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By Mike DunnGAYLORD – Before thestart of the new year, it’salways appropriate to look backward one final time toremember and celebratesome of the chief highlightsof the year that is passing.In sports, there were plen-ty of candidates for the topstory of 2012. TheMancelona baseball team,the Petoskey boys soccerteam, the Pellston boys bas-ketball team, the St. Mary girls basketball team and theOnaway volleyball team allhad major achievements, asdid the Johannesburg-Lewiston football and base-ball teams.Individually, longtime J-Lbaseball coach Rick Guildsurpassed 700 wins. Pellstonsenior Chris Hass wasnamed the Class D Player of the Year by the AssociatedPress. Gaylord senior golfer Alex Dombrowski had a stel-lar year on the links.Picking the top 10 storiesis always a subjective task.Most of the time, I pick team achievements overindividual achievementsbecause it requires morethings to go right for teamsto make their mark.This year I’m picking theMancelona baseball teamadvancing to the Final Fourfor the first time in schoolhistory as the top sportsstory. The Ironmen of coachJim VanWagoner repeated asDiv. 3 regional champions with a compelling perform-ance at Charlevoix, defeating quality opponents BenzieCentral and Whittemore-Prescott. Then they edged state-ranked and heavily favored
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* Grayling coach Rich Moffitreaches 300 career wins January 3with 80-38 win at Houghton Lake* Onaway girls coach Marty Mixreaches 100 wins as Molly Cleaverbuzzer-beater beats Forest Area inJanuary* Senior Chris Hass passes 2,000points as Pellston beats Central Lake83-54 on Jan. 10* Pellston senior Andy Hamlinpasses 1,000 points Jan. 24 in 81-45win over Forest Area* SMH senior Karli Jacobbecomes eighth Snowbird gal to sur-pass 1,000 points in school history* Grayling junior BrandonHandrich (152) and Onaway seniorTrey Leach (140) win regionalwrestling championships* Trey Leach of Onaway earnsfourth place in D-4 state wrestlingfinals at Auburn Hills, Handrich ofGrayling takes fifth in D-3 state meet* Mackinaw City girls of coachAdam Stefanski come from behind toedge Pellston 62-53 and win Class Ddistrict hardwood title for secondtime in school history* Gaylord grad Will Weber signsentry-level pro contract withColumbus Blue Jackets after com-pleting college career at Miami ofOhio* Mancelona boys of coach RickDuerksen are Academic All-Statechampions with 3.75 GPA* Mancy shortstop Dakota Derrersets state softball record with 20triples in a season as she helpsMancy earn school record 25 wins* Mancy softball falls in D-3regional semifinal 4-3 to T.C. St.Francis after winning first-ever dis-trict title behind pitching of juniorKallie Derrer* J-L baseball sets school record,improving to 32-5 while beatingAtlanta 11-1 and Hillman 14-2 torepeat as district champs at Gaylord* Dynamic duo Andy Triebold andSteve LaJoie repeat for fifth time asAuSable River Canoe Marathonchamps in 14:42:43* Grayling sophomore big-playmachine Scout Tobin throws for oneTD and runs twice for 95 yards asVikings beat T.C. St. Francis 28-20for first time ever* Grayling puts lock down onunbeaten Boyne City in 21-0 victoryto capture first-ever LMC gridirontitle and first-ever perfect 9-0 regularseason, Ty Jensen scores all 3 TDs* Mancelona repeats as unbeatenSVC gridiron champ, defeatsWhittemore-Prescott 38-24 in homeplayoff opener, advancing to districttitle game at Ishpeming* Gaylord senior harrier CharlendHoward is third Blue Devil to winBNC medalist honors; Charlendearns All-State with 24th overall inD-2 state finals, 15:54.8* Gaylord boys cross country teamof coach Jeff Kalember is Academicstate champ in D-2 with 3.9555 GPA
 
