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Hell ya dude, lets go! Its been awhile since i've got on some good ice fishing! I can bring my traps to! 3 dozen shiners! Hope my auger still runs

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Got out today on a new pond in Grafton. Fished it from about 8:30 to 2. Ice was surprisingly thick, nearly 8 inches in some spots, closer to 4 in an area with some current. Cracks were shooting across the pond all day, some right between my feet! Makes you jump for sure if you're not used to it. It was slow fishing but the pickerel were consistent, got 9 total on tilts, no big ones though, and NO BASS....ugh. Moved to a different pond in Upton in hopes of at least one bass, got one dink but hey, a bass is a bass. Also jigged up a perch and got another pickerel. Ice there was a pretty consistent 4 inches there but much clearer ice with little cracking. Not a terrible start to the ice season. 

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By the way, does anyone have any tips/resources to learn a little bit about alewives (seasonal behavior and typical locations mostly)? They really aren't a forage fish I try and imitate much but I know in some bodies of water here that can be a big key certain times of the year. I know they run up rivers/streams in the spring but I know some of the lakes have landlocked ones too that school up (Webster I think has some).

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Can’t help with alweives, but I can tell you that most waters I fish are locked up.  The wife asked me to fill up her Jeep for the storm so I grabbed my neighbor and we went for a ride.  We headed south and ended up in Brewster, MA.

 

Boss-lady didn’t specify where I filled up!

 

  • Little Pond in Plymouth is locked up.  Saw one person ice fishing on it.
  • Billington Sea is locked up.
  • Little Long Pond is locked up.
  • Long Pond, Plymouth, 90% locked up.
  • Great Herring.... locked up.
  • Hinkley’s Pond, Harwich, locked up.
  • Seymour Pond, locked up.
  • Long Pond, Brewster/Harwich, looked open as far as I could see.
    • it also looked BIG and CHOPPY.
  • Sheeps Pond, Brewster, 80% locked up.

 

Looks like it’s time to dust off the ice fishing gear and give it a go.

 

Anyone up for a group effort?  I’m thinking Ponkapog or Hedges but am willing to travel some.

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On ‎1‎/‎19‎/‎2019 at 5:14 PM, MassYak85 said:

Got out today on a new pond in Grafton. Fished it from about 8:30 to 2. Ice was surprisingly thick, nearly 8 inches in some spots, closer to 4 in an area with some current. Cracks were shooting across the pond all day, some right between my feet! Makes you jump for sure if you're not used to it. It was slow fishing but the pickerel were consistent, got 9 total on tilts, no big ones though, and NO BASS....ugh. Moved to a different pond in Upton in hopes of at least one bass, got one dink but hey, a bass is a bass. Also jigged up a perch and got another pickerel. Ice there was a pretty consistent 4 inches there but much clearer ice with little cracking. Not a terrible start to the ice season. 

Today's dink is tomorrow's trophy.

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I cant wait for that thaw to happen, open water again. 

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Me too! 

 

 

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5 hours ago, Mr. Aquarium said:

I cant wait for that thaw to happen, open water again. 

Maybe sooner than you think, 50's and pouring rain and wind forcasted for Thursday, could open up some of the Cape Ponds. 

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I am a long time fisherman but new to ice fishing.  Now I live on a lake.  Is there a website that you can find out if ice is safe in your area?

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16 hours ago, MerkinScarf said:

I am a long time fisherman but new to ice fishing.  Now I live on a lake.  Is there a website that you can find out if ice is safe in your area?

Merkin?  Not many will know what that is.  I do.

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don51 and mraquarium thanks!!!! iceshanty is exactly what I needed.

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May take awhile to figure out the navigation. 🤔

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20 hours ago, MerkinScarf said:

I am a long time fisherman but new to ice fishing.  Now I live on a lake.  Is there a website that you can find out if ice is safe in your area?

NO! I don't mean to be so blunt, and sorry if this is information you already know, but you must ALWAYS check the ice thickness yourself every time you go, there is no other way to do so safely. Current, underwater springs, rain runoff, wind, geese (yes I said geese) can all affect ice thickness and lead to wildly different conditions even on the same lake, even in the middle of the ice season. One spot I fish a lot had a foot of ice on most of it a couple years ago...there was open water 300 yards away because geese had decided they didn't want to fly south and instead were swimming around keeping the water open. A good rule of thumb unless you know what you're doing is never ice-fish rivers, or near spillways where there may be current. 

