In our first spot, in short order Dan picks up this lovely crappie. He was relieved the skunk had been broken for him. Now we could work on catching more. Where there's one crappie there are more, right?
"Dan," I said after 20 fishless minutes "I think that that was a rogue-crappie"
We chuckled about the thought of one lone crappie swimming around the pond but for the rest of the trip we wouldn't catch another one. No more crappie. No more anything on Dan's fish finder and nothing below my holes in my flasher's cone. Time to move.
Flipping back the tent let out all the warmth we had trapped in the shelter. Quickly we put on gloves and started flashing and fish finding in holes to try to find fish. Then we tried to find weed edges as no fish seemed to be near any of our holes.
We parked in our second and final spot. I used my ION electric auger to drill three, eight inch holes with an inch of ice between them for my long custom rods and three more just like them a foot closer to the shelter for Dan's standard size ice rods.
We noticed the temperature drop and got the shelter and Mr. Heater situated to make our time on the ice comfortable. It was at that point the freezing "Wintery Mix" started to fall. It was at that point another thing started to happen; we started marking fish.
Big, beautiful Brim began biting! (I couldn't resist the alliteration) To make things even better the only thing the big bluegills would bite was the tantalizing tail of the Little Atom Nuggies we each were jigging with.
The one fish we decided to measure was 8.25". That's a nice bluegill!!!
All Little Atom, all afternoon. Quality gills kept combing the weedline we were sitting above and Nuggies were what was for dinner!
We didn't want to go but both Dan and I had to be home for different reasons so it made sense to end the day. Aside from the one bass which was caught on waxworms everything else we caught wanted Little Atom Nuggies! The Nuggies saved the day for us, turning a slow day on the ice to a fun time jigging for bluegills. Litlle Atom bluegills from a private pond.