ATV Ice Fishing Accessories

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ATV Ice Fishing Accessories

Going to be using an ATV for ice fishing this year.  Biggest question right now is what to do for heat.  Have a Mr. Heater sunflower, but lugging around a 20 pound propane tank plus the Mr. Heater head seems like it could be problematic.  Is there a good system for hauling tanks, or should I get a Big Buddy heater instead.  A little worried about not enough heat from a Big Buddy. 

Any other must-have accessories for ATV ice fishing?

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 Also, what about a hard pole case.  Anyone have the Otter, MTM, or Lakewood case?

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Get a smaller propane tank. 5 or 10 lb

aluminum are nice - but pricey

 

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 20lb tank fits perfect in milk crate and can be attached to ATV racking easily.


 

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 ok, ive kinda, sorta got the itch to ice fish now.....damnit...

 

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Wags86 Said:
 ok, ive kinda, sorta got the itch to ice fish now.....damnit...

 

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FYI,  the Big Buddy on high spits out 4000 more BTU's than a sunflower when it's on high. 

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Looks like someone has duals on their ATV. 

muzzytipped Said:
 20lb tank fits perfect in milk crate and can be attached to ATV racking easily.


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MuskyManiac Said:
 Also, what about a hard pole case.  Anyone have the Otter, MTM, or Lakewood case?

I've got the otter case. On its 4th season now. Been very pleased with it. I can cram 8-10 combos in there.  Have not broke a rod in transport since I got it. My 0.02

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Milk crate and a 20 lb is the way to go. The 5 to 10 lbs are nice but expensive and they charge you just as much to fill as a 20 lb in most locations. I made my own wooden rod box with foam insert to hold rods in place, I can put 6 combos in and it works great, on its 6th season now and never a broken rod or tangle. I would recommend some sort of auger holder instead of just strapping it to the rack, lots of companies make them.

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In Fargo they charge by gallon/lb for propane. Filling a 10 costs 1/2 as much as filling a 20.

 

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My buddy has an otter monster box on his atv. It is great for hauling and protecting your gear.

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Since my father in law and I finished the ice house this spring I've been itching to get out.

Wags86 Said:
 ok, ive kinda, sorta got the itch to ice fish now.....damnit...


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 Ice fishing innovations makes a great case for rods just google ice fishing innovations. Also, make sure you get an auger rack. I have a cheap one from cabelas but digger anchor makes a nice one too.

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 I use 3 gun rack holders for the auger and secure with tarp straps.  Last year, I mounted my Trap genz style on the ATV, but don't like the length.  This year, I'm putting a rear drop down basket on and building a wood box around it to keep snow out ( tracks throw a lot if snow).  I've looked at the otter box at the Minot Home of Economy and couldn't get a 5gallon bucket in it.  I second the milk crate with the propane tank.  I put that in the real and secure with a tarp strap.  I also added a cloth bag behind the seat for more gear and it extends the seat.  I have the otter and Ice fishing innovation rod box and like them both.  Never broken a rod in either of them on Winnipeg.  The Ice Fishing innovation is definitely heavier duty than the otter, but $150 vs $70.  It is bigger though.  I now use the otter predominately for pan fish rods and the other for walleye.

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i like the mr heater over the buddy because you can turn the sun flower so it faces straight up and cook deer sausage on it in a frying pan

ditto on the milk crate

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Captain Ahab Said:
FYI,  the Big Buddy on high spits out 4000 more BTU's than a sunflower when it's on high. 

Is that what you use, Ahab?  Do you have a larger external tank you run or do you use the 1 pound tanks?

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 I use a combination of both.  When I know I am going to be mobile and not out all day, I use the little tanks.  When I am going out for a full day or 2, I use a small external 5 lb tank.  

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Captain Ahab Said:
FYI,  the Big Buddy on high spits out 4000 more BTU's than a sunflower when it's on high. 

Is that what you use, Ahab?  Do you have a larger external tank you run or do you use the 1 pound tanks?

"Diligence is the mother of good luck."

"The constitution only gives people the right to pursue hapiness.  You have to catch it yourself."

"Well done is better than well said."

"Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

All by:  Benjamin Franklin.

"The solution to any problem - work, love, money, whatever - is to go fishing, and the bigger the problem, the longer the trip should be."

Author: John Gierach

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another couple nice options on the atv for the ice

windshield
hand warmers

buddy has them on his; they are nice when its very cold and you have a long drive

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 Has anyone ever mounted a cab on their atv. I have contemplated the idea. I see hallcraft make a pretty decent one. 

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holmsvc Said:
My buddy has an otter monster box on his atv. It is great for hauling and protecting your gear.

I know why they call them monsters... Enslow has one.

We made a third run back to the truck just to retrieve his rods. Took up the entire otter sled.