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Bushlore Topics => DIY and Homemade Gear => Topic started by: mibuwulf on July 25, 2012, 08:23:12 AM

Title: Automatic Ice Fisherman
Post by: mibuwulf on July 25, 2012, 08:23:12 AM
Hey Guys,

It's been a while since ive contributed anything of value, but I got some ice fishing blues suddenly and remembered this project I did in a half hour right before a trip I was leaving for in the morning.

http://www.automaticicefisherman.com/  (http://www.automaticicefisherman.com/)

I did not put these in any order, but I will explain them in detail since it really doesnt matter what order you do it.  Not really anyway.

here is the full set up.  Like I said, did it in a half hour the night before the trip, so it's not pretty.  All components are pretty self explanatory.  The main structure is just a 2X4 as the base and a lighter piece of wood.  Now, on the automatic ice fisherman, it tips down to get out of the way of the rod and line, so a regular door hinge would work fine.  I did not have one so I just permanently screwed it on there.
(http://x19.xanga.com/445f856210333282223567/w224950541.jpg)

Here I took a right angle bracket and screwed in a length of PVC pipe, then screwed it to the base (2X4).  Once screwed in, you can bend the bracket to the desired angle.  The trigger arm is a BBQ skewer I had lying around that I bent at a right angle and put through the hole and shaped the cirle end to hold the line.
(http://x67.xanga.com/06af92f410331282223570/w224950544.jpg)


Notice here there are three holes, bottom two were not the right height for the trigger arm to go into.  It's a drilled hole, plain and simple.  My original plan was to use a plain nut and bolt so that I could adjust the length of the trigger arm to take different ice fishing rods instead of the skewer.
(http://xe7.xanga.com/769e16f767132282223569/w224950543.jpg)

(http://xfa.xanga.com/0a1e12f747133282223568/w224950542.jpg)

Here is just some semi heavy gauge wire that I had left and wrapped around the trigger arm to keep it in place.  Surprisingly worked well.  Original plan was to use a coat hanger or something and epoxy it to the trigger arm, but I had neither.  The length of the tag ends takes a little adjusting in terms of length and angle to hold the tip of the rod.  The back wrap was for the shorter rods and needed to be longer.  If I had the nut and bolt, then I could use one holding needle for all lengths, but I made do.
(http://xdb.xanga.com/e89f96fa10330282223571/w224950545.jpg)

Well, that's it.  It's what was lying around the garage, so it can obviously made prettier.  Caught quite a few lake trout this past winter with it.  I did not get footage of this in action, but I do have a video of one of our outings.  I'd love to see your results when you make one.  Have at it~!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jk2GSxQKFRE
Title: Re: Automatic Ice Fisherman
Post by: MATT CHAOS on July 25, 2012, 09:22:24 AM
Nice work!  If I make one, I will certainly post it!

Title: Re: Automatic Ice Fisherman
Post by: WoodsWoman on July 25, 2012, 12:02:54 PM
ahhh... ice fishing!!    I'd rather be doing that at 30 below than sitting here right now in hot sticky humid weather.....   :)

I like this set up!   

WW
Title: Re: Automatic Ice Fisherman
Post by: MATT CHAOS on July 25, 2012, 12:15:39 PM
ahhh... ice fishing!!    I'd rather be doing that at 30 below than sitting here right now in hot sticky humid weather.....   :)

I like this set up!   

WW

+1

I will not complain once this up coming winter about the cold!
 
And I say :welcome: to it!