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Mark Knapp

Ice fishing is winding down, it's moving day.

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Fish houses are allowed on the lake till April 30th but with the warm weather, the ice will deteriorate quickly. It was 66 degrees on the ice. My buddy Mike and I went out to get the house off the the lake. There was still 40 inches of ice and we'll be able to fish for a couple more weeks but it won't be safe to drive on the ice.

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The weather was so nice we couldn't resist drilling some holes and catching a few fish.

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The rainbows in this lake are so pretty.

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It was a pretty good day.

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Mark, on March 30th I was fishing on 24" of rock solid ice. A week and a half later the lakes were wide open. I can't believe how fast it happened. Still cold here. Woke up to 1 1/2 inches of new snow this morning but no ice. Time to try some ice out lakes.

Les

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15 hours ago, Poopdeck said:

Ice house out, boat in. Gotta love the change. 

Yep, I'm really excited about it. I repowered my boat this year with a new 6.2 liter Kodiak IB. It's supposed to only burn 6.5 gals an hour at cruising speed. So now, maybe I'll get to work on the boat less and fish in it more. I got some really good trips planned. How'd your maiden voyage go? Many fine trips to you.

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The fishing was okay but the boat ran great. I'm getting old and want to repower for "piece of mind" reasons. I'm getting to old to deal with boat problems on the water. Problem is the old motor runs so well I can't mentally justify the expense of a re power. Be glad your old motor forced the issue. Now you can enjoy trouble free boating for the next decade. The fuel efficiency will be nice as well. Let us know how your maiden voyage goes. I gotta find a new place to store my extra ice holes. 

 

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53 minutes ago, Poopdeck said:

The fishing was okay but the boat ran great. I'm getting old and want to repower for "piece of mind" reasons. I'm getting to old to deal with boat problems on the water. Problem is the old motor runs so well I can't mentally justify the expense of a re power. Be glad your old motor forced the issue. Now you can enjoy trouble free boating for the next decade. The fuel efficiency will be nice as well. Let us know how your maiden voyage goes. I gotta find a new place to store my extra ice holes. 

 

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Wooldridge makes a great boat, she sure looks nice. There's a joke in there somewhere about wearing "blackface" but Mikey will surely ban me if I make it so I won't. Yep the security of the new engine was a big part of it. The coil went out in the ocean once, and it was pitch black. I had one in the boat, we switched it out and were underway again in about fifteen minutes but, it could have been a problem. I was really just getting tired of working on it and buying so much gas for it. Now it will be better.

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18 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

66 degrees that's T shirt ice fishin' weather :)

Yep, I was in a tee shirt. My buds a little older so.....

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Even I can stand to be out in 66 degree weather.  Well, for a few minutes, anyway.

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