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Offline esox_xtm

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An old friend of mine used old egg shells as a panfish attractant.

That and enough crushed shells thru the hole laying on the bottom lights things up for better sight fishing.
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Offline 1MOFISH

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The only superstition i have is i dont refuel my truck or boat the day before or day of a fishing trip.im almost positive gas and oil keep fish from biting.i wont even run my snowblower the day before a fishing trip.lol and if i need gas i will have my wife refuel the truck.
ha ha i used to think that then saw gas soaked run off going down my holes and flags poppin like pop corn so who knows
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Offline Jagger0502

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Each year I take some old egg cartons and make an attractor that I drop down the hole when it’s slow or just when I get there. Grab a small rock for each spot in the egg carton so the ice cube sinks. I mix in some fish attractant, maybe some ground up shiners and my trick is some rice crispies and then flash freeze as fast as possible so the crispies hold air. Over the course of a few hours the crispies float up from the bottom randomly attracting fish. If you don’t mind them on your flasher every once in a while you can use them in a jigging hole, if that bothers you toss them in your tip up holes for some extra attractant. Works like a charm.
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Offline butcher

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Each year I take some old egg cartons and make an attractor that I drop down the hole when it’s slow or just when I get there. Grab a small rock for each spot in the egg carton so the ice cube sinks. I mix in some fish attractant, maybe some ground up shiners and my trick is some rice crispies and then flash freeze as fast as possible so the crispies hold air. Over the course of a few hours the crispies float up from the bottom randomly attracting fish. If you don’t mind them on your flasher every once in a while you can use them in a jigging hole, if that bothers you toss them in your tip up holes for some extra attractant. Works like a charm.

Hmmm... very clever!  Quick question - how do you flash freeze your rice crispies?  I know that can be done with certain industrial and commercial equipment but can it be done in a standard household freezer?

Offline Jagger0502

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Hmmm... very clever!  Quick question - how do you flash freeze your rice crispies?  I know that can be done with certain industrial and commercial equipment but can it be done in a standard household freezer?

Sure can. Freeze the rice crispies first so they are cold and then add them to the carton mix last and put them right back in the freezer will work. Be sure to open and close the freezer quickly to keep the temp down. If you can mist them outside when it’s below freezing that works as well. Lay them in a cookie sheet, use a spray bottle and mist on some water and it will freeze to the outside of them. I usually try to mist both sides so I do it twice and then add them. This year hasn’t been cold enough for that though.
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Offline RuttNutt

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No old tips.................. .........….but here is a new one: Ditch the old power auger for a new cordless drill and adapter- you won't regret it!  ;) ;D
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Offline butcher

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Sure can. Freeze the rice crispies first so they are cold and then add them to the carton mix last and put them right back in the freezer will work. Be sure to open and close the freezer quickly to keep the temp down. If you can mist them outside when it’s below freezing that works as well. Lay them in a cookie sheet, use a spray bottle and mist on some water and it will freeze to the outside of them. I usually try to mist both sides so I do it twice and then add them. This year hasn’t been cold enough for that though.

Thanks Jagger!  I'm going to give this a try.

Offline uncleshorty

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Here's a tip for all you newbies.

To prevent your night crawlers from freezing keep them in your mouth...
Ice fishin' & turtlin's all I crave...

Offline Drillin-n-Chillin

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Dirt,
I see guys with the rechargeable drill set up and am jealous. It’s quick, quiet and I’m the dummy hand turning an old 8” blue mora.

Offline Van_Cleaver

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You don't need to spend a fortune on electric specific auger bits either. I am on my third season (ok I've only been out twice this year) with a standard 6in. Lazer set up and a 49$ (bare tool new) Makita Hammer drill.  I did upgrade to 5ah batteries since I use the drill for work as well. Just make sure your blades are nice and sharp and you're good to go.

