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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 03:31 PM 12/18/06 (CST)
December 17, 2006

Partly Cloudy skies
53 degrees air temp
Light wind

I don’t think that I have been fishing soft water anywhere near this late in the year. But after fishing yesterday I like it quite a bit since I have put the bass boat away and limited to fishing with my kayak. I haven’t fished in the kayak in quite some time, but will have to rethink this as there are numerous ponds around my home that I can only get a kayak into.



This pond doesn’t get a lot of fishing pressure and I think the most pressure comes in the winter time but then it still is fairly light. This allows the fish to grow a little larger and they are not so freaked out as to have to much pressure on them.



There was a slight breeze and paddled across the lake to the other side that was a little more protected from the wind. Started in 13 fow and was marking many fish down there but after jigging for a while was only able to come up was a little perch.

Moved over towards the point and found where the water drops off the side of this point and anchored there. This area was holding fish as well and started jigging with a Salmo Chubby Darter and it wasn’t long and the nibbles starting happening. After a few misses finally set the hook into a nice 10 inch perch and enjoyed the fight.



Kept moving along the shoreline and staying around the 15 foot mark and that seemed to be where the most activity was at. I was fishing with an assortment of Loby Baits and if you haven’t fished these micro plastics yet, you owe it to yourself to try them. After trying a number of baits and colors I finally found the bait that they wanted. The first fish was a nice little bass that gave me a great fight on my ice rod setup.



If I didn’t get a bite after about 5 minutes I would keep moving along but always staying around the 15 fow mark. As it was getting later in the day, the last spot I tried I finally hit the mother load. This area was loaded with fish and there were times that you couldn’t keep the bait there longer than a few seconds. At times as the bait was dropping down, you could watch them come flying off the bottom and slam the bait while watching my Vexilar. This area proved very beneficial and I caught numerous crappies and also one very nice bluegill. But of course the camera dies for the bluegill and wasn’t able to get a picture of that one.






I haven’t had this much fun in quite some time and I am looking at the weather and seeing when the next time that I can get out again. As for ice fishing, I don’t want to see it anymore and I am enjoying this winter open water fishing.

As for the baits that I was using today, the Salmo Chubby Darter is a great little bait and a totally awesome jigging lure. If you use other spoons or ice jigging tackle, definitely get one of the Chubby Darters as they offer the fish a totally different look and are well worth trying.
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The other bait that dominated was the Loby Baits - Stoni, in the pale pinkish color. I had tried a number of different colors and baits but came to the conclusion that the pinkish Stoni was what they wanted. They were not hitting very hard at all and more of a mouthing action was happening. Missed a number of fish because I never realized they were there, but I am off to the store to get a couple spring bobbers and we will take care of these light bites this way. If you enjoy chasing panfish and haven’t tried plastics for them in these colder waters, definitely get yourself some of the Loby Baits and increase your catch.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 03:41 PM 12/18/06 (CST)
I see said the blind man.
The spring is where I make the catch when the others do not see the hit& miss them.If you watched those videos that I just posted you will barely see the spring move.You'd never see that on a pole.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:08 PM 12/18/06 (CST)
Nice work on the pictures by yourself, that takes some talent! I looks like you had quite a Beautiful day to enjoy the lake.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:30 PM 12/18/06 (CST)
It was nice to get into a bunch of fish and hopefully in a couple of days I will get to do it again...weather is cooling the next day or so but then warm up again, I like it... smile smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:56 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
December 21, 2006

Cloudy morning and Sunny in afternoon
48 degrees air temp
Skim of ice on part of lake
Windy from West

I am not sure that we are in the month of December as the weather doesn’t feel like we are. Still have open water but across the pond there was a skim of ice, so the water is getting to that temperature that it may not be long now. But the water is open and the kayak can float so here we go.




The wind was blowing very strong today and made for some very tough fishing conditions but when things worked out, the fish were still caught.



The biggest problem that I had today was that the wind was blowing strong out of the West and made anchoring a tough option. Also, being solo in the kayak along with the wind made for movement happening all of the time. To try and compensate for this, when the kayak would finally stop for a minute, then I would work very hard to get them to bite because it wasn’t long and I was being blown again.




Was on the water by 12:30 but there wasn’t a lot of action on the locator but would pick a fish here and there. Just kept moving around after fishing a spot for 10 minutes, if they weren’t on the screen then I would move over 20 yards or so and try again.



Finally I found the spot that I was looking for, water was around 15 feet and the area was windy but the anchor was holding at least. Biggest problem was wind and drifting side to side. As you would drift to one side you could see a ton of fish on the flasher, but then they were gone because the boat wouldn’t stop.

But I was still catching fish and turned out to be a great day. Caught around 30 crappies and one sunfish and was a very good day in my book especially for the conditions that I was facing.






One thing that became very evident was that as it got later in the day, there were more fish showing up and catching was getting better. Of course at this point the sun was setting and the wind was dying down, just my luck but safety first and as the light was fading away, needed to get off the water and relish the day that I just had.



I went by the lake this morning and half of the lake is skimmed over but with the rain and warm temps this weekend, I will be out there a few more times next week. Looking forward to it, because now that Rippin Lips is in my blood, I can’t get enough of it. I am to the point that I don’t care if we get ice or not, but if we do, I surely hope that it gets thick enough so that I can walk on it.

I want to talk about the baits that were used today and I want to put a BIG Thank You out to Loby Baits for their product line. Usually fishing panfish I always used the grubs and minnows to catch the fish, but after getting into using the Plastics from Loby Baits, I am a converted live bait fisher to plastics and you can’t beat it. Thank you Loby Baits.



I was using two Loby Baits today and didn’t have to go any further. The bait that did the most damage was the Loby Baits Stoni in the color of red. The nice thing about this was that I used one bait for the whole time that I was fishing. Re-rigged it a few times, but it held up very well and I am very impressed with this bait. The other bait was the Loby Baits Rocki in the light pinkish color. I think that the Rocki was catching bigger fish and held up just as well.

I can’t say enough about the Loby Baits product line and I know that I will be definitely using them for a long time to come. If you enjoy fishing for panfish, you owe it to yourself and try these Loby Baits products, they catch fish and also you will not need to have livebait with you. They last a long time and boy do they catch fish.

Loby Baits are #1 in my book and I look forward to a very successful winter fishing.





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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:17 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
Hey Kevin.

The pics that go in our pics archive have just one parameter, a fish and a human face. Would you mind if I add the one with you pictured? If yes, do you want me to link it to catch-n?



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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:19 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
Add away Dude....you can add any photo's that I post and you don't have to link them to Catch-N if you don't want to, I'll leave that to you....Thanks WD.... cool smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:25 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
More nice pictures, Good Work!!


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:36 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
Thanks for bringing them here. wink smileyKeeping up with my huge ego...
I taught him everything he knows smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 10:45 AM 12/22/06 (CST)
Yes you are a great teacher and thank you for that... laugh smiley

I am only trying to keep up and have a long ways to go there buddy... wink smiley




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