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I guess I paddled farther than I thought :surprised:, just measured it out on Google Earth...5 miles round trip. I had my outriggers on too which definitely add considerable drag. All that for a skunk lol. Still nice to be out though. That section of the river is on the edge of the Assabet National Wildlife refuge and is very picturesque. Especially with snow and ice on the banks it and the sun out. 

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My wife and I drove to Plymouth, looking at a couple houses.  Unfortunately the one on Bloody Pond was out of our price range (2.5 acres on the pond w/3 car garage, but $10K+/year in taxes), but every pond we drove by was WIDE OPEN! 

 

I got her Jeep dirty down some dirt roads too, but I'll clean it up later tonight.

 

Gonna spend some time refitting the rudder control on my Lure and get ready for some smallmouth hunting late in the week.

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Lets get out this weekend, I never fished bloody in the cold.

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Forecast looks pretty good for the rest of the week ...... gotta get me some sallies!

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I'm gonna give it a go this weekend (will try to scout Cliffs, Scargo, Sheeps and Long Pond)...and report back with water temps at least haha. Bringing the jerk-bait, blade-bait and hair-jig boxes for sure...    

 

 

 

  

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Since I found Plymouth open on Sunday I assumed (!?) it'd be open today when I got out of work.  That wasn't the case:

  • Hedges is 75% locked up with dull gray ice.
  • Bloody pond is 30% locked up and the public access road didn't look good, even for my pickup.
  • Boot pond is 50% locked up.
  • Great South is mostly open but the canal between it and Little South is solid white ice.
  • Little Pond is 90% open.  It holds trout and largemouth bass.  It's fished heavily.

I launched at Little South since I packed up my kayak and drove all the way to Plymouth.  I broke about 50' of gray, 1" thick ice to get to open water.  I threw a gold Binsky blade bait, a brown/purple tube, and a bass colored NED.  I didn't mark much and didn't catch anything.  Water temps were 38.x. 

 

I caught just a couple dink smallies and a brown pickerel the few times I fished Little South.  You must cross it to get to Great South.

 

With some luck and warm weather, most of these ponds will be open for Saturday.

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We're approaching my least favorite time of year, where almost everywhere around me is still locked up but is getting sketchy to ice fish. 

 

Saturday however looks like finally a wind-free day so I might try and poke around with my kayak. 

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12 hours ago, MassYak85 said:

Saturday however looks like finally a wind-free day so I might try and poke around with my kayak. 

How far are you from Plymouth?  Mr. Aquarium and I are planning on getting our kayaks wet on Saturday.

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2 hours ago, DogBone_384 said:

How far are you from Plymouth?  Mr. Aquarium and I are planning on getting our kayaks wet on Saturday.

About an hour probably. I may end up even going ice fishing depending how the lakes around me look but I'll probably stay local. Come spring though I'd love to meet up at some point. 

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Got onto A1, still some ice left but it's thin. Maybe 3 to 4 inches of cracked black ice under an inch of slushy stuff. Veeeeery slow day so far, just one pickerel. 

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Mr. Aquarium had to work today so I headed south solo.  Hedges was too iced over to launch/fish so I took off further south, launching at Snake Pond in Sandwich around 11:00.  About half the pond had a skim coat of ice on it which I easily paddled through.

 

Today was my first trip here.  It's a good looking pond, about 30 acres.  I found zero structure and and average depth of around 25', and just over 50' at its deepest.

 

I threw a gold Binsky, Goby colored tube, a couple Senkos, a green/blue lipless, a purple/orange hair jig, and an orange/black Rapala shad rap deep and came up empty after 5 hours.  I covered most of the pond and marked little or nothing on the bottom.  90% of the ice was gone when I left.  Water temps were 37.x - 38.x.

 

It's a bummer getting skunked, but it's winter and the water's COLD.  I made some mental notes and will get my revenge when it warms up.

 

I checked Hedges and Bloody Pond on the way back.  Hedges was still skimmed over, but if it stays above freezing another day it'll be open.

 

Bloody Pond is mostly open, but if you want to drop a kayak in it, be prepared to travel about 3/4 a mile over a widened mountain bike single track trail Plymouth calls Bog Hill Road (https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2016/08/qd/dfwbloo.pdf).  All the property prior to Bloody's public access is posted PRIVATE, NO TRESPASSING. 

 

My Overdrive Lure weighs about 90 pounds rigged.  Not a chance.....

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Nearly 5 hours on the solid stuff on A1 and had 2 pickerel to show for it. It's been a slow winter for me...I have one bass through the ice compared with maybe 15 pickerel 🤔....

 

I'm also looking for some revenge come spring @DogBone_384. Do you have one of those kayak "carts"? Mine is pretty light but if I had a heavier one I'd definitely look at one for places with poor parking near the ramp. Hopefully only a few more weeks until some of the lakes around me open up. This week looks cold so I'll be on the ice at least one or two more weekends. 

