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T-Bone
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 09:42 PM 02/12/12 (CST)
i finally realized after 18 years of my life that i am just not made for ice fishing haha. even though i get really pumped for it everytime, im always extremely disappointed afterwards. unless something happens i think im just gonna stick to open water. haha sorry i just wanted to share my frustrations tongue smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 10:01 PM 02/12/12 (CST)
I share most of your frustrations. Ice fishing takes a lot of work and I think more so than open water fishing it takes the right gear. Without a flasher, gas auger, portable shelter, etc... it can be tough.

I enjoy ice fishing but I don't do it all that often beacuse I lack all of the gear mentioned above. I've learned to enjoy ice fishing for reasons beyond catching fish. I enjoy it because I always go out with friends and its nice to get out and do something during the winter months.

I wouldn't let poor fishing during an ice fishing contest get to you too much though. Ice fishing contests like that are nothing more than a lottery. You buy your ticket and hope to get lucky. Its 99% luck and 1% skill. With so many people in one little area its surprising that people catch anything at all really.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 07:02 AM 02/13/12 (CST)
Ah yes... If I could tell you of the hundreds, if not thousands of hours spent without so much as a nibble. Ice fishing can be a lot of work, especially when the fish are not cooperating. Fishing greatly improved for me when I got a flasher and pointers on how to use it and what I was seeing and doing. I mainly target crappie now, though I will catch an occassional northern or walleye, but they seem to be flukes since I use micro jigs with no live bait. For finnicky crappies, I drop the jig down to about 4 to 6 inches above them and slowly raise the jig trying to get them to follow it. If it is really slow, I can get them to maybe take a bite on the way up and repeat this many times before I can get one to bite. It takes a lot of patients and time. Of course, if they are biting, it doesn't matter what I throw down there... they will usually hit while the jig is going down or a minute or two later. It seems they like to hit things that are right above them. It's hard to get them to go down and get the bait.

Just my 2 cents...



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:18 AM 02/16/12 (CST)
Don't feel bad I'm going on my 3rd straight year of being skunked on keepers. I don't get out much so that doesn't help!

Open water is just around the corner so hang in there!


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 05:41 PM 02/16/12 (CST)
Hey Pier... Where ya been lately?



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 09:37 PM 02/16/12 (CST)
Welcome back Pier. I figured a big ol' flathead must have pulled you into the river or something. Glad to see you're still on the dry side of the ice.




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:26 PM 02/28/12 (CST)
Love to fish also just not one for walking on water.
I spend my winter tying flies for the comming spring. I had hoped for a early ice out this year but with the new snow looks like mid april.
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