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By Nick Simonson The ice fishing market has exploded in the last twenty years.  Where once only a couple of companies dominated the auger, fish house, and sonar categories when I started this column detailing the annual advancements in on-ice technology, now hundreds are present, creating better competition across all hardwater product classes and a...

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By Nick Simonson Penned on an overnight shift on Christmas Eve 2004 while working at a small hotel just off main street in my hometown, “Twas the Night Before First Ice” combines my love of ice fishing and the holiday season!  The annual publication – now in its 15th year – brings both seasons together;...

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By Nick Simonson   Another ice season is upon us, and with the shift to hardwater comes not only the annual tradition of getting out there after walleyes, pike and panfish but also the review of some of the latest innovations in what has become one of fishing’s fastest growing markets.  While things have certainly...

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By Nick Simonson Ho ho ho!  That giddy Christmas morning feeling comes early for those of us looking forward to some hardwater fishing as we flip to the last page in the calendar. So, as the air chills and the water freezes and the anticipation builds (or maybe you’re already out there), let the tradition...

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By Nick Simonson At the halfway point of the deer firearms season and snow settling in across much of the state those sportsmen that have punched their tag and retired their rifle for the year are looking forward to a return to the ice.  Getting the two primary pieces of must-have gear ready for the...

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SQUISHY. Watch for the melt today as temps jump into the 50s.  Moving about in the field will be a bit wetter, so pack your waterproof swamp stompers.  We talk current crop conditions, getting geared up for early ice and the power of a rotary vise in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: A rooster...