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Who Needs Live Bait? New Technology Means You Can Skip it

Posted by Walt Matan on Jan 31st 2018

Who Needs Live Bait? New Technology Means You Can Skip it
Live bait is like a security blanket’ you feel lost and all alone without it. Time was when I never ice fished without live bait. But times have changed. With the recent advances in plastic, lure and scent technology, I feel confident traveling on nearly any body of water without bait. In fact, I think anyone can learn to ice fish without bait. Much as you fish for bass, walleye and panfish in the open water, the same principle applies to ice fishing. Fishing without live bait Fishing without live bait is a weaning process. At first it's best to take little baby steps. You should fis …

Proven Panfish Practices: Catch More Bluegill, Perch & More

Posted by Walt Matan on Dec 10th 2017

Proven Panfish Practices: Catch More Bluegill, Perch & More
Panfish are the sport fish of the ice fisherman! Armed with the proper gear, one can get a great fight out of the bluegill, crappie and even a perch. Plus, you've got the best tasting fish of the year. Nothing beats fresh caught panfish through the ice. Let's go over some of the methods to panfish madness that will turn you into an ice fishing machine! BALANCED TACKLE Balanced tackle is no longer a dream. Gone are the days of $2.00 poles with 10-pound line. Today's ice angler uses mini spinning combos with ultra sensitive tips.  For traditional jigs like Custom …