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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: Feb 13

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!

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Tipping with Perch eyes 2 Replies

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Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 22.

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.

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Comment by John Sheehan on January 19, 2011 at 3:17pm

Thanks Howard!

 

Comment by John Sheehan on January 19, 2011 at 3:17pm

Have less than 6" now I'm sure now with the above freezing temps and rain we've been having.

Comment by Howard Webster on January 19, 2011 at 2:50pm
http://docksideoutdoors.com/     This guy has them at his shop he has a small online store  and a baitshop .     His Name is Ben tell you have talked to me and want some good colors he fishes himself  and will pick what works up here
Comment by John Sheehan on January 17, 2011 at 10:50am
at least 6" here in Northern New Jersey
Comment by chris on January 17, 2011 at 10:12am

i got about 10" on my lake...how much do you guys have?

 

 

Comment by Howard Webster on January 15, 2011 at 5:59pm
Due to ice conditions I am only fishing 6 feet of water only 4 inches of ice .   Went out today and caught 37 more perch.  All they seem to want is maggots it was 3 above zero here so i fished out of the shanty and did not set any traps saw 1 good pike swim by under the hole must have been at least 3 inches
Comment by John Sheehan on January 15, 2011 at 9:30am

Jim -You da  perch man and I have no doubt you'll be on lots of fish again soon.I got skunked a few weeks ago targeting Trout.

Howard -How deep were your Perch?

I forgot to mention all fish caught yesterday were on or inches from the bottom in 8-10' of water .Even the Crappie caught at dark were hugging the bottom.Of course I fished the place with the oak branch blowdowns.The spot is really holding fish!

Comment by Jim Gronaw on January 15, 2011 at 8:49am

Great reports, guys! I have been struggling as of late...10 fish on Monday evening and just 4 yesterday. I am planning to fish Faylor Lake in Central PA on Monday with some fish commission folks. Gills and crappies are in the mix.

Good luck!

Comment by John Sheehan on January 15, 2011 at 7:58am
Good job Howard!!Same with me and a Buddy we must have caught about 30 or more 9"Yellow Perch  a mess of Gills 1Bass 2 Crappie and 4 thick 11-12 "White Perch .A mixed bag of baits. Tipups with small shiners.Tiny Fathead minnows on Nungesser spoon,Marmouskas with Spikes caught the most.Marmouskas and mealworms and Kastmaster with spikes all caught fish .We were really on them for four hours! 
Comment by Howard Webster on January 14, 2011 at 9:30pm
Left work 2 hours early today grabed my gear and headed to the lake.     Caught 32 perch not any jumbos the biggest being 9 inches.   All ere caught on a hali jig tipped with spikes
 

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