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Old 11-22-2003, 05:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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Vexlar or Aqauvu? Tough choice,I got both and found if i'm fishing my usual spots the Aquavu works best,mostly fish for perch,and it allows me to pick out larger fish from the school(also found that the larger perch tend to hit alot softer than the smaller ones,with the cam once they suck in the bait you set the hook,you wont miss many.)
.On the other hand the Vex will put you on some good spots on unfamilure water once you learn how to read it. If the choice is being based on economics go with the Vex, cheapest Aquavu I've seen is $400
and the Vex goes about $300 with all the bells and whistles
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Old 11-22-2003, 07:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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Look, start with the basics early on in the season. Fish the weed lines. gills, crappies and bass will be there. Later in the season fish the deeper holes that you can find with a clip on weight. Set out your tip ups off the weed beds and wham you could land a northern if they are there or a bass or two. People have been ice fishing a long time before the vex's came along.
What ever you do get out there and don't give up. Also if you don't catch something quickly drill another hole and keep moving.
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Old 11-22-2003, 07:08 PM   #13 (permalink)
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i have vex also and spoiled id stay home with out it almost
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Old 11-22-2003, 07:53 PM   #14 (permalink)
 
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ThANKS EVERYONE FOR THE REPLIES. I think i will go with the vex since an aqua vu wont do me any good in stained water. man i just cant wait for ice seeing the temps drop after sunday just is making me more anxious but then after thanksgiving they go back up into the 40s 50s range . now all i can do is fish a few lakes i plan to ice fish so that i could maybe find last minute fish locations. hopefully we get the ice as soon as possible or else i will just explode. every night before i go to bed i take a look at my ice fishing gear in the corner of my room fixing tip ups checking my jigs, making sure i got the jigs i want etc etc. My goal for this years ice fishingf seasons is to at least triple the amount of fish i caught through the ice last year which was two rainbow trout, about 9 small bluegills, one 7.5 inch bluegill(caught icefishing deep in the weeds at blackwell) and about 5 small bass(caught them jigging a sweedish pimple over the christmas trees in front of the fishing pier at blackwell). hopefully ice comes soon so i could get my gear out of the corner of my roon and onto the ice!!!
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Old 11-22-2003, 09:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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I think everyone feels the same as you egcthatsme. I figure we got a month to get ready till the ice comes. Which isn't that bad I still need to make some bench seating for my shanty, and make some minor repairs/ improvements. I am going to put up some pictures of last seasons catch in the shanty to boost morale.
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Old 11-29-2003, 05:39 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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i dont know if anyone mentioned it, but i saw a 49.99 portable fish finder at RadioShack, it says its for ice fishing too....try it its not really expensive...
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Old 11-29-2003, 06:20 PM   #17 (permalink)
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Hi egcthatsme,
I met you last year at Blackwell.
Be nice to your Dad, you shouldn't have any problem doubling your fish total in the first few times out after getting the hang of the Vexilar.
If you see marks off the bottom or move your jig and see a mark move towards it, it's a fish.
Pay attention to how they react to different jigging motions and once you get obe to hit, just repeat. :P
You're in for a real treat this winter...... er, well, as soon as we get ice :wink:
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Old 12-01-2003, 09:01 PM   #18 (permalink)
 
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Thanks again Ed for letting me use a vex at blackwell on 12-30-02. That day when you let me use the vex was my first time ever ice fishing prior to that i have heard of vexilar but was told that a vex isnt really needed to catch fish through the ice. From what i saw on the ice last year a vex really helps a whole lot most of the times i ice fished at blackwell i got skunked but when i went to talk to a someone who had a vexilar they usually had a few bluegills and crappie. This year with the help of my santa christmas present(vexilar Fl8 SE) i hope to be one of the fisherman who actually catch fish instead of freeze to death. This whole fishing season i have been anxiously awaiting for 1st ice, now knowing that i would be fully armed i have been keeping a close eye on the weather i pray every night that we get 1st ice by dec 20 because that will be my 1st day of christmas break and what better way to enjoy it that a day spent out on the ice.
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Old 12-08-2003, 02:01 PM   #19 (permalink)
 
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EGCthatsme,

How do you find fish without a fishfinder? Here's my strategy.

I believe that if I'm aiming for shallow water fishing (less than 6 feet) I probably don't need my FL-8. I will look for other ice fisherman in an area that I know to be shallow. Then I'll "gypsy fish" all the holes that have been already drilled. I'll spend 5 minutes on each hole as I walk around. I saw this done last winter in March with very good catches of panfish.

If you have an FL-8 in shallow water the cone revealing fish is so narrow that it's not useful.

If I know I'll be ice fishing in 10 - 20 feet of water than I'll bring my FL-8.
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Old 12-13-2003, 12:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
 
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bought a brand new vexilar fl 8se genz pack for a low price of 260 no tax. my question is where should i set the gain if i am fishing in 20 ft of water?
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