New Gear 2018/19

7/11/18 @ 11:08 AM
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kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11

Thought I'd have to wait until September before getting excited about new gear being released, but I hear 13 fishing released their 2018/19 special edition of the BB freefall in purple at ICAST this week.

Can't wait to see what else this year brings!

Edited on 9/21/18 10:31 AM
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11/7/18 @ 4:03 PM
AWichman
AWichman
USER since 1/6/16

Every year is different. Last year we were there before Christmas for early ice. This year we’re going to be in that area around the third week of January. Not sure if we’ll make it to Black Duck. I’m going to be on Winnibigoshish mostly. It all depends on when the group I go with there can go. I usually do it fairly early as I like to get to the glacial lakes in the Dakotas for the mid winter. I usually close out my big fish chasing trips on Cascade in Idaho in March. Then it’s lakes that I can drive to, fish, and drive home in a weekend. 

Edited on 11/8/18 7:04 PM
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11/7/18 @ 3:54 PM
BigMusky12
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USER since 12/22/04

the new St Croix rods are pretty sweet if you guys get a chance to get your hands on them.

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11/7/18 @ 1:52 PM
kvandehei33
kvandehei33
USER since 12/19/11
AWichman - when were you up on Black Duck? I do an annual ice fishing trip with a group of guys it has been to black duck the last two years. Haven't found those gills they talk about but caught my PB crappie and some nice eyes and perch out there. Fun lake to fish.

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11/7/18 @ 1:23 PM
AWichman
AWichman
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Met with Erik Kraemer from Kraemer Custom Rods. He is out of West Bend WI, so I wanted to give the local guy a look. After meeting with him and being able to handle the blanks and discuss exactly what I wanted, I added a 36in that should be killer for perch and walleye. Can't wait to get out and use it. 

If I like it as much as I think I'm going to I may start having to replace all of my ice rods. I like to support local small businesses and if it can be a fishing small business, even better.

 K33, you will dig the Akua series. I stumbled onto them a few years ago at the St. Paul ice show and I got to know a few guys that do field testing for some of their products. I had a chance to use them on Black Duck in Minnesota last year for Bluegill and Crappie, and they worked really well. 

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11/7/18 @ 8:20 AM
kvandehei33
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USER since 12/19/11

I'm a little biased towards Kenders jigs, but these new Akua jig series look pretty awesome. Will be picking some up at the st paul show.

Kenders Akua Jig Series

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10/26/18 @ 12:45 PM
USAbrams1991
USAbrams1991
USER since 2/13/17

Picked up the Penguin Violator from Dick Smith's today. Pretty cool and glows in the dark.

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10/13/18 @ 11:46 AM
Mr.Seaguar
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MEMBER since 2/5/05

I think we talked about using crimps on the thread for when you use high test flourocarbon. After checking out many offshore fishing sites where they use far more heavy flourocarbon, I decided to use loop knots. They have a lower fail rate than anything else is what I found.

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10/3/18 @ 10:23 AM
AWichman
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USER since 1/6/16

That is almost exactly how we do it when on a body of water we know. It was a real time saver on Devils lake, where the fish could be on a piece of structure or just off. Also helps when you can set it up to see a whole break line and follow the fish up or down it.

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10/3/18 @ 10:03 AM
Fish Hound
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USER since 1/29/02

To me the only major advantage I see over my LX-7 is the horizontal option to locate fish. (I use it in graph mode, puts a flasher to shame) I don't see myself sitting using the horizontal 'ducer to locate fish, pick it all up and run to that area and set up to vertical fish and after the school moves set up and search again.

I see it as a locating tool. Get into an area you know typically holds fish and search them out with the horizontal locator, move to them and fish with your normal vertical unit leaving the Panoptics set up in place. Once the fish move go back to the Panoptics that is still set up and relocate the fish and start over.

I'm usually never in a single hole more the 5-10 minutes especially if the fish move around. If I make several drops with no bites I move, even if there are fish, I'm looking for the more aggressive fish in the next hole. I may come back to the hole, but never camp in one.

Edited on 10/3/18 10:05 AM
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10/3/18 @ 7:25 AM
AWichman
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Kvan, first off I don't hate them. That being said my biggest issues with it are that if you want to maximize the potential of the Panoptix you need extra gear for the side view.

My second issue is the response of it when used as a traditional flasher. It just seems to be a tick slower then the mechanical flasher.

The third is the price,  I can get a FLX-28 a K-drill and a Hub shack for the 1700.00 I have seen it advertised for. 

As I said before, I am a fan of it for certain applications. If my Vexilars ever die which I doubt. I would give this new tech a look. But I don't think my Vexilars are dying anytime soon. I still loan out my 20+ year old 8 to friends. I would still be using my 20 if not for a smoking deal on a 28 when a certain sporting goods store was closing. 

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