Hey John...we fish the Ice Rapalas by droping them straight to the bottom, reel up 1/2 turn of the handle, then jig either aggressively ( with sharp wrist snaps or a cascading 'flutter' that stops at just a few inches above the lake bottom) Or, you can be more subtle and lift up slowly about 2 feet, then do a gentle "bounce' of the lure, stopping every 6 inches on the way down, and holding it motionles for several seconds at each interval. One of us does aggressive, the other does the passive jigging until we find what the perch want. We also tip the center treble hook with either a waxworm or several Gulp! maggots. Good luck, and I think this is a great site, glad to be on it.
Vertical , Drift , Cast (under a bobber)
. Their pretty much versatile. The smaller spoons are weighted with a splitshot when drifting. Or they won't stay down. Tip them with some type of grub or minnow helps me to get more hits.
John, left info on the pic you left comment on. Tells what the are & where I got them. Thanks for the comment, Enjoy this site. Looking forward to adding to it as the weather finally breaks here in Ohio. Ice just not thick enough for me this winter or would have added more already.
Close your eyes and listen to John Sheehan's songs. It's practically impossible to not imagine yourself walking through a thick fencerow hoping to spook up a ringneck pheasant. The first time I heard his music I imagined what might have happened if Segovia met Knopfler on an ice covered pond for some fishin' and pickin'. Calming, yet upbeat...I think John Sheehan's got it pegged. Really good stuff.
Hey John, looks like you do a lot of ice fishing...anything happening now in your area? We did 1 1/2 days of jigging at Deep Creek over the weekend and worked really hard for 34 yellow perch from 11 to 13 3/4 in and some bonus walleyes and smallmouths. Stayed on the move til we found the fish. See ya!
Thanks for the compliment. You can see more of my carvings of other subjects on: http://lwmose0.tripod.com.otceBOOK.htm. The ones shown on the site are not all! I have a ledger that lists 183. However, I have not done much more since retiring in Jan 1994 except finishing the pot-bellied LM bass the first week of retirement. It was a commission from 2 years prior??. She still wanted it for her husband's birthday.
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That fish eye pic has a slightly different story. The spinner rig is one we use when targetting white perch/tipped with a redworm or small nightcrawler. This was what I pulled in one time after seeing the rod tip act different. The worm was gone. One of those "strange catches".