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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: Jan 10

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

Top Ten Ice Fishing Lures 4 Replies

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 Jan 10.

Plastics for Ice Fishing 3 Replies

I hope to get some safe Ice this Year 2024. Last Year I did no Ice Fishing at all. If I get the chance this Year, I'd like to get into using a variety of Plastics for Panfish and Predators. Any…Continue

Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 9.

Tipping with Perch eyes 2 Replies

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Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Jan 22, 2022.

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.

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Comment by John Sheehan on December 28, 2023 at 4:33pm

Sister-in -Law gave me these ice spoons and Tungsten Jigs I hope to use if New Jersey gets safe ice in 2024. 

Comment by John Sheehan on December 25, 2023 at 5:15pm
Comment by Slip Sinker on December 3, 2023 at 10:49pm

above normal temps coming in for us

Comment by John Sheehan on December 3, 2023 at 3:12pm

Starting to get the itch!

Comment by John Sheehan on November 25, 2022 at 4:55pm

No Bruce , thinking way ahead to January. Earliest I've ever ice fished is Christmas Eve.

Comment by Bruce Tomaselli on November 25, 2022 at 3:21pm

Do you have ice in your area?

Comment by John Sheehan on November 25, 2022 at 12:03pm

Anyone here using Schooley Reels and Rods . I want to try this if I can find my old cheap Eagle Claw schooley reel I bought and never used years ago. I'd like to see how folks mount them on the Rods they use.

Comment by John Sheehan on February 13, 2022 at 12:43pm

Gregs 13.5" Yellow Perch took a tiny Squirreltail Jig tipped with a Fathead Minnow.

gregiceperch

Comment by John Sheehan on February 12, 2022 at 2:39pm

PB ICE Bass 20.1/2"

PB Ice Bass

Took a 1/5th 0z. Orange Swedish Pimple/ Fathead Minnow in 14 fow. Greg got 1st Fish on a tip up, a decent Pickerel took a fathead. Then I got jigged up a tiny pickerel on a small slim fin spoon
/fathead ....next fish was this Bass and then same hole I lost a decent Pickerel unpinned at the hole . Spoons/Fatheads hooked three . One on plain fathead under a tip up.. Jigging mobility was the order,

Comment by John Sheehan on January 18, 2022 at 3:19pm
 

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"Yea Man !Wind can be a bane when trying to land Fish. Many good ones get knocked off at the end of…"
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"Thanks fellas it was tough fishing a little windy here to lost something big at the boat pulled the…"
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"Very nice fish Mike…..wanted to try this morning but woke up to 25 mph gusts from the north,…"
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"Excellent February 42 degree WT catches! Thataway Mikey -D! Nice to see this. I got the Cabin Fever…"
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"Glad you guys got an ice fishing trip in the books John….crazy weather this winter…."
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"Nice crappie Troy…….hope you have a great fishing year!"
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"Nice a Crappie from shore!"
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