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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:18 AM 02/19/07 (CST)
February 18, 2007

Sunny skies
37 degrees air temps
Strong Winds gusts to 25 mph
12 inches of ice

Wish that I could plan my outings onto the ice a little better than a last minute decision, but if that is what needs to be done, that at least gets me out on the ice. I found a couple of hours Sunday afternoon and decided to give a new lake a try and after asking a few questions of folks that fish there, headed out in search of some Panfish.



The lake of choice for today was a small pond that is in a park management area so there is no development around the lake. I haven’t fished a lake with this look of remoteness in a long time and the scenery was fantastic and pristine. After finding a way onto the lake around some of the open water, there was only one other fisher out there.

Headed across and he came over to me and we had some good conversation and our talk turned to electronics and the Vexilar I was using searching for fish. I have a feeling that a number of the folks here are not use to or have not used electronics in ice fishing at all as he was totally amazed. After my demonstration I have a feeling that Vexilar has sold another fisher to using electronics on the ice to help with his fishing.

We have 12 inches of ice and this lake has an inch or two of frozen slush on top with no snow cover at all. I am still able to get a reading through the ice with my transducer with a little water underneath so that I am saving drilling to many unwanted holes. I started out deep and wasn’t seeing any action and kept moving and checking as I went towards shore. Finally found a spot that had some activity but the fish were not cooperating and would come look at the bait but no takers.



Decided to move towards a point and back cove and check numerous spots and couldn’t find any activity what so ever. The other fisher was moving his traps all around as well and I didn’t see any flags around him the whole afternoon. We were getting to far apart so I never found out if he had caught anything or not but have to give him credit as he made a gallant effort and drilled more holes than I would have dreamed of.

Since the activity was near none existent, I decided to head for the opposite shore and back towards my truck. I was getting the sense that I am not going to have a good day and thoughts were running through my head about going back to MY Lake where I know that I can catch some fish. But from what I had been hearing about this lake having slab sized crappies, I just couldn’t leave and kept searching.

I ended at the opposite side of the lake and started seeing some activity on the electronics and drilled a bunch of holes in this area. The fish were not coming fast and furious but they were there and were active as well. I had drilled 10 holes in this area in depths from 12 to 17 feet of water and was finding that 4 of the holes were active.



The action was consistent and fairly equal numbers of fish were caught on the Loby Baits Maki in the white color as well as using T.H.E. Jig caught numbers as well. These fish were fairly finicky again and they would come in but I was not able to get much lift out of them. I was catching a good share of nice 10 inch crappies with a mixture of 6-7 inch sunnies.



As I was fishing and the bite would stop I would pick up and move to another hole and if nothing showed up in a few minutes would move to another. Was seeing that there were 4 holes that had active fish in them and one hole in particular had the "slabosaurus" crappies that I was looking for. I had found what I came looking for in the pond and this one hole produced my first 13 inch crappies of the season. These were the biggest slabs that I had caught yet this season and you would hook one of these and you knew right away you had a good one.




These were the rumors that this pond holds these big crappies and for out here, these are very nice fish. I am looking forward to getting back there again soon as this may be MY LAKE now with what I have seen so far. This lake doesn’t get a lot of pressure and after seeing these fish, I am excited to get out there right after ice out and see if I can find the crappies once again.

Until next time keep your lines wet and your hooks sharp and enjoy the great outdoors.





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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:52 AM 02/19/07 (CST)
Sure you are now cause you are cheating using T.H.E. Jig and a spring.
Try that with meat!
Great job Kev! smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley






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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 03:06 PM 02/19/07 (CST)
I like the idea of going to the lake and not having to stop and mess with meat.. smile smiley..grab my bag with the jig boxes in it and off I go.... cool smiley




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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 03:25 PM 02/19/07 (CST)
How would you like to carry in a pail full of water with minnows in it.






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fisheye01
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:47 PM 02/19/07 (CST)
Great report Kevin cant believe there is no fishing pressure a body of water with slabs like that. Must be T.H.E. JIG
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 04:00 PM 02/19/07 (CST)
It sure looks like you had a Beautiful day to spend out on the lake!! I'm Jealous!


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CrappieKeith
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:00 PM 02/19/07 (CST)
oh must be,must be! smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley
There are other small hand tied jigs out there that work.
Mine are not the only ones.
I will say they last a good long time and they are mine.
In that I mean I take pride in the painting& quality.
To see that they work is the icing on the cake.






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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 07:47 AM 02/20/07 (CST)
Thanks guys...haven't gotten my hands wet in quite some time....like not having to use meat to catch fish.... smile smiley




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Cpt Hook
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:01 PM 02/24/07 (CST)
Nice job of sticking with it and hunting those fish down Kevin. Some times that is what it takes to get on the bigger fish in a lake. With the ice around here over 2' thick and a bit milky finding fish means drilling lots of holes. When you get slabs like you did, well that's what the hunt is all about. grin smiley
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