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Mancelona baseball (29-5)repeats as Division 3 regionalchamp, beating Benzie Central 5-2 and Whittemore 8-3 behind thestellar pitching of Craig Conwayand Brandon Dingman. TheIronmen then beat Newaygo 2-1in quarterfinals at Traverse Cityto reach the Final Four at BattleCreek.Petoskey boys soccer (17-9-2)captures eighth regional title withthrilling 1-0 victory over EastLansing as senior Evan Altmanscores lone goal in OT, seniorDrew Smith posts shutout innets. Northmen reach D-2 statetitle game vs. Hudsonville UnityChristian and play well in 3-0loss.Pellston boys (23-2) capture thefirst regional title since 1944behind the stellar play of seniorscoring aces Chris Hass andAndy Hamlin. Hornets beat 71-53 in title game, advance toquarterfinals against rugged U.P.foe Carney-Nadeau.St. Mary girls (23-2) capturedistrict and regional hardwoodtitles, fall to rugged U.P. foeForest Park 59-57 in quarterfi-nals. The Snowbirds defeatunbeaten, state-ranked Posen64-50 to win first regional titlesince 2002.Onaway volleyball team (48-5-3)of coach Steve Watson capturesfirst-ever Class D regional titlewith back-to-back wins overperennial rival Pellston and tal-ented U.P. foe Rudyard, thensweep past Forest Park in quar-terfinals at Manistique toadvance to the Final Four inBattle Creek.Longtime Johannesburg-Lewiston baseball coach RickGuild surpasses 700 wins in hisremarkable coaching career asthe Cardinals edge Rogers City3-2 on April 10.Pellston senior Chris Hassrepeats as Class D Player of theYear in basketball after averaging31 points per game and reachinga remarkable 2,492 points for hiscareer, the third highest total instate history.Gaylord senior Alex Dombrowskishoots a school record round of65 at Mistwood on April 25 inT.C., takes third in region andthird in D-2 state finals at Katkewith rounds of 67 and 73 fortwo-day total of 140.Louis Lamberti of Petoskey, aremarkable four-sport scholarathlete for the Northmen, cap-tures the D-2 state title in thehigh hump, clearing 6-foot-8.The Johannesburg-Lewiston football team of coach John Bush wins back-to-back home playoff games on the gridiron to advance to the Div. 8 regional finals at the field of eventual state finalist Beal City.
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By Mike DunnMOUNT PLEASANT –Former Petoskey standoutKerby Tamm continues to doa pretty good job handling the hardwood at the nextlevel. After a sterling four-yearprep career with theNorthmen, Kerby joined theCentral Michigan University program following her 2011graduation.The 5-foot-10 Tamm, whostarred as a wing for Petoskey but was adept at every posi-tion on the floor, employs herball-handling skills in thebackcourt at CMU along withher shooting and passing abilities. She played in 33games last year as a truefreshman, including onestart, and she’s been a steady force off the bench for theChips so far in her sopho-more season.Through 10 games, Kerby has averaged 5.1 points andnearly 20 minutes of floortime as CMU has posted a 5-5 record. Tamm has tamedthe twine for a season-hightotal of 15 points in two dif-ferent games. In the 88-62 win over South Dakota Statein the home opener back onNov. 23, Kerby canned fivefrom downtown to accountfor all 15 of her points.Kerby has been sharp as abarber’s blade in her shoot-ing and smart in her shotselection as she has drained ahighly respectable 40 percentof her attempts from thefloor. Anyone familiar withKerby’s colossal prep careeris probably not surprised at well she is acclimating to lifeat the Div. I collegiate level.Kerby was twice named theTop Choice Player of the Yearin girls basketball following her junior and senior seasonsat Petoskey, where she was afour-year starter and a teamcaptain three of those years.Kerby was a first-team All-State pick in Class B as a jun-ior and a first-team selectionin Class A in her senior yearas well. She also earned theprestigious BCAM “Best of the Best” award after her sen-ior season ended. In additionto being the Top ChoicePlayer of the Year twice, she was also the Player of the Yearin the Big North Conferencetwice in a row.Kerby left for CMU withher shoe prints all over theschool record book. Sheholds Petoskey’s single-sea-son records for points (360),rebounds (246) and freethrow percentage (85.9). Shefinished her senior year asthe all-time career scoring leader with 1,356 total pointsand the career rebounding leader with 802 rebounds.Oh, and she does pretty good in the classroom, too.The cerebral Kerby earned Academic All-State honors asa junior at Petoskey and sheis carrying an outstanding 3.63 GPA so far at CMU.
