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I always hate to see the season come to a close. When I was younger I ice fished, but as I got older I gave it up. It was taking too much effort to chop a hole in the ice big enough to put the boat in. Especially if you like trolling.:lol:

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It's kinda strange that I lived in Ohio for *** years and never went ice fishing...

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16 hours ago, Bassin' Brad said:

Yeah when things freeze over for @A-Jay he just heads down to Mexico for some DD action....:annoyed1: 😉

But he don't move here so he gotta head back north ....

 

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23 hours ago, Senko lover said:

It's so humid right now in north carolina, and we're stuck in the 70s and 80s. It feels sticky outside and certainly nothing like fall weather. I'm hoping it cools off before the state fair. 

 

Kyle, embrace this weather! It's the absolute best time to hit the water early or at night!

23 hours ago, Senko lover said:

It's so humid right now in north carolina, and we're stuck in the 70s and 80s. It feels sticky outside and certainly nothing like fall weather. I'm hoping it cools off before the state fair. 

 

Kyle, embrace this weather! It's the absolute best time to hit the water early or at night!

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I'm fortunate enough to live by the Jersey Shore and the fall striper run should start heating up as the temperatures begin to drop. I haven't gone freshwater fishing since the Tautog started moving into our jetties. It is bittersweet, but as one season closes, another one opens.

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7 minutes ago, wet_dream said:

I'm fortunate enough to live by the Jersey Shore and the fall striper run should start heating up as the temperatures begin to drop. I haven't gone freshwater fishing since the Tautog started moving into our jetties. It is bittersweet, but as one season closes, another one opens.

Lived in Cape May for several years  (exit 1)  ~ Loved it.

I was seriously addicted to that striped bass fishery ~ Serious Rock Hopper !

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I don't ice fish so this time of year is bitter-sweet. You know that bass fishing for the year is coming to an end but the fishing is so good. The older I get, the longer the winters seem to be.  

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2 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

Lived in Cape May for several years  (exit 1)  ~ Loved it.

I was seriously addicted to that striped bass fishery ~ Serious Rock Hopper !

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A-Jay

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Nice fish! I live in Atlantic County and we fish down in Stone Harbor/Wildwood from our kayaks often. We've caught schoolies all summer in the back bays but can't wait for those bigger ones to get down here.

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Spankey I'm in central PA and know how you feel. The weather has been all over the place and of course first day off and it rained all day and night till 3am today. So much for the moving waters I was lookin forward to pond hopping it is. 

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Ice fishing is actually extremely addicting once you get the hang of it.  October and November should continue to be good fishing, but December and early January is when it really sucks up here.  Weak ice and bad fishing.  By mid-January it should be really nice again.  Here's a little pump-up for the select hard-water enthusiasts 

 

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On 10/10/2017 at 11:37 AM, Rick Howard said:

I suspect it’s more profound the farther north you live. This time of year I’m happy that the hot humid days are done and the fishing can be spectacular but... cold and hard water are pretty close. 

 

Im on my lunch break from work....  looking at a perfect fishing day... knowing only a few of these days remain... hoping the forecast aligns with my days off (Not looking good at the moment).

 

Ice fishing just isn’t my thing.  

Could never get into ice fishing. Fortunately where I live, fall lasts a little longer. Also I can bowhunt deer here through January, because of extended seasons and multiple doe tags. By February I can start hitting the power plant lakes. Even though february is still cold. It's better than sitting around the house.

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When I grew up in Minnesota (early 60's), guys had their fishing huts out on the ice all winter, with heaters and chairs.  They just drove out to the hut to fish, then drove home again when done.  Not too rough that way.

 

One hut I visited with a friend was different from the norm.  They cut a 3' x 6' hole over about 6 feet of water and spear fished.  They just waited for something worthwhile to swim by, then chucked a spear at it.  

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Gosh...this is another thing I thank the good Lord for.  I've never had to ice fish....I will mention I wanted to try it once but that feeling soon passed.  Smallmouth on Norris Lake in winter, flat water, no boats, suns coming up as the fog is lifting......Oh...My...Gosh.

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