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Old 12-16-2009, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have you every really had to go and then the bells on your rods (no pun intended) start ringing? That's what was working today...leave your rods sit (don't jig). My dead stick was ringing "Merry Christmas" all day, so I finally decided to set both my rods down and was running back and forth all morning. I was on a solo mission (well my lab Shad came along) to Antero as none of my buds could take off during the week. All in all, good first day of the season...no lunkers but good quality fish anyway.

Shad my partner in crime!


From 8am to 8:45 I landed four fish - 2 at 17+ (five for the day)

Her twin sister


Two little guys, but still fun!




And yes, there are still crowds for you Monday - Friday workers. Although it is a very big lake, I would estimate 80-100 people on the ice (half of them late shows).


Take home tip: Cover your head with your jacket or something else and look down your hole. At Antero, you can easily see 10'+. You can see how your jig is positioned among the weeds - not to mention all the plankton swimming around. Give it time and let your eyes adjust. It gives a whole new meaning to fish in a barrel when you see something interested in your jig.

And a couple of pictures to keep the dream alive!

Almost a year ago my buddy Dr. Drew landed this lunker a day early at the Delaney Buttes Ice Tourney (Walden). Would have taken the tourney hands down the next day.



The next day I was sitting in my hut, half asleep, awoke to my Vex bright red! Jigged, and the red faded. Jigged again and it lit up, then dead. Jigged one more time and the monster slammed it! 4th place fish! (the only fish I caught all weekend but was worth it).













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Sweet pics. I noticed the dead stick works better too
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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BTW - 4 of the 5 were caught on a blue shrimpo tipped with a waxy. The other one on a black jig, tipped with a waxy. Good Luck!
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Good job SSnipe!! Your "tip" is why a bunch of my friends and myself use huts.
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Good work SSNIPE! Even a day on the ice alone is better then a day at work...or at home hobbled up. .
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Another tip for sight fishing at Antero use your hut Shad is laying in a little easier then laying on your belly with a coat over your head.
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Good point Trout...but I need a chair that could swing out over the hole. Unfortunately, I can't stand up in my clam. You can quickly look down your hole though without setting everything up and seeing a weed patch 2' under the ice.

I'm always surprised how few people look down their hole. Just yesterday someone saw me laying down on the ice with my jacket over my head and asked his buddy if you need dark sunglasses to be able to see down there!

For those of you that have not tried it or don't have a hut, give it a try.
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