Today’s Top 5
Do you like your pike pickled or peppered?
> “The black spots are small cysts in the fish’s skin. In a heavily-infected fish you’ll find them sprinkled in the flesh as well. If you inadvertently happen to eat one, they’re crunchy — like a speck of sand or a piece of pepper corn. [We’ll take your word for it!]
> “A fish-eating bird (eagle, osprey, great blue heron, kingfisher, gull or cormorant) consumes an infected fish and the black spots — which are tiny-encapsulated worms called trematodes — mature inside the bird’s digestive system.
> “Literature suggests that the parasites neither affect the fish, nor humans that may eat them. I’m betting that like me, you’ll pass on eating either of these pike for dinner.”
Think you can you remember all that next time your buddy asks?
DIY quick-set rigs that don’t spook walleyes.
Who says ice fishing isn’t romantic?
Your news feed was probably cluttered with more sappy-love posts than fish pics yesterday (thx a lot Valentine’s Day!). Here’s a few of our favorite fishy-love notes:
This pile o’ Maki Plastics would provide a lifetime of panfish happiness:
How the UPL was won.
Michael “MT” Thompson and Stuart Manning’s 10.25-lb bag snagged 1st place at the Ultimate Panfish League on Lake Pokegama, MN:
> Stuart: We noticed the best concentrations of feeding fish were at the bottom of breaks in 14-16′ [during pre-fishing]. We looked at our maps…and drilled lots of holes…’til we narrowed it down to 3-4 spots that held a mix of crappies and sunfish.
> Sunday morning a front had come in and the sun was out full power. We were concerned how this might move the fish we located, but we carried on with the game plan: crappies first and sunnies in the sun.
> Our first fish were a bit of a surprise — bluegill…BIG bluegills. While I worked on a limit of those, MT dialed in the crappies. He changed lures, bait and went from tightlining to wire rods till he found a formula that worked.
> MT: “We were fishing where the sharper contours widen and become a flat with a softer bottom. Starting at where the lines are closer together, and working out ’til we were on the flat.
> “My ACE Custom Rods green hornet ‘quack’ got me lots of nice crappies.”
A different kind of ice fishing.
Here’s how Lund boat owner Jeff Bondar has been ice fishing. #Dedication
Two separate incidents where snowmobiles broke through the ice during a tourney. RIP fishing brothers, prayers to the families.
Doesn’t mean they would go away, but doesn’t sound good. Despite a growing industry, this would be the 5th outdoor retailer to file for bankruptcy in the last 12 months. Think it’s ‘cuz more and more people are buying online?
> …the deal looks like it’s unraveling. Although the FTC’s request for more information is not a death sentence…it’s going to be more complicated and may require divestitures that will delay any potential closing date for some time.
> “Fishing got so bad in 1999 the DNR and the Red Lake tribal government closed Red Lake to walleye fishing for everyone. We went from real hard times to now, some of the best fishing on the lake ever.”
Plus, the crappies are making a comeback.
Most overlooked piece of “invisible structure” out there, but it doesn’t need to be. Now-a-days there’s products like the Fish Hawk TD that will automatically record the water temp every 5′ down. This awesome Matt Straw write-up breaks it down.
Less than 2 months ’til the first event on Erie.
Click the pic to have a shot at winning a ton of Yo-Zuri loot, including all 12 new colors of the Crystal Minnow Walleye Deep Divers! Can’t wait to give ’em a troll:
Quote of the Day
Geocaching and PokemonGo are for chumps!
– That’s what Aaron Wiebe said after capturing an iPhone7 that was “marinating” 18′ down in Lake Winnipeg. Took ’em 8+ hours and a handful of underwater cameras to get it in the net! Nicely done guys — love the celebratory shot:
Headline of the Day.
> “Mayo Clinic researchers looking at ER data found a surprising variety of injuries…anglers have suffered everything from burns to broken bones to concussions while hunkering down in their shanties.”
Also found that injuries were most common among men under 40, which seems to be the case for everything. There’s a reason women live longer than men:
Today’s ‘Eye Candy