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  • Birthday 11/23/1990

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    Drew Lewandoski
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    Detroit Lakes Area
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  1. Drewski

    What's Working Now...

    I finally decided I had to get out on the ice somewhere this past weekend. I had been hearing reports of fishable ice in the area, so I told my good friend Kyle Sandberg to come north and try to find a few fish! The first lake we hit Saturday morning didn’t pan out; there was only 4” of ice and we were the only ones on the lake, so naturally I was a little hesitant on venturing very far. We tried in front of the access by the first break for a while and only caught a few small perch. So after an hour or so we packed up and headed to the next lake. The next lake had great ice conditions, which put my mind at ease right away. There was a solid 6-8” everywhere. We started our search in the main lake basin, where we started finding some very nice gills in 14-17’. They weren’t fast and furious, but we had consistent action throughout the day. They were on fire when they came in on the Vexilar, however, crushing our tungsten jigs and plastics. Color didn’t seem to matter much; both Kyle and I were having success. I was using a red northland tungsten fireball jig with a chartreuse Berkley Gulp! Alive 1” fish fry and Kyle was using a chartreuse tungsten jig with pink and orange Micro Nuggies. I also tried using the new Berkley powerbait whipworms; I found myself really liking these new plastics! They have great action and durability. Towards evening, we decided to stay in the same area and wait it out to see if crappies would move in at dusk. Needless to say, it payed off! About a half hour before dark crappies began moving in, and we caught our fair share of fish. Nothing huge, but a few fish around the 12” mark. On Sunday, conditions changed. It went from being partly sunny with south winds to cloudy and north winds. We started searching in the same basin area again with little to show for it. We had a few gills here and there but it wasn’t nearly as consistent as the day before. So, we decided it was time to try something else and began drilling holes shallower on a nearby weed flat…and bingo! The fish were there and they were hungry. We found a nice mix of gills and crappies hanging in the weeds from 10-12’. As soon as you moved off the weeds, however, it was a ghost town. We used the same jig and plastic combos as the day before with great success. Overall it was a great first outing of the season! I can’t wait to continue to learn the Detroit Lakes and Pelican Rapids area more and more each year. For those of you itching to get out, just remember that ice conditions are varying widely across the state. Lakes in many areas just froze over, and some bodies of water still aren’t frozen yet. So use caution and common sense when going out; if you are at all hesitant, wait! It’s not worth risking your life for a few fish. Good luck! Drew
  2. Drewski

    12 or 19 deg ducer ?

    I run a 12 degree and to me, it's a great all-around transducer. I fish all depths, but not often under 10', unless it's late ice and I'm sight fishing. If 10-20' is mostly the depth range you'll be fishing, you would be okay with the 19 degree. However, if you start fishing deeper than that with the 19 degree, you will begin to see more 'noise'. This is because as you fish deeper, the transducer will begin to pick up more of the water column laterally as well as vertically.
  3. Drewski

    panfish ice line

    For me it depends on the setup. For my various plastic presentations I love 3 lb P-Line. The stuff is super sensitive, strong and doesn't coil like monofilament lines do in the cold, which is key for those ultra light biters. Just make sure to fill your spool with a little bit of backing, as a standard spool of line doesn't quite fill a 500 class spinning reel all the way. I also like to spool one or two setups with 4 lb for when I'm fishing a little bit heavier presentations, like spoons.
  4. Drewski

    Best electric fillet knife?

    I use the Black and Decker electric bread knife you can buy at Walmart for around 12 bucks and it honestly cuts just as well as the expensive Rapala ones!
  5. Drewski

    lets talk reels

    I run the Mitchel Avocet Gold II 500's on most of my rods and absolutely love them. I also have a few Shimano Siennas and they work great as well.
  6. Drewski

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    Here's a few:
  7. Drewski

    what line size for gills

    I have every panfish setup rigged with 3# P-line. Works great for both crappies and bluegills! I used to go with 2#, but I had more issues with line breaks. After bumping up to 3#, I rarely have any break-offs (unless I've been fishing all day and I haven't retied). I will still use 2# line on occasion, but only if fish are very finicky or I'm fishing very clear water.
  8. Drewski

    Walleye Photo Gallery

    Some pigs from the weekend:
  9. Drewski

    Panfish Photo Gallery

    Nice fish, Matt! Here's a few nicer fish from the past week
  10. Drewski

    vex vs Marcum

    Agree completely.
  11. Drewski

    Vexilar FL-20 or Hummingbird Ice 55?

    I've used both, and there was nothing the 55 had that would make me want to switch. When I had my FL-20 (I now have a fl-22), you get some great features: 6 and 12' bottom zoom, low power mode (which I use more times than I can count), and the night mode which is great for not only night fishing but also overcast days.
  12. Drewski

    vex vs Marcum

    I'm running the Vex FL-22 this season and it is hands down the best flasher I've ever used. Simple to run, yet loaded with features!
  13. Drewski

    in need of new flasher

    I ran an fl-18 for a few years before I upgraded to a fl-20 and loved it. Very easy to use, and the bottom zoom is a great feature. I have used an fl-8 and fl-12 before and they are both super easy to use, and don't make as big of a dent in the pocketbook. The bottom line is you will catch more fish no matter what brand or model of flasher you choose!
  14. Drewski

    What's the Best Ice Fishing Suit out there?

    I have been wearing the Vexilar Cold Snap suit for two years and love it! It's very warm, breathable, comfortable and very reasonably priced.
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    It would be nice to get one more blast of snow before ice gets a chance to form to keep the temps low. Nothing worse than having 12" of snow on 3 or 4" of ice.