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december trip to URL and LOW

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I am a newcomer to ice fishing and love it so far. I am taking my dad to URL 12/26. we rented a sleeper house through Hudecs and will fish out of Sportsman's lodge on LOW on 12/27th and 28th. I would appreciate any tips of what I should bring (Jig, equipment..). I have an FL8 and some basic gear. Should I try to bring my own auger or should the fishing be ok from inside the rental houses? thanks for the input.

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Steve Foss

Addict, welcome home.

The folks who rent out the houses drill the holes and keep them open, so I'd travel light and leave your auger at home unless you want to explore other places on the ice. Also, they are the experts. They know the lake, and it's in their interest to put you on fish. Since you're pretty new to the ice, I'd stay with the house. grin.gif

You can go a long way with a slip bobber, split shot and hook/minnow for 'eyes and crappies.

Otherwise, what do you mean by basic equipment? You've already got the Vex, so that's good. Some small to medium jigging spoons, jigging Rapalas, a few ice jigs and you're ready to go.

If you have more specifc questions, ask away. The folks here are pretty helpful. cool.gif

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fishing addict

Thanks for the reply.
Last year I fished URL once and did ok with a glow lead head jig and minnow. I have heard others do much better with jigging spoons. Are there specific ones that I should bring URL and LOW . I have limited experience jigging and miss a lot of light strikes. any tips?

I would also like to try for some pike during the day on URL. I have heard of pre-made quick strike rigs and will get some for the trip. what size bait should I get for this purpose?

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Steve Foss

Addict:

Lots of guys will be able to chime in with something different. We all have our favorites.

Are you in a tackle-buying mood?

Some time-proven jigging spoons for eyes/crappies are: Swedish Pimples, Northland Buckshot Rattle spoons, Angel Eye Jrs. Buckshots call fish in well, but neutral fish usually prefer the pimple or the Angel, which fall slower. Angel falls slowest of all. Get glow colors on all your spoons for URL, although LOW hasn't got a night walleye bite at all, so glow's not as big a deal there. Angel Eyes have been all the rage the last couple years, and they're good to have in the box, but they're no guarantee.

Also, jigging Rapalas, Bad Dogs, Nils Master Jiggers and Master Jigger Shad Jrs are good. Medium sizes for eyes, smallest two sizes for crappies. Tip the treble with a minnow head. Action: lift-fall, lift-fall about a foot up and down. Pause for several seconds. Nod it up and down with small movements. Pause again. Wiggle. Wait. Start over again. With the Vex, you'll be able to see how fish react, and you can change your action to suit them.

I also use glow jigs in any number of styles under my slip bobber. Hook a minnow through the skin near the dorsal fin, and it wiggles but can't swim far because the jig anchors it. That works for eyes and crappies both. I use mostly glow demons for this, which glow when you hit them with a light.

Quick strike rigs are right for pike. I'd get sucker minnows 6-8 inches, or big golden shiners if you can find them. For backup, in case you run out of live bait, go to the grocery or bait store and buy frozen smelt. In the grocery store, they should be in the frozen fish section.

I hook the end hook through the skin behind the head and the adjustable hook in the skin behind the dorsal. The live bait points slightly downward, but swims around good. Also, if you clip off the tail fin with your nippers, it keeps the bait wiggling but it can't swim so strongly it pops your flag. If you trim one side's worth of belly fins, it'll swim in circles.

With quick strikes, you set the hook as soon as you get to the flag, as long as it's spinning and you know there's a fish there.

Also, if you plan tip-ups, best to bring your auger and drill holes outside the rental house. A pike running on a tip-up inside the house is a surefire bet to tangle every other line there.

That's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, but it's a good start, and you'll probably hear more from other folks.

Good luck.

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Steve Foss

Oops, duplicated my last post and couldn't delete it, so I just cut it out on edit.

[This message has been edited by stfcatfish (edited 12-15-2002).]

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stfcatfish,

thanks for the great info. what size hooks should I get for the quick strike premade rigs (they have them in sizes 2,4,6,8 in the twin cities) Also do I need a wind tip up that moves the dead bait or stick with live suckers.
thanks

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If you have your heart set on tipups for pike while your on LOW, make sure you tell the folks your renting the house(s) from! Most of the houses will be set out on the reefs for Wallys and Sauger. If you let them know that you want a little Pike action they will point you in the right direction!

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hey fishing addict,ill be at hudecs on the 26th maybe we can hook up. i think we will have my truck up there. red 93 f-150 w/silver topper and trailer and atv.if you have frs radios bring them up and if you dont have any maybe a friend will lone you his. we go portable and keep moveing till we find the fish. we have not decided what chanel to use but look up post on LOW thread to see what everyone comes up with.you can catch some big pike dureing the day so if you dont want to bring your auger let me know and we can get you some holes for tip ups.we will also go up to LOW on the 28th so we can keep in touch there as well.if you want to hook up you can email at jjried@sleepyeyetel.net. where are you from anyway?

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