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goblueM

The ice fishing gods have it in for me

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goblueM

FINALLY got out on my own this morning on Calhoun. I get there and my freshly charged Vexilar battery is almost dead. Spins but not fast enough to get a reading. I think hey maybe I should just take it as a sign and go look for a new battery. Then I decide to stay, and as I'm driving over to a spot I know well enough to fish without a Vex, I crash the car into a snow bank. Sweet.

Luckily no damage, but at this point I am so determined to fish because I'm p'd off.

Finally get out there and drill some holes. Catch a 8 inch perch immediately on an eye-dropper spoon. Then nothing for an hour, other than managing to cut off my spoon while it was in the hole, when some wind blew my line onto the uncased auger blade. What a day...

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deadeye

Sounds like you need a beer man!!!

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Sandmannd

I've had days like that. Could be worse, you coulda been in the office. wink

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Meatwad

Stuff like that will happen here and there, don't let it get you down.

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shakojdub1425

Its a crazy crazy world out there on the ice. jk. Buy a marcum that will help the vexlar situation.. =)

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Dkoy

I feel you buddy, I had the same/worse thing happen to me. Went out to a west metro lake, got there and Marcum was acting up. I switched battery and same nothing, so I pull the power cord off to check the connection, plugged it in and bent the spikes, then tried to straighten then back up and ended up cracking both. Decided to fish any ways, but didn't bring gas for drill, drove to the gas station and gased up the drill " 29 cents" and 1.99 for 2 cycle oil. Got back to the lake started fishing, and forgot to bring latern. I was totally frustrated.

Good luck out there. Went out again yesterday and it payed off. Takes one good day of fishing to clear up that frustration. Managed a few good eater walleyes and a few slab crappies.

- I had to resort to my FL-8SE. Forgot how precious it was. Gotta figure out what I an do about my Marcum now.?

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Shack

I have come to find that the first five trips of the season can hold some equipment and other issues. Especially if you have new equipment or a new set-up you are trying to work the bugs out of. Then there is just the general "Oh, I forgot about that from last year". This stuff occurring to a person early in the year (or first trips out) can cause stress, much so it puts a drag on you about going out the next time frown .

Just stick with it and by that 5th trip all the bugs and other junk will be just a memory.

Heck, if you get a good amount of trips in during the season, by late ice you are just in a T-shirt, everything works, you are catching fish and load up takes less than half the time it did during early ice smile

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MnMike58

Don't feel bad I went out today and got skunked.

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Just Me

I feel ya.

Its Saturday Night......

so the wife and I have the night out in the ice house. Everything is loaded, shes in the house saying goodbys to the boys.

Hummmm....Let me see, lets just check that auger out while were waiting for wifey.Its been acting up!!

BROKE = PANICK!! Night out. No Kids. Wife. Beer. NOOOOOOOOO.Its gotta work.

Call my brother. Ya still that Auger that ya never use? Sure, somewhere. Wanna sell it? Sure but the thing hasnt been started in years.Ill see if I can find it. ILL BE RIGHT THEIR! Wife and I go pick up Auger, pay brother. COOL. Back on track.

Get back home, hook up the ice house and investigate the "NEW" auger. Gas and a few pulls and shes up and running. GREAT!! Moms in the truck, goodbys have been said, the night is saved!

YES!

Get to the lake, locate and start drilling. Bust one hole and BAMB! Auger keep dying. Start er up. Touch the gas and she dies. THIS SUCKS! I F-around with it for another 10- 15 minutes. NO GO! OK, logical deductions:

Is the gas good? YES.

Is it getting gas? YES!

Is the carb gummed up? Dont know!

Bad Plug? Dont Know!

Back to the house for some tools & a plug.Back to the lake. End up replacing the plug. All is good.

Finished drilling with some of the dullest blades I have ever been blessed to use. 12 FOW!!!!!! Im about 25 ft short of my drop.

NO.........

Fish awhile....and end up moving to the drop.Drilled some more with those dull a$$ blades and caught a few fish and had a nice quite time with wifey.

It was the greatest ever if I had to do some husteling to get er done.

sorry for the spelling

b safe

just me

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pikedreams

I feel for ya,

I've been there.

But it could have been worse.

You could of had your best day ever at work!

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