If You Don't Ice Fish...You wouldn't understand
It is not hogging a spot either. I don't have a problem with people asking to fish near me. If they invade my space without asking is when I have a problem. They see me catch fish and want to move right into my holes and soon our lines are tangled. That is disrespectful. In my opinion, setting out tip ups is considered my spread on the ice. It is similar to boat fishing with multiple lines out. Get in between my lines and my location and we have an issue. However, I do fish on a lake where there is a similar weed line around the whole lake with similar structure.
I put in the work and buy equipment to help me locate the best spot to fish so why must I be forced to give it up? My fishing license cost the same as yours!
If permanent shack owners fault others for using their shack as a windbreak or wanting to fish the structure their shack is over when they're not there, then they obviously feel that their shack marks "their spot". Hence my beef with permanent shacks.
If you don't ice fish in a permanent shack, you wouldn't understand.
In the past, I’ve thought about asking my uncle who is on the Conservation Congress to help me introduce a resolution for the April Hearings. What’s kept me from doing it is the pushback and arguing that I used to see on this site over the subject. I figured that there’d be enough against it that it would just be a waste of my time. I guess I could be accused of stirring the pot a little but I fully expected to get blasted when I posted my comments below a few weeks ago but that didn’t happen. Maybe the mindset is changing with the convenience and comfort of some of the portable shacks that continue to come onto the market.
By the way, I’ll remember that GPS trick the next time I get reamed by a permanent shack owner who decides to get territorial with me. I’ll have to decide whether or not I let him know what I’m up to when I’m marking the coordinates or just simply smile and walk away.
One spot I used to fish prior to the cluster of shacks on top is - imo - unfishable now unless you're one of the 3 or 4 guys who've plopped a shack on top of the spring. You could literally spit on every shanty from standing in one central spot.
Big weedbeds,flats,long drops,no vbig deal. Tiny spots are different.
Every once in a while someone posts the coordinates to a hot spot and says the shanty owner LOVES company. I've had the same temptation.
If you don’t ice fish, you wouldn’t understand.
If you don't ice fish, you wouldn't understand.
It blows me away that you cannot leave a deer stand on public land overnight but people with permanent shacks can park over structure and discourage everyone else from fishing "their" spot for an entire season.
Sorry for the buzzkill but after last weekend, I've had it.
"Seeing well below zero temps almost every morning is a great thing. If you don't ice fish....."
However, for the first time that I can remember, I am actually WANTING a warm up. This is not normal for me. I love cold and I love ice. But, there is so much ice out there, and this is not only limiting the realistic ice fishing opportunities, but it's just getting a bit over the top having to wake up to -15 to -25 degrees up here (actual temp) a number of times of late.
Now, I don't want to see 45 degrees, but a few days in the upper 20s would be very nice! A warm up might be on the way next week after the worst Polar Plunge of the winter from Sunday night-Tuesday.