How to add a 12-volt power outlet to your fish house.
Anyone else have a cell phone charger in their por shack? Pretty cool hack from TW’s Brett McComas for that old flasher battery — never miss a Snapchat again lol:
Silent jigging spoons for ice-fishing walleyes.
Rattle-bearing jigging spoons have taken over the tackle trays of most walleye ice anglers (because they work!), but don’t forget about those silent options when times get tough. If anybody knows “silent-but-deadly,” it’s Ice Force pro Joel Nelson:
First-ice fish usually haven’t seen a bait in nearly a month, so Ice Team pro Matt Breuer starts out fishing ’em aggressively: Working Chubby Darters and big spoons like the Clam Blade Spoon. Also means he’s not going to sit still for long — instead he’ll be covering water to find those active fish and get on the sweet spot:
That pink shack is a good look for you, man! If you haven’t seen ’em yet, that’s a pink version of the Jason Mitchell Thermal X made exclusively for W.I.N.K (Women In Need of Kindness) — a nonprofit that provides emotional/financial support to those fighting for their lives against cancer.
What we know: Only made 20 of ’em and not many left, can’t buy ’em in store — gotta donate $900+, all proceeds go to W.I.N.K. Email Clam’s customer service for more info.
First truck through the ice this season?
Pump the breaks — despite what the calendar says, it’s still “early ice” out there:
Word is it happened on Buffalo Pound Lake, SK and both guys are ok. Be careful out there — we can’t stress it enough.
Ice-fishing holiday décor
Chris Hubbard’s favorite flowers are finally in season — that bouquet would look great with some Christmas lights wrapped around it on the deck:
Kristjian’s gingerbread-house is on point: ice shack, tip-ups and even an ION ice auger:
Well, we know how this guy stayed busy while waiting for safe ice:
Hey Stephen – Let your wife know that it was better than the alternative:
It usually is! But here’s what Zippy Dahl of Perch Patrol Guide Service had to say:
Just how big do the perch get on Devils? This big:
…according to the annual fall gill-netting survey (and most anglers!). There was a 57% increase in walleyes netted this fall as compared to last year. Should be an incredible ice season.
That’s pro-staffer James Holst hangin’ out with a whole crew of VMC and Rapala ice-fishing baits.
> James: “I had no idea it was going to happen. I consider it a fantastic honor and now I know what everybody in my family is getting for Christmas! I think I’ll give them lottery tickets and they can hopefully channel some of the luck that I find out there on the ice and hopefully win something.”
Would for sure scratch the Jigging Rap last for good luck!
One of the best ways to get dialed-in on your side imaging is to use an Aqua-Vu camera to make sure you’re interpreting the graph correctly. That’s one way guys like Doctor Sonar get so good at reading ’em and knowing exactly what’s going on below:
> Doc: “This image is a boulder reef…the biggest boulders are next to smooth bottom. This also means there is probably a drop-off next to the boulders. Walleyes like transitions, big boulders and dropoffs, so I have 3 key ingredients to start my hunt for groceries for my famous fish tacos.”
> “[Here’s] an Aqua-Vu video of the transition. Watching it confirms it’s a good spot and helps understand the side imaging.”
You may not have heard of ’em, but you have heard of the companies they own: Humminbird, Minn Kota, Cannon, Old Town etc.
> “Pure Fishing’s (Berkley, Abu Garcia, Fenwick, etc) 30-person marketing staff has been dismissed…cost-cutting measures as Newell looks to reduce Jarden’s operating costs by as much as $500 mil.”
Pros are gone, staffers are being let go, and possibly sayōnara to the B.A.S.S. sponsorship deal. Merry Christmas!
One reason it might be axed: the parent company just bought plastic food storage container and…candle businesses.
Hang in there — only one more week and the days start getting longer. #IceOut
> So when our elected officials see the importance of outdoor recreation in their district…you can bet those numbers will get their attention. Imagine someone trying to close public water to fishing because they don’t [like] the sound of boat engines. The decision-makers are going [to] look at those economic numbers and think twice.
Sounds good, but like our buddy Jay Kumar’s Bassblaster said, “Logic has never stopped any politician from doing anything….”
Pre-registration deadline is Dec 23. #ChopChop
The world’s largest charity ice-fishing contest. Something everyone’s gotta experience at least once or thrice.
Over $275K in prizes (!) — wowza.
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Today’s ‘Eye Candy
In honor of it being “hump day,” here’s one courtesy of the Rotating Power Minnow from Custom Jigs & Spins. The eyelet spins to minimize line twist — cool looking bait:
Check this stuff out!
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