Automatic Ice Fishermans are $30 at BPS and we have been sold out of them for most of the month.
Hopefully we will be getting more.
Randy spent an hour and a half on the phone back in the spring with the guy who invented these up in Wis. and after he got off the phone, my husband had his whole Wisconsin-Yooper accent back with bells on.
He got the guy the phone number for the BPS buyer at Springfield, so that's why BPS got em this year.
They sent a demo stand to us, covered with pictures they used in their DVD. Very funny.
Makes all other deadstick tipups look positively silly. There's the basic (just the holder) version, and two combos with either a 27" or 30" rod and reel combo. Dave Bryant said he loved his.
God, if you can get 'em, totally worth it. Best selling ice fishing accessory I've ever seen. Bought two as soon as we got em in back in Sept. Had more fun screwing around with those on the kitchen counter
Word to the wise, if you use fairly light tackle and use the orange spacer, hold on to the spacer when you let line out, or you'll end up with a tangled mess in no time. (monster wind knot). I've cheated and taken the auto anti reverse off my reel when setting this up, but it's still a little awkward. (using the* vexilar to get the depth right before setting everything and leaving it be.)
If you have used one of these things, any suggestions on how to make it better?
Catch some monsters through the ice!