Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
One thing that is fun at these shows is buying "The Show Special". Mark and I are suckers for this tactic and readily open our wallets to the deals. I was the first to fall victim, buying a clip on LED light for the inside of my portable ice house. Having seen them at stores for $25.00 the $12.00 I paid seemed like a bargain. Next were the new St. Croix ice rods, nice and light with just the right action. $20 regular price, the show special was another 10% off. Well, contrary to what anyone says, it's always nice to have another fishing pole, in the bag they went. After enjoying a shot of Christian Brothers Brandy at their booth we headed for the back room and ran across a very unique product, the Frying Saucer. A second look verified a clever fish fryer using what looked like and inverted sombrero mounted on legs with a propane burner. Completely portable it looks like just the ticket for frying fish outside. A perfect compliment to Mark's ice house, he just had to have one and they were more than able to oblige!
20 years ago the ideal setup for ice fishing was to pull a permanent fish house, built on runners, onto the ice and leave it there for the season. Today it is being replaced with what are called Wheel Houses, a fish house built on a special trailer, made for the ultimate in portability and comfort. The base trailer frames have special axles that lower the house to the ice via rotating the wheels. More like a modified travel trailer they have holes in the floor, bunks, a table, storage, and depending on what you want to pay, kitchens and bathrooms. Starting at $6000 for a basic model you can spend up to $25,000 for a luxury house. The convenience is the ability to move around from lake to lake or simply leave it in one spot. Mark has a nice smaller house and he has talked about getting something larger. For me, I still like being able to move around the ice with minimum effort. Maybe someday!