Offline Arkansaspete2

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First of all the bigger the auger the harder it is to drill a 5 or 6 in. Is a lot easier to turn I used a 6 in mora for years and remember it being 2 ft of ice but it’s also easier on the drill too and if you want a drill that takes less effort by a nills A/P :tipup:

Offline jaeger80

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First of all the bigger the auger the harder it is to drill a 5 or 6 in. Is a lot easier to turn I used a 6 in mora for years and remember it being 2 ft of ice but it’s also easier on the drill too and if you want a drill that takes less effort by a nills A/P :tipup:

This makes total sense...but if you fish for pike, its a bit easier to turn them up the hole with a bit larger diameter hole.  I guess that would depend on what you like to target.  I'm not saying a pike can't squeeze through a 5 or 6" hole, and i'm sure many have done so through the years but the longer you fiddle with them when trying to get them up the hole, the higher the chances of that fish pulling the hooks from its bony mouth.  I'm not arguing with you at all, I just think hole diameter probably should depend on your target species.

Offline Mr. Charlie

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Years ago I fished , and I say fished sparingly, with some guys. They cooked awesome meals on the ice. However everyone was given a fork first time out and if you didn’t have your fork you couldn’t eat. It was more ball busting until you got a new fork but it was fun.
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Offline Arkansaspete2

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You would be surprised what you can get thru a 6” hole myself pulled an 8# largemouth and a 10.5# Muskie my buddy van cleaver helped me land that I have another one to add a 6# bass thru a 4.5” hole it was tough I hated to lose a good jig. A/P  :tipup:

Offline Snitch#8

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It cracks me up when guys say I got a 10lb. this or 10lb. that through a six" hole!  Yeah, it is possible to catch big fish through a 6in. hole.  I'm sure they aren't the only ones.  BUT, I bet the number of guys who have "lost" big fish trying to get them through a 6" hole outnumber "by far" those who have been successful.  Knowing this, why would ya?  If you go for big fish, use a bigger hole.  Or, risk being one of the majority who wishes they had, pretty simple.

Offline esox_xtm

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Depends on the fish. A 36" pike only runs about 13# =/- and muskies are generally longer and slimmer with weight being equal. They should come through a 6" hole fairly easily. 8# LMB? Not so much. I've caught one in that neighborhood (24.5" no weight) and it was just a pig. I could fit both my fists into it's mouth. 6" hole? Good luck. I'm sure it's been done but still. I've had a few mid 40" muskies up through an 8.25" hole. Easier coming up than going back down.

Definitely though, if you are fishing for big fish, the bigger the hole the better off you are.
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Offline Arkansaspete2

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When all you have is a 6” auger you make due with what you have the mora was the new thing to have unlike all the new gadgets of today most stuff for ice fishin was homemade . A/P stay safe  :tipup:

Offline Drillin-n-Chillin

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Gents,
 Debating the size of the hole a fish can come out of is a little off topic. The Bigger the hole, the bigger the things are that can fit through it. That’s obvious and we all make due with what we have....at least until we have money to spend on upgrades.

Most of what me and my family used growing up was homemade and that is the spirit of the thread.

When I was just learning as a kid we made spring bobbers from old guitar strings and leftover wire leader from blue fishing trips. Certainly homemade and just as effective as what is sold today. We made our jigging rods by drilling out an old broom handle (or hockey stick cause they were wood then) and inserting the top half of a two piece ultralight rod. Then taped the reel on and went fishing. Cost $0.00.

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Here you go then!  I made this jigging rod out of a bent aluminum arrow, a piece of wood dowel, a chunk of pipe insulation tied on with para cord, and coat hanger for line guides taped on with electrical tape.  Been making them about 40 years now.  Well, since aluminum arrows came out, whenever that was!  They are light weight, they float and they are so sensitive you can feel a perch breath on your lure!


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My superstition is with my LX7.  I have the graph set up to have the flasher in the center and the bottom lock (vertical graph) on the other side.  I never use the automatic lock on it and always adjust it to the manual depth.  Probably just stupid thing that I do from when I had my Showdown 5.6db d/t on automatic, it could rarely find the bottom.  Nez

 



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