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 ALBION Manton gradu-ate Katie Thompson contin-ues to shine for the AlbionCollege women’s basketballteam.The rawhide-toughThompson, known as“Tornado” Thompson for herfierce, frenetic play during her notable four-year varsity career with the Rangers, hasstarted nine of 11 games todate as a true freshman for- ward and center for theBritons.Katie is the team’s thirdleading scorer thus far, aver-aging 7.5 points per game,and she is also casting a long shadow under the glass where she’s the second-lead-ing rebounder, averaging 6.4caroms per game.In a recent two-game win-ning streak, Thompson went6-for-6 from the charity stripe with a team-high eightrebounds and three steals ina 63-48 win over AlmaCollege and she also helpedspark a 61-51 victory over theUniversity of Michigan-Dearborn, scoring six of hernine points during an 11-1run where the Britons ralliedfrom a 16-6 deficit to tie thescore at 17. Katie finished with eight boards and played32 minutes in the win. Albion (3-8) was scheduledto play Mount Union onFriday, Dec. 28, in the firstround of the ZimmermanMemorial Holiday BasketballClassic in Springfield, Ohio.Newaygo by a razor-thin 2-1margin in the quarterfinalsas mound ace Craig Conway twirled his third complete-game victory of the playoffs,going all eight innings.The Ironmen were the firstteam from Mancelona toadvance to the Final Four inany sport.The Petoskey boys soccerteam of third-year coachZach Jonker had a 3-7-1record after the first 11matches of the 2012 cam-paign. After that, theNorthmen were virtually unbeatable, however, posting a 14-2-1 record over the last17 games and not stopping until they reached the D-2state finals againstHudsonville Unity Christian.The top 10 stories for 2012are listed elsewhere on thispage. Some of the milestoneaccomplishments from the year are also listed separately on this page.Here are nutshells of thetop five stories:Mancelona baseballrepeats as Division 3 regionalchamp, beating BenzieCentral 5-2 and Whittemore8-3 behind the stellar pitch-ing of Craig Conway andBrandon Dingman. TheIronmen then beat Newaygo2-1 in quarterfinals atTraverse City to reach theFinal Four at Battle Creek, where the Ironmen lost toLansing Catholic in semifi-nals to close with a 29-5record.This is from the June 14issue of the Weekly Choice:TRAVERSE CITY – TheMancelona baseball teamadded to its 2012 laurels withan extra-inning victory Tuesday in the quarterfinalsagainst Newaygo. TheIronmen prevailed 2-1 ineight innings to advance tothe Final Four at Bailey Park in Battle Creek for the firsttime in school history.Senior ace Craig Conway turned in another stellar per-formance, scattering six hitsand not allowing an earnedrun. He struck out seven.The Ironmen scored in thebottom of the sixth to tie thegame at 1 and then scored inthe bottom of the eight to win in walk-off fashion. Inthe sixth, junior Wyatt Derrerdrilled a clutch two-out dou-ble to chase home Cole VanWagoner with the tying run.In the eighth, first base-man Damion Decker reachedbase on an error andadvanced to second on apassed ball. Logan Borst thenput the ball in play with aperfectly executed bunt andDecker came all the way around to score when theball was thrown away.“This is the first time everfor a Mancelona team to bein the Final Four,” saidMancelona coach Jim VanWagoner. “I couldn’t behappier for the kids. It’s agreat accomplishment forthem, for the school and forthe whole Mancelona com-munity.”2. Petoskey boys soccer(17-9-2) captures eighthregional title with thrilling 1-0 victory over East Lansing assenior Evan Altman scoreslone goal in OT, senior Drew Smith posts shutout in nets.Northmen reach D-2 statetitle game vs. HudsonvilleUnity Christian and play wellin 3-0 loss.3. Pellston boys (23-2) cap-ture the first regional titlesince 1944 behind the stellarplay of senior scoring acesChris Hass and Andy Hamlin.Hass hits for 30 with 11boards and seven assists andHamlin tallies 21 with 15boards as Hornets beat 71-53in title game, advance toquarterfinals against ruggedU.P. foe Carney-Nadeau.4. St. Mary girls (23-2) cap-ture district and regionalhardwood titles, fall torugged U.P. foe Forest Park 59-57 in quarterfinals as LexiGussert hits a clutch shot atbuzzer. The Snowbirds defeatunbeaten, state-rankedPosen 64-50 to win firstregional title since 2002. KariBorowiak scores 18 in region-al title game. Karli Jacob jamsthe nets for 15 and long-armed Mary Spyhalski comesoff the bench to hit for 12.5. Onaway volleyball team(48-5-3) of coach Steve Watson captures first-everClass D regional title withback-to-back wins overperennial rival Pellston andtalented U.P. foe Rudyard,then sweep past Forest Park in quarterfinals atManistique to advance to theFinal Four in Battle Creek.Mariah Ehrke is a monster atthe net, establishing a record with more than 400 kills inthe season and super seniorsetter Megan Estep earns TopChoice Player of the Yearhonors.
