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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:37 PM 03/14/07 (CST)
March 13, 2007

Cloudy
49 degrees
14 inches and ice is starting to honeycomb
Light winds 4 mph

Since the last weekend’s weather of being around 50 degrees and being that there is always a wind lately, the ice is fading fast and figured that I need to get out one more time before we are unable to fish. Today, Wednesday, we are 65 degrees and the winds are blowing and ponds are turning black fast and honeycombing as well.

Access point to get onto this pond was still good as the trees are shading this shoreline most of the day, but by the time that I had left, water was starting to form on top. Take a look at the following photo as this was a hole that I had drilled 3 days earlier and these conditions are what the angler needs to watch out for.



I fished in all of the same holes that I had on Saturday and there was only a 3/8 inch of ice skimmed over all of them. I only drilled one extra hole and that was nice for a change as the ice was still around 14 inches. But after the weather we are having now, I have a feeling that this weekend will be out for fishing and the ice season will be over with.



The area I was working had 8 holes and I would move from one to the next depending on what the Vexilar was telling me. If there was no activity in that hole when I checked it, I continued on to the next and then the next until I found active fish. By keeping on the move like this, it allows me to stay on active fish instead of sitting and waiting for them to come to me. After a while you start seeing that there are 4 holes that will have activity in them as opposed to the others.



I was alternating between using the Loby Baits Mousi in the pink color and T.H.E. Jig in the orange and yellow color pattern. One thing that I did notice several times was that after pulling 1 or 2 fish out of a hole, the others would totally disappear and was time to move onto the next. One very fascinating thing that I started noticing a number of times was that a hot fish would go straight for the sinker on the line, but when I would lift the jig to the fish, they would shoot straight to the bottom. Not sure why this was happening as this was the first day that I noticed this.

There was a variety of sizes caught and anything from 4 inches up to a couple that pushed 12 inches and there were a number of smaller fish than larger fish. The sunfish that were caught were on the smaller side as well and I didn’t venture to the shallows to see if the fish were stating to move in yet or not, I was still fishing in depths around 18 feet.



This ice season had been a very good one for me as this was the first winter since moving here that I was able to really get out there and enjoy it. Winters here can be very strange and to get safe ice the days can be very numbered as the temperature range varies so much from day to day.

There will probably be a week or two of down time as the shores on most of the ponds I am fishing, the ice has pulled away. It is suppose to cool down at the end of this week and snow some over the weekend, but hopefully the next couple of days of rain will soften the ice considerably and this will speed up the melting process. I am going to start checking out a trout stream near my home and see what the activity is like over there. They haven’t stocked it yet but I want to be there shortly after they do and enjoy catching some of the rainbows that they put in there.





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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 12:39 PM 03/14/07 (CST)
Nice Work Kevin, It looks like the ice is getting a little sketchy!


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kevin
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 12:40 PM 03/14/07 (CST)
I think that it will be done as all of my other ponds now are unaccessible and this is the only one left....pending how much rain we get the rest of this week will determine if we are able to get out there again or not....suppose to cool down and possibly snow this weekend, so I will be watching.... cool smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 01:03 PM 03/14/07 (CST)
I get that too once in a while Kevin.
They are targeting the sinker which shows you how small of a target they want. When you lift they loose sight of the sinker & take off.
When you see the fish's signal in green you need to lift up the jig so it is in front of him as he comes in to the middle of your sonar cone.
Then lift him.



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