What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011

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2011/02/28 07:46:07 (permalink)

What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011

If this weather wrecks the ice, it will have been an interesting ice fishing season.

The two big things I learned this year was Conneaut Lake is a great place to fish for nice bluegills and big pike! The other is the Genz Worm. Never used them before, picked some up at Gander in December and its about the hottest new thing I've ever used. It was extremely successful at Presque Isle, Conneaut and Simcoe. Got quite a tray of colors and sizes now. Something about a horizontal riding jig...

First ice was good, late ice was great, between was work. I wonder if January's tough fishing was because of the trillions of shad in the bay.

Fished the season with my new set of Thorne Brothers custom rods - especially love the Quiverstick. (http://www.thornebros.com)

After 10 years had to get a new carb on my Strikemaster. It was a trick with Tecumseh being out of business, but Alan at Pro Auto and Lawnmower in Saegertown fixed me up. New blades too, works like new.

Also, first time using Seaguar InvisX line. Expensive, but I like it very much. I usually outfish my buddies, could that be part of the reason?

Woodcock was a disappointment this year. I had high hopes for walleye after what I observed there the year prior.

Had some fun in a neighbor's farm pond. Next time take my snow shoes, what a walk across the fields to get to the ponds...I'm not a spring chicken anymore!

Well, off to Simcoe Wednesday for the rest of the week. Maybe by some miracle the bay ice will survive, or Edinboro for some late crappie fishing. Not that I need the meat...my freezer is crammed!

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    NeFiShNeTiMe
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/02/28 12:02:40 (permalink)
    nice post. I have to agree with the genz worm i got a huge number of fish on that this year expically at night with the glow.
    It really has been one hell of a ice fishing season the first time i went out was december 17 at misery bay and if yesterday is the last that is 3+ months wow but i am sure i will still hit the inland lakes for another week atleast prob more like 2 weeks. One other thing i learned is when the wind is from the east you midis well go inland or go home cus the perch dont bite for crap.....

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    fishinvic
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/02/28 20:06:22 (permalink)
    out of the west fish bite the best out of the east fish bite the least
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    chrishinesg
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/03/01 13:33:22 (permalink)
    i agree about the gentz worm...it is the only jig i have seen catch fish without bait...wish i wouldve known earlier in the season...it definately puts more fish on the ice

    It's not how deep you fish...It's how you wiggle your worm.
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/03/01 16:00:24 (permalink)
    I have some Genz Worms but never really used them.My hot jigs were a Marmooska and a Custom Jigs and Spins Diamond jig,later in the season my homemade teardrops and rockers did pretty good.

    I'm gonna fish more and work less.
    Have A Crappie Day
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    imrinc
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/03/01 19:34:47 (permalink)
    Almost forgot...acquired a Nils Ice Auger this season at the recommendation of a good fellow on this board. Nice pick-up, cuts great. Good back-up to my power auger, or when the ice is not so thick.

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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/03/02 15:34:57 (permalink)
    It was a great ice season for me also one for the books.I fished probably 20 25 times this ice season and most were successful!!Ive always used Genz Worms and they work but this year i learned about Fiskas lures made with tungsten.WOW dod they catch em!!!!!!You can get em from yourbobbersdown.com
    They have been slamming them this year esp the perch or firetiger one in size 4mm.Sorry to see this season end but its time to get the boat ready!!!!!! Stay Dry guys!!!

    icenut(Bill)
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    RE: What I learned ice fishing 2010/2011 2011/03/02 17:13:07 (permalink)
    Great post I had a pretty good season myself with some help also from some people on this board too but yes the season has almost come to an end but spring is comin and now tht I'm almost done ice fishin it's time to go kill some yotes !! And get the pike in the spring
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