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  1. A few friends and I decided to try our hand at something we've never done before - targeting Channel Catfish through the ice. This definitely proved to be a bit of a challenge and took me out of my comfort zone. After getting a few bites and fish up the hole we started to figure out a method that worked for us. I don't feel like it's the most productive way to catch these fish but it worked out for us that day. At the end of the day everyone in our group caught quite a few fish, had their rods doubled over and left with smiles on our faces. These fish put up a heck of a fight on Walleye gear!
  2. A few friends and I gained access to a small lake recently and went out in search of Panfish. We tried some shallower water but the fish seemed to mostly be out roaming and feeding in the Basin. We didn't catch a lot of fish but the Quality was definitely there! The key to catching them was to stay mobile and only fish a hole for a few minutes before moving on and using heavy Tungsten jigs and Hardbaits to get down to the fish that you did mark quickly.
  3. A group of high school buddies and some of their family make an Annual trip up to Baudette, MN to fish Walleyes on Lake of the Woods. I look forward to this trip every year! Since this is an Annual Trip we all put some money and bragging rights on the line for the Angler who can catch the biggest fish of the weekend, take home the Trophy & $500 Cash and call themselves "Mr. Walleye" for the year. It was a tight race going into the last day with not many Slot Fish caught but one bite is all it takes... What type of Annual trips or traditions do you guys have?
  4. My buddy Tony (@bassfshin24) and I hit the road after Christmas to go and chase some Walleyes on Mille Lacs Lake. We had plans to fish shallow structure during the low light hours and then head out to deeper structure during the day using an ATV. Day 1 the temps had warmed up some from the recent negative temps but we were surprised to find a very slow bite. The slow day was topped off by some ATV problems which left us scratching our heads on what to do for Day 2. As it turned out our options were minimal so we decided to pull out on the lake by hand to some shallow structure. It was -15 when
  5. Last Thursday I got out in the Metro for a few hours with a buddy. We went out in the afternoon about 2 hours before Sunset and stayed for a few hours after it got dark. With the Sun up we punched a lot of holes, camera'd them and were able to find some thick weeds holding some good sized Sunfish. We fished those for a little bit and then pulled our shacks out a mile to a major piece of lake structure only to find that it was holding ZERO fish. On the way back to our launch point we stopped to check out a deep hole and found the larger Crappies to be roaming the edges suspended in the upper ha
  6. PurpleFloyd is right, I had heard that the only reason the Support Cable was introduced was to skirt by a Patent. I have had my HB Ice 45 for 5 years now I believe and haven't had the Support cable on for 1 day. IMO it's too cumbersome and I had the same thought - it's another thing for the line, fish, jig, etc. to wrap around and cause problems.
  7. There was a couple weeks there was almost all the reports I heard were positive. I've kind of lost touch with how the bite is up there as I don't think I'll make it up again this season. I am headed to fish Mille Lacs Wednesday night for 2 days and it should be COLD! Then I'm headed up to LOTW 1/12-1-15.
  8. My buddy Ryan and I packed up the truck and headed North up to Upper Red Lake in MN the Saturday after Thanksgiving since we didn't have much or any fishable ice in the Twin Cities Metro. We stayed on shore and walked out in the morning to the 2nd break. We setup our shack in about 10fow. It didn't take long for us to catch our 8 keeper fish and then the fun started! Catching these fish in shallow water (10fow and under) is an absolute riot!
  9. That looks like an awesome and scenic lake to fish! Not to mention, look at all those nice Browns!!!
  10. I know how that goes as I bass fish from my kayak a lot too! Rain I don't mind but Wind is tricky. If the bite is slow on the lake, I will almost always try the wind blown side of the lake and more often than not it pays off with some fish. That looked like a pretty awesome lake with all of those flooded trees near the end!
