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East coast Ice fisherman

A place to share tecniques ,past successes /failures and future prospects for fishing Gills and other fish through the ice.

Location: Ringwood New Jersey
Members: 21
Latest Activity: Mar 3

Finally...On the Ice!

We'll, the Carp Whisperer Bob and I got out for a little ice fishing today at a local pond that had 4 inches of good clear ice, We rigged up for bluegills with jigging rods and 1/10 oz Kastmaster spoons meal worms as a tipping bait. We didn't get a single bluegill, but we got some of these...

Ended up with 4 bass for myself in about 2 hours of jigging. Bob had two good strikes, including a bigger fish that ran his drag some. Bass went fro 14 to 17 inches. I lost about a 20 inch bass right at the hole...the fish just hovered slowly in the water just below the ice...giving me a great view of what I was losing! Would have been my largest ice bass had I got a hand on her. I got all my fish on 2 pound mono. Fish were 5-6 feet deep.

At least I got to feel a few fish today and get a slight 'fix' for my ice fishing habit! We have done good on gills here, but not today.

High today was 30 F with light winds. Might go tomorrow, but they are calling for sleet and freezing rain...sheeeesh!

The window for ice fishing here is very narrow...maybe only a few days this year. Calling for 65 on Wednesday! Crazy!

Carp guru Bob had to put me in my place..'.a 4 or 5 pound fish isn't a big fish to me" but I think he still had a good time. Glad to be out and glad to catch a couple fish!

Discussion Forum

Ice Fishing Chronicles 2009-? 7 Replies

     In NJ we are allowed 5 rigs .I generally set 3 tip ups ,Jig a rod and have a dead stick rod hanging off a bucket. I switch on and off with the jigging rods .I have two set up for Gills and pan…Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Feb 13, 2018.

Top Ten Ice Fishing Lures 1 Reply

TOP TEN ICE FISHING LURESNot sure I've ever caught a Fish through the ice on a lure un-tipped.1/4 oz. and 1/3  oz.Swedish Pimple,Nickle or Gold /Green Prism Tape/Shiner Head-Pickerel, Crappie Red…Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Feb 7, 2018.

Ice Fishing Article links

Temp under the ice:…Continue

Started by John Sheehan Jan 18, 2017.

Ice Fly Patterns 9 Replies

I did a search, but couldn't find any ice fly patterns. Does anyone care to share? I know regular trout flies will work, but I like trying new patterns.Thanks,BruceContinue

Started by Bruce Tomaselli. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 6, 2017.

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Comment by John Sheehan on March 3, 2021 at 6:50am

Oh I see you've done that in the past

Comment by John Sheehan on March 1, 2021 at 10:25am

Bruce! Good to hear from you .5 times huh ,good Man! I only got out twice. How'd you do ?Any pics and tips? 

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Comment by Bruce Tomaselli on March 1, 2021 at 8:34am

I don't know how to begin a new topic, although this one is a sad one. My ice is done for the year. At least I got in 5 trips this year. I'm going to invest in an ice power drill conversion kit so I can go when I have the time.

Comment by John Sheehan on March 1, 2021 at 6:34am

Sounds great ,thanks Jim!

Comment by Jim Gronaw on February 28, 2021 at 10:18pm

I just started using blades...try the Damiki Vault at 1/2 oz for those big ice out pickerel and bass. Rip em up off the bottom and keep a tight line on the fall back. Most strikes are on the fall. If in a boat just vertical jig them.

Comment by John Sheehan on February 28, 2021 at 11:43am

Great Crappie Jim ! I'll have to give blade baits a try!

Comment by Jim Gronaw on February 28, 2021 at 9:04am

Wow John nice work!! No ice fishing here this year as we had only skim ice recently and that kept us from doing any kind of fishing. Did get some blade bait bass, big crappie and a few dink gills between the sheets of ice here and there.

Comment by John Sheehan on February 24, 2021 at 2:41pm

These three spoons have been the catchers so far Jan/Feb 2021 :1/8th oz.Slimfish/ 1/5th oz. SP and 1/4 oz.SP.Tipped with salted Shiner heads or Live  Fathead Minnows. 

Comment by John Sheehan on February 24, 2021 at 6:42am

Thanks Dick! Bruce-Glad to hear you're getting out there!

Comment by Bruce Tomaselli on February 23, 2021 at 4:30pm

Nice fish, John. All I've been catching this year is pickerel and just a few bass. To be fair in 5 trips I haven't hit the panfish spots. It may be next year. This warm spell may melt the shoreline and make it impossible to get on the lake.

 

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Jeffrey D. Abney replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Happy Thanksgiving
"Thanks Bruce….hope yours was great as well…."
10 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on John Sheehan's photo
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Fishing with pal John Grunberg

"Slab alert John!……I’m a little behind for a family vacation to the Gulf Coast…"
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John Sheehan replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Happy Thanksgiving
"You as well Bruce!"
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Happy Thanksgiving

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Bruce Tomaselli replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Jig Flies
"Thanks, John"
Nov 24
Bruce Tomaselli replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Jig Flies
"Thanks, John."
Nov 21
John Sheehan replied to Bruce Tomaselli's discussion Jig Flies
"They look great Bruce!And nice slim profiles for Gill mouths !"
Nov 21
Bruce Tomaselli posted a discussion

Jig Flies

I don't know if I ever posted these, but a couple of them worked well for bluegills and crappie.See More
Nov 21
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Fishing with pal John Grunberg

"Only one Pickerel Mikey .Small one hit a 2/5ths oz. Little Cleo spoon.Short outing . I enjoy…"
Nov 20
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Fishing with pal John Grunberg

"wow that is a fine fall time crappie John congrats any pickerel?"
Nov 19
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Fishing with pal John Grunberg

"Sure that'd be great ! "
Nov 19
Bruce Tomaselli commented on John Sheehan's photo
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Fishing with pal John Grunberg

"That's one heavy crappie. Too bad you couldn't land about 10 of those, John."
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opening day 2021 11ptr

"ah i see now ,11pointer !"
Nov 17
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opening day 2021 11ptr

"Thanks guys we saw 3 nice bucks earlier while the family and myself were on our property camping my…"
Nov 17
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opening day 2021 11ptr

"Great buck and great eating, congrats."
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opening day 2021 11ptr

"10 pointer? You and friends and Family will be eating good this Winter .Good work ! "
Nov 15
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opening day 2021 11ptr

Nice opening day buck good way to start the season.
Nov 15
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Trophy Pumpkinseed Caught in North River Gamelands…….

"Appreciate it John……..I did a double take, couldn’t believe it was a…"
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Trophy Pumpkinseed Caught in North River Gamelands…….

"Thanks Bruce….on average they are the smallest sunfish in the…"
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