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Ok, so all this ice-fishing chatter is getting me thinking. I've had a few weeks to research ice-augers, huts and all the fancy gadgetry that we spend money on to help prevent us from freezing our asses off, falling and even some that may help catch fish.

What are some of the coolest home-made ideas you've seen during your ice-fishing adventures, you've found goofing around on the internet or perhaps you've created yourself?

Here's one I found while looking at ice-cleats on the web:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ice-Fishing-Cleats/
 

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For me it has to be turning my Lowrance fishfinder into an ice unit. Once you have watched fish on a good screen like that, it's tough to go back to a vex. I still use both, but love that lowrance.

The rest of my stuff is not homemade lol
 

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Great thread idea! I'm not an ice junky like some of you guys but I also love seeing home made gadgets on the ice.

What unit do you use on ice Jason? I'm excited this year to use my little elite-4 hdi.
Well, it's overkill, but I use an HDS 7. It's one of the ones on my boat. I built the thing in a 3 gallon bucket and it works great. Watching those fish on a normal screen is so crazy, you can really tell the size. I am super excited for ice this year.
 

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ive got a pair of Lacrosse pack boats with screws like the picture, just make sure ya dont wear them at home on the wood floors, lol.......
 

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I mounted rod holders from my boat onto a platform constructed by 2" by 4" section. That contraption is not exactly cost effective, but it is very sturdy compared to what you might buy for $15 or less.
 

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That's awesome! I'm putting an HDS 7 gen 2 on my kayak soon. Have you thrown pics of it set up for ice on here?
Here ya go... I gotta say, I love having the GPS locations. Also, check out the video... setting it up properly makes a world of difference.

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/15-tackle-garage/115666-found-me-inexpensive-solution-needing-new-vex.html

http://www.coloradofisherman.com/forum/10-colorado-ice-fishing/116442-using-lowrance-hds7-ice-finder-full-review.html
 

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I build my own Spud bars. I have one built from aluminum-
 

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I build my own Spud bars. I have one built from aluminum-
To quote a wise (ass?) meat hunter...pics or it didnt happen...or if you made it at night or out of state it doesnt count!...
 

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Most of us dont catch fish big enough to build a high tech aluminum harpoon!...Any coincidence the movie remake of Moby Dick comes out in a couple of weeks?!...
 

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Made some ice rods from broken tops and handles from Uncle Milty back in the day. I caught more big fish on those junkers rods compared to the fancy new ice rods I have now. Back then no flasher or map just dead sticking bait and moving alot. Then again back then we had 11 Mile to ourselves for 3-4 weeks first ice before the masses would show.
 

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Made some ice rods from broken tops and handles from Uncle Milty back in the day. I caught more big fish on those junkers rods compared to the fancy new ice rods I have now. Back then no flasher or map just dead sticking bait and moving alot. Then again back then we had 11 Mile to ourselves for 3-4 weeks first ice before the masses would show.
Stupid internet and egotistical aholes posting porn everywhere!:eek:
 

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Then again back then we had 11 Mile to ourselves for 3-4 weeks first ice before the masses would show.
I also remember the homemade jigging machines people used for kokes at 11 Mile.
 
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