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Double Rigs for More Fish! Getting Bluegill to Bite

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Feb 11th 2018

Double Rigs for More Fish! Getting Bluegill to Bite
No matter what we did, the bluegill wouldn’t bite. We could see them. We were peering down the hole in the three-foot, ultra-clear water but the bluegills were circling the wagon’s...’Er the ice jigs. "Can you see them, Poppee", I yelled. "Yeah and they don’t want to bite", he yelled back. We tried everything that day and had only managed a few for the pan. If you’ve never peered down the hole in ultra-clear water, you haven’t lived,...’Er fished. You’ll need a good dark tent to see clearly. We like the a dark tent that shields you from all light penetration and the flip-over design, lets …

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 …

Get Rigged Right for Ice Fishing: Here's What You Need

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Jan 27th 2018

Get Rigged Right for Ice Fishing: Here's What You Need
Ice fishing is a daunting endeavor, especially for the first time angler. On our first time out many years ago, we didn’t have much gear. We had a few Ratfinkees, two rods, two buckets and some wigglers for bait. We were after yellow bass and yellow bass supposedly liked wigglers. We walked out on our local lake, and found a few open holes. As luck would have it, we caught one after another and we were hooked on ice fishing forever! The next weekend we went back to the same lake, the same area and found our old holes. This time we had an auger and we drilled a couple of new ones next to t …

Learning a Lesson On the Ice: Avoiding Ice Fishing Mistakes

Posted by Walt Matan on Jan 12th 2018

Learning a Lesson On the Ice: Avoiding Ice Fishing Mistakes
There was a time when a bucket, a few jigs, and a tiny rod were enough. I didn’t even have an auger. I’d look for the biggest crowd on the ice and head to the heart of the activity. I’d look around for an empty hole, break open the ice with my boot and drop a line in. the goal was to fill the bucket all the way to the top. After a few trips, I modified my arsenal to include my daughter’s plastic sled, a discount-priced six-inch auger, and a plastic scoop.The next season I started early in October to build up the arsenal. I built a makeshift windbreak shelter and attached it to the sled, and bu …

Getting Started in Ice Fishing: The Right Gear is the Secret

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Dec 29th 2017

Getting Started in Ice Fishing: The Right Gear is the Secret
Winter is our favorite time of the year for two reasons—Ice fishing! If you've put off going ice fishing until now, then this is the year to get started! If you are a novice, then read on because what follows is scientifically proven tactics guaranteed to make you a better ice fisherman. Ice fishing is good clean fun for the whole family. You will be rewarded with a good warm feeling inside from all the camaraderie and the warm filets in your belly. Let's go over the basics on how to get started in this exciting sport. POPPEE'S GOLDEN RULES OF ICE FISHING There are three rules of i …