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CHEBOYGAN -- TheDepartment of NaturalResources office inCheboygan is among thelocations open to successfulhunters and trappers to bring their catch to be examined.Many DNR office locationsare offering furbearer regis-tration hours for during the2012-2013 furharvester sea-sons. Anyone taking a bobcat,river otter, fisher, marten orincidental catch must bring the animal to a designatedfurbearer check station forexamination. DNR staff members collectbiological data from the har-vested animals, including sex, age and physical condi-tion of the specimen. Theskull of each specimen willalso be retained for tooth andDNA samples. An official sealis then attached to each peltto show it has been inspect-ed."Registration for thesefurbearers is mandatory, asthe information gatheredhelps us determine proposedbag limits and season struc-ture for the future," said DNRfurbearer specialist AdamBump. "Cooperation fromtrappers and hunters in thiseffort is greatly appreciated."The following DNR officesare open for furbearer regis-tration during regular busi-ness hours: Please note, dueto field staff limitations, allfur harvesters are encour-aged to call ahead to ensuresomeone is available to assist with furbearer registration.) •Baraga, Bay City, Cadillac,Gaylord, Marquette andNewberry operations servicecenters•Cheboygan, Crystal Falls,Escanaba, Gwinn andNorway field offices DNR offices with specially designated furbearer regis-tration dates and hours are asfollows: •Wakefield: 10 a.m. to 2p.m. (Central Time) on Jan. 9& 23; Feb. 6 & 20; March 6 &20; and April 17•Stephenson: 4 to 6 p.m.(Central Time) on Jan. 4, Feb.7, March 7 and May 4 DNR ffices that offerfurbearer registration by appointment only: Approximately 40 addi-tional DNR locations (includ-ing operations service cen-ters, field offices, state gameareas and state parks) offerfurbearer registration during normal business hours by appointment only.Trappers and hunters mustcall ahead to ensure staff availability at locations thatrequire an appointment. Fora full list of locations, includ-ing contact information, visit www.michigan.gov/trap-ping. Non-DNR locations openfor furbearer registrationinclude: •U.S. Forest Service Officein Manistique, by appoint-ment only •U.S. Forest Service Officein Rapid River, 8 a.m. to 4:30p.m. M-F•Settler's Co-op in BruceCrossing, by appointmentonly Trappers and furbearerhunters are reminded thatthey must register their owntake and cannot register forothers. Complete details andinstructions for furbearerregistration can be found inthe 2012 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Guide, which isavailable online at www.michigan.gov/hunting,at DNR operations servicecenters, and at authorizedlicense vendors statewide. For more informationabout furbearer registration,contact Adam Bump at 517-373-1263, or call one of theDNR offices listed above.
