Finally set the spear house

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Finally set the spear house

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:25 pm

Some call them dark houses or shanties. This one a neighbor gave me and has an 8'x2" hole in it.

Here is my neighbor Mike and his dog checking the depth. I really do know this lake well, too bad it is marginal at best for fishing (but sure is convenient), first hole right on the drop. Sometimes it takes me two holes to find the drop off.

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Next we cut the hole

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Why yes that is my saw, here is a close up. I have cut 16" ice with this, its a BEAST

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Here is my spear. I thought this had some history to it, as my cousin Wamp gave it to me and said it was his dads. I got it from him back around 1991. Wamp is no longer with us, but his sister texted me the other day and I sent her this pic and said show this to your dad and see if he recognizes it. I did not know what to expect back he is 92. She sent right back and said it was his dads and they speared with it on the Mississippi River (My Uncle Bud is from St. Paul, he now resides in FL). This spear has some history

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Finally got the shanty on the hole. Sat it on Wednesday for a couple hours, Thursday for even less, then my neighbor who gave it to me joined me today. Nothing yet. Here it is in place. I will spend a little time in this for the next month.

Gosh, you didn't think I would tease you all that bad and not show something with a spear, a hook, or bullet in it would you. Got this one a week ago Thursday on a tip up. Nothing huge but broke the ice ;)

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My shoe next to it for some scale. I have a 10.5 or as some say the king's foot. Only reason I say that is its 12"

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Then my ugly mug with it. See sometimes I get people to take pics of me. I had to force my wife to take a pic with my camera, or all you would have is some snow and fish.

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Unread postby Uncle Lou » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:46 pm

if anyone wants to see some open water. Who could live here year round :?: No ice :!:

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Re: Finally set the spear house

Unread postby Jackson Marsh » Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:33 pm

Nice looking northern Lou!
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Unread postby stash59 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:54 pm

Perfect size for the 7 step fillet method! 8-)
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Unread postby john1984 » Sun Feb 16, 2020 4:44 pm

8-)
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Unread postby hunter_mike » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:10 pm

Looks like a lot of fun!
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Re: Finally set the spear house

Unread postby Uncle Lou » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:12 pm

stash59 wrote:Perfect size for the 7 step fillet method! 8-)


Stash, I finally did it. I watched a YT vid and this one made sense, don't know why others made no sense, this one was simple. I felt a sense of accomplishment for finally learning how to do it, but at the same time felt pretty stupid for all the others I just did and dealt with the bones. Even deep fried some, and it worked well.
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Unread postby Uncle Lou » Sun Feb 16, 2020 10:16 pm

hunter_mike wrote:Looks like a lot of fun!


I do enjoy it. Kinda like tree time before learning about the BEAST. Remember the old days of sitting and hoping. Kinda like that. I don't get very tactical on pike in this lake. I do move to a few other spots after a few sits. Last year I kept it right there. Speared two in 20 minutes on my second or third sit. So I am probably good for a couple years :lol:
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Unread postby backstraps » Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:55 am

That looks like a lot of fun Lou...man that spear story and the previous owner after all the years recognizing it, and still being used is cool in its self.

Geezzz you Northern guys freeze me to death :lol: :lol:
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Unread postby jporcello » Mon Feb 17, 2020 8:12 am

Nice work Lou
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Unread postby Chuck B » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:18 am

Nice.

I Fileted some northern this week too. I never kept them until a couple of years ago. After filleting a few tho, it’s easy and some tasty meat.
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Re: Finally set the spear house

Unread postby Moose » Mon Feb 17, 2020 10:27 am

Thats awesome! Ive never been around anything like that. Thanks for sharing!
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Unread postby Uncle Lou » Tue Feb 18, 2020 2:27 am

Moose wrote:Thats awesome! Ive never been around anything like that. Thanks for sharing!


Your very welcome. What state you in Moose?

With a name like that I would assume a northern or western state, or even Canada.
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Unread postby Moose » Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:06 am

Uncle Lou wrote:
Moose wrote:Thats awesome! Ive never been around anything like that. Thanks for sharing!


Your very welcome. What state you in Moose?

With a name like that I would assume a northern or western state, or even Canada.

Actually im from Iowa. I got that nickname working on a ranch in Wyoming/rodeoing


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