On of my new favorite you tube channels is Jay Siemens https://bit.ly/3nQdXmh He is also the creator of catch and cook. A great alternative to shore lunch for cooking fish. I had some this summer and it was excellent. Probably even better because someone else cooked it for me. FYI no sponsorship for this, just a product I like.
Get a aluminum extension ladder, used for cheap. Cut it down and put a series of rollers to get your shack on and off of your pickup truck. Jason will post some pictures on our page. You can also get a winch and mounted in the front of a picket, mount the winch in the front of the pickup and then you can use it to load and unload your heavy ice shack without risk of injury.
Jason gave some great advice on pickup truck buying. If you want a fast pickup truck get a red one. The red ones are always faster than the blue ones.
Jeff talked about using tackle box containers and how they are making a mess. I am thinking of changing the way I store tackle. I am thinking of getting similar smaller ones that are fully open and then put some foam in them to prevent damage. Basically remove the cons from these two products.
These shuttles look really cool. Looking at them they seemed very high quality. Maybe Jason can field test one in the future with his helix 7. This caused Jeff to digress into talking about how it can be hard to use his Helix 7 outside on very sunny days, and how a traditional flasher may be better.
This one is another really comfy option that I look at every year. I like that it has poles that don't have to extend and also its much lighter. Jason talks about how even on his Nanuk he does not collapse the poles because you can move quickly.
Eric Wallace had these awesome decoys for spearing. I lack the words to describe how beautiful these are. I would feel back using them on the ice. Jeff and Jason talk about our one failed spear fishing attempt. The water was so cloudy we could not even see the decoy in the hole. Here is a video we spoke about https://bit.ly/3HTFiMv where his work was featured on Minnesota Bound
Jason is requesting a picture for a better setup for his Camera. He is not happy with his storage and how its hard to use. He would like to make it easier to deploy the camera. Please send us your idea and pictures [email protected] If you have something awesome maybe we will have you on the show to tell us about it.
Guest / Legend
Colby Sabutis is an ice fishing guide in NH and we are super excited to have him on the show. He tells us all about ice fishing in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Colby targets trout a lot more than in the mid-west. When they fish in Vermont the will target Crappie, Blue Gill and Pike. For trout we are talking about Rainbows, Brooks, Browns and Lake. Cusk AKA eel pout or Burbot. Also maybe Toad or Lakers. White perch and yellow perch.
What is Different about ice fishing in New Hampshire?
Ice castles, are not really used, usually Bob houses are home built items.
Ice Fishing Traps?
This is similar to what we would call a tip up in the Midwest. But they are different than a beaver dam. Heritage Laker Traps more information can be found here https://bit.ly/3FQhPKh
You can have 2-6 lines per person depending on the regulations on the lake.
Colby uses Ifish Pro also. These seem to be coming more popular. Here is a link to Amazon https://amzn.to/2ZwMEUU . This is a tip up rig for your rod.
Started with a hand auger, but moved to a Jiffy. Partnered with Eskimo fishing and have a gas auger from Eskimo now.
- Also working with Driftwood rods https://bit.ly/32pxVvR I did not see ice rods on the website I think they might be new.
- 2 in is longest rod Colby uses for Lakers.
Colby uses Pflueger or Shimano spinning reels. This Pflueger reel is one both Jason and I like. https://amzn.to/3D8b8BH the 20 or 30 size works nice for ice fishing. I have started to prefer the bigger size to reduce line twist.
Braid with a floral leader. 6,4, or 8 lb test depending on situation.
Colby talks about a huge ice fishing derby he has participated in the past. In 2022 its February 13-14
Garmin Striker with a boat transducer and a Lowrance hook 4 also use Navionics
We also talked about fly fishing, Colby has been fly fishing for a bit over 11+ years. Attended Orvis advanced fly fishing school. Have been two years as a guide at the Woodstock Inn. Colby did 100+ fly fishing tips this year!
Colby tells a legend about catching over 55 Lakers in four and a half hours. Talks about how to stuff your lake trout with crab meat and bread crumbs and how great that is.