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By Doug DerrerTRAVERSE CITY -- In theirfirst game of the Scott MillerMemorial Holiday Tournament the Bay Reps fellto the Traverse City CentralTrojans 7-2. The Trojan special teamsdid most of the damage,scoring three power play goals and a short-handedgoal to lead their team to vic-tory. After Central scored apair of goals 11 seconds apartin the opening period, ZachHill scored a short-handedgoal for the Reps to get Bay  Area within a goal.The Trojans would add twomore goals in the opening period before Hill scored hissecond goal with 8 secondsleft in the period to make thescore 4-2 in favor of Central. The second period wouldbe costly for the Reps as theTrojans added two moregoals and they lost Hill as theresult of a controversialcheck from behind call whichdisqualified him for the restof this game and the next twogames. A third period short-handed goal by the Trojansmade the final score 7-2 infavor of Central. In the consolation bracketthe Reps faced Midland andBay Area goalie Claire Huhtasaw her first action in netafter returning from a kneeinjury she suffered during soccer season. The Reps andChemics skated to a 0-0 tieafter one period as bothteams played strong defense. Midland came out strong in the second period andscored three goals to take a 3-0 lead in the second inter-mission. Midland scoredanother goal in the thirdperiod before Travis Kirk scored a power play goal forthe Reps with an assist from Andrew Dzierwa, but twomore Chemic goals wouldmake the final score 6-1 infavor of Midland.The Reps would faceTraverse City West in theirfinal game of the tournamentand after a scoreless firstperiod the fireworks woulderupt in the second period.Nick Sicinski put the Repsup 1-0 when he scored anunassisted power play goal with 13:33 to go in the period.Three minutes later Kirk gavethe Reps a two-goal lead withhelp from Trevor Apsey andMark Mol. The Titans scoredtwo goals to even the score at2-2 before Josh Hill scored apower play goal with 7 sec-onds left in the period to givethe Reps a 3-2 lead. That goal would be the game winner asthe Reps defense and goalieJay Jones stymied the Titanoffense in the third periodand Bay Area held on for a 3-2 win.The Reps will take their 3-7record in the road as they travel to Cadillac on January 2, Tri Valley on Jan. 4 andMid-Michigan on Jan. 5.For many people, fishing isthe most relaxing way tospend the day. And in the winter months the most pop-ular angling activity is icefishing. To those who havenever tried it, ice fishing issometimes looked upon asan oddity, but for others, icefishing is the best kind of fishing.  Although it doesn't appealto all, many anglers actually prefer fishing through the iceto open-water fishing. Forone thing, anglers can get just about anywhere on thelake during ice fishing sea-son, something they can't do without a boat during theopen water season. Virtually every fish that's available toanglers in the summer can becaught through the ice -some are even caught morefrequently in the winter.Once you've spent a littletime on the ice, you'll soonsee a different picture. Icefishing is more than just a way to fill the long days of  winter. It's a chance tobreathe the cold, clean win-ter air, to spend quiet timeoutdoors with family andfriends, and to relax and col-lect one's thoughts away from the hustle and bustle of a busy world. Just walking on the ice canbe a unique experience,especially when no snow obscures the view of the water below. However, as with any outdoor activity,safety should be your topconcern. When it comes toice safety, you should steerclear of dark spots or places where the snow looks discol-ored.Some other good rules tofollow include: 1. Never fishalone, 2. Tell someone where you are going and when youexpect to return, 3. Alwaystest the ice with a spud(described later), 4. Take theappropriate emergency items, such as a lifejacket andice picks, and 5. Take a cellphone with you in case youneed to call for help. Dress in your warmest winter clothes;fill a thermos with hot coffee,chocolate or tea; and bring an empty bucket or old lawnchair to sit on.To get started ice fishing, you'll need the basics: some-thing to make a hole in theice, something to clear thehole and keep it open and icefree, and something to fish with, or equipment. The two basic tools used tomake holes in the ice arespuds and augers. A spudfeatures a long-shank with achisel-like end that's used tochip a hole in the ice. A spudis a tool you use when the iceisn't too thick. An auger is acorkscrew-like device with acutting blade that operateslike a hand drill to make ahole in the ice. For extremely thick ice, power augers thatrun on batteries or smallgasoline engines are avail-able and make creating holesmuch easier. Once the hole is created itneeds to be cleared of icechips or slush. A skimmer (ora slush scoop) is a small cup with holes in it (to let the water run out) on a long han-dle. It is inexpensive and per-fectly suited for the job. A skimmer is used to clear thehole right after it's made, as well as throughout the day if it's particularly cold and if additional ice forms.Please note the size of thehole is important. The holemust be big enough that youcan get a fish out, but not toolarge of a hole that it may endanger someone's life. Anglers are recommended tokeep their holes to a maxi-mum of eight to 10 inches indiameter which wouldaccommodate the size of most fish species. Whenabandoning fishing holes,anglers should mark them with a tree branch, sticks orchunks of ice to alert othersof their