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As I turn the last page of the “SLIP’S 2017 LOGS, STATUS AND STRATEGIES” log book on an astounding year of angling… I think back on the initial strategies and goals for the year. I wanted to tag at least (4) Trophy Master Angler Panfish and that would include one thru the ice which would be a PB using that method. i ended up with 2 trophy P.Seeds thru the ice with a PB at 9.8" as well as (13) total Master Anglers thru the rest of the open water season!

To accomplish this feat I would greatly scale down my presentations to micro lite equipment… rods, reels, lines and baits. Careful considerations of lines were incorporated into my methods which would not exceed 2# mono diameter…  and superlines that would approach 8# test or above to handle the trophy quality of fishes sought.

I would also aim to make my time on the water more productive by timing the trips with solunar periods… majors and minors on New and Full Moons. I've discovered big fish follow the moon… period! 2017 proved that especially considering the hard water Ice Period. I was on the big fish spots on the peak periods and it paid off!... BIGly!!!

I think I coined a phrase “Fishing for the Numbers by the Numbers” by incorporating all methods and strategies to gain my odds on the water for numbers as well as numbers of trophies. By the end of the day and all the numbers were tallied for 2017 I broke many records for the Master Angler Progam in at least 2 counties.

Im hoping for an even better season for 2018 and success for the fishermen following BBG!

Ken

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20180103----~~<")))))><(---*Hard Water Period*--81%/Ice°

…even though we are recording over 10" of ice... weather conditions have been so harsh with health threatening wind chills has kept me off the ice looking on the horizon of avg temps of 29 degs to get back on.

…temperature graph showing below normal temps for the month of January. looking like 20-30" of ice by the end of January. might be fishing thru the ice March this year!

...revised forecast!... significant warming trend with cold nights... awesome

20180106----~~<")))))><(---*Hard Water Period*--14%/Ice°

...it' been over 60 days without the tug!

I was angry because tomorrow will be 7 days..........hope you're able to get out safely real soon!

...thanks Jeff... a warmup coming for us next week ... one day forecasted mid-40's... anytime ice fishing above mid 20's is great with me. i might have to break down and get an ice shelter...for now my wife’s goldfish in the garden pond are at risk … LOL

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