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Two Questions for all you URL Anglers

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First Question, does anyone use cameras while chasing the crappies or will it be a waste of time to bring it??

Second Question, Can you use tip-ups still now that gamefish is closed or will I get pinched by the CO? I know everyone says the slab crappies will take very large offerings at times and I would like to try a fathead beneath my tip-up close to my jigging stick, but I don't want to be accused of fishing for walleyes or northerns. Any thoughts??

Thanks and good luck to all venturing out this weekend.

GE

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i would like to know the same about the camera i might stop by and fish red on my way to LOW and was wondering of the camera was worth it

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Take it for what it's worth but we brought two cameras up last year. We also had two separate shacks (about 60-80 yards apart). 1 guy sat in his shack for nearly 3 hours and the other for almost 2, both with cameras in the water. Well it was so nice the other 6 of us were outside between the shacks fishing. In that whole time 1 guy seen 1 walleye. That was it. Meanwhile between the shacks we'd caught about 20 eyes and 7 crappies. Personally I'd leave it. But I have seen on this format alternate cases written in.

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the camera might work on red.but it wont work on lotw.

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a friend of mine put my camera down one of the holes a few years ago and there were 6 or 7 crappies suspending and then we got our lines in and caught them all.

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This year the water is VERY clear on URL. I saw my jig almost 11 feet down two weeks ago peering down my hole in the portable fishhouse. If you want to use a camera on URL this is the year to do it.

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Ditto that. I've been staring down holes in the ice on Red for 13 years. And I've never seen it so clear.

Craig

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I agree. I've been up to URL 5 times this year. All with the camera. There is nothing better than watching a 15" slab come up and inhale your lure. Bring the camera.

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i always bring mine just depends how much i use...but if you got it you might as well bring it or there is no point of even having one.

last yr me and my cousin both brought ours and it was pretty cool...during the day he'd have the cam down 1 hole looking at his bait the whole time....we seen perch, walleye and pike but no crappies...even though we did catch alot of crappies that trip we never seen them on the cam.

the coolest part is this perch came up and sucked in the bait totally in his mouth....we look over and his bobber didn't even budge...so without the cam you'd never of known a fish just took your bait....he just grabbed his rod and set the hook and there goes the perch shooting up and off the screen.

ever since that day i always wondered how many fish really do bite that we don't even notice when bobber fishing...that perch could of easily spit out the bait and swim away without your bobber giving you the slightest clue u just had a fish on.

but yeah i'd bring the cam...never know when u get curious or maybe even bored for a little while and wanna look around.

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Always bring the camera if you have one at your disposal. With the advancements in cameras viewing farther, more defined picture and even capable later into the hours of darkness you will almost always have a option to use one.

Cameras will teach you things that you may have never known or fully understood before. Like crappies "puffing mud" or rooting out worms, how a pike can turn on a strike and even that walleye can go slowly go vertical head up or head down to strike in either direction.

Bring the camera, if fishing is slow it just may show you why.

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Ya, I agree with all you guys. I have been using the cam for over 2 years now and it has taught me a lot. I have also caught a lot of fish that I never would have, because like stated earlier, many of those fish come up and inhale the bait and then spit it right away. I usually bring my camera to every lake I go to, I just didn't know if URL was clear enough to use it. Thanks for answering my question! The aqua view will be in use this weekend. Hopefully we can locate those slabs.

GE

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What camera have you guys been using? I am thinking of buying one, but not sure on what model. I see that Cabela's has one on sale and wondering if anyone has that one. I know marcum has a really nice one, but it is a little more than I want to spend.

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I hate to break the subject but back to one of his first questions would the DNR get on your case for using a tip up? Im heading up monday and was hopin to use a tip up?

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i dont see why you can not use a tip up.they cant do nothin to you.unless they catch you keeping a walleye.you can use anything to catch crappies.the dnr can not tell you you cant use a tip up for crappies.

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they can take it to a court and have a judge determine your intent though!! even if you are in the rigth they can make a headache out of that situation for you....i.e. making you drive to Bemidji to fight the ticket....I would say use a bobber rig but they might not care. Only one way t find out!! \:\)

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 Originally Posted By: Quackaddict9
a friend of mine put my camera down one of the holes a few years ago and there were 6 or 7 crappies suspending and then we got our lines in and caught them all.

oh yeah it was fun! escipally runnin so fast to get rod n drop it in hole! \:\)

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Well, I guess the reason I asked the question about the tip-up is because I have always wondered this. I don't see anything wrong with it, but then again all it takes is one a-hole warden looking to pinch someone for something rediculous and then I have to drive all the way back up there to fight it in court. I know most wardens wouldn't do this as most of the wardens I have dealt with were pretty decent level headed guys. Has anyone ever been ticketed for this??

About the camera question, I have an aqua view and I would not purchase this brand again. I am not happy with it as I have had numerous problems with the power cord and certain times it has not worked right. I actually had to return the first one I had. The casing around the wires on the power cord is extremely weak and I have had to splice wires, rewire, and tape the heck out of mine numerous times just to keep it working order. I think the design is horrible, they could surely do something better with the power cord. I also don't like how top-heavy they are. Another bad feature is the location of the battery. They are had to get at and you have to either bring the whole unit to wherever you are charging it or take off the yellow straps and remove the camera unit to remove the battery. My next purchase will be the top of the line Marcum.

GE

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i don't see anything wrong with fishing with a tip-up for crappies. as long as you don't have any illegal fish on the ice they can't say boo. now if you have an 8" sucker minnow on the tip-up that might be a different story, but i don't see anything wrong with chubs or shiners. people accidentally catch eyes or pike all the time, on fishing poles, after their seasons close. what's different about a tip-up? just chuck those illegal fish right back down the hole and you'll be fine.

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Nothing wrong with using tipups for crappies. In fact I'd recommend it. We always use them on URL especially at this time of the year when it's nice out. If you've found a spot with some fish throw out a few. One of my most memorable trips was on Red two years ago on this weekend. Walleye season was over and we were on a daytime-crappie bite. Had 4 tipups out covering a relatively small area and had a blast. Had the grill fired up, football in the air, and beverages going down nicely. Wound up with 18 slabs, a handful of C&R 'eyes, and a 31" pike. Now they'll be guys saying you could've been a lot more productive working over the holes with jigging rods and plactics and blah blah blah but sometimes catching fish isn't what it's all about and that day we were fortunate to have the best of everything. I apologize for the schpeel but this tipup talk for crappies has got me reliving the past grin.gif Good times! Just use 4lb and a #6 hook with your minnow of choice and you'll be good to go. Good luck!

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doesnt say in the rule book you cant use a tip up for crappies.

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 Originally Posted By: Shoogs32
What camera have you guys been using? I am thinking of buying one, but not sure on what model. I see that Cabela's has one on sale and wondering if anyone has that one. I know marcum has a really nice one, but it is a little more than I want to spend.

I picked up a Marcum VS 380. I have been very happy with it. You can find them for between $200 and $250.

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