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E. Subvaria
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Ice fishing electronics
<p>Now that I live in the great white north I am hoping to scratch off some whitefishes from my life list. &nbsp;I understand the need for a flasher for ice fishing. &nbsp;Can anyone offer advice on the ~$300 vexilar vs. Marcum vs. Hummingbirds that are on the market?</p> <p>I am aware that I need to upgrade my hand auger. &nbsp;Does anyone have any experiece with a drill conversion for a hand auger? &nbsp;for example&nbsp;http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=LAKCO-Nimrod-Ice-Auger-Adapter&amp;i=431966</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>thanks in advance.</p>
Outdoors4life
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Marcum or Vex you can get a u

Marcum or Vex you can get a unit that will help you put fish on the ice.

 

I used a Marcum VX-1 for a couple years then upgraded to a LX-3 with movable zoom. I will always keep at least one backup flasher now since I will not fish without one.

 

As for an auger adaptor it depends on your auger you have. If you have a nils no prob. If you have a strikemaster Mora it is time to upgrade.

 

 

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andy
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Any old flasher will do

Seriously, flashers are simple machines.  I bought an FL-8 20 years ago and it's still going strong.  No bottom zoom, bells or whistles, but it sure does tell me what's under me and it sees a 1/64 oz teardrop 50 feet down.  That's all you need IMO.  I'd say look for a used model.\

Oh, and you should think about buying a gas auger.  Whitefish and ciscos often require a lot of hole drilling late in the Winter when there is three feet of ice.

E. Subvaria
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Thanks or the info guys.  I h

Thanks or the info guys.  I have been hunting for a used unit  or reconditioned.  http://vexilar.com/products/reconditioned.php?prodNum=GP0819

A power auger is on my list....I picked up a heater for the tent so that will help.  now to get the rest before the ice is fishable!

andy
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Good Deal on a good flasher

That's a good value right there.  I think you would be very pleased with that unit.

E. Subvaria
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Done and Done....I picked up

Done and Done....I picked up a power auger, strike master mag 2000 and a used fl-8 genz pack with a case for the price of a new fl-8 genz pack with case!  so so ready for the nights in the ice tent and looking forward to picking your brain (andy) for how to get these whitefishes crossed off my fishes of minnesota poster.  I work with a fellow that lives on Pebble Lake in town and he says its as good a place as any to chase Tullibee as any.  Thats where I will start but I have no idea as to the specifics to angle one.

Given - some of you have known me for over a decade.  And you have not known me as an ice angler.  This is all new and exciting to me and I appreciate your conversations regarding success.

 I am all ears if anyone is willing to tip me off as to where to poke holes in Ottertail County for cod for supper.

Check Arctic expedition rated boots, down to -100

Check heater for the ice tent

Check power auger

Check vexilar

I found a seller on ebay with bulk maggots for bait.  500 for $10.  I know thats not what ice angler call their bait but coming from a barbless baitless chicken feather and string lure background thats what I call them.

All of i can think of now is an ice sled and a way to keep my beer from freezing and I should be ok.  Anything else i am missing?

Excited for the prospect of crossing a new minnesota species off my lifelist as I haven't been able to do that for a few years.  

Corey
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Ten Mile

You're also just a couple of miles from Ten Mile, where there is a big population of nice Longnose Gar. I've seen video of huge schools of them from ice fishermen, but I don't think I've ever seen them caught through the ice. You might be able to pattern them in the spring and have a blast, though.

 

I have a ranked database of whitefish and cisco lakes so I'll send you a list of the best ones in your area.

E. Subvaria
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Ropes lures through the ice?!

Ropes lures through the ice?!

awesome corey.  any info helps.  how about burbot lakes info?

 

Corey
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Burbot

Burbot are tough ... DNR population survey methods don't reliably sample burbot. The best you can really expect is to get a list of lakes where they are found and (maybe) how big they get. I'll see what I can find.

andy
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All Geared Up Esub!

I just got back from Deer Camp, so don't have time to make a big post.  All I want to say is that ICE is COMING SOON and you should start your season looking for crappies and pike and maybe walleyes.  Ciscos and whitefish will be around shallow spawning gravel at first ice and not feeding.  Give them a few weeks and then target 30' flats adjacent to these spawning shoals.  When you fish areas like this later on, you might find crappies in the bottom 10 FOW and occasional fish above them - these occasional fish are ciscos and they will chase an aggressively jigged bait.  Lots of holes and hopping around with an aggressive presentation will put some ciscos on the ice.  

 

Now lake whitefish, that's a different story altogether...

 

Looking forward to ice fishing within two weeks!

Outdoors4life
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LX-5

I saw an LX-5 for $335

 

http://www.hotspotoutdoors.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3305013/marcum-lx-5#Post3305013

 

Keep your eyes open and you an find a lower price on a lower model but thought I would put this out there for you.

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perkinsdonald
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flashers
Great info on flashers! Thanks for sharing everyone! Gar through the ice??? How bad ass would that be???

 

 

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