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Offline Conklin

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Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« on: Jan 05, 2022, 05:33 AM »
 I found my grandpappi's old spear. He told me about putting egg shells down the hole and waiting for pike and then blasting them with the spear. I'm going to try it on Conesus and Chautauqua Lake this year. Few ole pike decoys too.
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #1 on: Jan 05, 2022, 05:40 AM »
sounds like fun  :clap:
good luck  :flex:

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #2 on: Jan 05, 2022, 05:55 AM »
Its cool your grandfather could share that with you. Unfortunately, spearing pike is no longer permitted in NY.  The Regs list a few waters (and seasons) in each region where you can spearfish and the permitted fish species, but no gamefish. They'll make for cool decorations. Or take a trip to the upper mid-west and put them to use! Bring your Grandpappi.

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #3 on: Jan 05, 2022, 06:32 AM »
That's what I kind of figured. I'll give it a whirl on my buddies pond first then I'll sell all of it on ebay instead. My grandpappi passed away last fall from Covid, so we won't be going midwest anytime soon.
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #4 on: Jan 05, 2022, 06:54 AM »
Keep that spear. Hang it on the wall!
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #5 on: Jan 05, 2022, 07:41 AM »
Sorry to see you lost your Grandfather, Conklin.  If you aren't already aware, there is a "Darkhouse" page here on the IS forum that you can look thru for some tips and tricks that you might find useful.  Using eggshells works well (rinse them first) when you have a dark bottom lake to give you some contrast to help see a fish come in to the spearing hole.  Navy beans, potato slices, pasta noodles, pistachio hulls work as well.  Although a seemingly relatively simple endeavor, hardwater spearing does take some effort to get things setup, but it's a rewarding activity when everything comes together and a large target fish cruises into view - closest thing to deer hunting on the ice you'll ever experience.  And if you decide that spearing isn't a pursuit you desire to continue with I highly recommend you get your Grandfather's spear and those decoys evaluated before throwing them up on an auction site - some spears and decoys are highly collectible.  I really hope you get an opportunity to get out to try spearing!

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #6 on: Jan 05, 2022, 07:56 AM »
I get that they don't allow spearing for pike, as you could spear a fish and then realize it was undersized, but i wish they would allow spearing for a fish without a size limit, like perch.

I know some real shallow bays where spearing perch would be a blast.

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #7 on: Jan 05, 2022, 08:27 AM »
I get that they don't allow spearing for pike, as you could spear a fish and then realize it was undersized, but i wish they would allow spearing for a fish without a size limit, like perch.

I know some real shallow bays where spearing perch would be a blast.

Actually, one positive about spearing is the ability and opportunity to selectively harvest a particular fish - it's not difficult at all to assess the length.  Most common way is knowing the length of the decoy being used and comparing the decoy to the fish.  A method I use in addition is I run (2) decoy lines down that I space apart by "X" distance - say 24" apart - to give me another way to measure.  Those are a couple methods to judge length on fish that are close to the legal limit.  After a few sits in a darkhouse seeing pike you'll also start to notice that "skinny" fish are the shortys and the "wide" ones are the ones to pay attention to. 

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #8 on: Jan 05, 2022, 08:55 AM »



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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #9 on: Jan 05, 2022, 09:08 AM »
That brings back some memories. My uncle used to drop eggshells down the hole when I was a kid back in the sixties. Not always but I can remember times it would trigger a strike even under tip ups for walleye an pike. I will remember to try it this year.

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #10 on: Jan 05, 2022, 09:10 AM »
That brings back some memories. My uncle used to drop eggshells down the hole when I was a kid back in the sixties. Not always, but I can remember times it would trigger a strike even under tip ups for walleye an pike. I will remember to try it this year.

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #11 on: Jan 05, 2022, 09:15 AM »
No pike in Chautaqua anyways.
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #12 on: Jan 05, 2022, 09:34 AM »
Don't take the bait ;D
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #13 on: Jan 05, 2022, 09:43 AM »
Real good Steve, we were biting this morning..we were biting this morning...

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #14 on: Jan 05, 2022, 02:18 PM »
I thought Spearfishing was an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user’s computer. ;D

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #15 on: Jan 05, 2022, 02:34 PM »
I went with him twice when I got back from overseas but with no luck. We were on a small inlet to Cassadaga lake. My buddies pond has some rogue carp and bullhead in it. May give that a whirl sometime soon and see if the eggshell trick works. I hate eggs to begin with. Ate thousands of them in Taiwan. Either way it'll be a one and done and try to make some bank on the old stuff sitting in my garage collecting dust.
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #16 on: Jan 05, 2022, 05:49 PM »
Can you post a picture of the spear if it is not too personal? Never heard of that. Sounds challenging… wherever legal.

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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #17 on: Jan 06, 2022, 05:14 AM »
4 prong. deep blades. old hickory handle wrapped in some hockey grip tape to bury the spear into the pikes neck. slender to reduce friction because of the speed needed to shoot through the water. it's pretty unique and going on ebay next week.
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #18 on: Jan 08, 2022, 08:55 AM »
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Re: Spearfishing through ice with eggshells
« Reply #19 on: Jan 09, 2022, 07:57 PM »
I second you should keep the spear and put it on the wall. But if you don't. please post the ebay link.
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