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Ottertail New Years

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Spent the News Years Holiday on Ottertail with good results. Sunday and Monday weather was great could not ask for better weather. Travel with 4 wheelers was a challange to almost impossible if we got off the trails. Fished between 9-12 feet of water with little jigs tiped with either a waxie or fathead. The waxie produced more, but size was smaller and the fathead produced larger perch also slightly higher in the water colum produced the larger perch 10 inchers and a couple of 11 & 12. The perch were not fast and furious, just had to wait for the schools to move in then you would pick them up. Also watched a few large gators come in out and cought one of those gators 38 inches in length on 4lb test and a noodle rod. It took me 30 minutes to land and some help with the gaff. The gator and rod are being mounted for a "ice mount" A few smaller eyes were cought at sunrise. It was a great trip both fishing and friends.

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    • monstermoose78
      Seeing it's only your second year find buddy to go with as rock said. I even bring a second set of dry clothes and footwear. I am to big mess with thin ice I need 6 inches as rick said early varies so much so some where there is half as much ice.    Safety gear check include ice cleats as i have seen enough broken arms happen. Check your gear test the vexilar hook it up and turn it on to see if it runs or just hook up the charger. I use the drill plate so I charge all my batteries and with blade protecter on I make sure it works. My little sled is ready to haul my gear.    I go light during early ice so fill so fill up my plactics container and restock my jig boxes. Make sure my set ups have new line and pick my favorite set ups to take with. I can add some photos later 
    • monstermoose78
      Looks like we might have walkable ice in 2 weeks
    • monstermoose78
      Eyeguy with the new auger you got it will buzz through some ice easy as pie no worries
    • eyeguy 54
      p214.  49 bucks on the bay   600 pounds   regular ryobi is 350 pounds
    • Surface Tension
      Lets say you have 1.5 ah batteries now and you drilled one and a half holes per battery. Unless that ice was 50' thick, have dull blades and your auger is 8, or bigger that's not a drill you want to put more money into.  So give us some info on your auger and how many in lbs of torque is your drill?