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Today’s Top 4
1v1 fishing challenge: Smallmouth on ice rods!
Had a couple hours to kill, so Nick Lindner and I had ourselves a little fish-off on a secret MN lake that rhymes with “Chill Lax.” The catch? We had to use “fairy wands” aka ice-fishing rods…. Great way to scratch that first-ice itch:
Leave a comment here on what sorta fishin’ challenge you’d like to see next.
Speaking of ice rods…. Believe it or not, we’re just weeks away from first ice — time to get those “fairy wands” spooled up and ready to rip. One challenge of using smaller ice spools is they cause more line twist or coiling — ain’t nobody got time for that!
Side note: FishUSA just got those ^^^ Okuma Ceymar C-10s back in stock, and they usually don’t last long. Absolutely LOVE them on ice — especially for less than $45! Anyone ever tried the bigger sizes for open-water? Let me know.
Troy Lindner’s gettin’ his zander on.
Think of zander as the muscle-bound, European cousin of walleye. Honestly still can’t get enough of ’em because 1) they’re neat to look at, 2) it’s fun to imagine walleye growing THAT big, and 3) I want to catch one or seven someday.
In the meantime I’ll have to live vicariously through Troy Lindner (#fish-envy) who’s currently fishing his way ‘cross the Netherlands, getting his zander on:
> Submit an action photo with your qualifying Master Angler walleye that showcases the species and demonstrates the “wow” factor of fishing in Manitoba. Every qualifying entry has a chance to win a Cabela’s gift card valued at $1,000.
> Nonresident fishing license sales in ND have nearly quadrupled since 1995-96, with 40% of the crush coming from its neighbor to the east.
6. Where’s our hard-house people at?
Coming to a lake near you…soon-ish:
Know a lot of you kick back in the permie while diving into each TW email…so we’re gonna try to bring you s’more hard-house specific tweaks/hacks/fishing tips. As always: any special requests, send ’em in!
Tony Roach loves pitchin’ Northland Fire-Ball Jigs in the fall and says he always starts shallow first. Why? ‘Cuz the only reason fish are up there is to feed. Here’s a quick breakdown of how/where he does it:
IG user @regglacou with a 28.5″ golden rock melon that ate a bottom-bounced ‘crawler twirling on a Lindy Lil’ Guy:
Those Lindy Lil’ Guys have a crankbait-like wobbling action to get reaction bites, yet float and can be fished as slow as you want. Super unique:
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