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Tis the season for new ice fishing products

I normally do not "push" products in my stories, but after being at a local retailer this week, hearing a customer looking for a walleye ice fishing set up and hearing the employee responding, "if it costs more it is better," I figured I would th...

I normally do not "push" products in my stories, but after being at a local retailer this week, hearing a customer looking for a walleye ice fishing set up and hearing the employee responding, "if it costs more it is better," I figured I would throw out a few products for the ice fisherman on your Christmas list.

The hot seller for the year is the Strikemaster Lithium auger. With a 50 volt battery it drills over 56 holes in 2-feet of ice. Many great reports on this unit already, and it is a lot faster than the older electric augers.

As far as locators, there are so many models to choose from with a ton of features. All around, the Marcum LX-5 is my go-to with plenty of features that won't break the bank. When it comes to cameras, the Aqua-Vu Micro is a great little unit that fits anywhere and does everything you need and has a very clear screen.

When it comes to rods, 13 Fishing makes a great combo and Fenwick has always made a good rod. One thing to look for is eyelet size, if you only fish in a hardside house smaller eyes are OK. Now if you like to go hole hopping and are out in the elements, look at the eyes to make sure they are big enough to take a little ice build up. There are a bunch of tip-ups to choose from. I prefer the Frabil insulated style, although some times when you use bigger holes the old school wood Beaver Dam ones are the way to go. These things take a beating and last forever.

For stocking stuffers, the new UV buckshot spoons and Jigging raps are the hot new products. Some other must-haves are those yellow foam bobbers, depth checker weights and those foam seat cushions that "heat" they really do work.

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Fishhouses also depend on how you like to fish. If room is short and you really need to be compact, the Eskimo pop-ups have really strong poles and fold down to almost nothing so you can put them in your car or carry them. When choosing a sled or flip-over house, you need to look at the four S's - Shelter, Seating, Structure and Sled. When you look at the insulated houses, sit in them and look to see if you can see light through the seams. If you can, that means the heat can go through them. When you are looking at the sleds, make sure it is rotomolded - they are by far the toughest and will last forever. Other types of molding processes can cause thin spots and cracking in cold weather. See you on the ice.

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