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#535197 - 03/01/04 10:36 AM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
Blaine Offline

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Registered: 01/29/02
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Loc: South Carolina
Connecticut Outfitters still has Polar Ice Picks in stock. They are a MUST HAVE for early and late ice
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#535198 - 03/01/04 11:51 AM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
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Every person that steps foot on the ice now needs that NECKLACE!!!!. Wow, Cedar lake in Chester was crowded yesterday!!!

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#535199 - 03/01/04 12:07 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
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Registered: 07/22/02
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Loc: Suffield/Niantic, CT
Guys... it's over!! Stay of the ice and BE SAFE!!!



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#535200 - 03/01/04 12:58 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
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Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 4380
Loc: TN
As everyone knows I went through last year.I believe all the basics have been covered except for one blatant omission,as obvious as it appears,don`t go alone.I did,no one would have known exactly where I was either.Tell someone ,where you are going and when you expect to return.Also be carefull around ponds with beavers!They have exit holes everywhere,especially near the lodge and adjacent shorelines.
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#535201 - 03/01/04 06:12 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
willywonka56 Offline
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Registered: 01/08/04
Posts: 4257
i have worn my life vest on the ice when it was about 5 inches. Anyone have any comments if this a is a good or bad idea?

Keep it simple.
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#535202 - 03/01/04 09:05 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
Rocketman Offline
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Registered: 11/03/03
Posts: 1458
Loc: Suffield
I was on the ice Sunday 2/29 at 6:30 am, by the time I went to get off at noon, there was 6-8" of water all around the edges. The ice was too soft to support my weight there despite 15-17" of ice on the main body of water. I walked about 200 yards further than I had in the morning to find a spot to get off the ice without getting soaked. The ice broke about 3' from shore but it was only about 8" deep. With the warm temps and rain expected it's over for me. I put my stuff away til next year.

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#535203 - 03/01/04 09:52 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
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Registered: 01/08/04
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Good choice rocketman better safe than sorry the edges is what will get ya.

Keep it simple.
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#535204 - 03/02/04 12:22 AM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
Joe Grenus Offline

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Registered: 02/13/02
Posts: 4053
Loc: Cheshire
What we had on Sunday was 2 lengths of 50' heavy rope, a throwable coushion, 3 sets of ice picks that we were'nt wearing. Pretty dumb when you think this won't happen to me. Big mistake! A propane touch with electronic start, every ice fisherman should have one, a camp axe and a good knife. We used everything on Sunday. If you have quad and trailer you need a more elaborate plan. Thinking your invinsible does'nt cut it. I have a year to plan.
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#535205 - 03/02/04 01:11 AM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
WhiteBassBenny Offline
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Registered: 01/03/04
Posts: 789
here is an idea, don't push your luck for some fish
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#535206 - 03/03/04 03:14 PM Re: Ice Fishing Rescue Plan
The Fish Man Offline
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Registered: 06/18/02
Posts: 1200
Loc: CT
A few thoughts on ice saftey. I own a drysuit for winter surfing. It is very light weight and thin. The clothes you wear under it keep you warm. You could ice fish in it. It does float if there is a bit of air in it.I spent about $450.00 on it several years ago. Warmwinds surf shop (or any) can get them. OS Systems makes them.
Having gone through the ice myself, the scare, the gasp and the cold water all work to disorient you. The panic will drown you the quickest. The rope is good and ice picks are good. Wear them around your neck on long shoe laces or a tether of some sort so they are right there. After all this has been said, take some of the other advice on the site, stay home and polish lures, sharpen hooks, and rerig your gear for next year. It just isnt worth it! Dont mean to preach, just sharing my perspective, and experience.

Behold the fisherman. Mighty are his preparations. He arises early and full of hope. He fishes all day and returns late in the evening, smelling afoul, and the truth is not in him.
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