  11. The Wife and I are getting out of town this weekend and going to do some camping up at Savanna Portage State Park in McGregor, MN. We used to camp a lot when we lived in Colorado but since we moved home we have only been once so we decided to change that. Neither of us have spent any time in McGregor so we're excited to see a new section of MN and a new State Park. We are going to bring the kayaks and try to get out fishing each day on some lakes up that way. I noticed a Trout lake in the Park that we will likely try and then we will probably leave the park and hit 1 or 2 nearby smaller lakes
  12. Woodbury Gander Mountain Store Closing Deals:
  13. That is a heck of a deal! Looks like they are still up on their page but not sure if that's accurate. Academy Sports has a Deal going on right now for Shimano Curado I's. They have the 5.1:1, 6.3:1 and 7.2:1 ratio's. The reels are priced at $99 (retail $179) and qualify for Free Shipping. Not sure how long those will last... Academy Sports Shimano Curado I Series
  14. Whenever I have purchased used reels and they have had line on them the first thing I will do is inspect/clean them up and re-spool them with line. So I'd say No Line would be my answer.
  15. That's good to know! Yea, I'm not expecting much seeing the retail price and considering I paid $25 but thought I'd give it a try. I'll try to put it through the ringer this season and see how she performs. The only other No. 8 Tackle product I've used is the Hellbent Aramid ML rod for Walleye's and it actually performed quite well this last season. I thought it was very sensitive, I could feel crayfish pecking at my jig/minnow in close to 30fow. It also had enough backbone to bring a fat 24.5" eye off the bottom in 32fow and enough bend to keep the jig pinned in it's mouth during some big hea
  16. I picked some up last year and spent a little time tossing them around on Vermilion but didn't land any fish (missed 1 bite). I will likely give them a try in the Spring on the River and hopefully catch a few fish on them.
  17. On another note, I was at Gander getting a few items for a recent Ice Fishing trip up to LOTW when I noticed on an endcap they had No. 8 Tackle (sister company of 13 Fishing) rods on sale. I picked up a Hellbent MH Casting rod (HB2C7MH) for $25 to try for my soft plastic frogging. I'm sure it will have its flaw but for $25 I'm going to find out! It feels much better and significantly lighter than the Mojo Bass I'm replacing.
  18. I have 2 of these rods and I have had no problems so far. They feel quite light and have worked well in battle with Bass up to 4.5lbs, no giants yet but soon
  19. I always have a PK Predator spoon tied on to 1 rod for those aggressive Crappies. I did drop that for a bit but still lockjaw. I'm still scratching my head over the behavior of that pod of Crappies.
  20. You do have to fold down your reels for both of the Plano boxes that I listed (except on an inline reel) but that doesn't bother me as it takes only a couple of seconds and I'd prefer a slim box vs. a big and bulky one for transport.
  21. I'm hitting the road early Friday morning with a group. We are to fish a 1/2 day with Zippel and then go out with Ballards on Sat/Sun. The bite sounds pretty hit or miss depending on whom you talk to and where/how deep they were. Seems the bite out deeper has been a bit better? It sounded like Ballards was still not too far out from Pine Island last weekend, they moved a few shacks out deeper into some usually productive water as a Test but they didn't catch many fish. Friday's temps look very cold and then warm up coming Saturday/Sunday. Hopefully the bite is somewhat productive!
  22. It's rare for me to see Crappies with such lock jaw started with a 4mm tungsten jig w/ plastic - nothing, so I dropped a 3mm with 1 euro (took forever in a 45ft deep hole) - nothing. Then we sent down deadsticks with a small split shot, small hook and Crappie minnow - 15 minutes and no bites. That's when we knew we needed to go to a Plan B strategy. Looked for them up shallow holding near weeds as they tend to be more aggressive but couldn't find them. Then resorted to a sandy/weedy flat which we assumed would hold Bluegills.
  23. My Weekend Case is a Plano Single Scoped Rifle Case it can hold 8-10 rods. My Day Case is a Plano Take Down Gun Case which can hold 4 combos up to 34" in length. My hole hopping setup is pictured below.
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