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Kraken under ice

Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:40 pm

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I took part in an ice dive up at Fortune Pond, Crystal Falls upper Michigan yesterday. Great conditions topside and underwater. Super clear water, 37 degree water temp, 20 topside. I think it will be a little warmer at Sea Hunt Forever in a couple weeks. :D

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Re: Kraken under ice

Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:25 am

Thanks for posting Jim. I think you caught things "just right" to get a topside temp as warm as 20 degrees! Wow its been a cold winter. Sounds like the water clarity was great as usual. !
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swimjim
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Re: Kraken under ice

Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:39 pm

We even had bright sun shine! The hot chili and cold beer really topped things off nicely. After three bowls though I was wishing I was staying in Iron River that night so I could go take a nap instead of driving home! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Kraken under ice

Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:45 pm

What an absolutely great picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be under ice in a few weeks. Can't wait!
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Re: Kraken under ice

Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:50 am

rhwestfall wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:45 pm
What an absolutely great picture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....
I agree. As someone who has never done an ice dive or even been on a frozen lake/pond, I have to ask. What is the minimum thickness of ice that can support guys and gear as you have there? It looks thin to me.

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swimjim
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Re: Kraken under ice

Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:30 pm

Well, there was 20 inches of snow, six inches of water on top of the ice and eighteen inches of ice. Personally I will not take a vehicle on ice. Not one I'm not willing to lose anyway. It has been done with less, but I won't ice dive with anything less then about ten inches. In Upper Michigan and Wisconsin for that matter, it's not an issue this time of year.

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