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Panfishing in Ultra-Clear Water Early in Ice Fishing Season

Posted by Walt Matan on Nov 11th 2018

Panfishing in Ultra-Clear Water Early in Ice Fishing Season
Some of the best bluegill, crappie and perch fishing occurs early on in the ice season on ultra-clear water. Shallow weedy bays are the first areas to produce and excellent fishing can occur over water only two feet deep! It’s true, these are areas that most anglers walk right past because they believe that good-sized fish can’t possibly be that shallow. But in reality you can catch some of the biggest panfish of the season if you follow some basic presentation ideas. Many anglers I know will make a quick trip before or after work. These prime times of 4 to 8 a.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. are wh …

Hot Presentations for Early Ice Panfish: Best Techniques

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Nov 7th 2018

Hot Presentations for Early Ice Panfish: Best Techniques
Early ice is one of the best times for panfishing. Fish are more aggressive and easier to catch. They move shallow and hang around channels until they migrate to shallow weedy bays where they relate to edges and open patches around weed growth.This is the time of the year when you can perfect your presentations for later in the year when thicker ice makes fishing tougher. Here are some techniques we tried last season that I'll share with you right now.GLOW IN THE DARK JIGS FOR PANFISHIce jigs and spoons painted with phosphorescent glow paint are key presentations in dark or stained water situa …

All Ice Jigs Need to be Tinkered With! Our Tips & Tricks

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Aug 6th 2018

All Ice Jigs Need to be Tinkered With! Our Tips & Tricks
Ice fisherman are notorious tinkerers and we are not any different. We tinker with our tents, rods and especially with our jigs. Lets take a look at how jig tinkering makes a difference and adds to fish catching! First and foremost, look at a typical ice jig. If you bend the hook slightly to the side and slightly up you will increase your hooking percentage tenfold! Next you’ll want to check the hook for sharpness. You can sharpen the hook with a ladies hand fingernail file. Finally, you’ll want to clean the eye of the hook free of paint, unless you are using a Custom Jigs & Spins ice j …

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 …

Orange Sherbet for Ice Fishing: Best Jig Color for Panfish

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Feb 19th 2018

Orange Sherbet for Ice Fishing: Best Jig Color for Panfish
Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors but Custom Jigs & Spins only has twenty. While we prefer orange sherbet in a waffle cone, big crappie prefer orange sherbet on a Shrimpo!Just what the heck are we talking about? Ice jigs of course. New colors of ice jigs!Orange sherbet, crawdaddy, motor oil, cotton candy/glow, catalpa worm, pearltreuse, lemon lime and candy corn are eight new colors that we added to Custom Jigs & Spins Finesse Plastic, Ratsos and Shrimpos.Each Ratso and Shrimpo comes in three hook and weight sizes; 10, 8 and 6 with either painted, gold or nickel plated heads; which all add …