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Exactly 100 days from today - I will take the boat out of storage and head to South Dakota for ice out smallmouth!!!

 

Gotta look forward to something when it’s -12 degrees and windchill of -30...

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Awesome ~ You know I can relate.

btw - your ability to predict the exact date of soft water is admirable.

Especially 3 months out . . . . 

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A-Jay

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5 hours ago, A-Jay said:

Awesome ~ You know I can relate.

btw - your ability to predict the exact date of soft water is admirable.

Especially 3 months out . . . . 

:smiley:

A-Jay

Well, if there is a little ice left on the lakes then, it’s good to be back in an aluminum boat again to push through without chipping the fiberglass as with boats in my past.  

 

It was was a great first year with the Lund PVB, looking forward to year 2!!

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2 minutes ago, FryDog62 said:

Well, if there is a little ice left on the lakes then, it’s good to be back in an aluminum boat again to push through without chipping the fiberglass as with boats in my past.  

 

It was was a great first year with the Lund PVB, looking forward to year 2!!

I'm with ya ! 

And "PVB" ~ I really like that one.

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A-Jay

 

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I'm embracing the ice season this year... even got a proper thermal 8x8 hub. I've dabbled in the past but I'm all-in this year. 

 

It's a heck of a lot harder than open water fishing that's for sure! We hit medicine lake last night and drilled probably 50+ holes, then when we finally found fish they weren't active.

 

It's like asking 50 women out on a date, and one finally says yes.. then she doesn't like you. 

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Frydog,  SD has been on my bucket list for a number of years now.  For better or worse, I'm caught up in trout fishing in april and early may, making at least one trip to SE MN.  Been scouting out a few lakes to hit if we ever do get out there.

 

  Got out for some ice fishing today and got 4 bass to the hand, broke off 2 more - biggest went about 17 inches.  Panfishing was surprisingly tough, but good enough to keep 5 each for a meal.  

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On 1/10/2018 at 9:19 PM, rascalP said:

Frydog,  SD has been on my bucket list for a number of years now.  For better or worse, I'm caught up in trout fishing in april and early may, making at least one trip to SE MN.  Been scouting out a few lakes to hit if we ever do get out there.

 

  Got out for some ice fishing today and got 4 bass to the hand, broke off 2 more - biggest went about 17 inches.  Panfishing was surprisingly tough, but good enough to keep 5 each for a meal.  

How did you get the bass? Tip ups? 

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On 1/12/2018 at 9:12 AM, punch said:

How did you get the bass? Tip ups? 

I wish I could tell you it was a real technical method, but truth is just fish for panfish. I use various types of lures -- horizontal and vertical hanging, usually tungsten cause they are heavy for their size and I want my line pulled tight as possible. No bobber, just watching the tip or line.  If fish are real aggressive you can just use various plastics on the lure, but usually I tip everything with eurolarvae (maggots).  Bass are hanging with the sunnies  8 to 12 fow.  I've been using 3lb test, but 4 would be better.  Make sure your drag works and use your backreel.

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5 hours ago, rascalP said:

I wish I could tell you it was a real technical method, but truth is just fish for panfish. I use various types of lures -- horizontal and vertical hanging, usually tungsten cause they are heavy for their size and I want my line pulled tight as possible. No bobber, just watching the tip or line.  If fish are real aggressive you can just use various plastics on the lure, but usually I tip everything with eurolarvae (maggots).  Bass are hanging with the sunnies  8 to 12 fow.  I've been using 3lb test, but 4 would be better.  Make sure your drag works and use your backreel.

 

Yeah I hear ya! I do the same for panfish. Tungsten jigs or small spoons with spikes.  I just never seem to luck into a largie when i'm targeting crappies/bluegills. I only seem to get bass/pike on minnows with deadsticks & tip ups. 

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