Do you love big bluegill?
Today we went fishing with the legendary Dave Genz, perhaps the best ice fisherman of all time. We also had the privilege of fishing with Tod Todd of midwestangling.com, a few other professional ice fisherman and Chef Todd Kent.
For those of you who don’t know, Dave Genz has already been inducted into Minnesota’s Fishing Hall of Fame, and he will be inducted into the national fishing hall of fame shortly. He is in the upper half of the 50 greatest fisherman of all time, and perhaps one of the very best ice fisherman in the world! Dave has his own line of ice fishing apparel, fish houses, fishing poles, fishing jigs, and much more. He also has been ice fishing with just about every professional angler on TV!
The day started out about 9 am on the ice. We pulled up with our Schooley rods and 5 gallon bucket seats. They pulled up with their snowmobile rigs, portable fish houses, power ice augers, umpteen Vexilars, St. Croix and Dave Genz rods, Ice Armor snowsuits, jigs with actual names, colored Eurolarvae, and probably other stuff I can’t think of at the moment. We got everything loaded up on Dave’s snowmobile trailer and headed out onto the lake.
First thing we did was drill about a dozen holes per person and start checking them all out for fish and weeds. The bite started out pretty hot for Dave and his daughter Missy. They caught about a dozen real nice crappies right off the bat, and then the fish were tight lipped the entire rest of the day. We moved around quite a bit trying to find a school of fish willing to stick juicy maggots into their mouths. When we couldn’t find many takers, we decided it was time for a little Ice Fishing 101 with the man who virtually invented the Vexilar.
We headed in for lunch about noon. The owner of the lake, Chad, had a nice warm shed near the lake, and he and Chef Todd cooked up a feast! We ate grilled lane snapper, cheddar deer burgers, homemade cole slaw, and iced cherry coffee cake dessert! Inside we had a good time taking pics, telling stories, and gorging on some of the best food imaginable!
On a day like today, average fisherman would walk home with absolutely nothing. These guys still managed to catch a few keepers for dinner.