First flag of the season and more dinks

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First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby catchafew » Dec Tue 19, 2017 1:10 pm

I fished the this very popular lake yesterday as I'm looking for a local lakes near town where I can take the little brats to but it's in cell and pizza delivery range. I think the bucketheads, the littering white trash will force me to go deep into the woods once more or I'll be forced to go to my publisher and have them print my uplifting novel about the virtues of eugenics. The kids I saw the day before can't even pick up there Mellow Yellow bottles as they bragged that they speared 30+ pike through the ice on this 85 acre lake last year.

It's not all negative, I had a nice chat with an older local ice angler, looks like Quint from Jaws, we sized each other up in the usual way by naming obscure features about remote lakes most have never seen and talked about other local weird anglers hitting the ice to establish our bona fides. Being a FIB I have to overplay my hand and name about a dozen obscure lakes and river in a 30 mile radius to get in their good graces but we might fish together in the future as he helped me drag my heavy sled off the ice. I have to 'RonG' my load-outs and make my kit more mobile with less crap in the sled.

Kind of a frosty day as all the trees were covered this weekend.
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I got a first flag yesterday in about 12 fow on a shiner suspended about 18" off the bottom, just a dink but it felt good to see the spindle on the tip-up spin once more.
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It's a dink but it felt good to get it under the belt for the season.
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More dinks but slower on Monday vs. Saturday. Spikes on small stuff seemed to be preferred over pimples dressed with waxies again. It's hard to explain but the excitement builds as your Vexilar lights up as fish move in and out of the cone and chase your jig up the water column. Drilled about a dozen holes from 7 to 20 fow but I had my most luck on this day again in about 12 fow.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby Darkstar72 » Dec Tue 19, 2017 1:16 pm

Love the sight of a mark chasing my jig on my Vex! The thrill is real!
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby JB » Dec Tue 19, 2017 1:27 pm

Agreed half the fun is watching the movement on the vex. Would love to get on the ice but for now living thru your posts thanks!
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby urbanHog312 » Dec Tue 19, 2017 2:14 pm

my standards drop for ice fishing and dinks dont bother me as much, especially anything that is willing to bite the flag. one day i hope to explore some remote lakes up in those woods.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby Aux Pleins » Dec Tue 19, 2017 6:35 pm

Mmmmmm spinning tip ups, deeeelish.. can't wait. Good stuff Mike, you officially made all of Illinois Ice fishermen jealous.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby catchafew » Dec Tue 19, 2017 7:32 pm

Aux Pleins wrote:you officially made all of Illinois Ice fishermen jealous
certainly not for the quality of my outings. lol.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby Skifish1 » Dec Wed 20, 2017 4:20 am

Way way jealous
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby Theshocker1293 » Dec Wed 20, 2017 10:13 am

Super jealous until IL gets some good ice or until the weekend when I venture up North.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby urbanHog312 » Dec Wed 20, 2017 10:23 am

monday or tuesday. sunday if you give no fucks.
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby Rambler » Dec Wed 20, 2017 2:51 pm

Not at all into fishing hard water but that 1st picture calls to me. :thumbup:
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby billebob5 » Dec Wed 20, 2017 3:30 pm

urbanHog312 wrote:monday or tuesday. sunday if you give no fucks.


this made me LOL
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Re: First flag of the season and more dinks

Postby LZ Rascal » Dec Fri 22, 2017 11:53 am

Middle to end of next week should get us out there!
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