 

All that said, IceShanty is a great site and if you check the Massachusetts local forum guys will usually post recent trips and some may mention how thick the ice was where they were. That's a good place to start to plan a trip. But again, your safety is in your own hands. I recommend getting some ice picks to keep around your neck/in a pocket and an ice chisel. A good practice is to chisel your way out onto the lake until you reach where you will be fishing (give the ice a few good wacks with the chisel every few steps, if it breaks through, might want to rethink walking further in that direction). The ice picks will aid in self rescue if it comes down to that. Hopefully you never have to use them. 

 

Some (hopefully) helpful links...

 

Ice Picks: https://www.cabelas.com/product/HT-Enterprises-Deluxe-Polar-Ice-Picks/1545326.uts?productVariantId=1291818&WT.tsrc=PPC&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=02483617&rid=20&ds_rl=1246492&ds_rl=1246531&ds_rl=1247882&ds_rl=1252079&gclid=Cj0KCQiAm5viBRD4ARIsADGUT26HmPIqZ3520yXmJXUEmsKywECpXlrjUBGV4bcrTPWTPPwVSptil_waAgxOEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Ice Chisel: https://www.dickssportinggoods.com/p/eskimo-redneck-economy-ice-chisel-16eskurdnckcchsl7fic/16eskurdnckcchsl7fic?camp=CSE:DSG_pg29987_mk_PLA_454&gclid=Cj0KCQiAm5viBRD4ARIsADGUT26bF25YRfFAEhEAUBo0v0MOIPNUkzY6Tuv7rXk7sQHhLEfz8VPUGBUaAnyNEALw_wcB

 

Self Rescue Video: 

 

 

 

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On 1/21/2019 at 1:47 PM, Mr. Aquarium said:

thats a sad sad picture 

Yup, I agree, but it's a mighty sweet yak.

 

Any of you guys heading to the fishing expo in Boxborough this weekend? I'm planning to order my new Feelfree Dorado yak while I'm there. https://nefishingexpo.com

 

Hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and a great gathering at the Red Wing. Wish I could have made it down there but my dad passed away just a month ago and I've been trying to get things squared away for my mother. 

 

Looking forward to the expo, and a return to open water...a big 'ole bass on the end of a line would sure do wonders for me right about now.

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I'm so sorry for your loss, God bless you and your family. I will be a the show on Saturday when it opens. I'm going to stock up on some of my favorite soft plastics and swimbaits!! 

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I’ll be at the Expo on Saturday at least potentially Sunday if I feel the need/urge.  Hope to see some of you around.  

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Sorry about your Dad, LadiMopar.  Best of luck helping Mom.

 

I’m working Saturday and will go Sunday if I don’t snag an extra shift.

 

It was just Fishing Rhino and I at Red Wing.  

 

We’ll do it again when we get closer to spawn.

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A heartfelt thanks for the kind words on the loss of my dad, they really are appreciated. No matter how old we get, or how long you know its coming, losing a parent just isn't easy. And not to be a complete downer, I also lost my oldest fishing buddy in November. 😢 Please let 2019 be a better year for everyone.

 

 @MrAquarium and @Janderson45  I plan to be at the expo Saturday when the doors open too! Meeting up with @haggard who is coming down from Kittery. Keep your eyes open for my big Brown RAM in the "specially anointed" parking spots. (aka handicapped) With any luck we can do a mini meet and greet ...sorry you have to work @DogBone_384  😢 If you don't see me in the parking lot I probably won't be too hard to find in the show...NEBassin neon green hoodie and a RAM hat. 🐏 😊

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Just a thought, but why not target the Expo as a meet and greet every winter?  For those of us with a busier schedule that attend the expo each year it’s like killing two birds with one stone.  Plus has the added benefit of having food/drink available, ample space to have smaller conversations amongst our groups but also more than 100 fishing vendors to check out right on site!  Add in the pro seminars geared from beginning largemouth fishing to tournmanent fishing.  Also a ton of information on striper, bluefish, blackfish, sharks and tuna fishing in New England to boot.

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On 1/24/2019 at 11:34 AM, Janderson45 said:

I’ll be at the Expo on Saturday at least potentially Sunday if I feel the need/urge.  Hope to see some of you around.  

I will be there Saturday as well, be sure to check out the Big Bear booth, my buddy Brandon will be working it. I work with him, he can hook you up.

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3 hours ago, Janderson45 said:

why not target the Expo as a meet and greet every winter?

I'm in, so long as I'm not working and I get my 'permission slip' signed.  Ha Ha.

 

If I get out to the Expo this weekend, I drive a orange Tundra with ladder racks and a BassResource bumper sticker on it... hard to miss.

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