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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #40 on: Oct 26, 2012, 01:11 PM »
As many others have mentioned, I go out solo majority of the time..  Early season, I'm on foot and I stick to slower moving rivers.. I wont get on anything with a fast current until theres a good 6". Always wear the float suit and ice picks..  (They've been proven to be useful once already..) 

Not so much when I'm close to home, but a couple times a year I'll go to Lake Simcoe (about 5 hours from where I live..)  and its usually just my dog with me for 3 or 4 days.. For the trips like this I bought a SPOT GPS beacon.  Some guys might laugh and say its overkill..  but its waterproof, good in cold temps, and it could save your life.

I always let someone know the general area I'm going to be, and an appx. time I'll be heading in. If the bite is on fire and I'm staying later, I've got my cell and I'll make a call.

As far as gear goes, all my fishing stuff obviously, extra propane for the heater. but I always keep a small floating dry bag tucked away in my sled. In there I keep;

Spare batteries for the flashlight (waterproof and tethered to the dry bag.)
Survival Blanket (tin foil thing..)
Small First Aid Kit.
Granola Bars.
Spare Socks (wet feet suck)

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #41 on: Oct 27, 2012, 10:49 PM »
70 percent alone, 30 percent with my step dad. I wait until there is 4-6 inches before i go out, and i always walk even later in the winter. Last season was the first time in my 18 years of ice fishing that i have ever gone through, stepped on a pressure crack that looked fine but wasnt, was right next to my step dad though, plus knowing the ice was sketchy to begin with we stayed close to shore and it was only waist deep, good plan considering another 50 yards out it drops off to 60-100 feet. Could have been a whole different story out there, was a little gunshy the next two week but really it was my fault for stepping on it. I dont go far from shore if i dont trust the ice even before that incident.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #42 on: Oct 28, 2012, 06:56 PM »
On Saginaw Bay, never.  On Lake St. Clair, most of the time.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #43 on: Oct 30, 2012, 11:49 AM »
If I can't find anybody to go, I go alone.  Have my ice picks and a 6' spud.  GOTTA have the spudbar to determine thickness.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #44 on: Oct 30, 2012, 03:00 PM »
about 50/50 Alone or with someone. I always have my Ice Picks around my neck and I hug the shore-line til I get to an area i want to fish. Then I leave the gear and Spud around to check things out. Drill a couple of Holes too so I can see the ice thickness.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #45 on: Oct 30, 2012, 04:00 PM »
Most of the time I am alone and I am comfortable with 4 inches of ice. I wear a inflatable life vest (fanny pack style, to make finding my body easier) and I have been thru the ice a few times and I get my own butt out... It is all about what you are comfortable with and how you react when you go thru...

It bugs me to no end when people start telling me that, "that is not safe" (what ever I am doing). I am a big boy and I can and will take responsibility for my own actions. If you don't want to go out on thin ice or off shore in a small boat then, please don't, but don't tell me that I can't!


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #46 on: Oct 30, 2012, 04:03 PM »
90% of the time i go out alone. I fish shallow farm ponds most the time.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #47 on: Oct 30, 2012, 04:09 PM »
90% of the time. If early ice only on waters I know very well and stay in shallow water.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #48 on: Jan 31, 2013, 09:58 AM »
I am alone most of the time,the lake i fish has 3 ice fishing forums and checking them often keeps you up to date on conditions of the lake,allways wear the right gear early in the season ;).

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #49 on: Jan 31, 2013, 03:35 PM »
I used to go with a couple of people all the time. Then I got tired of them always being late, always having to leave early, always wanting to stop at the bar, the list goes on and on. For the last 25 years ( other than the wife) I have fished alone 100% of the time. Early ice I always have safety equipment with. When ever I am walking or with the ATV I have a PFD on. I like to think I am always in control of my decisions. If something doesn't look right I will wait until the wife is along in case the need for help arises. Solo isn't for everyone. I know plenty of guys that will stay home if 5-6 of their Buddy's can't come along. I just am not one of them.



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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #50 on: Jan 31, 2013, 08:23 PM »
I have gone out alone but prefer to go with other people. I find it a lot more fun to go with a group rather then by myself.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #51 on: Feb 03, 2013, 01:03 PM »
I go out 95% of the time by myself. Mostly because i am off weekdays and no one i know fishes let alone ice fishing. I enjoy going solo most of the time. Gives me time to clear my mind and i love the peace and quiet. Every once in awhile i wish i was with someone but other then that i enjoy it solo.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #52 on: Feb 03, 2013, 02:03 PM »
About 50/50  . If I do go alone I tell someone where I'm going and  when i'll be back , if going to be longer I call.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #53 on: Feb 08, 2013, 04:14 PM »
I often fish in a group simply because we all are on the fish. If I find them then I share. My other friends are the same way. Often I am alone especially when scouting for some new fish. I drive my wheeler when the ice is good and always wear my Arctic Armour, picks and carry a cell phone. I keep a spud bar on the wheeler or on the sled when I am walking.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #54 on: Nov 22, 2013, 05:26 AM »
I fish bymyself probly 90% of the time, I wont go out until I see others around standing close. Thats my sihnal I guess. I have this app on my phone called cabelas recon fishing, I use this also to determine where channels, paths of current,  any other things I can spot. This is great for new never fished lakes. otherwise I really dont worry about it until the ice warms and dark spots appear after the snow melts
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #55 on: Nov 22, 2013, 05:59 AM »
Very often alone.  Usually meet up with someone on the ice though.  I have one bud that we do this often.  Call each other with our plans for the day and often meet up.  We both use ATVs most of the time.  Early ice, I'm fishing in 6 to 8 FOW.


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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #56 on: Nov 22, 2013, 06:21 AM »

  I fish quite often alone most of my guys I fish with are still working as I'm retired

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #57 on: Nov 22, 2013, 06:44 AM »
rarely will i allow myself to be tied down by another. a spud is mandatory till i got 6 inches of ice. i aim to start out on 3 inches but it seems im on 2 just about every year. i am a little crazy though, i get dropped off by a cab about 15 miles from the closest town. if i go in im done! but hey thats part of the fun!!!

really tho just have a spud and fish early ice in spots you know till you got 5-6 inches then get moving around.

ohhhh yeah i only walk where i fish so i bring all i need in my sled. if it will not be too heave and fits in the cab then it goes. you never know what you will need to bring until you dont have it. thats how you learn what to have...

good luck, feel safe, if you dont move in!!! its that simple.
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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #58 on: Nov 22, 2013, 06:59 AM »
usually try to buddy up. this year, tho, my buddy moved up north, so this season, fishing alone. have fished with a couple of other guys toward the end of last season, hope to hook up with them again this year.   spikes, rope with a boat bumper attatched and knotted at the other end. spud bar. this year, also have arctic armor bibs. have also gone out with inflatable life vest

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #59 on: Nov 22, 2013, 07:14 AM »
I am another loner for the most part, although I have been informed by my daughter that she no longer works weekends! Sounds like I have a steady partner on the ice for this year. Out of 5 kids, she is my truest fisherman, and already thinking about the ice this coming season. I can't wait!
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