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outdoorschris

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Do you go out alone?
« on: Jan 13, 2012, 10:46 PM »
If you would or do what do you take and how do you go about things? Would you ride on the ice(atv or snowmobile)?

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 13, 2012, 11:19 PM »
99% of the time I go out solo. I rarely go out fishing unless the ice is at least 6 inches thick. Almost always walk out there too. I take my shack, auger, poles, chair, heater, food, drink, and other normal ice fishing things.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 13, 2012, 11:34 PM »
I fish alone most of the time. I also walk until we get 8-9 inches then I take my utv until I can drive my truck on.  I take my shack, heater, food, auger, vex and the rest of the basic stuff.  Most days I feel like I am taking the kitchen sink too.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 13, 2012, 11:37 PM »
Ok but walking in 6 in. Of ice what happens when you find a soft spot and fall through?

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 13, 2012, 11:39 PM »
Use a spud bar. As you walk out hit the ice with it every couple of steps. This should help you out on seeing if you have good or bad ice.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 14, 2012, 12:05 AM »
Do you have any of the cables that are worn around your neck have the spikes on the end?

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 14, 2012, 12:52 AM »
I will admit that I rarely carry any safety items with me. One thing I do to help increase my odds of making it back on shore safely is to make sure I know the lake very well as far as springs or underwater current paths. Plus knowing my luck if I carried those spike things is when I would happen to break through, the spikes would go flying and land just out of reach...lol. I do wear spikes on my boots and if I would ever fall in, I would at least have those to assist me.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 14, 2012, 01:02 AM »
i did alot until new years eve of this year and i went throught where there was a spring.  Now, im really aprehensive about going out alone.  if it wernt for a stranger that spotted me and came with a rope and hauled me out who knows where i would be. 

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 14, 2012, 07:10 AM »
 I go alone about half the time. Most of the time its on lakes I know well and am aware of ice conditions. If on a new body of water, I take my time checking the ice with a chisel. I've never gone through ice fishing, but have gone through while trapping and its no fun when you are a mile or more from a vehicle or help! I do carry extra clothes in my vehicle just in case.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 14, 2012, 07:27 AM »
I'm usually going it solo and I'm not to worried about.  99% of the time I'm going for brook trout so If I fall through it'd be 5' or less.  My feet will hit bottom.   and my head a food and a half above the water.  I'll be good. 

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 14, 2012, 09:43 AM »
More then half my time on the ice is solo.  I am wearing floation suit or PFD,  carry and use chisel, Have picks handy and family  know right where I am going. If I change plan I call. I also am not going out on thin ice. My "thin ice" is far thicker then most.  You go solo you are adding to the risk factor, Plan ahead and THINK. Would never encourage anyone to go solo but if you do take your time check the ice as you go and be prepared. Its not always the other guy. Good luck stay safe

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 14, 2012, 09:50 AM »
I am 50% 50% on fishing alone. I like fishing alone, so I try to slip away when I can.

It is important to know the body of water and to have plenty of general knowledge about ice. Noobies should not go alone!

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 14, 2012, 11:22 AM »
I fish alone quite often, when I'm out at first ice, I chip holes in the ice in front of me as I walk out to make sure there's at least 2" of clear ice. I keep ice picks around my neck, wear a floater suit, and have a throw rope sitting on top of my fish trap, just in case. Once ice hits about 8", then i switch to the snowmobile for the rest of the season. If I'm on an unfamiliar lake, i keep the picks around my neck, and might stop every now and then on the ride out to keep checking ice thickness.

A bad day of fishing beats anything else I'd be doing today.....

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #13 on: Jan 14, 2012, 12:44 PM »
Solo and at times other than the crowds show. Not much into first ice, leave it to the newbies and fanatics to catch the easy fish. Usually wait for 5"-6" and go after the leftover bigger/better fish. In a "Normal(ish)" winter I usually am still after Deer, 'yotes and small game in December and start hitting the ice in January, This year.......? Will latch up with some of the other oldtimers I'll come across and loosely work together to figure it out. Known some of these guys 40yrs, not sure of their names but on ice we know each other on sight and discuss/trust each other. Not anti-social, do help numerous newbies every winter, just a comfortable/highly effective approach on waters I've fished since the 60s

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #14 on: Jan 14, 2012, 12:54 PM »
I fish alone nearly 100 % of the time.. And I love it !!
I'm in no hurry to get out on 2 inches of ice..  anything less then 4 and I'm fishing close to shore in the shallow water..
I do carry picks early season and If I'm not certain.. I don't go  ...
  

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #15 on: Jan 17, 2012, 08:04 PM »
Never!! Drinking beer alone is boring!

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #16 on: Jan 17, 2012, 09:20 PM »
Never!! Drinking beer alone is boring!
I'm probably the minority on this, But I never drink on the ice or in the boat.. Afterwards I don't mind a few.. I've killed enough brain cells over the years, I need whats left to be operating to their full potential when I'm on the water.. hard or soft.. 
  

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #17 on: Jan 17, 2012, 10:49 PM »
Lol thanks for the replys I like the input.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #18 on: Jan 24, 2012, 10:53 PM »
I'm probably the minority on this, But I never drink on the ice or in the boat.. Afterwards I don't mind a few.. I've killed enough brain cells over the years, I need whats left to be operating to their full potential when I'm on the water.. hard or soft..

I guess I'm with you. Things can go sideways in a hurry and I think a clear head is best. Most people think about themselves when it comes to emergencies but what about the unprepared newbie or anyone that is in need of assistance? You may not be saving your own a$$ is my point.

I do go out most times by myself but I always have a plan, tell my wife and a friend or two. I don't go to uncharted water only places I know. Fishing is a lot of fun with friends but my work schedule allows lots of alone time.

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Re: Do you go out alone?
« Reply #19 on: Jan 25, 2012, 12:03 AM »
Most of the time I want to go out, I don't have some one to go with. That's why my question came up. When I go with my dad he likes to go to te same stop and that drives me nuts. I like to switch it up but by doing that I go alone and wanted to know the gear and precaution you take when you guys go alone so that I can practice them also because I like going home at the end of the day!  Thanks for the reply

 


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