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30 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

Do you have one of those kayak "carts"

Yes, I have a scupper cart.  My Lure also has a wheel in the keel, but it's really only good for short distances across hard packed surfaces.  If you're thinking of Bloody Pond, my Lure's just too heavy for that terrain.  I can do it easily with my MTB ... 

 

You're right, a few more weeks and it'll be fishing season again!

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Scouted out a few Cape Ponds on Saturday....

- Long Pond is completely clear, water is 38-degrees, dropped a blade-bait on a few of my favorite spots for 2.5hrs, hauled water

 

- Sheeps is 70% iced over, launch area locked in

 

- Scargo is 30% iced, managed to launch and tooled around for 2hrs, threw a suspending jerk-bait and soaked a ned rig around some rocks in 28-32ft...nada...water was 36-37-degrees

 

- Seymour is 80% iced, cartop launch was locked in

 

- Hinckleys looked clear from the road, similar temps I imagine

 

Spent the rest of the weekend mounting a side-imaging transducer and re-wiring a new imaging unit for the console...just a few more warm weeks and it'll be go time

 

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Fished Friday. Had fun with some big pickerel. They were hitting good, Only day I was able to get out this weekend.

Went to bass pro saturday after work, Stocking up for my steelhead trip in a few weeks, as well as a few other trips I have planned this year. CAN'T WAIT!!!! 

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Thanks for the update D'N'D.  I'm scheduled to be down there a lot the end of March & early April.  

 

Hopefully water temps will get, at the least, into the higher 40's by then.  My records from '17 & '18 tell the shallower ponds were in the high 40's, warming more quickly than the kettles I fish.

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Shallow ponds are more effected by weather but they also warm up faster. The bigger deeper kettle ponds are less effected by weather but take longer to warm up, and cool down.

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Been out shore fishing a lot lately. Hopping from semi iced over to open water. I live down on the cape. Hooked into a big smallie on Sunday and caught a rainbow trout yesterday. Both on a yellow perch painted blitz blade bait 1/2 oz. I’ve been out as much as possible lately. My fiancée and I went shore fishing on Valentine’s Day and she caught a nice largie on a modified hula stick; drop shot 1/4 oz 8in leader

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On 2/26/2019 at 8:33 AM, Saltysmalljaws said:

Been out shore fishing a lot lately. Hopping from semi iced over to open water. I live down on the cape.

Congrats on the larry & sally.  I'm going to be in the Harwich/Brewster area on/off from the end of March to early April sally hunting.  Where did you grab that smallmouth?

 

When I'm on the Cape I most frequently fish Hinckley's, Flax, and Sheep (though I've not caught much at Sheep).

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Now I got the itch. I just came back from FLA. I was able to get a guide for my last day and was only able to get in a very productive 2 hours. 10 Fish landed, nothing huge but the action was great. I had an additional 3 come unbuttoned and had 3 more nail my bait right at the boat while I was reeling in.

 

The 10 fish I landed were about 3.5 lbs and down. No scale, best guess between the guide and I.

All but 1 fish was caught on and around a hump - 6 ft to 22 ft - no particular location, up, down, middle. 9 were caught on a 5” swimming senko, t-rigged w/ 3/16 oz bullet weight and one on a fluke t-rigged weightless. Color didnt matter, I used white, black, watermelon, pumpkin and a motor oil color. I’m not sure what Yamamoto actually refers them as, I’m just getting back into the fishing game.

My guide caught 4 using a lipless crank, a lipped crank and t-rigged worms. Again, color didn’t matter.

 

I just picked up my license and hopefully will be getting some open water soon. This weekend it looks like snow removal will be on the menu.

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Yeah Jiggy, I'm right with you.  My kayaks are covered with snow and I was on open water less than a week ago.

 

With this weekend's snow, I'm going with the old pre-spring adage about March: In like a lion, out like a lamb.

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I was hoping to make a trip to Houghton's on my way home next week, but that pond takes it's sweet @$$ time opening up. My 7.5 lber came outta there a week after ice out a few years back and I will be looking for those pigs after ice out this year.

 

Have you been by there at all @DogBone_384?

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15 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

7.5 lber came outta

You took a 7.5 out of Houghton's !?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?  

 

No, I don't fish there much because it's so pressured.  The few times I have, nothing bigger than a couple pounds liked my offerings.  I consider Ponkie my home pond, which is only 20 minutes from home.  I also prefer fishing from the kayak now that the wife works full time and our daughter's in college. 

 

Ponkie's slow to open up too.  That's why I don't add up the gas receipts to Plymouth with a Toyota Tundra.

 

On a side note, I took my 4-11 PB LMB out of Blue Hills Res just after ice out in 2016.

 

I'll make a point of scouting the local ponds in the next few days to see how thick the ice is/isn't.

 

Good luck if you get out somewhere.

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