After looking at all the great pictures and reading all the great stuff this site has offered "so far", I can't stand it anymore...I wanna fish dang it! Here in ohio at this present time I would have no choice but to go ice fishing if I wanted to fish. I've never been ice fishing in my life. Is this something that someone like myself could set out to do on their own? I read muskie mods little story and thats what really did it. I thought hmmm....I got a spud bar that I could use to knock a hole in the ice and go at it. I do realize how dangerous this type of fishing is, thats why I felt this was a good disscussion to bring up. I don't want to get killed or hear about anyone else getting killed trying something maybe they/I shouldn't even try. I guess what I want to know is...
1. what would be the minimum temp and for how long?
2. how do you "test" the ice for safeness?
3. how thick should it be?
4. ANYTHING else I should know
I am bracing myself for the "don't even try it if you don't know what your doin"
routine that i may get. Which is why I bring all this up..so me and maybe others wont do something stupid, or atleast have some insight on how to go ice fishing for the first time. I will be going by myself since my partner in crime is too fat to be on the ice. I wanna go fishing not save a whale! My 360 and rapalas tournament fishing just aren't doing it for me anymore.