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02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Fri 07, 2020 9:26 pm

It's been a full week since I got on the ice and thought I'd better get out since this will be a short season this year. Slow.... Just like last week. You could get a tap or two on spikes, but seldom enough to ever set the hook. Next, I tried a waxworm and no one even took a taste. Finally, tried a Maki plastic with no live bait...

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...and that was the magic ticket! I was fishing in 18 FOW with all the fish on the bottom two feet. I'd jiggle it about a foot or two above the pack and consistently one or two would zoom up quickly and hit fairly aggressively. Loads of fun and about about 10x more fun than using live bait. The little fake wiggly things really caught their eye and tonite their eyes were bigger than their tongues. For the short sunset bite trip, I ended up with a dozen crappies and 4 bloogers.

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Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Sat 08, 2020 8:58 am

Nice to see you getting some. Get it while it lasts, this ice season has been almost non existent and soon we'll be tossing jerkbaits.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Sat 08, 2020 2:04 pm

Still making me jealous. I'm still waiting for my 2nd ice trip of the season to come.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Sat 08, 2020 3:34 pm

Great job, that plastic looks like blood-worm, which is the most natural bait out there, that will catch anything that moves. I normally put 6-8 on a size 18 hook.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Sun 09, 2020 9:56 pm

Wolfnight wrote:Great job, that plastic looks like blood-worm, which is the most natural bait out there,


That's what I was thinking. Maki makes some great, realistic, ice baits that any one who uses plastics or would like to, should check out. They have some good info on the site too:

http://www.makiplastic.com/ar/

2/9 A.M.

I haven't had an ice morning yet, so I went out this a.m. Slow for the most part, but got some on spikes, some on the red Maki plastics. The bigger fish came on the plastics. Perch and bluegills were the only fishoids caught today.

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Yes, the ice around my hole was that thin. I'm not thrilled by what I've been walking and fishing on.

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I kept a couple 9"ers for a snack. 8)
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Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Sun 09, 2020 10:40 pm

Nice job Ron. Wow that ice is thin.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Mon 10, 2020 10:36 am

nice work. so much easier when they hit plastics. not sure id be in a shanty on that ice but id fish it :lol:

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Mon 10, 2020 10:42 am

Damn, that ice is thin. :shock: Nice job Ron.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Mon 10, 2020 2:13 pm

Nice report, nice perch, nice job with the plastics.

I'll have to try those (probably next year). I've caught some fish on the ice on plastics but almost every time, waxies or spikes have performed better.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Tue 11, 2020 1:18 am

DasGoby wrote:Nice report, nice perch, nice job with the plastics.

I'll have to try those (probably next year). I've caught some fish on the ice on plastics but almost every time, waxies or spikes have performed better.


Thanks!

I wish I could use plastics 100% of the time. I can't find much rhyme or reason to it when they won't hit bait yet go bonkers for plastic. Other days, they won't hit plastics and I avoid a skunking with bait. It's best to go armed with both. At night I usually switch to bait, but have some glow plastics that have worked well at night.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Tue 11, 2020 8:09 am

RonG wrote:
Wolfnight wrote:Great job, that plastic looks like blood-worm, which is the most natural bait out there,


That's what I was thinking. Maki makes some great, realistic, ice baits that any one who uses plastics or would like to, should check out. They have some good info on the site too:

http://www.makiplastic.com/ar/

Way to go Ron, great thinking, I use a bunch of real blood-worm as shown and small size 22-24 Turbertini red hooks as shown. In the depths of winter in clear water with water temps in the 30's, this has been deadly for me. I can fish all baits and get nothing, but if I then put some blood-worm on a hook I will catch. Another key is line. Fish can see lines in clear water so I use transparent light lines such as Maxima as low as 1lb test, which I am told the fish cannot see. Tight lines all.
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Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Tue 11, 2020 8:46 am

Assume those blood worms were frozen? Didn’t think you could find live ones.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Tue 11, 2020 1:09 pm

Bingo!

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Tue 11, 2020 2:21 pm

Assume those blood worms were frozen? Didn’t think you could find live ones.

Thanks for asking. I scrape my own live bloodworms from private ponds using a long handle and metal blade. It takes me about 2/3 hours to get 250. Blood-worms are in the silt of all our waters. I use dead bloodworms in my chum, fishing live worms over the top. I only fish bloodworms in the winter as in the summer fish will eat anything. Tight lines.

Re: 02/07 Their eyes were bigger than their tongues

Feb Wed 12, 2020 9:50 pm

Good to see some RonG reports!
Your Panfish skills are unmatched Iced or open water :clap: :thumbup:
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