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    I went out for the first time ice fishing today and loved it ! Now Iím wondering if anyone has any help on how to start and on safety. Iím looking to buy those safety ice grip things you wear around the neck Incase you fall in. Not sure what they are called so any help would be nice. Looking for decent ones just to be safe.

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    Those are called ice picks.
    Amazon amongst others carry them

    https://www.amazon.ca/Frabill-Deluxe...90555989&psc=1

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    Good to see you took interest in ice fishing, don't be shy, fire off as many questions as you have....
    This isn't a test run................Enjoy er'.......

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    The ice picks are important if you go through the ice but a decent spud will help you prevent from taking a dunk.

    I Only have my picks with me when the ice is thin and I'm using a spud. Maybe I have to much trust in the ice . With the ice a ft thick now I generally don't bring or a spud anymore . The cracks are the biggest threat right now. .


    Always know your waters some places have current others do not .

    Good luck on your adventures.




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    Ps

    Follow the number one rule

    If you don't know don't go .

    I'm a checker someone has to test the fresh ice lol. Know your limits and never rely on word of mouth unless you absolutely Trust the other person telling you from first hand knowledge.

    A report on fresh ice can vary depending who talks lol.



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    I guess I've gone through the ice more often than anybody I know. Gone through on snowmachines, Atvs, on snowshoes and walking. Gone through on my old trail, gone through on fresh tracks, gone through in the middle of the day and in the wee hours of the morning. So icepicks, like a really expensive raincoat are no good when hung up on the wall at camp so I'd carry them with me all the time just to get used to the idea of having them. Anyway my best advise is to keep a really cool head and have super good reflexes when things start to go south, know what keeps you from getting out and how to get out. And the best place to carry your picks is velroed to the sleeves of your coat. Its not practical but they're right where you need them when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawbill View Post
    I guess I've gone through the ice more often than anybody I know. Gone through on snowmachines, Atvs, on snowshoes and walking. Gone through on my old trail, gone through on fresh tracks, gone through in the middle of the day and in the wee hours of the morning. So icepicks, like a really expensive raincoat are no good when hung up on the wall at camp so I'd carry them with me all the time just to get used to the idea of having them. Anyway my best advise is to keep a really cool head and have super good reflexes when things start to go south, know what keeps you from getting out and how to get out. And the best place to carry your picks is velroed to the sleeves of your coat. Its not practical but they're right where you need them when the time comes.
    Snowshoes! That's a fill your pants situation in a hurry, much like chest waders. Flippers they are not.

    All in all I've been lucky, very lucky, took a swim twice but the amount of "almost went" on atv and snowmobile are up there.

    Best I can say is, have a plan for everything. When SHTF its usually too late to sit down and think about your next move.

    Be wary of big lakes after dark or in storms as your mind will mess with you. Get yourself a good spud and follow some others until you get a feel for what's going on.

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    Can you please let me know what is a SPUD ?
    Thank You

    Quote Originally Posted by fishfood View Post
    The ice picks are important if you go through the ice but a decent spud will help you prevent from taking a dunk.

    I Only have my picks with me when the ice is thin and I'm using a spud. Maybe I have to much trust in the ice . With the ice a ft thick now I generally don't bring or a spud anymore . The cracks are the biggest threat right now. .


    Always know your waters some places have current others do not .

    Good luck on your adventures.




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    A spud is a chisel.

    Sharp piece of steel with a handle to check ice thickness.

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    No one yet has mentioned a good float suit?
    Best safety piece of equipment.




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