Homemade Ice Fishing Stuff
Decided to build a permanent shanty this year. Still like my one man popup but more and more fish the lake close to me and would like to stay out all night like I did years ago.
Coming along pretty good. Walls are made from the centers of insulated vinyl doors (1 1/2" foam, vinyl on both sides) . Got these off craigslist years ago from a guy who works at a door company, they cut out the centers of doors to put in glass.
The holes in the floor hold a bucket with the bottom cut out. Saw this on a show last year. keeps snow and wind blowing under the shanty out of the hole and shanty. One more bench, door latch and a few little things to go.
BigwoodsHunter asked me about my home made ice fishfinder that doubles as my open water sonar. Part of this set up is the Humminbird sonars (matrix 37, and the newer 597dHD). I mention both because this gives me two of the snap on mounting brackets so I don't have to unscrew the boat one to use on my cedar ice fishing box in the pic. The best part is; the transducer for the 37 works great with the 597 so I can drag around the unit with a mapping chip out on the ice, by unsnapping it from my boat and popping it on my "ice box". The close up is for how I bolted and taped the 'ducer to the Tite-Loc clamp built to make any unit portable ($40 bucks? from Fleet). Note the little hardware straps that allow the connection of the transducer. The middle pic shows the parts laid out, including the taped up insulated "bag" I made to help the battery keep it's charge on the colder mornings.
These are two things I did to my Beaver Dams many years ago.
First I used a hacksaw and cut, then filed smooth a slot into the top part of the ring. If a pike runs off a bunch of line I can just slip it out of the ring and wrap it back on the spool much quicker, also nice if wrapping big hooks or line markers that won't fit through the hole.
I added a tip up marker made from a piece of 1 x 1/4 aluminum bar I had (could also use hardwood). I attached it through the same bolt hole that's already there and with the wing nut it's always with the tip up and folds down for storage. You could make these as long as you think needed, I painted and added reflective tape.