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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Team-Up for More Panfish: Working Together

Posted by Walt & Poppee Matan on Feb 10th 2017

Team-Up for More Panfish: Working Together
Ice fishing is a sport of camaraderie. Whether it's two guys like me and Poppee sitting in a tent, a dozen anglers huddled on buckets or a winter village set up on the ice. Take a look at "Grumpy Old Men" for gosh sakes; you can't get more fun on the ice then that! While all of this merry-making is great fun, if you get a little more serious and team up with a few pals... you will all be rewarded with a lot more panfish than usual. The Search Begins The search is one of the most exciting parts of your time on the ice, so don't skimp on spots. If I'm only fishing for three hours, I migh …