Ice Fishing begins

This is my first year taking ice fishing seriously. I am slowly purchasing the gear to make the trips more comfortable.

I started with the ice hut. I was looking at getting the Clam Bigfoot XL 2000 (279.99 CAD) or the Fish Inn from Costco (299.99)

The Clam has 56sq Ft (3-4 anglers) ($5 per Sq Ft)

Fish Inn 78sq Ft (4-6 anglers) ($3.84 per Sq Ft)

Although Clam is well known, I decided to first try the Fish inn from Costco. I chose this because Costco’s return policy is really good so I could return at almost anytime. With the Clam I would have 14 days from where I purchased and after that I would have to deal with the manufacturer.

THE PROS

The Fish in was very easy to prepare (<1 min to pop up) and had an amazing amount of elbow room. This thing was huge! We had four anglers all with camping chairs and had more than enough room. We had enough freedom for five people with out feeling crowded and with plenty of fishing space…Pure comfort.

THE CONS

With all windows closed I did a light test to see for any rips in the seams and found very little light coming in. Although I did see orange speckles which was showing that there was some weak spots in the material. Not sure how long these will hold for or if its nothing to worry about. I have also read on forums that the windows on these units crack.These are things I will look out.

Overall I am very impressed by the Tents size, now I must work it in to see its quality.

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As for the first day fishing my dad pulled in 2 Pike, one on each of his brand new rods. I got skunked but had a good time and can’t wait for next weekend to go at it again.

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