Looking for a shack and gear to rent. Have never been spearing and would like to give it a try. Most guides that rent shacks seem to be full already. Anyone know someone renting shacks that still has some available? Thanks
@GROUPER - I wouldn't make it a habit going against the suggestions of Br-Mug but, for me personally in this case I would.
Our eyes see color based on the wave length of light reflected off of objects. A black object in the sun will "absorb" the most range of light wave lengths. A white object reflects the most (this is why a white object stays cooler in the sun compared to a black 1). Same reason why some football players put black marks under their eyes.
So for me, everything is painted flat black (floor is later covered with carpet and backside of the trap door isn't seen when fishing). That vent cap you see in the first picture later got some black paint. You can see what that looks like when fishing in the 2nd picture.
In the last picture is my Dad's shack where he put in a strip down just before the edge of the hole. Since it wasn't over the hole and added later, it wasn't painted. The little bit of lip acts as a nice warning. In that same picture you can see how even the white rope will reflect light towards the hole.
As always, just a suggestion. You can try it without 1 year, then paint in black the next. Of course once you paint it, its harder to go back.
I need the opinion of some sturgeon spearers. My spearing hole is boxed out with 2x6 or 2x8 unfinished pine. I want to paint it and at first I was thinking black paint or really dark stain. Then I though that might throw a dark shadow looking like a fish.
What are your thoughts of framing it with white for a nice contrast? Thought white be a nice warning sign for kids as well?
Just a heads-up to those diehard spearers--there's a documentary on streaming Netflix called "The Frozen Chosen" and it's about the sturgeon spearing on Winnebago. But if you're a diehard you probably already know this. OK, that's it.
Congrats to those who scored. We tried a different spot for most of the year out from Faro Springs. We had 3 feet more of clarity (12 ft) while scouting and had a lot of red worms. Set up 6 shacks, no fish seen. Most in our group called it quits when the water sat on the ice. We made a move the second Saturday and went back to our normal fishing spots. fished 3 days and 1 out of 2 shacks saw a fish and missed. By the end of the season we could see clearly 15ft down out of 18ft. All the talk of clarity issues never really effected our efforts this year. The ice stayed good on the east shore. We did pull off Saturday afternoon. All in all an enjoyable season for the CAL PARK STURGEON PATROL. -WW
My sled saw goes in and out of my trailer easy by myself, no assistance needed. If I can't drive it fits easily in my otter sled and the cover still goes over the top. Cuts as fast as you can walk and only has to go about three or four feet past the holes, we would clean more snow then that back to "brighten" the holes anyway.
Years like this year a sled saw may be over-kill but when your cutting a bunch of holes in 30" of ice it sure makes a difference.
Again, seems to be personal preference, no right or wrong answer.