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Author Topic: What do you use to spud?  (Read 2169 times)

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What do you use to spud?
« on: Dec 13, 2016, 10:50 AM »
I'd really like to bring a spud with me fishing, but have never had one. I know some guys just make them, is there anything that will work say from like lowes or walmart? I would be willing to make one if guys have ideas (rather than buy one). I try to travel light if possible, so I'm also wondering if there is a minimum weight that you'd want a spud to be.

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #1 on: Dec 13, 2016, 01:26 PM »
Something between 4# up to 14#, if the heavier doesn't go through, well it may be safe?  Maybe !    :nono:

There are many things/tools that will do the job of testing the durability of ice without personally getting drenched.   

Some sort of spud may be best.

A dull 5' piece of rebar could be pounded in with a single jack or maul.

Loggers use an axe.

All these items need a wrist strap for continued possession, due to the extreme gravity experienced as the ice opens and the bottom reaches up, grabbing the tool and keeping it safely with a collection down there just out of reach.      :woot: ;)2
      

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #2 on: Dec 13, 2016, 01:39 PM »
I bought mine at Dick's for $20 or so.

There are tons of options and all will work. You want to experiment a little so you know what it takes to get through "good/safe" ice and then you will be able to use it properly.

With mine if i can give the ice a good solid whack and it doesn't go through then it will hold me. There are times in the early season that i literally test every step.
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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #3 on: Dec 13, 2016, 09:22 PM »
One I have used for years is 3/4" re-bar about 5' tall, 6" Tee on top and a chisel welded at the point. Has not let me down yet........

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #4 on: Dec 13, 2016, 10:04 PM »
I would check your local bait shops and pick one up. I always use mine first ice and lakes I'm unfamiliar with. What's a few extra pounds when it's a tool that can make the difference between being safe or falling through.

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #5 on: Dec 14, 2016, 05:08 AM »
eskimo 2 piece works great and super convienient ...i think i paid 28 for it on sale well worth it.  keep it in Tacoma behind seat all winter. dont get rusty or buried in ice/snow in bed. 

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #6 on: Dec 14, 2016, 05:20 AM »

, try the search button I believe there was a thread on the subject but I could be mistaken ,
     

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #7 on: Dec 14, 2016, 06:08 AM »
I picked up an HT spud at Cabelas for $19.99. Icouldn't make one for less. Save youself a few bucks and just buy one. That said, my first spud was a 5' long 3/4" steel pipe with an angle cut on the business end. Don't forget to tie a lanyard on so it doesn't end up at the bottom of a lake.  ::)

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #8 on: Dec 14, 2016, 07:09 PM »
One I have used for years is 3/4" re-bar about 5' tall, 6" Tee on top and a chisel welded at the point. Has not let me down yet........



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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #9 on: Dec 14, 2016, 07:23 PM »
, try the search button I believe there was a thread on the subject but I could be mistaken ,

I tried the search button it wasn't working (I even tried scrolling through Google searching for this site), and now it isn't even available. I know what you are saying filetandrelease I remember finding some good threads in the past. I did pick up a 2 piece chisel from gander mountain today. Weighs 10lbs, I think it will do the trick!

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:00 PM »
Mistertwister, what are you using for a wrist strap?

Hook it up before the first thrust or it could be gone. Deep !    :'(
      

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:05 PM »
I got the Eskimo Economy Redneck chisel at Walmart for $20 and saw it for about the same price in other stores.  It weighs 4 1/2 pounds so it's not going to be a pain hauling it around and works very well.

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:13 PM »
Bought a Mille Lacs ice chisel years ago. Easy peasy ;)

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:21 PM »
One I have used for years is 3/4" re-bar about 5' tall, 6" Tee on top and a chisel welded at the point. Has not let me down yet........
x2 that is the exact one i have made too.  has good weight and will keep you safe and maybe save your life if there is some snow on the ice and you run into some thin ice.

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #14 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:36 PM »
http://www.iceshanty.com/ice_fishing/index.php?topic=266631.0

This was a thread I had going at some point. Might be of help to you

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #15 on: Dec 15, 2016, 07:10 AM »
Mistertwister, what are you using for a wrist strap?

Hook it up before the first thrust or it could be gone. Deep !    :'(

This chisel came with a wrist strap! I was looking for a few things, I wanted something in the 10lb range, built in wrist strap, 2 piece, and foam to deaden the vibration.

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #16 on: Dec 15, 2016, 10:36 AM »
I did the 3/4 rebar thing and cut an angle on the end to make it pointed.  Attached a hunk of paracord for a wrist strap and used pipe insulation on the handle end for a comfortable grip.  It works great.
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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #17 on: Dec 15, 2016, 10:41 AM »
home made spud.
5/8 ths bar stock with a piece of the same for a handle. Used 1/4 flat stock for the chisel end, sharpened on one side. Works great!

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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #18 on: Dec 15, 2016, 01:47 PM »
If you decide to make one, a chunk of a leaf spring makes an excellent blade. And absolutely use a lanyard. I have 2 in Lake Erie if you want to be adventurous. ;)
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Re: What do you use to spud?
« Reply #19 on: Dec 15, 2016, 09:01 PM »
I use a 52" Jiffy Mille Lacs.. Well worth the money.
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