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My Favorite Fish - Catching More Fish Through the Ice

Posted by Walt Matan, Chief Lure Designer, Custom Jigs & Spins and B-Fish-N Tackle on Jan 19th 2020

My Favorite Fish - Catching More Fish Through the Ice
I was headed to Fulton County in Illinois to fish the Herman Brothers strip pit lakes and I was chasing after my favorite fish through the ice...the bluegill. But not just any bluegill, these were stocked hybrids..these were trophies and like fishing for any trophy, it was a catch, photo, and release deal. In this part of the state, you get one month of fishable ice, then it's over. The water was shallow, under 8 ft. and clear, you could see the bottom or watch the action on the underwater camera. The presentation needed to be precise. Small jigs, light line, no noise and being able to de …

Jig 'n Twister Lure Scores Big in Canada

Posted by Walt Matan on Apr 15th 2019

Jig 'n Twister Lure Scores Big in Canada
If I had the choice of one lure and only one lure to use in Canada, it would be the jig’n twister. Many anglers might choose a Daredevlil, Doctor Spoon or a Rapala Minnow but give me a jig’n twister every time! Why is it so effective, because it is so versatile. A jig’n twister can be used shallow, deep and everywhere in between! It can be used on all species from walleye to muskie. It can be crawled along bottom, swimmed at a brisk pace or even bulged just under the surface. My favorite jig’n twister combo is a little bigger than most anglers use. I like to use the 5" K-Grub made by B- …

The Big Day! How to Have a Good Day Fishing

Posted by Walt Matan on Jan 22nd 2019

The Big Day! How to Have a Good Day Fishing
We’ve had many good days on the ice.  We’ve caught crappie, bluegill, catfish, walleye, white bass, northern pikexyou name it, we’ve caught it.  But, we can count days that can truly be called BIG, only a few times. A big day is one, where you can do no wrong.  Every decision you makes, leads to fish.  The weather cooperates to, the wind doesn’t howl, maybe a light snow, but never rain or sleet.  Your gear works right.  Augers start right up, lines don’t twist or break you’re your fish locators battery doesn’t run out of juice. Last year I had a big day …

Three Step Plan for Icing Bass: Ice Fishing for Sportfish

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Jan 3rd 2019

Three Step Plan for Icing Bass: Ice Fishing for Sportfish
Largemouth and smallmouth bass can be readily caught through the ice. They are tremendous sport fish that are ridiculously strong under the ice. Your favorite ponds and lakes that produce bluegill and crappie will also give up largemouth in the same general areas. Smallmouth bass should be targeted in gravel and rock areas of lakes that are known smallmouth producers in the open water season. If you want to ice more bass this winter, then you need my three-step plan — 3 Holes + 3 Poles + 3 Different Jigs = Bass Largemouth Bass Shallow weedy bays are prime areas that hold largemouth b …

When There's Predators on Ice... Be Prepared!

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Apr 3rd 2018

When There's Predators on Ice... Be Prepared!
Poppee was fighting a mighty white bass and he yelled for help.  “Come here Waaalt, I neeed you nowww!”  “Leave me alone, Poppee, I’ve got one of my own on the line and there’s a school down below”, I replied.  “Even through his yelling, I could his little reel screaming drag that’s no white bass, I thought. I flipped up the Frabill Trekker tent and sure enough, his rod was straining.  Off went the gloves, out of the hole came the Humminbird transducer and then we waited.  Sure enough, Poppee gained quickly, too quickly and a 12” white bass popped through the hole …