Ohhhh baby it's right around the corner!
New Products 2021/22
I have used a friend's only one time, and it was a pain in the axx to remove the fish. But I see that they now have a zipper on the side to the bottom of the mesh bag. I will stick with a pail.
Leaning to the Ice Well purchase.
Just picked up a Marcum pursuit hd, anyone have any feedback on it + or -?
That's why I don't buy much new stuff. The competition with my buddies is so tight, I can't afford to get off my game.
I have to replace a Thorne Bros rod but I don't remember if it's a Panfish Sweetheart or a Sweet Thing so I am going to Blaine to buy probably 3 that I like.
I get 1-2 new rods a year, and new reels to go with those of course. New line yearly. At least 60 new jigs that I'll end up giving to friends or not using. Two orders of plastics yearly. New flasher every 2-3 years. The only thing I have no interest in upgrading regularly is my shack because I rarely use it. Haven't upgraded my auger in 4 years, so that's on this years agenda.
I like new, I'm an outfitters best friend :) My wife tries to understand it, but you can't explain the obsession.
It definitely doesn't make me a better fisherman having new things, probably worse actually.
It's the weirdest thing about ice fishing. You go and see all these people with brand new everything. My stuff is all old and bandaged up or with visible wounds. Gas auger handle all beat up from hanging off the back of the shack, burn holes in shack. Holes worn in camo outfit from the 90s. Vexilar case handle snapped by some guests, how I do not know. Gas auger alone identifies me as old school. Even the string on my rods is several years old. Only thing I have new is bait.
I saw that...doesn't sound good for getting big ticket products this year unfortunately.
Otter New Products - nothing seems new here except the full door Vortex Pro Lodge.
After much deliberation last year, I went with an Otter hub shelter - I love it and I don't think I'll ever be tempted to upgrade until it wears out completely, which will take a while.
I'm glad I buy stuff and have it last for many years! I'm still using the same Vexilar battery on my FL-18 that I bought 18 years ago! I think this might be the last year with that battery though. It's only lasting about 8-10 hours per charge now, much less than the 24+ hours it lasted when I first got it! Tipups? They last forever, why would I spend 70 bucks for something that puts bubbles into the hole? I can buy a baby bubbles aerator for 7 bucks and it'll do the same thing! Fishing rods? Some of mine are over 20 years old and work just fine. I change the reel when needed. Ice fishing suit - I have the Clam bibs and jacket. Jacket is 4 years old and the bibs are 7 years old. That better last me the rest of my life! And augers I already had Lazer hand augers in 3 different sizes so I bought the Clam adapter plate and a DeWalt drill. Hopefully that lasts too.
Sure I love looking at new products but I've gotten too old to stay up to date on all this new stuff that's coming out! and it's gotten way too expensive!