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We are going to be fishing out of Arnesens houses Monday and Tuesday. I'm wondering if you could provide some help on what should be brought with for the fish house for the day? Besides cards, poles, tackle, beer, the important stuff. Should we be bringing candles, lanterns etc?


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I posted this on another thread with the same question earlier this year...

- Cell phone for emergencies

- sleeping bag & pillow

- camera to take pictures of the hogs you'll be catching and releasing

- something to do after dark and during the day if the fishing sucks especially for kids (cards, mags, books, gameboys, football if it's nice out, etc...)

- cd/radio makes things more pleasant

- freezer bags if you plan on taking some fish home

- this is an important one...extra garbage bags (9 gal. type for potty breaks and bigger for garbage)

- extra roll or 2 of TP

- matches or long necked lighter for gas stove & gas lights

- food (breakfast, lunch & dinner (keep in mind it's possible that you may not catch enough to eat), snacks)

- beverages (water, pop, beer & hard stuff) did I mention beer & hard stuff

- ice cubes for drinks

- fillet knife

- fish breading

- oil for frying the fish (check with your outfitter on eating fish on the ice)

- plastic silverware, glasses & paper plates for less cleanup after meals

- bar soap

- if you catch alot of fish your hands will be wet and dry alot, some hand lotion will keep your hands from drying out and cracking

- oil of olay face wipes to try to stay a little clean, they work great

- at least 6 rods rigged in various ways for various presentations (jigs, plain hook & ice buster bobber, flutter spoons (angel eye jr), lead spoons (go devil), jigging minnows (chubby darter, jiggin rap), etc...

- flasher (Marcum or Vexilar both work great, and you can rent Vex's at some of the resorts too, not cheap though)

- extra battery for the flasher

- jigs and spoons of various types (gold ones, orange ones, some that glow, you know the drill... basically one of everything and maybe 2 or more 8^)

- hemostats work great for removing jigging spoon trebles and smaller hooks from fishes mouths

- mechanical fish grabber for tulibees and the feared and hated eelpout so you can keep the stink off of you

- extra fishing line

- spare reel

- an old camera flash works great for making glow in the dark lures glow

- long johns for sleeping so you can just jump in your boots at night and go outside and whiz without freezing to death

- pack boots (it'll still be cold at floor level)

- thermal socks

- heavy clothing (flannel lined carhartt jeans and flannel shirt-jacs are great)

- warm coat, warm hat and warm gloves/mittens (bad things can happen on the ice and you need to be prepared)

Have fun. I was just up there and I already want to go again.

There, thats my overly anal-retentive list of things to bring to LOTW.


Oh and one more thing: Bring your trash talkin' A-game for when you catch the first and/or the biggest fish so you can smart-off all day long about it. Ya gotta trash talk when your on the ice.

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Gspman you can pack for me any day!!!

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Yeah, I'm a bit over the top with the stuff to bring. 8^)

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