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freebledsoe

Or I need to get smaller!

I went out to Kelly Dudley last night to see if I could catch a few crappies. It was 4 degrees when I got there, 1 degree when I left. Set up my tiny Shappel 2000 and lit up my buddies coleman heater. Time went by, hooked into something that went crazy under the hole... turned out to be a BIG bullhead and it wrapped my line around the Vexi transducer. As I was kneeling down trying to untangle the mess, I got the distinct odor of a tire on fire... turned out to be my boot! Direct contact with heater face cry

So after I burned all the rubber off the heater's front I went back to fishing. Ended up catching 2 nice crappies, a 10.5 and an 11 incher. No sorting, those were the only fish I caught besides the bully. Packed up around midnight.

When I got home I looked at the heater to see if the rubber remains were all gone and wondered what those burnt feathers were doing stuck to the side...

Apparently at some point my nice down coat came into contact with the edge of said heater. I now have a nice big hole melted in the arm of my favorite (warmest) winter coat.

Supposedly this is a 2 man shelter. Maybe if 2 men are pituitary challenged they might fit, I'm 6-1 and well over 200, its cramped with just me. No space to use 2nd hole, I have to sit sideways.

If I hadn't caught fish I would have called it a bad night wink

P.S.: If you know of an idiot proof heater, please let me know!

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Grainbelter

my otter has also been shrinking over the years, I'm gonna have to contact them one of these days eek

How much ice did you have out there?

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KMR85

please tell me you kept that bullhead

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Rippinlip

Buy yourself a buddy heater, will not burn the house or you.

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freebledsoe

my otter has also been shrinking over the years, I'm gonna have to contact them one of these days eek

How much ice did you have out there?

I didn't measure but there was well over a foot of clear ice under the frozen slush where I was. I did not check the canal between lakes though

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freebledsoe

please tell me you kept that bullhead

No, I'm not from Iowa grin

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Whisker Trout Slayer

Hey now!! That is just a myth about Iowa. smirk

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charlie1959

to bad about your boot and coat,i know someone who while dealing with a nice pike melted a hole in a 30 dollar minniow bucket,i now fish out of a voyager much more room.

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charlie1959

hey my wife is from iowa,but i dont hold it against her LOL.

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PDOGG

You definitly burn less stuff with the buddy heaters but treat them with the utmost care or it will fall apart!

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Team Otter

Or I need to get smaller!

I went out to Kelly Dudley last night to see if I could catch a few crappies. It was 4 degrees when I got there, 1 degree when I left. Set up my tiny Shappel 2000 and lit up my buddies coleman heater. Time went by, hooked into something that went crazy under the hole... turned out to be a BIG bullhead and it wrapped my line around the Vexi transducer. As I was kneeling down trying to untangle the mess, I got the distinct odor of a tire on fire... turned out to be my boot! Direct contact with heater face cry

So after I burned all the rubber off the heater's front I went back to fishing. Ended up catching 2 nice crappies, a 10.5 and an 11 incher. No sorting, those were the only fish I caught besides the bully. Packed up around midnight.

When I got home I looked at the heater to see if the rubber remains were all gone and wondered what those burnt feathers were doing stuck to the side...

Apparently at some point my nice down coat came into contact with the edge of said heater. I now have a nice big hole melted in the arm of my favorite (warmest) winter coat.

Supposedly this is a 2 man shelter. Maybe if 2 men are pituitary challenged they might fit, I'm 6-1 and well over 200, its cramped with just me. No space to use 2nd hole, I have to sit sideways.

If I hadn't caught fish I would have called it a bad night wink

P.S.: If you know of an idiot proof heater, please let me know!

Sorry about your luck but sadly enough, I think this is a story most ice fishermen and women can relate to. Thanks for sharing.

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delmuts

"No, I'm not from Iowa" That wasn't very nice!!! grin

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vexilar villian

About 10 years ago I bought a 6800 shack.

I only had used it about 2x and burnt a hole in the roof.

I was trying to set it up on a cold night & it would not

go up. I thought maybe ice formed inside the poles,making

it impossible to slide the poles up. I had also bought

a double burner Mr. Heater. I put it inside the house(the

house was half way up)to see if I could melt the ice, when

I smelled something burning. The top of the shack had touched the

heater. Had to fish outside. Its tough to look at a burn hole

in your expensive house every time you go out.

I now have a fish trap voyager, which I hope never gets

burned.

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freebledsoe

"No, I'm not from Iowa" That wasn't very nice!!! grin

Sorry, I couldn't resist! My folks are originally from Iowa, and I remember going to reunions down there and watching Uncle Cliff skinning a bucketful of bullies. He was always excited about them like it was a bucket full of walleyes or crappies!

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