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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:



    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:



    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:







    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):



    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:



    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.
    Last edited by Species8472; January 14th, 2021 at 10:36 PM.
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    Great write up and sweet set up!


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    Nice going your going to love the new clam plate welcome to the electric crew lol.

    One this I would suggest is to get an extension for the auger it shortens it a little with the clam . Couple of times in certain areas I have gone right down the bottom and that was on Simcoe . Haven't needed it yet so I haven't gotten it came close was sold out the one time I was going for it lol. I'm sure up north you will need it for sure .

    Nice looking fish thanks for sharing.

    Can't wait to hook into something lol.

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    Sounds like a fantastic two day! That's great how all your stuff matches, even the sled!!!

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    Nice set up.... good fishing too !

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    Nice, very nice... jealous
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    What a great way to spend a day, and great success to boot I love my Dewalt and clam plate, it's crazy how many holes you can punch. I'm leaving tomorrow morning at 4am to hopefully fill the freezer with fresh Rainbows......
    This isn't a test run................Enjoy er'.......

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    Nice species congrats

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    Good stuff man, can't beat that for an outing

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    Congrats on your new gear and some quality time with your son
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