Those are my knees. I have a strap tied to the rope for pulling the shelter. I take this strap and loop it around my waist. Then I walk until I need to stop to take a breather. I finally got to an area I figured was in the basin I've identified as good multi-species area. I drilled holes and walked around flashing, looking for fish and a drop off. I drilled a bunch of holes and my depth stayed around seven feet. I carried a new rod with me; a Frabill Straight-Line combo. I found one hole with bottom activity. I dropped the dark Bentley jig down to the level of the commotion on my flasher. The commotion came up and ate my jig. What would the commotion be?
|Snow courtesy of Google Auto Awesome|
The perch pattern Clam tungsten jig seemed to be the ticket for the crappies today. The ticket to a 12"+ crappie for me!
I know, I need to get a bump-board to measure fish on before the Kayak Wars season starts up. For now I measure crappie against objects in my ice equipment. See the crappie overflowing the corner-to-corner hold. The corner-to-corner measurement is 12". The side to side measurement is 10.75". That is important to remember after I change jigs. That happens right about now.
That's an 11" crappie! I changed to a big glow-in-the-dark Clam tungsten jig with red eyes and accents, tipped with a red maggie and red spikes for extra flavor. It worked! Drop the jig to the bottom, whap it against the bottom a few times, then raise up a foot or two and watch the crappie zoom in and whack the jig. I lost a few at the hole that I swear were larger than the 12" but they didn't stay stuck to the jig so I can't prove it.
I caught several more crappie, lost several more, finally what made me decide to stop fishing was I melted my 2# ice line with my heater and the jig dropped off behind it.
The snow was still falling. I had to shake it off my shelter as I packed it up. I had readied my body for the long walk through deep snow back to my car and I still made several stops along the way to catch my breath. The shelter slides easily over ice but snow is a whole other matter.
The ice is good and thick and should stay that way for several more trips out on top of the lakes and ponds. I hope the ice stays and the snow goes. I don't mind fishing in the snow but it sure makes it hard to drag my creature comforts with me. It's those comforts that make it nice to catch Snowy Saturday Crappies.