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If ice fishing is worth the effort. Been out 6 times in a week, still with nothing to show. All I've done is get a lot of exercise (not such a bad thing anyway) walking around and drilling holes.

Wondering if I need this ice equipment anymore. I can't beleive that the only way to locate and catch fish is with a sonar/flasher. Although it seems like it.

I'm just cranky is all, I might have to head to a river and find some open water rough bass like George for now, just to feel the tug of the line.

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I don't have electronics (although, sometimes I borrow one for a few moments), and I am still catching fish. Don't give up yet...
 

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Yes sir. A sonar unit is a huge tool you need to be successfull on the ice. I highly recommend it. If anyone starts ice fishing the first thing you should get is a sonar unit before anything else without a question. I remeber when i took my buddy out a couple years ago which was his first time out . He had no sonar unit just a sled, a bucket and a couple rods. I was slamming the crappies at Pistakee in 20 fow while he was sitting there wondering what he was doing wrong. Same presentation and depth and he was a few feet away from me but I was getting all the hits and he wasnt. I told him that they were suspend in 12fow but still couldnt get the exact depth where the crops where at WHICH A SONAR UNIT CAN DO. After a hour of just pounding the crops. I told him here give the vex a try. After a few minutes it was over. He was hooking up every couple minutes having a blast watching the fish come and nail his jig. Its like playing a video game. I couldnt pull it away from him if my life depend on it. The next day he bought a FL8.
I have a 2 year old FL8 that is on the market for sale $160 which I do have a buyer for it but he is havinig problems coming up with the money. He has till this weekend or otherwise its back on the market. I also have a Marcum LX2 for sale $200. I bought it last year and never used it till this year ( 30 hour use ).
 

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twoglasseyes said:
Whats a rough bass :lol:
Carp.

koolaid2313 said:
I don't have electronics (although, sometimes I borrow one for a few moments), and I am still catching fish. Don't give up yet...
I'm not giving up. Might just put it on hold until I'm able to get a sonar unit though. To much frustration, kinda like my buddy when he golfs- does nothing but bitch about how bad it is! lol

Legend075 said:
Yes sir. A sonar unit is a huge tool you need to be successfull on the ice. I highly recommend it. If anyone starts ice fishing the first thing you should get is a sonar unit before anything else without a question.
Well then I went ass backwards into ice fishing I guess. Damnit! :x

I was just blowing off steam, as I stated I was just cranky. Maybe the lack of a job and no fish caught lately have begun to take their toll on my mind. No worries, it's only life right!? 8)

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This is what i got to say, i started ice fishing about 50 years ago with my father,he made his own spud bars,the augurs we use were not invented yet,for the depth a large weight with line and a knot every 3 feet,no poles with reels but always a bobber,throw your pole down,grab the line,and pull in your fish, my ma was always frying gills and crappie
know the water your fishing,keep moving,think while your out there,drill them holes and save your money for a vex
 

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I feel your pain. We fished blind for years and the last thing I bought was a vex. Backwards as you mentioned. First time out with the vex produced fish easily. You have to find em first. Yesterday I couldn't. It is just visual confirmation so you don't waste your time and to see how they react to your bait. Good luck
 

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catch88 said:
I feel your pain. We fished blind for years and the last thing I bought was a vex. Backwards as you mentioned. First time out with the vex produced fish easily. You have to find em first. Yesterday I couldn't. It is just visual confirmation so you don't waste your time and to see how they react to your bait. Good luck
I remeber that last year Josh. You bought a shanty then the gas auger by the way very nice man and fishing was still tuff but once you purchase that sonar unit its a whole different story.
 
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