September 1, 2008

New in Equipment: ICE-55 Flasher

By Bob Frye

Officially making its debut tomorrow is the ICE-55 Flasher, manufactured by Humminbird. The company's first-ever flasher designed for use by ice fishermen, the ICE-55 captured Best of Show honors at this year's International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show, the world's largest gathering of tackle manufacturers. Among what the company bills as "never-before-seen features in a flasher" on the ICE-55 are a six-color fiber optic display and an LCD display. Prior to the ICE-55, LCD displays were non-existent in extremely cold conditions. However, Humminbird's LCD screen is engineered for peak performance in temperatures as cold at 20 degrees below zero. The LCD display also allows the ICE-55 to automatically adjust the depth scale, instantly showing an exact depth reading as a large, easily visible number. The company says the six-color fiber optic display on the ICE-55 Flasher allows anglers to distinguish between a weed shelf, school of baitfish, or a trophy fish, too. Suggested retail price is $499. For information: write


678 Humminbird Lane

Eufaula, AL 36027

or call toll-free to 800-633-1468.

Lure of the week

Lure: Clackin' Rap

Company: Rapala

Lure type: Lipless crankbait

Sizes and colors: Available in a 31/8-inch, 7/8-ounce model in a variety of colors, including bone chartreuse, clown, copperhead, firetiger, gold, glass ghost, gold olive, hot steel, moss black shiner, olive green, purpledescent, purple gold, red crawdad, rusty crawdad, silver, silver blue, and yellow perch.

Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike and walleyes.

Technique: Cast this lure out, allow to sink to the desired depth, then bring it back with a steady retrieve. Count it down for precise presentations just over the tops of weeds or other cover. The translucent textured body with internal holographic foil creates an extremely seductive flash.

Sugg. retail price: $7.99.

Notable: Rapala claims that this lure is especially good at attracting big fish. The company's theory is that because the lure is much wider and broader than other lipless crankbaits, it displaces more water, creating the kind of vibrations that interest big fish. The metal capsule that holds a single, large stainless rattle ball produces a metal-on-metal clanging and rattling sound that may also be a factor.

Tip of the week

There are camouflage patterns designed to handle virtually every backdrop and situation in the woods. But sometimes, it pays to mix things up, especially if you like to still hunt. During early fall seasons, when much of the vegetation is still green, try wearing a pair of brown patterned pants with a shirt with a lot of green. Top it all off with a gray face mask. That will sometimes make you harder to see than if you were wearing one pattern.

Recipe of the week

Saucy cheese crappie


1 pound of crappie fillets

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese



Spray a baking dish with a non-stick spray. Season the fillets with the paprika, then put them in the dish. Pour the cream of mushroom soup, undiluted, over the fish, then top it all with the grated cheese and the paprika.

Bake the fish at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. When it's done, the fish can be served as is for a main dish or put over noodles or rice. main dish.

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