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General Discussion / Nimmy Thursday 1/23/2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:07:25 AM »
As I lifelong Hardwater guy, I've got to come clean & confess. Yesterday (Thursday 1/23), me & Evinrude58 Carl hit Nimmy at C-1. It's the very first time I was with anyone who had a rope tied around his waist with a 50ft tail just in case he went in. Smart move by Carl. Wish I had thought of it.

Though I've learned to read ice just as good as most experienced hardwater guys, yesterday's ice was the worst I've ever been on... 2.5-3" at best... And it wasn't good, hard, solid, clear ice. The ice didn't look good or feel strong... or ver safe.

I confess: It was treacherous. As I gingerly walked out to meet Carl, I could sense the ice wasn't good at all. Certain types of "cracks" one hears while stepping forward really perk your ears & tighten your nerves. Even though we fished less than 100yds from the boat dock, we were still in 9-11ft of water. We didn't move much.

Water started accumulating around my holes and soon I was in 1/2"-3/4" of water around me.. The ice was starting to sag. NOT A GOOD FEELING. Cautiously I moved to a another spot and within 5 minutes, the water on the ice was surrounding me again. Our skeptical ice was turning to dangerous, deteriorating, soft ice..

I had originally planned to fish after sunset, but my conscience was telling me it was time to go. We only fished a couple of hours.. 1pm-3pm.

IN REALITY, WE SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON IT., but the urge to be on the hardwater is difficult to ignore.
Yesterday's hardwater experience was thoroughly enjoyable, but dangerous as well. I said a prayer as we loaded our vehicles and spent another hour at the parking lot jawing & telling stories. I even had a nice, fat stogie.

Truth be told: I didn't want to go swimming again. Besides, I didn't wear my Speedos.
 

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2019/2020 On-line Tournament! / Nimmy LMB Pic Jan 23 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:03:11 AM »

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Inventions / Re: Powering Electronics & Lights
« on: January 12, 2020, 07:28:01 AM »
I built a 12 volt battery power box using a Vex Battery as shown on You Tube by JDS Outdoors It has 2 USB Ports, Digital Volt Meter,, LED Light & Cigarette Lighter Port & Bananna Jacks for attaching other 12 volt lights, systems, etc.




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General Discussion / Re: NO ICE THIS YEAR
« on: January 10, 2020, 06:24:06 AM »
Last season of No Ice was 2011-2012

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Nimisila / Re: Campground
« on: December 23, 2019, 06:21:00 AM »
Hit Nimmy Campground Bay on Saturday 12/21/19 for 1st ice with Evinrude58 Carl. We fished from 8am-11am.  Shoreline ice was sketchy, but luckily Carl brought a board we used to get on.  Ice was 2'-2 1/2" at best.  We only went out 100yds from shore fishing in 5ft-7ft of water.  I was fishing with large minnows & Tip Ups while Carl was after panfish.  Carl caught half dozen dink gills & 1 cigar perch. I lost one nice tugger.  Sun came out & shoreline ice was looking darker & darker.  Deciding safety was our number one concern, we called it quits earlier than we originally anticipated., but overall it felt wonderful to be on the ice again

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General Discussion / Re: palm rods
« on: December 23, 2019, 06:10:47 AM »
Sorry Guys, I'm going against the grain on Palm Rods. I'm not a fan.  Maybe it's because of my age, short arms, lack of flexiblity or rotund size... but I'll pass on them.

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General Discussion / Re: Dream trips
« on: November 24, 2019, 09:52:20 AM »
Anywhere in Wisc., Minnesota or the Dakotas

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General Discussion / Re: Nimmy ice fishing 2019/2020
« on: November 23, 2019, 03:13:28 PM »
Totally agree with EV58.  Nimmy has changed.  For the last few years, it's been a disappointment despite my hours on the hardwater in search of Gills, Crappie, Perch... whatever.The catch has been extremely sporadic... and that's not just from me but other guy who've spent hours drilling & searching.

It's still a beautiful, local lake but I've been focused on other lakes within the PLX chain and Mosquito.  I'll hit Nimmy early in the ice season, but will move to other lakes once safe ice is obtained.

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General Discussion / Re: New Site and New Owner!
« on: November 23, 2019, 03:05:45 PM »
Welcome aboard Mary. My sincere thanks to ALL in keeping this site going & improving upon it.

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General Discussion / Re: LOOKING FOR PACK HACK/HT POLAR EXPRESS
« on: January 21, 2019, 03:09:28 PM »
make a post in IceShanty.com... It's a North American Ice Fishing Website

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General Discussion / Re: Anybody have an ICE Report for anywhere?
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:28:49 AM »
OSP Saturday 1/12 11am


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General Discussion / Re: 1 -9--19 it snowed lol
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:29:21 AM »
Any Pics, NovICE????

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General Discussion / Re: Here we go
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:21:56 AM »
QP:  Be Safe, Have Fun and make some wonderful Memories... TAKE PICS TOO!!

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Ice Gear for Sale / Re: Strikemaster Glide-Lite modified....$100
« on: January 06, 2019, 06:40:01 AM »
The unit along with the mods really make for a guy in the "Run & Gun" mode of ice fishing.

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General Discussion / Re: Next Weeks Temps
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:51:48 AM »
Jan 1st-7th doesn't look good...temps still in the 40's

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