Zach, My concern with the portable is the very high winds we can and do get on Winnebago. It is not uncommon to get 30+mph winds out on the lake during the season and leaving a portable out on the lake may not be the best route. I have seen portables shredded and heavy full size shacks move across the ice if snow cover is scarce or even with snow. I am not saying it can't be done but most that do a portable set up and take down each day.
Zach I just wanted to make you aware that you may cut your holes two days before the season opens just wanted to make that clear so you don't feel like you're rushing on Saturday morning opener and to all the other Spearers let's hope from some cold weather so we have good ice also good luck
Zach Dooley I realize you don't want to impose on your wife's friends from Chilton that is understood sturgeon spearing is a different experience it's more of a family-oriented friends oriented sport and it is more fun in a group where you can talk and just have a good time where walkie talkies work great for inside shanties will my voice to you is to contact them and enjoy it sturgeon spearing always welcome new people and there is not a hotspot where is sturgeon are spirit all the time as far as Shanty rentals my advice would be Craigslist or contact local bait shops around the lake you might want to bring your portable just in case the lake is has thin ice as far as a hole cut if you stop at the local bar usually you can find somebody to cut holes for 20 $25 well good luck to you I'll just remember leave the Vikings at home this is Packer territory just kidding and I hope you have a successful year
It is the hub in the pictures, It is an insulated polar fire house and I love it! Very dark interior and heats easily.
For pike spearing we don't hang our spears in the water, we set them next to the hole and when a fish comes in we lower it in the water and throw. I usually tie my spear off to the closest ice anchor.
I was thinking of building a stand that I can fasten to my floor once the house is set up that can hold the sturgeon spear in the water.
I'd love to hear from anyone who has speared from a portable/ hub on Winnebago. I have searched and searched online and I haven't come up with anything yet.
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Zach, is your portable the hub in your picture? I have not been spearing long (5 years), but I have never seen a hub used for sturgeon spearing. Do you build a structure inside to tie off the spear and decoy to? Curious if any of the more experienced guys have seen a hub used before. Good luck out there, you and your wife are in for a treat. My buddies and I have a blast every year, fish or (more often) no fish.
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Samfox- I did see your message I just haven't had a chance to call yet. I will try to get in contact with you soon.
BrMug- Thanks for the offer on hole cutting! I'll shoot you a message.
I laid out a floor plan for my portable with a 3'x6' center hole and I like it. I may just run my portable for the first season and cross my fingers no one try's to steal it. I have a hard time believing there are people like that in this world but unfortunately we all know they exist. I figure if my wife sews a few more anchor tabs to the house and I can make my own ice anchors that use a unique socket to drive them in the ice, I can also lock the zippers closed. This would make any would be thief's have to break the zipper and cut all the anchor tabs off the house.
I included a picture of how I want to lay out my floor for the portable, the ovals in the floor represent the space a person will use while sitting (26" x 36"). The floor I have now is built the same way just with a smaller hole, it folds up and I can strap it to my sled and still be portable.