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1/16 R&R

Postby RonG » Jan Tue 17, 2017 12:41 pm

No, silly. Not rest and relaxation. My fishing never involves either. I think skifish has just about the same approach. Go, go, go. Bop til you drop.

The ice may be leaving us so I headed out in the storm for a little Rain&Roaches action in the pond I just fished for the first time the day before. Stupid! I got there and didn't even think of brinking my waders. All the rain pooled up by the shoreline and I had to slip and slide out in 4" of water that piled up atop the ice for the first 20' out. :twisted:

I kept flashing my camera, but just couldn't produce the Rainbow in the Dark that I was trying for. :cry:

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Gills and roaches were the biters. I lost a bunch of my pics, so just a few crappy ones.

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The roaches are insane fighters, even more nutty than swirling bluegills and they like to wrap your line around your transducer cord. With all the water atop the smooth ice, I was able to get a good enough reading leaving the transducer out of the hole.

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Knock Three Times: After awhile I noticed I was wasting a lot of time recharching my glow jig. Glow was not necessary. I neither ran into Tony Orlando, nor stayed until Dawn, but I discovered that dropping a not glowing jig down and knocking them in the head 3 times was enough to get them to bite. The roaches are fun and are 7-9" on average, frisky as a rainbow trout and a better party than catching the slew of 4" bluegills most Chicago area places put out. Very few missed hooksets, I must say. Not like the gills that often peck, peck, peck and are gone when you jerk, the roaches are predictable. Usually a few taps, a pause, then you notice some slight downward pressure. A pretty easy pattern to follow. Night vision about as good as crappies. I saw many of them chasing my non-glow jig downward on the initial drop.

I decided to stay and break my Roach record of 20 fish from the night before. 52 was the total! Hard to believe I was happy with the roach record of five Golden Roaches I set a week ago on another pond. And hard to believe how much of a fishing loser I was as recently as one week ago. I wish I could legally sell these guys for $2-3 each and use the $$ to buy more gear I don't have any use for.

Leaving, I found more (and deeper) shoreline water. It was now flowing with current like a river. I'm not sure if it was moving on it's own or if it was just blown by the strong east winds, but it was moving. :shock:

Seaworthy.

Hard to see in the dark pic, but my shanty floats and tracked better than a cheap kayak as I pulled it through the shoreline river.

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The rain never stopped the whole time and the thunderstorms rolled in an hour after I left.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby urbanHog312 » Jan Tue 17, 2017 1:14 pm

i would say with 99.9% certainty that you were the only dude out ice fishing last night in the western burbs
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby Skifish1 » Jan Tue 17, 2017 1:17 pm

You would probably be doing that body of water a favor by collecting the roaches and swinging by a bait shop to see if they would buy the roaches for cheap. It's a mute point though my van is always ready for something my entire ice fishing gear, clothes, fuel, etc etc stays in my van I could stop and fish anywhere anytime. Likely I will swap the ice gear out and reload for open water fishing gear this weekend. That is, 50 degrees.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby RonG » Jan Tue 17, 2017 1:19 pm

urbanHog312 wrote:i would say with 99.9% certainty that you were the only dude out ice fishing last night in the western burbs


Ha! That's funny. I had the same thought as I was driving home at the stroke of midnight, when I wondered if possibly I had been the only guy in the Chicagoland area out ice fishing in the rainy darkness that evening.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby urbanHog312 » Jan Tue 17, 2017 1:52 pm

Ha! That's funny. I had the same thought as I was driving home at the stroke of midnight, when I wondered if possibly I had been the only guy in the Chicagoland area out ice fishing in the rainy darkness that evening.


excluding neilsens meat market, im sure you took the chicagoland title by a landslide as well
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby DasGoby » Jan Tue 17, 2017 1:57 pm

I wish I could legally sell these guys for $2-3 each and use the $$ to buy more gear I don't have any use for.


$2-3 per roach is a lot. I paid $1.20 per for our tip-up outing on Monday and they were big, healthy baitfish.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby RonG » Jan Tue 17, 2017 2:22 pm

Crap. As a wholesaler, I'd probably only get $0.60 ea then. I'll keep searching for a decent recipe for now. :lol: (or the proceeds could purchase beer which is more useful than more gear)
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby SpecialEd » Jan Tue 17, 2017 2:49 pm

RonG wrote:Crap. As a wholesaler, I'd probably only get $0.60 ea then. I'll keep searching for a decent recipe for now. :lol:


They'd also make great garden fertilizer.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby RonG » Jan Wed 18, 2017 11:48 am

Update: The ice is still thick.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby SmalliesNEyes » Jan Wed 18, 2017 11:49 am

RonG wrote:Update: The ice is still thick.


I'm venturing a guess that it won't be come Saturday/Sunday. Not with 50+ temps throughout both days, and overnight lows in the 40's.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby RonG » Jan Wed 18, 2017 11:54 am

The 10 day still looks bad with Sat/Sun looking really bad. It might be best for the ice to go completely and start over if it can vs refreezing into an unpredictable mess.

RonG wrote:Update: The ice is still thick.


I'm not endorsing the inexperienced to venture out on any ice currently. But for those familiar with their bodies of water, there still can be a few days available.
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Re: 1/16 R&R

Postby JB » Jan Wed 18, 2017 10:12 pm

Maybe that pond is someone's holding corral for roaches they brought back from a bad outing elsewhere. Always have access to bait if you actually used it. :D :D
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