presence.Ice fishing equipment canbe divided into three basiccategories: hook-and-line,tip-ups and spears.Most hook-and-lineanglers use short, limberrods with reels or simplespring-tension spools to holdthe line. Sometimes they may use something as simple as acouple of pegs on the rodhandle used to wrap the linearound. Limber rods allow the use of light line, whichusually results in better fish-ing and absorbs more of theshock when fighting fish.Hook-and-line anglers uselive bait, artificial lures orsometimes both to catchmany different species of fish. Anglers often use smalllures, such as teardrops orflies, with live bait - such as wax worms (bee moth larva),spikes (fly larvae), wigglers(mayfly larvae) or minnows -attached to the hook for bet-ter action. The bait can befished without movement or jigging can be used to attractthe fish. Jigging is most suc-cessful if a lure of any kind isused.Hook-and-line anglershave the choice of using abobber on the line, just asthey would while fishing inthe summer. Some may alsofish with a tight line and use aspring bobber, which is asmall strip of metal or wirethat extends off the rod tiplike an additional eye on therod. Any motion alertsanglers to the bite, a bonusfor small fish or light-biters.Generally, anglers begin by fishing near the bottom and work their way up in the water column until they locate the fish, then continueto fish at that same depth. Anglers can use bobbers toset their baits at a preferreddepth or fish a tight line,either fishing without move-ment or jigging.For bigger fish, anglers useheavier gear with larger luresor bigger hooks which allowsthem to use larger baits -minnows, smelt, salmon eggsor spawn bags. Anglers gen-erally start at the bottom andgradually move up in the water column when jigging, while those fishing with livebait, spawn bags or salmoneggs generally fish right off the bottom.Some anglers prefer to fish with tip-ups, which aredevices set on the ice abovethe hole that dangle the bait(most often minnows)beneath them. Tip-ups, which feature small reelssubmerged in the water, gettheir name from a flag that'sbent over and attached to thereel. When a fish takes thebait, the reel turns andreleases not only line, but theflag as well. The flags' "tipup" action alerts the anglerto the fish taking out line.Tip-ups are usually spooled with heavy, braided line.Often an angler who is fish-ing with a rod will also set atip-up in a different hole, giv-ing them two ways to catch afish and giving them anopportunity to fish for differ-ent species, or more than onefish, or at two different butclose by locations.Spearing is another form of ice fishing that is a more spe-cialized but traditional sport. Anglers who spear cut largeholes in the ice, usually withan ice saw or chain saw. They fish from tents or small shel-ters commonly calledshanties that can be portableor more permanent (or atleast as permanent as the iceis). The shanty blocks thelight, allowing anglers to seedown more clearly in the water in order to spear thefish. This has given rise to theterm dark-house spearing.Spearing anglers generally dangle decoys or large livebaits (such as suckers) in the water to attract their targetfish. They utilize spears thattypically have a substantial weight to them and haveseven to nine tines on theend of a seven-foot handle.The most common specieshook-and-line ice fishermenare looking for are panfish:bluegill, sunfish, perch andcrappie. Tip-ups are general-ly used for larger game fish,such as northern pike, wall-eye and various trout species.In Michigan, spear fishermenare allowed to target north-ern pike, muskellunge, lakesturgeon and many otherspecies. There are many restrictions associated withspear fishing and anglersshould read the annualMichigan Fishing Guide formore information. A basic tip for all three icefishing methods is that themost success is seen arounddawn until mid-morning andagain from late afternoonuntil sundown. This is espe-cially true for panfish and walleye. Some species can bemore aggressive at othertimes during the day, such asnorthern pike. It's alsoimportant to understand thatfish are more sluggish during the winter and move aroundless, especially during themiddle of winter when icethickness and snow cover isthe heaviest. The more holesanglers cut and try, the bettertheir chances are for locating aggressive fish.One common piece of equipment nearly all types of anglers who ice fish utilizeare electronic fish finders.These help anglers locateboth aggressive and non-aggressive fish and make iteasier to determine if yourholes will be active and how present fish are reacting to your fishing methods.It's important to be pre-pared to face the elements when you go ice fishing by including these items: shelterand apparel.Ice fishing can be a fairly cold activity, especially onthose windy days when itdoesn't seem fit to be out-doors. On such days, a shan-ty is almost a requirement.Many portable shanties areavailable at your local sport-ing goods store, althoughsome anglers, especially innorthern Michigan where theice fishing season can last formany months build elabo-rate but removable shantieson the ice. These may haveinsulated walls and many of the comforts of home.Propane heaters can keepthem warm and help keepthe fishing holes from freez-ing. But even a simple wind-break, made of plywood orparticle board, can help. A sheet of plywood, cut in half and hinged, makes a simple windbreak. If skis or runnersare added to one side, then itcan easily be pulled acrossthe ice.
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