On the Rise

January 28, 2013 by  
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On the Rise

By Nick Simonson There’s an old Irish proverb that wishes good luck to the traveler by stating “may the road rise to meet you.”  For anglers, especially those on the ice, it should be more like “may the fish rise to meet you.” Presentation is one of the key factors for consistently catching fish and […]

Proven Crappie and Panfish Tips for Ice Fishing

October 5, 2011 by  
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Proven Crappie and Panfish Tips for Ice Fishing

By Jason Mitchell Even on lakes with good structure and good weed growth, it seems like a percentage of panfish, both crappies and bluegills will pull out and suspend over holes and troughs at first ice.  On many bodies of water, most of the panfish will be suspending over these deeper basin areas by mid […]

Panfish Ice Fishing – Burning Through

January 5, 2010 by  
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Panfish Ice Fishing – Burning Through

By Jason Mitchell The speed and intensity of how fish move should play a key factor in tactics and strategy.  Not always, but often when we find bluegills, crappies and perch on basins, flats and suspended over open water, these fish are on the move.  Sometimes, these fish seem to be moving as fast as […]

Small Ice Fishing Lures for Crappies and Panfish

December 8, 2009 by  
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Small Ice Fishing Lures for Crappies and Panfish

By Nick Simonson It’s the evening of the first day when the temperature has stayed well below freezing and I’m sitting in the not-quite-bright-enough light of the living room, squinting as hard as I can in an effort to thread a wisp of one-pound test through the eye of a 1/64 ounce Genz worm in […]

Ice Fishing for Panfish

November 23, 2009 by  
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Ice Fishing for Panfish

Presentation Precision for Panfish By Jason Mitchell By far, the best education we can get to make us better ice anglers is by sight fishing. Sight fishing allows us to watch the reaction of fish and just as importantly, allows us to watch how our presentation looks in the water. When we can see the […]