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Dan Thompson

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is it safe by this weekend to drive a full sized pickup on the ice any where a person wants to go?

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I met you at West Wind in mid-July. I was with my nephew "Hollywood Magic". Ninetoe, DonnaGal, and WWBartender were there. It was fun, we laughed well, and it doesn't matter if you don't remember - we were under the influence. Ninetoe even offered me a bed for the night!

Coming up this weekend and bringing the portable. I've been trying to follow the posts and I reckon, cause it's pretty quiet out there that: Fishing is spotty? Ice is thick enough for a truck and trailer? And the best time of day to fish is whenever you can't see your bobber?

If it was you, what time would you try to be set up and watching your bobber? Any particular hot spot/s? What baits have been working best for Whitefish?

I told you when I made my first post (and this is it) I'd ask a new dumb question but seems over the years most of the dumb questions have already been repeated rolleyes.gif. So, I'll try this: Where do you hide your Walleyes?

Hope to see you Saturday. We'll be in a dark green Expedition, towing a trailer, fishing in a 6x12 plywood and canvas portable.

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Yes grafitigreg that was a good time. If we were as smart right now as we were that night we would have it all figured out with no questions needed. :-)
There has been a fairly good day bite.
The ice is safe as long as you don't do something real stupid like drive into a pressure ridge. Just follow NINETOE around, that way you'll both be stuck in the same place and save us some time. smile.gif NINETOE will be up this weekend also.

Waskish Minnow Station

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Thanks Kelly - I'll look for you; on the ice, or Hudecks, or Westwind, or cuddled up with Captain Morgan on Saturday. Maybe my fishing partners will even let me stay out late?

What's a pressure ridge? grin.gif

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lets see-- pressure ridge,--i think thats the guilt trip one gets put on when he makes the mistake of asking the spouse permision to go fishing smile.gifkeep your stick on the ice-- jigglestick--

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