Author Topic: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.  (Read 13686 times)

Offline beershanty

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #30 on: Feb 12, 2017, 08:04 PM »
Drink beers, lots of them
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #31 on: Nov 16, 2017, 10:03 AM »
Drop all my flags to the very bottom, reduce hook and bait size. Keep everything as natural as can be.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #32 on: Nov 29, 2017, 12:34 PM »
fish are biting somehwere.  drill drill drill .

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #33 on: Dec 09, 2017, 12:54 AM »
Cold fronts can be tough, I am not sure if they have the same effect in winter but in the summer they can make for very tough fishing. With a bad cold front we usually move a little deeper and our presentation remains still for at least 5-10 minutes without moving it at all, if you move it as they come toward the bait they turn and swim away. 

I always use a float when ice fishing and have used underwater cameras in the past to watch walleye behavior.  When the bite is slow a walleye may have to inhale the bait sometimes 3-4 times to actually get it in enough to set the hook, this is where a float comes in handy. We will usually leave a jig and minnow right on the bottom in a slow bite with the float rigged in a stand up mode when the lure is taken. I have used a phelps floater on a short line lindy rig to when it is slow as they can inhale these easier than anything.

In the winter I usually only fish lakes I have fished in the summer and with GPS points I have a pretty good idea of the structure in the lake and where I am going first. With the exception of late winter/early spring fishing I will always head to mid lake humps first. I have found it does concentrate the fish and the best ones will have deep water, weeds, rocks, sand and sometimes even a nice inside turn.

It can be tough sometime finding biters in the winter, but like it has been mentioned before they are biting somewhere, if you know the lake well, hit your hotspots and you will get a few.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #34 on: Jan 12, 2018, 08:44 AM »
A "factory re-bait" on my deadstick crawlers.  Fresh, moving bait gets more strikes.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #35 on: Jan 12, 2018, 04:59 PM »
I usually take a walk to visit some other fishermen.  Being far enough away that I can just see a flag usually does the trick, especially if it's a slippery or slushy walk back.  If that doesn't work, I walk in circles mumbling, "Come on, just one fish, that's all I want, just one fish".

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #36 on: Jan 12, 2018, 05:04 PM »
I usually take a walk to visit some other fishermen.  Being far enough away that I can just see a flag usually does the trick, especially if it's a slippery or slushy walk back.  If that doesn't work, I walk in circles mumbling, "Come on, just one fish, that's all I want, just one fish".

Oh!  Thanks for the reminder.  Our family also uses the Ernie fish call.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #37 on: Jan 12, 2018, 05:09 PM »
I put my gloves back on. Works pretty well.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #38 on: Jan 12, 2018, 05:13 PM »
that video kills me every time :)

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #39 on: Jan 12, 2018, 05:26 PM »
Ha Ha, I'm guilty of that one too. ;D

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #40 on: Jan 21, 2018, 07:46 PM »
Agree w DAPOS: get a camera.  You will be surprised what really goes on down there.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #41 on: Oct 04, 2019, 03:34 PM »
My favorite technique when the bite gets slow is to drink beers and plink at the cans with the an old daisy lever

X2.  Drink more beer.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #42 on: Oct 04, 2019, 04:24 PM »
I find that moving for lakers is not very effective. Trout are hunters that patrol the lake looking for food. Quite often schools seem to swim by like clouds passing in the sky. So if you are on structure where you know fish frequent it's sometimes just as well to wait for them to come along. I guess moving works better for walleye or pike.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #43 on: Oct 04, 2019, 05:26 PM »
Man, this bear gets poked a lot... Gotta love them zombie threads!

To the point: If I'm on a great spot I know has and will produce I'll refine presentation. If not, I'll move but maybe not too far. They gotta be close right? Sometimes I'll experiment with a very active approach and at times that's been the trigger. Low and slow ain't always it. Sometimes it's smash n grab.

Camera can tell a tale and is sometimes very surprising. Sat for an afternoon once with a bunch of guys tippy fishing for pike. Sooooo slooooow! Went and dropped a camera down all my holes and it was literally wall to wall LMB as far as I could see in every direction. Started hole hopping jigging a slab spoon pretty actively and couldn't keep the dang things offa my line. Every hole, drop, jiggle, jiggle, rip, drop smacko! A ton o fun! But it was the camera that revealed what was possible and experience that brought a winning presentation to bear. Saved the day. And no, never caught a pike on a tippy, never had a flag in fact but those bass.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #44 on: Oct 05, 2019, 04:54 PM »
Just keep changing and pounding...or hit another lake.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #45 on: Oct 07, 2019, 10:39 PM »
For me, its about finding the active fish. In one lake I fish, if the trout arent biting, then I switch to looking for panfish.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #46 on: Dec 15, 2019, 06:33 PM »
Ill have multiple rods tied up with different baits to switch over to so I don't spend a whole lot of time re-tying on those slow days.  Just keep drilling and moving.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #47 on: Dec 15, 2019, 06:46 PM »
Eat lunch, go pee, or switch lakes. The moment it is the most inconvenient the fish will show up.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #48 on: Dec 15, 2019, 07:14 PM »
There are just so many mystery variables that may come into play that I gave trying to outguess the fish long ago. Slow days are offset by red hot days. When I get to an area on the ice that feels fishy I'll shoot a few readings through the ice with the Marcum LX-i to check the depths and when I narrow it down to a certain bottom topography, the Force takes over and tells me where to drill. Such is my confidence that it's rare that I'll move off those holes all day.  Seems to me that hole hopping may just be a sign of desperation. I deadstick with homemade snappers and those rigs do their job as designed. When it slows down I'll get out the little Primus stove and boil some water to make a nice ramen lunch, hearty and warming. Spicy chicken is good. Usually just turning my focus away from fishing will result in a snap and a fish.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #49 on: Dec 16, 2019, 11:11 AM »
Chumming helps
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #50 on: Jan 09, 2020, 01:47 PM »

I salute the fish gods with a shot of Jameson and whola a flag  :tipup:
This really works if not do another shot!

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #51 on: Jan 11, 2020, 09:08 AM »
Switch lures if I'm jigging, go check and re bait traps if I'm using those.

Downsize, presentation changes, move spots....

If that doesnt work. I just sit in my hub and maintain a "good cruising altitude"   ;) ;D
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #52 on: Oct 31, 2020, 08:43 PM »
Chase the wife around the bob house  :o
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #53 on: Nov 01, 2020, 06:17 AM »
Move and change holes...
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #54 on: Nov 01, 2020, 07:08 AM »
Have a buddy smoke a fish whistle. Works everytime.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #55 on: Nov 01, 2020, 08:59 AM »
I usually take a walk to visit some other fishermen.  Being far enough away that I can just see a flag usually does the trick, especially if it's a slippery or slushy walk back.  If that doesn't work, I walk in circles mumbling, "Come on, just one fish, that's all I want, just one fish".

X2

Another alternative: Break out my fire bowl and start cooking lunch.  I generally get a flag when I finally start eating.

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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #56 on: Feb 06, 2021, 03:02 PM »
Have a buddy smoke a fish whistle. Works everytime.
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #57 on: Mar 08, 2021, 09:36 AM »
Stare harder at the FF screen, jig bait up and down and delude myself into thinking that was a fish chasing it instead of my sinker!
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Re: Favorite technique when the bite gets slowwwwww.
« Reply #58 on: Mar 08, 2021, 10:31 AM »
Break out the fish whistle and do less.

 



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