plastic reel that fell apart easily.
Any lures that don't catch fish.

I try to avoid most junk by researching as much as I can before making a purchase, especially on bigger ticket items (>$50).

Posted on: 2016/11/4 17:00
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
05/14/2013
Posts: 94
Best:

Vexilar fl8
Garmin gps
gym membership so I can walk and Drill holes all day
5 gallon bucket

Worst :

Marcum vx-1
8 inch hand auger

Posted on: 2016/11/17 14:34
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
12/03/2009
From Couple of harbors
Posts: 892
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mrpike1973 wrote:
Worst

Real weeds yes got them as a gift.


My partner and I won an ultimate panfish league event and 3-4 more high finishing places in the UPL and naifc because of them.

Posted on: 2016/11/20 3:08
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2013 LSF Walleye Opener Champion-LOTW
2014 LSF Walleye Opener Champion-LOTW
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
02/17/2015
From Detroit Lakes, MN
Posts: 26
Best:
Vexilar FL-8 (never fish without it)
Clam Bigfoot XL 4000 and Clam Nanook Thermal
Frabill Insulated Tip Ups
Scheels Outfitters Arctic Shield Jacket and Bibs
Big Buddy Heater
Northland Tackle UV Buckshots

Worst:
Strikemaster Chipper Gas Auger
Pretty much anything Berkley Powerbait (except the tiny wax worms)

Posted on: 2016/11/20 13:42
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Have fun and be safe!
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
02/02/2005
From Ham Lake
Posts: 365
Best
Fatfish Insulated great for spearing also
SM Lazer
LX7
Skidoo Renegade

Worst
SM Lite

Posted on: 2016/11/22 7:23
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
11/12/2012
From Columbia Heights, MN
Posts: 868
Best:
FLX-28
Strikemaster Solo 3hp lazer
Tuned Up Custom Rods
Shimano spinning reels
Clam Kenai pro thermal

Worst:
Tickle stick
Anything HT

Posted on: 2016/11/22 10:31
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
01/01/2008
From Crystal, MN
Posts: 1453
Best

clam ice armor x suit
LaCrosse Alpha Ice King Boots
frabill artic siren alarms
clam tip downs
otter 900 thermal
clam gloves - keep me warm
swedish pimples
garmin 600
lakemaster chips
strikemaster auger
pline


Worst

reel weeds
clam gloves - falls apart, but I keep buying them
marcum lx6 - like my lx5 better
hand held depth finder - the flashlight kind, wish I had that money back
cajun ice line
lindy ice line

Posted on: 2016/11/22 11:19
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Re: What's your best and worst ice fishing buys?
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Joined:
01/01/2013
From Sauk Rapids
Posts: 59
In no particular order...
Best...
Otter T600 cabin
Vexilar FL20
TUCR Bullwhip/Power Noodle
ALL my tungsten

Worst.
Eagle Claw inline Ice reel
Stupid new style sunflower heater heads (JUNK!)
Vexilar Fish Phone (thought I'd love a camera...WRONG)
13fishing Black Betty Teardrop

Still undecided...
Otter Rod Locker, very protective, but bulky and awkward to make quick changes.
Eskimo 6120i haven't had it out yet.

Posted on: 2016/11/27 1:01
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Nothing grows faster than a fish from when it bites until it gets away.
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