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Mr Ricky

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My homemade ice fishing sled
« on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:01 AM »
Thanksgiving weekend I started tinkering to make my ice fishing sled.     Looking at all the ideas on IceShanty.com,  I came up with this design.



I liked the design for a couple reasons.   1.  I had the old cooler to use.   2.  having the platform keeps my feet off the ice.

This is the sled loaded down.   Spudbar,  shovel, buckets  all secured with rope and clips,  rodcase.   I used old downhill skis for the skids.



It works pretty well.   I used the natural curve in the skis at the front of the sled to carry the rodcase when in transport.   I also put some straps on the back of the cooler to hang my auger for transport.




This is my homemade rod carrying case.  I used 6 inch  pvc pipe that I had laying around.   I also used piano hinge that  was scrap.  the only thing I bought were the clip/latches.  I used a strap off an old bookbag for the sling.  Per some discussions Iceshanty.com,  I used some 3/4 in black flexible hose to encase the individual rods, in order to prevent tangling the lines





Pretty much everything was scrap.  I only bought the latches and obviously some paint to create my "snow-stealth-camo".   

The whole sled is 30 inches long.    I built a second one for my ice fishing buddy.   The two set side by side were designed to fit beside each other and fit inside a hub shelter. 

I took it out this morning for the first time.  It worked great!

5 inches of Ice in SE Iowa,  20 below windchill.    Anxious to get my hub shelter and vex in a couple weeks!

Thanks for all the inspiring ideas.   This site is about as addicting as ice fishing itself!!!
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:09 AM »
Looks great! I would have raised the bed a bit, soft snow or slush will be in the way.

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #2 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:16 AM »
What sled?  I can't see it. ;)


Good idea for a rod case!  But, again, I can't see it!

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #3 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:18 AM »
Nice work, I like the rod holder too.
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #4 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:21 AM »
great job on the sled!!!
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:31 AM »
Nice, I like the paint job.
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #6 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:36 AM »
COOL...   Nice job man...    I hope you catch many fish with it.....  And I hope you can find it in a snow storm... ;) ;D ;) ;D ;) ;D
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #7 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM »
Love the simplicity.

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #8 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:43 AM »
Nothing wrong with that sett up Mr Ricky
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #9 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:44 AM »
nice job on the sled  :thumbsup:

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #10 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:46 AM »
Looks great and at a great cost!!  :tipup: :tipup: :icefish:

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #11 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:22 AM »
Inside the cooler,  I mounted a 2x2 with a couple holes drilled in it to hold two rod holders.   I made 2 rodholders (see front of sled) using some 1 1/2 in pvc  with a 4 inch carriage bolt.   I drilled a hole in the edge of the sled and bent the bolt to be a swivel rod holder.   I drilled 5 holes across the front for different postitions.       On the 2x2,  I plan to drill a couple holes to hold a socket for my cordless drill.  The socket is to drill in ice anchors for the hub.

Once i have the Vex,  I will customize a spot in the cooler for it and my heater.

The sled also has big eyebolt lags along the base..........2 on each side.   These are to strap a hub or shanty on the top.
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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #12 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:29 AM »
paint job rocks......!!!!!!!!!

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #13 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:31 AM »
That thing is sweet. Nice job :clap:

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #14 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:37 AM »
Very nice sled and rod case. Good job! Smitty
                 

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #15 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:40 AM »
 :thumbsup: Nice

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #16 on: Dec 12, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Nice sled!  I really like your home made rod case.  I have some 6" pvc that was in the garage when I bought my house, and a piano hinge laying in my scrap project box in the garage.  I can take a latch off an old drywall banjo I have in my garage that doesn't get used anymore.  I may have to make some thing similar this week instead of spending $40 on a new rod case! 

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #17 on: Dec 12, 2010, 01:19 PM »
Nice job. That ranks right up there with Smitty's as one of the nicest sleds I've seen.

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #18 on: Dec 12, 2010, 09:51 PM »
Well thought out design and great use of material you already had laying around. Great job.

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Re: My homemade ice fishing sled
« Reply #19 on: Dec 12, 2010, 10:01 PM »
very very nice set up.   Nice paint job to..... I went with a darker camo so it was seen on ice, don't want want some sled smashing into gear. but again, great little invention.

 

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