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Today’s Top 5
This 29.5″ greenback whale-eye was one of a 275-fish day (!!!!) for guide Matt Cornell’s boat fishing out of Pine Falls, MB:
Caught ’em on a heavy dose of Clam Rattlin’ Blade Spoons and Time Bomb Spoons tipped with salted shiners, also pitching Moonshine Shiver Minnows. Cool because most guys consider those ice-fishing baits and don’t throw ’em until hardwater. FishUSA carries all of ’em:
> “Probably the best numbers day of walleye I’ve ever had, especially considering there were only 2 anglers. The smallest fish was 17″ — was honestly mind-blowing. I have salt burns from the shiners lol — we went through 11 tubs of bait.”
Here’s what the bottom of Matt’s boat looked like at the end of the day:
Walruses of the week!
Check out this portly feller — not you Josh Wetzstein — the tusk-less walrus you’re hoisting up:
Rainy Lake kicked out a 40-fish day for Scot “with one ‘t'” Hanson including this 29″ Goldenosaurus Rex:
Fall walleye crankbait selection.
Capt. Robert Claus is chillin’ with the birds and casting crankbaits on WI rivers. He talks about the importance of “matching the hatch” and a few things he does to switch it up when walleyes aren’t exactly jumping in the boat:
Mille Lacs open to winter walleye fishing.
It’s happening whether there’s ice or not starting Dec 1. They’re going to allow anglers to keep one walleye 19-21″, or one over 28″. More importantly we’re actually allowed to target them:
A ton of interesting info right here on why Mille Lacs is being managed the way it is. Check it out and stop bugging Donny P with all your Qs:
Soft-plastic tweaks to trick-out tungsten jigs.
Everyone knows tungsten jigs drop quicker, but tourney guys also love how tungsten helps animate their plastics. It moves and responds much more quickly underwater, giving you more control and more action.
There’s a lot more to ice-fishing with plastics than you’d think. You can check out all the tweaks in the full write-up here, but a few excerpts below:
> NAIFC angler Shawn Bjonfald: “Most of the best anglers I know thread their softbaits onto the hook, like a bass grub, rather than nipping them through the head. Shows fish a much more streamlined, natural presentation.
> “Add a dot of superglue on the jig collar and your durability factor skyrockets.”
> “When fishing an ultra-thin softbait, such as a Wedgee or Micro Noodel, we like to use ice fishing’s version of a Texas rig. It’s a killer move for presenting tiny softbaits naturally and working cleanly through vegetation, wood or fish cribs.
Awesome idea for the weeds. Come on bass guys, we want more — put those thinking caps on! Another unique tweak is what’s called “3D jigging.” It’s stacking and mixing multiple plastics onto the same jig:
Check out what a few different combos look like underwater:
Not only that, Timothy Turenne won all four state stamp contests he entered this year. Only one he didn’t win was the pheasant stamp, which he didn’t enter because he won it last year! #DudeCanPaint
Love the SideStep entry instead of stepping over lines, heaters and holes. Also has a built-in rod locker under the bench seat.
…all filmed with a standard Aqua-Vu camera. If this doesn’t get you pumped for ice, nothing will:
Time to bust out the Johnsonville Brats in celebration! There’s no denying the passion.
If it even catches you one more fish than the other guy in the boat, it’s worth it.
From the U.S. Swim School Association:
Brace yourself: This may be difficult to do at first but due to the immediate change in body temperature and shock from the cold water, the body’s immediate reaction is going to be to gasp for air and hyperventilate. Breathing in the freezing water increases the chances of drowning.
Keep calm: Do not flail your arms — this will release more body heat. Panicking will do nothing, keep your head above the water and grab onto the ice in the direction you came from.
Do not undress winter clothes: Keep winter clothing on while in the water, it will not drag you down. It will help keep in body heat and any air inside the clothing will help you float.
Get Horizontal: Once you’ve gotten most of your upper body out of the water, kick your legs as strongly as possible in hopes of getting yourself out of the water and onto the ice.
Roll onto the ice: Do not stand up, roll over the ice once you’re out to help prevent more cracks in the ice and from falling in again.
Retrace your steps: Once out and far enough away from the hole, trace your footsteps back to safety. Take it slow because your body is still dealing with the effects of the freezing water.
Throw, don’t go: Never enter the water to rescue someone. If someone is there to help you it is safer for that person to throw a branch, coat, or rope into the water, wait until you grab hold and then tow you to safety.
Get Warm: Once out of the water seek medical attention to bring body temperature back to normal.
> One of the best bites of the year in 15-20′ with a jig/minnow all along south shore: Twin Islands, Pine Island, Long Point, Zippel Bay and up north near Garden, Starren Shoal and Hay Island. Gold and bright-colored jigs tipped with a shiner….
> “A limit of greenheads in the am, and a limit of walleyes in the pm. Fishing has been very good — some very hefty walleye and northern pike have been caught by our customers along with limits of eater walleyes in the 15-21” range.
Great places to catch ’em
Tip of the Day
Quote of the Day
Okay Yeti buddy — we’re going to give you the waypoint, you can come retrieve your boat!
– Uncut Angling’s Aaron Wiebe shouting out to a random guy at a gas station who tipped him off about a sunken boat somewhere in an eastern MB lake. Sure enough Aaron used his Humminbird Side Imaging to not only find it, but to pluck giant crappies right out of it. All on video right here.