The equiptment used this day…Micro thin line,spring bobbers,small jigs like rockers,lil mics,moon glitters,poles used were short ice poles and I used the 54 inch pulator rod..
We started out hittin a close to the road spot that usually puts out some decent 7-8" gills. We hit the area pretty thorough with no brusiers to be found.Lots of 5-6 1/2 inch fish but no good quality 7+ inch fish. So i walked over to Bob M. and said "we are going to have to go for a walk" he said lets go !!
One of the first spots we hit was loaded with fish…It was nothing to pull 6 to 8 fish out of some of the holes. Most fish again were in the 6-7 inch range with a bunch of smaller ones to keep the action going.
Bob C. was the first to pull a tru 8 inch gill from under the hard water…Bob is an acomplished ice fisherman. He uses his Vexilar to tell him when the gills are finike and need some persuasion, or on a terror and swarming under his hole..Here is Bob C’s first 8 incher.
The gills today didn’t seem to care if I gave them a waxie or a spike, and with all the action we were getting I opted for the spike because there is a lot less time adding bait to the jig.The fish seemed to be all through the water column, some came high and some came right on the bottom, and the smaller fish just took it and ran but the bigger fish would just lightly pull down on the jig or lightly push it up.The use of a spring bobber in these cases are a must. A regular float just won’t pic up these touchy biting fish.
The gills were a bit bigger from this next place we tried..Lots of fish…here is another quality fish caught by Bob M.
There is something about meeting new people and fishing together that is just about the best feeling a person could ever experience. The three of us shared a little bit of ourselves out there yesterday and I do believe i found a couple of new friends..These two belong to a fishing club that has attracted several Big Name people, and I believe it must be due to type of comradery and willingness to share information about the sport of fishing as I experienced on the ice with these two yesterday…
Lots of nice fish out there, so if you be sure to throw some of the bigger gills back we will all be able to share in this wonderfull fisheree we have .
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