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Walterwontfalter

Zipple Bay 12/27

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Walterwontfalter

Hit Zipple on Thursday for the day. Beautiful temps, in the low 20's during the day and then dropped to 3 degrees near sunset. caught about 16 total fish, a little slower than I expected for this time of year. I marked many, many fish on the vexilar and could get some to follow my lure 6 and even 8 feet off the bottom but couldn't get them to take it. I tried everything in my tacklebox, colors, shapes, sizes and couldn't get them to bite.

The roads were good when we went out but in the evening there were a lot of cracks from the cold and I'm sure all the idiots we saw driving back and forth all day at 30 or 40 miles an hour. With 12 inches of ice and a "train" of vehicles coming off the ice at sunset, I kept the speed under 15 and everyone passed me in such a hurry to get wherever they were going. I'd sure like to see people get fined for driving fast and risking lives and ruining the roads.

Besides that it was a fun trip. Can't wait til the next trip up there.

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sbeet

Seems some people think they are on I-35 and need to be on the next guys bumper at all times. I am with you man slow and leave some space.

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humpback

12-28. we left from red lake and were going to fish zipple but when we got up there they closed the road for wheel houses because of all the cracks. they had to put in a bridg and were only letting people get their houses off if the house wheeel base matched the trucks.we drove over to morris point and they said the road was good but would not let us take our 18ft house out yet because of ice thickness.

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Walterwontfalter

It kind of peeves me even more that all that fast driving ruined your trip, and who knows how many others. i was surprised that where we were fishing there was only about 12 inches of ice. I figured there would be a couple more inches.

maybe we should have a "neighborhood watch" program and volunteers to enforce a speed limit on the lakes. Take pictures of the speeders and their vehicles and post them on the internet. Maybe then we'd be able to have good roads to travel on when we go fishing.

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WhiskeyPete

YEAH!! I'd like to see something happen to the guys who speed on the ice too. My 20ft perm is on the ice at Morris, but I can't even take it off if I want to. Some jerk caused a big crack down the road on Saturday by driving about 40 across the lake. Our house physically shook from the cracking! Scared the poop outta my girlfriend! People need to use their heads. If you own a large vehicle(red crew cab 3/4 ton Ford diesel), you shouldn't be driving faster than everyone else on the lake.

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Walterwontfalter

It baffles me that people feel that much urgency that they have to risk their lives and the lives of others to get where they are going as fast as possible. Who hasn't sat ice fishing while a car drove by and see the water seemingly come up and down in your holes. That is the ice moving in a wave from the heavy vehicle moving across it, why is that so easy to forget once you are the one driving?

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fiskyknut

I dunno Walter, if I was behind you and you're doing 15mph and the road was good, not all cracked up and plenty smooth and wide enough I would pass you myself. Would'nt do it at 40mph though!

I've seen the skinny ice sheet move up and down in the hut whether the truck is going slow or fast as it passes. May move a bit more with a fast mover though!

You've posted quite a bit your concerns on this matter since your trip, 3 times just on this thread alone so I am curious as to what you think the 'speed limit' should be out there? Were you pulling a wheelhut?

Regards....fiskyknut

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WhiskeyPete

My opinion is 20mph max. I've never seen a reason to drive any faster on the ice. Is getting to your spot that urgent that you might risk someone's safety. The ice might not blow out on you, but possibly the poor guy you just passed. What each person believes is safe is questionable. Be responsible and courteous to others. Applause to the ice road crews keeping us fishin'.

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fiskyknut

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Is getting to your spot that urgent that you might risk someone's safety.


Well iffin you are directing that at me, or any of that which you posted you are waaaay off track. Should'nt even bother with it but around 20-25 maybe 30 tops sounds good to me.

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WhiskeyPete

Sounds like we think alike. Nothing directed at you, just answering a posted question and stating an opinion. For those who saw the "racing" out there last weekend, you'll agree with keeping it a bit slower, while the ice is still under 20"

Now that we've beaten that to death.....how's the fishin'??

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Packer

I won't bring up the speed issue, although I agree it is a problem, but would like to comment on the guys that "park" wheel houses on the top of reefs and then let there diesel truck idle for 45 minutes during prime fishing time. I thought I was fishing in the Flying J parking lot last Thur. about 4:30 P.M.

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mnhunter 3815

yup i agree turns those dam things off while fishing.generaters is another 1 also.hook the battery up till the bite is over.also ppl need to realize you shouldnt be drilling holes right next to other houses.i seen 2 permanent house get flooded so far this yr cause some 1 had to be right next to it to fish.they r lucky it wasnt my house.

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