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You don't have to watch this long video of fish not biting if you don't want to. I think this scene plays out so many times to angler's offerings and lures. There are tons of fish. With a poor presentation and dead bait- they don't want to eat. If this bait were on a proper hook and moving, say falling slowly through the water - these neutral fish could be triggered to feed.

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Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 17, 2010 at 8:07am
Very nice! Picture of actual Plankton - THE food source in the winter. Now everyone get your jig close to the size of the plankton and keep the bait small and you are in! Those big ones are water boatman the smaller white specs could be daphnia, (water fleas).
I like your thinking - thank you for this great shot!
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 10, 2010 at 8:55am
If you haven't read this, I posted 4 feeding videos which show close-up how bluegills feed. Knowing this- you can now have an idea of what is happening below, when you are looking at your float above the water. Also, if you see that the fish need to sip their food in to move your bite indicator- you see the need for a properly balanced float: Read the Feeding Blog
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 10, 2010 at 8:45am
During the winter the fish eat very tiny suspended zoo plankton such as daphnia in the water column. They don't have wax worms and spikes - but that's what we feed them. With the water cold, they don't need much at all.
Sorry to hear about the AquaVu troubles. What is another brand? I thought they were the top?
By the way - for ice fishing video is for learning. Fishing is best done with a flasher Vexlar unit. The flasher shows every movement and live feedback about your lure dropping. These are a better buy and tougher than the video.
First electronics you should buy is the flasher.
Using video here, we learned how fish feed and that sets the table for live bait fishing in general and how a proper float will improve your fishing.
Comment by Greg Wade on February 9, 2010 at 11:14pm
John,
Great point about the fish looking and swimming bye. There are a number of times when I'm ice fishing and open water fishing, with my lure just sitting there. Once I pop the jig or twitch it, I get bit instantly. Have wondered many times, as to how many fish have looked at my presentation and moved on.

Good thing I did not have a camera, I'd probably pass out once I saw all the potential fish I've missed! But actually I do want to get one, so I can see how they react to the way I'm fishing. Would be a great learning tool, just like your video illustrates.

I hear Marcum makes a great underwater camera....but a bit pricey.

Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 9, 2010 at 10:09pm
Keep after them. It's still under warranty. I am sure if you ship it to them, they will ship you another. Well, with these videos, you no longer need one right?! : )
Thought I would try anyhow.
Comment by John Sheehan on February 9, 2010 at 9:34pm
I used an Aqua view cam (Fish TV)last year and it lasted about 5 times out.Loved it till it broke and I tried to get it fixed .Left an email and phone message with the company that makes it and they never responded .I am very dissatisfied !!!
Comment by Johnny wilkins on February 9, 2010 at 9:11pm
I am not certain of the camera this is just an example video I grabbed to demonstrate there are a ton of fish down there. If we don't present food in a manner they wish to eat, they just swim bye. I would guess an AquaVu - but note, the water is clear which offers a clear picture. This water is gin clear. If the lakes you fish are stained, you won't get this clear an image.
The clear water is also this angler's undoing. Flourocarbon line and smaller, delicate presentation needed in clear water.
Comment by Greg Wade on February 9, 2010 at 8:48pm
John,
What type of camera is being used to make the video? Picture quality looks really good.

Thanks,
Greg

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