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Species8472
Posted: Jan 14, 2021 - 10:05 pm


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Worked like a maniac all last weekend to take a few days off this week to get out on Nipissing for the first time this season with my oldest son. I also had some new gear to try out. I picked up an Eskimo 450i five man insulated hub shelter last year at an end of season sale plus for Christmas this past year my kids got me a Clam drill adaptor for the auger and a Jaw Jacker complete with the motorized jigging base.

The new shelter:

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The shelter is marketed as a five man item and with just two of us in it there was tons of room. It would still be comfortable with a third and four could fit but would be crowded. No way five adults would work in there. Set up was the easiest of any shelter i have ever tried - it was easier than my two man flip up. The construction seems heavy duty and the insulation although not much seems to make a difference. Take down was also remarkably easy. One person can easily set up and take down as long as the wind is not too bad. All and all i was happy with it.

The clam adaptor:

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The adaptor worked as advertised. Well designed and ergonomic - very happy with it. Ice thickness varied from 11 to 13 inches and over the two days i drilled 15 eight inch diameter holes. So say roughly 170 inches of ice. After that amount of drilling the 5 amp-hour battery still showed 70% charge left. With the two batteries i have for the drill that would translate into something like 1400 inches of 8 inch hole before needing to recharge.

Fishing on Tuesday was decent. There was a steady bite on all day. Managed a bunch of 15 to 17 inch walleye plus a bunch of perch. Some typical fish from the day:

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We kept half a dozen perch in the 10 to 12 inch range and had them for breakfast this morning. No walleye over the magical 18.1 inches so they all returned from whence they came. Now as for the Jigging Jaw Jacker. That thing out-fished both of us. Over 50% of the fish caught were by the Jacker. It takes 3 AA batteries and after two 8 hour days of continuous run it was still running on the original set of standard Energizer Alkalines. Seems like a really good product and an alternative to the typical dead-stick or tip up a lot of guys run for their second line.

Stock image of the Jigging Jaw Jacker (forgot to take one of mine):

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Fishing on the Wednesday was totally dead. Tried many things at several locations and the bite just seemed totally shut down. Peace and quiet however was still very nice. Did not see a single soul anywhere on the lake the entire 2 days.

Tranquility:

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So now just have to wait 28 days until the next outing. Even though our place is just 10 minutes from the lake it is our secondary residence so travel from home to there is an issue.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 01:27 am


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Nice outing.....thanks for posting.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 07:42 am


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Nice set-up, like the sled, not getting stuck with that brute.......you got a sweet rig. Congrats on the fishing

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 08:38 am


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Thanks for the good read and pictures.

At the end of this season, hoping to find a pop up like that. What price should I be looking at?

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 10:08 am


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QUOTE (Limacharley @ Jan 15, 2021 - 08:38 am)
Thanks for the good read and pictures.

At the end of this season, hoping to find a pop up like that. What price should I be looking at?

That shelter retails for about $700. Sale price was $459. That was at Cabela's last March.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 10:19 am


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QUOTE (Species8472 @ Jan 15, 2021 - 10:08 am)
QUOTE (Limacharley @ Jan 15, 2021 - 08:38 am)
Thanks for the good read and pictures.

At the end of this season, hoping to find a pop up like that. What price should I be looking at?

That shelter retails for about $700. Sale price was $459. That was at Cabela's last March.

Thank You

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 10:44 am


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Adaptor working well through > 10-inch ice on multiple holes? Very interesting. Well done

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 11:12 am


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QUOTE (mamona @ Jan 15, 2021 - 10:44 am)
Adaptor working well through > 10-inch ice on multiple holes? Very interesting. Well done

Adaptor worked flawlessly. 12 inch hole in 5 or 10 seconds.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2021 - 01:10 pm


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great report and good to hear your new gadjets are working just fine

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Posted: Jan 16, 2021 - 03:47 pm


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Beauty write-up man! Loved the read and pictures. I'm glad you were able to get out and try the new stuff!

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Posted: Jan 17, 2021 - 09:32 am


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Definitely a good read Species. Thanks for that. Glad the new gadgets work out for you.

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Posted: Jan 17, 2021 - 11:38 pm


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Your gear looks good. Nice catch. Was thinking of purchasing another skidoo. How do you like the Skandic I believe they are work horses for pulling gear and in thick snow.

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Posted: Jan 18, 2021 - 12:15 am


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Thanks Species8472 - cancelled my trips to Nipissing this year - but love all the locals that can get out - I will be back

Enjoy and be safe


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Posted: Jan 18, 2021 - 12:30 am


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the elusive star trek ice fisherman...

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Posted: Jan 18, 2021 - 03:08 am


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QUOTE (RAM3500 @ Jan 17, 2021 - 11:38 pm)
Your gear looks good. Nice catch. Was thinking of purchasing another skidoo. How do you like the Skandic I believe they are work horses for pulling gear and in thick snow.

Skandic is a beast. Not a good choice for trail riding as it is definitely not a nimble machine but for bush work and on the lake it will pull a house. 24 inch studded track, skins and scratchers plus a redundant cooling system (it has an automotive style radiator in addition to the heat exchanger tubes) and tow mode makes it able to deal with pretty much any condition you would ever encounter on the lake.

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