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The past few seasons it’s been season outdoing the last. Knowledge base on top of knowledge base. Building on some great info from this site and time on the water. I’m anticipating and looking forward to even better results with more citation fish. Anyway that’s the game plan.
Last year was the season of fishing TINY. Thin UL Lines loaded on tiny 50 series reels and light UL rods tossing tiny baits in front of fish targets…quantities of quality panfish and trophy SMB. Tossed the baits into thick cover with reckless abandon. Tiny presentations under slip bobbers thrown next to thick weed slop and weed pockets. Mid day fishing out of the kayak in less than two feet of water and tagging quality fish. Never really had another fishing boat come close to me fishing. it was like i had the lake to myself. looking forward to making some more good memories in the upcoming season.
Looking forward to any hints suggestions or comments from the BBG membership… sharing is the best way to learn and progress!
hope everyone a successful "2016 Open Water Season"
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20160207- I had a set plan in my mind for the ice yesterday… using the contour maps I created last year for this body and accounting for the vegetative and bottom composition I located some small shallow muddy flats less than 4 ft of water. The surrounding area is hard bottom gravel void of weeds even during peak summer periods.
I setup a slip-float rig with a small foam float and #12 circle hook baited with waxies. The circle hook would be implemented on this rig because there would be some times where the rig might be unattended. ive had great luck pulling the bait out of a fishes gullet without doing any harm.
Once out on the ice I drilled a few holes I thought would be in key locations according to my GPS mapping on my Elite 4 HDI. I immediately set the slip float rig in the first hole then continued drilling about three or more close proximity (10ft radius) holes. then checked the slip float rig… FISH ON!. The rod was showing a little strain sitting in its rod holder and I immediately landed a 7” class y’perch. Which ended up being one of the largest of the day.
I tagged one after another small perch then decided to move out a bit deeper for larger class fish… nothing. I decided to continue fishing the small perch holes but make use of it practicing and setting up the sonar for shallow fishing. Found some great tweaked settings. I used the time well studying, tweaking and practicing with the remainder of the afternoon.
The final count was estimated at between 20- 30 small perch. Most were caught on the tiny tungsten jig with a trigger x mustache worm hooked wacky style.
I never use floats ice fishing even dead sticking I don't understand the advantage . Can you tell me what the advantage is slip .
in Michigan we're allowed (3) lines in the water per angler… ice fishing I will at most times have at least (2) in the water as much as possible. Last year I left a jig rod in the water unattended and a fish swallowed the tungsten jig. I had to clean the fish on the spot to secure the jig deep in the fishes gullet! So knowing this experience and there was going to be probabilities that my bait will be in the water unattended minutes at a time because of exploration hole drilling etc I elected to use the slip bobber and circle hook . My experience so far even with swallowed hooks they pull right out of a fish’s gullet not harming the fish. When using a float I tend to catch more fish with hook and bait then with jig and bait also. When sitting on a hot spot strategy comes in handy jigging with one and slip bobbering with the other.
This video always come to mind when doing this… its an entertaining video as well
I deadstick with out a float and jig nearby .I don't know which is best but I always thought a float was not good on ice at times of light bites which is often the case . Too much resistance with even a small float and since you are vertical don't really need it . Never got that about using floats while ice fishing .Still don't get it .We can have 5 lines out in Jersey .Gotta read up on the limit of hooks .I sometimes use tandems .
I use one straight line reel and spring bobber indicators on dead sticked rods as well.
20160208-When I go on the ice I usually take 4 rods nowadays
1. (2) Uls for micro jigging
2. Float rig
3. L rig for larger baits
My theory currently…
Just like you I dead stick one rig while letting one jig st vertically in the zone. When dead sticking a jig with a tipping I do hook fish but not as many as a float with a small hook and bait… the fish seem to hold on to it longer with the float rig. If I’m dead sticking the rod is held on the ice with my wire stand. When I notice the rod tip dance or twitch while sitting in the stand by the time im setting the hook a lot of bites are lost. Maybe just as you say they feel resistance in this case the rod tip or taste the jig and spit it out.
Now the way I setup my slip float system I use is a circle hook at the end … split shot about 3” up … enough weight to balance the float at its most sensitive at just below neutral buoyancy… so its almost weightless in the water… fixed or slip it is at its most sensitive nature. No stretch line helps in the self hook setting properties of this rig. The float is floating at the surface near neutral or weightlessness in the water continuing with some slack line to the reel and finally the rod sits on the wire stand bail closed.
snap of the wire stand...
When the fish takes the small hook hidden with bait it either sits there or swallows or if he’s in a school they usually turn and make a run due to competition. The fish tightens up on the small amount of loose line. The circle hook catches in the corner of its mouth and the fish works against the resistance of the rod held securely by the wire holder thereby setting the hook. In most cases a self hook setting system with all components working together.
A few times yesterday I saw the float disappear under the ice while I was removing a fish from the jig rig. The worked jig proved to be the best bite.
20160209-trying to put a last minute outing together before the single digits hit for the rest of the week ... polar vortex round #2...its a small lake that doesn't receive a lot of attention and is very difficult to fish. two years ago i mapped about half of it ... i have it loaded on my sonar.
basins for crappie is the initial strategy for the day
then B'Gills in the shallow weeds.
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