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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 …

Blade Baits for Walleye and More!

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Jul 11th 2018

Blade Baits for Walleye and More!
When a fish hits a blade bait, she'll try to rip the rod from your hand!  Even when you have 34-degree temperature, when walleye can only be caught on a jig with a stinger hook, they will still hit a blade bait with reckless abandon.   While the trend on new lures is to soften them up, scent them up and adapt them to make the fish hold on longer, none of this applies to a blade bait.   A blade bait is a flat metal spoon with weighted nose that vibrates on the retrieve and vibrates on the lift.  Blade baits are fairly heavy for their size, so they cast like bul …

Panfishing for Regular Guys... Part 1 "The Basics"

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on May 17th 2018

Panfishing for Regular Guys... Part 1 "The Basics"
Bluegill and the rest of the panfish provide great sport and excellent eating. If you want to learn how to catch gamefish like largemouth bass, pike and muskie, then you need to start small. Small lures and small fish. You see a bluegill shares nearly the same habits and instincts as his gamefish cousins, so learning to hunt these panfish will get you to become a fish catching machine, no matter what quarry you’re after! So in order to catch bluegill and panfish the right way, you need to get geared up. You'll need an ultra-light rod with a soft fast tip. Any 1000 series reel will do as …