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I have so far picked up a pilot auger and a saw from Nils.....What spears do you guys like? I really just want to go look into the lake at all the fish but a small northern or two would be good....Can you spear the roughfish too or no? Any help is appreciated....SMEESE

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I really just want to go look into the lake at all the fish but a small northern or two would be good..

That sounds like me. We do a whole lot more watching than spearing.

I used a Amish made spear for a while and it worked pretty good. Fleet farm sells some spears, not sure who makes them. Lately I have using my homemade spear.

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I have a custom micheal fabeck spear and will only ever use that from here on out takes a year to get tho, other wise I got a lazer cut lakco spear for $60-$70 and its my back up I really enjoyed using it. You can spear northerns :), roughfish including whitefish-cisco, and catfish-5 total cats only 2 flatheads I believe. Never seen a catfish tho tons of good eatn bullheads tho mmmm there great smoked! Hope this helps

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I speared for years with a Holiday Plus spear which is just a cheap spear and it works great.

I got a Roger Cook blacksmith spear this year and so far it seems great but I haven't got to throw it much. I was worried about going from a 4.5 lb. spear to a 9 lb. but honestly its balanced so well I can't tell much difference.

Spearing rough fish is fun. I stuck a 24 lb. carp last year which was a little tough on my cheap spear but it was fun.

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Decoys will become an addiction in itself like fishing tackle you can never have enough grin

But I do know quite a few guys that all they use is just a live decoy and that is it and they do very well.

there is also guys that only use fake decoys and do very well..

I also use a Roger Cook hand made spear and I have a few vintage ones that I like to throw I have also made a few myself that I like.

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Hmmmm thats not good.....three lakewood boxes of Musky tackle and hundreds of regular lures later I thought I was almost done frown My wife is gonna kill me smile

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Hmmmm thats not good.....three lakewood boxes of Musky tackle and hundreds of regular lures later I thought I was almost done frown My wife is gonna kill me smile

lmao thats funny, thats why I get my wife involved so I can buy more stuff hahaha it works these guys know my wife.

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How deep do people usually spear? I suppose it depends on clarity but does anyone try to lure big fish up to the surface out of deeper water?

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I have speared pike over twenty plus fow and done quite well pike are looking for that easy meal like the panfish that guys throw back and that can't quite swim so good so I will set up kind on the outside of the panfish crowds/ area on a lake I think the deepest I speared over was 36 feet .

I typically run my decoys 3 foot down to 1 foot under the ice

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I am ordering a micheal fabeck spear and am wondering 7 or 9 tine?

I have the 9 tine. I like the extra width.

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