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Offline Mike84

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #30 on: Jun 09, 2021, 04:14 PM »
Learned how to inject my own soft plastics and use them successfully.  I also came to the realization that some folks aren't better fisherman they just fish a lot more than I do.  At least that's what I am telling myself. ;D
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #31 on: Jun 14, 2021, 04:32 PM »
My buddy and I ice fish a lake with large weed flats ( they extend 3/4 to a mile out from shore and 2-3 miles wide across the entire end of the lake.  Water depth in the weeds run from 1' at shore to 10 to 12 feet out at the far edges).  The weeds stay mostly upright throughout the ice season and are hard to fish in the Winter. There are quit a few sparse weed pockets throughout and most fishermen move around trying and find these pockets to fish in.  Lake bottom is a gradual slope out the 40 ft.  Perch caught within the weeds run about 4'-8" with a occasional 10" fish.  As large as this weed flats are when you get hundreds of fishermen wandering around looking for the spare weed pockets and continually cutting holes, the fish bite can be difficult.  It was the 2nd or 3rd ice trip to this lake last year that we decided to get away from all the fishermen, so we moved quit a ways out beyond the last hut.  I cut a sting of holes and found weeds at the 1st two and the other holes were weed free.  I had found the weed edge and no one within 400-500 yds of us.  The rest of the day we were into some very nice perch 9 - 11" as average and two of us catch around 75.  Needless to say we went out to the weed edge the rest of the season and no one caught on.  Lesson:  get out away from the crowd.

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #32 on: Jun 25, 2021, 12:21 PM »

I learned not to rush onto the ice to get to the "sweat spot" even if it was well below freezing for a few days or so.
The edge looked completely solid until the third step and I shrunk 3 feet instantly. It was 8 degrees that morning I got out so fast the water never made it under my gore tex bibs so I lucked out. Lesson learned!!!!! Always check the ice first!

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #33 on: Jun 30, 2021, 09:46 PM »
I learned that I may be out of shape but a smith sled made me feel young and in shape.  I could barely tell my sled was behind me when I was walking.
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #34 on: Jul 01, 2021, 04:12 PM »
I learned how much I miss the social part of fishing. COVID made me go alone a lot or with my wife, which was fine, but I really miss getting out with a bunch of kids and seeing them catch their first fish through the ice.

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #35 on: Jul 11, 2021, 08:57 AM »
Might be old news for some of you.  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly.  This compared to hooking it in the dorsal and have the minnow hang level.  The fish come up from the bottom and strike the head first.  My catch rate improved drastically.
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #36 on: Jul 11, 2021, 09:23 AM »
I learned it is getting harder and harder to stand back up after setting a tip up….. :P
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #37 on: Jul 11, 2021, 09:45 AM »
Might be old news for some of you.  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly.  This compared to hooking it in the dorsal and have the minnow hang level.  The fish come up from the bottom and strike the head first.  My catch rate improved drastically.

Although its a dead bait Pike technique the logic make sense...why wouldn't it work scaled down and with live bait and a single hook placement  4:57 mark




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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #38 on: Jul 12, 2021, 03:32 PM »
Although its a dead bait Pike technique the logic make sense...why wouldn't it work scaled down and with live bait and a single hook placement  4:57 mark


Yea, I don't hang them down all the way but same thinking.
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #39 on: Jul 19, 2021, 12:02 PM »
I learned that I'd rather be fishing from my boat in 75F weather! ;)
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #40 on: Jul 30, 2021, 02:13 AM »
I learned not to drill 20+ inches of ice….and then reverse my drill auger……snow/slush was enough to unscrew the shaft on the chuck of my clam plate. (Have a 2nd gen plate).

Also learned sight fishing in 15 ft of water is a blast.

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #41 on: Jul 30, 2021, 05:04 AM »
  When Perch fishing I learned to hook my minnows at the back end of the dorsal fin (on the body above the spine) so the head is hanging down slightly. 

Try hooking them straight through the tail like you would for crappie.  Also if you're just using a plain hook with a splitshot try the HT Tiger Willow spoons or something similar.  Its basically just a weighted hook so the minnow has no freedom of movement it just dangles there.  Orange and purple have done well for me on tipups.
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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #42 on: Jul 30, 2021, 06:14 AM »
I learned i have enough icefishing  gear and i am no longer buying anything new but bait.why invest when the season  gets shorter and shorter and prices go higher and higher.i already have a hoard of gear.think im back up to 5 flasher/fish finders.

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #43 on: Jul 30, 2021, 08:25 PM »
I learned i have enough icefishing  gear and i am no longer buying anything new but bait.why invest when the season  gets shorter and shorter and prices go higher and higher.i already have a hoard of gear.think im back up to 5 flasher/fish finders.

We had a nice length season here. With decent ice

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #44 on: Aug 01, 2021, 07:33 PM »
I learned that whatever I thought I knew about "the bite" at one favorite lake didn't work this year or happened much later. I went someplace else and caught fish doing the typical things they should be doing.

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Re: what did you learn last ice fishing season?
« Reply #45 on: Today at 12:49 PM »
I learned that I spend a lot of time sleeping if I'm not really catching much of anything.  Gosh also great to suddenly wake up to a flasher screen full of marks and catch fish.  ;D
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