3. ND: What are you doing this weekend?
Lol! Talkin’ the new Fargo Ice Show happenin’ THIS WEEKEND. Great deals on gear, lots of giveaways, and loads of fishing seminars on some killer topics:
Also super cool they’re making it an even more kid-friendly event including: Santa’s Village, and an all-new “Kids Zone” with a free fishing simulator and arcade games. Btw kid’s get in for free on Sunday with adult admission.
Lots more info on things they’ve got going on here on their FB page.
4. CO: Record blue catfish caught on Lake Pueblo.
The write-up said Randy Stillwell caught the 29+ lber “jigging for crappies with a 3/4-oz spoon” and “spent 30 minutes trying to keep pressure on his 14-oz [??] test line.” What the…. Lol. Awesome fish either way!
5. Can your auger bit do this?
Of course we’d never recommend trying this…but check out this Eskimo Pistol Bit getting steamrolled by a truck tire in -23° temps [!] and not breaking:
Sheesh. I wouldn’t even wanna try that with a metal unit…. The Pistol Bit’s flight sections are made of “high-strength nylon/polymer” — believe the 6″ model weighs 3.2 lbs, and the 8″ weighs 3.9 lbs.
6. MN: Folks already ice fishing on Lake of the Woods.
Sounds like they didn’t get hit with the pile of snow like most of the rest of the state, and are making ice fast. Some resorts even have ice roads open to ATV and snowmobile traffic.
7. Burbot folk: Big-Nasty Tackle brought back…
…their “glow red” Trout-N-Pout Spoon since so many people were ‘pouting (lol) it was discontinued.
8. MD: First documented effect of snakeheads…
…on fish populations (PDF). Study is from the Blackwater River watershed. Don’t believe there’s any walleye in there, but here’s the scary part about how snakeheads can/could/did change a fishery:
> Of 21 species that were captured both pre- and post-snakehead, 17 declined in relative abundance with percent reductions ranging from 30%-97%.
> Pre-snakehead surveys were more evenly distributed and dominated by white perch, black crappie and brown bullhead, while post-snakehead surveys were less even and dominated by common carp and gizzard shad.
9. WI: Gunpowder PR/marketing adds Josh Ward.
Coming from Game & Fish. Gunpowder is a new-school marketing company working with Humminbird, Minn Kota, Costa, Merc, GoPro and others. #HeavyHitters
10. We just got another round of…
…Target Walleye ‘Ugly Fishmas Sweaters‘ back in stock!
Just a heads up — They’re not the itchy/scratchy old-school sweaters most rock around the holidays. They’re a soft, lightweight material that feels just like those fancy fishin’ jerseys the pros wear — love mine.
Btw – Apologies if I told you at the St. Paul Ice Show that we were sold out of ’em — didn’t think we’d get stoked back up so quickly. Check ’em out here.