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FISHINGURU

10th-12th Fishing Report............

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FISHINGURU

like always i start my report thanking jon and kelly...always a good time in your sleeper shacks. we had the 6 man sleeper "the cadillac" of shacks...we had 3 guys and 3 girls.

well we rolled in monday afternoon and caught a few nice eyes right off the bat...all nicer size url eyes..we caught quite a few 20-22 inchers during the trip....alot in the 17-20 range and the a few in the normal keeper range...if eyes were open we would of all had our limits everyday. obviously we were fishing for crappies but they eyes were on fire....one of my buddies claims he had a true pig up to the hole but it got off...either the hook came out or it snapped off i don't really remember.

about half hour or so before dark the first night i was jiggin a power minnow with the vex...jon came and checked up on us to see how we were doing...he chatted with us for a lil bit and went on his way...as soon as i heard his truck door shut i had a red bar on my vex chase my power minnow 3ft off the bottom and smack it...finally what we were lookin for ...a nice 14 1/2 inch slab.

for the next hour or so i would read fish on the vex...i would say " theres a fish" then they would come check out my jig and disappear off my screen and within 30 seconds to a minute later someones bobber would go off...sometimes it was crappies and sometimes it was eyes....we had alot of misses but ended up with 5 or so nice slabs within that hour...we managed 2 more slabs through out the night and quite a few eyes...the rattle reels were pretty steady all night.

morning rolled around and i landed 5 more eyes and a decent perch before anyone else woke up...once people got up and movin we caught some more eyes and a couple that broke one of my buddies lines...pretty sure they were pike...the afternoon was pretty dead...maybe a couple eyes here and there.

we were all hoping the evening bite would bring us some more slabs...just like clock work they started biting again about half an hour before dark but this time they meant business!

one of my buddies hit the first one...then it was dead for about 10 minutes but after that every rattle reel and pole was getting hit for about 2 hours straight..the best part is they were all slabs.

they bit on anything and everything...people were missin as many if not more then we caught...i could blame it on the ladies but the guys were missin too lol...the 2 hour rampage left us with 13 slabs on the ice...then the eyes came rollin in and the crappies were gone.

we managed 2 more nice slabs through out the night...i caught a little pike about a foot long at midnight...that was kinda strange i thought.

2 people in my group had to get back so they left bright and early...the other 4 of us woke up to reels rattling..we caught a few eyes and a lower 30 inch pike...after that the other couple in my group left and me and my gf caught 5 more walleyes before we left at 11.

smallest crappie was 13 1/2 inches..few 14's..most in the 14 1/2 range and a couple that broke 15...thats with legit measuring with the mouth closed...with the mouth open they all gain another 1/2-3/4 of an inch or so lol.

my goal before the trip was to get 5 mounter slabs between me and my gf for a nice drift wood mount...it was our first actual ice fishing trip together and she's an ice fishing newb.

well me and her ended up with 6 and the 5 we are keeping for the mount are all 14 1/2 and over...2 of them are the 15+ and the 14 3/4 i doubled on during the rampage...that 15 incher took my bait when it was like 5 ft off the bottom...i was feeding line through my bobber and the line was just floating on the water like i was already on bottom but i still had like 5ft to go before the bobber stopper...so i reeled in to see what was goin on and had him on...he hit it on the drop....soon as i lipped him my other rattle reel was goin off so i handed that one to my gf quick and set into that 14 3/4 incher...that was fun.

the grand total for my group was 22 slabs, 60 eyes, 2 pike and a perch...mixed in with alot of misses during slab crunch time and a few line breakers during the trip...we were more then happy with the trip. one couple got 6 slabs and the other couple got 10...without the misses we would of got alot more but thats fishin and more for next time.

wish i was there right now...at this time yesterday and the day before it was crappie time!

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kilkercal615

Sounds like a good time glad to hear that someone was getting some good action

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hanson

Thats Awesome!

Folks think we're telling fish stories talking of URL crappies flying 3-6' off the bottom to hit your bait on the drop. You'll never believe it until you see it and you guys got to experience it! When you get on an aggressive school, its unbelievable. Those are the stories you'll be telling of URL for years.

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mike morris

Impressive! Almost gets me in the mood to make one last trip before ice out... I know this is prime crappie time.

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Borch

Good to hear your group had a fun trip! We head out in just a couple more days. \:D

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mrklean

Good job sounds like you guys had some good luck up there

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18 inch Crappie

 Originally Posted By: hanson
Thats Awesome!

Folks think we're telling fish stories talking of URL crappies flying 3-6' off the bottom to hit your bait on the drop. You'll never believe it until you see it and you guys got to experience it! When you get on an aggressive school, its unbelievable. Those are the stories you'll be telling of URL for years.

When I was up Slab fest weekend I seen and cought eyes just under the ice. You could see them swim by. So catching fish off the botton is normal.

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FISHINGURU

yeah it sure is fun when the schools roll in...like always when i look back i wish i would of tried somethings different like we didn't even try jiggin when the school came through and all of us were 1-2 ft off bottom....i should of got a jig down there and turned my vex on...and since some were hitting on the drop we should of set a few lines 4-5ft off bottom to get some of the suspended fish...could of resulted in more slabs but when they come through all i want to do is get my bait back down as fast as i can...no time for thinking lol.

also i got my auger all tuned up and cutting like new and had the nice 40 degree weather i always dreamed about up there and never even got out to drill a hole...we only had my 1 vex for our group and had the women with...i almost went out solo but everytime i finally got the motivation to go search it was getting close to the evening bite so i just waited and hoped the night bite would happen again...and it did so i was content.

my buddy and his gf brought up a laptop so we could watch movies and about midnight on the last night he put in a movie called big fish and told me that was the secret....i passed out and he stayed up a little longer and ended up with 2 nice slabs during the movie so i'm sure thats his new favorite movie lol.

plain red and glow red hook like the gami's produced alot of the slabs...them red phelps jigs produced again...the white looking glow demon with the red dot pulled in a few...the bigger style frosties in glow white that you would normally fish for walleyes with did good at night....some came in on chartruse...people were catching them on things i would never even tie on for ice fishing too lol...every line was gettin bit and we had on a nice variety of lures, colors, and hooks....only consistant thing was every hook or lure had a fathead on it....good times

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cookie129

I always put in the movie diehard works everytime? I have not had much luck with big fish but will try it tonight with diehard on standby

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kelly-p

"we didn't even try jiggin when the school came through and all of us were 1-2 ft off bottom....i should of got a jig down there and turned my vex on."

"also i got my auger all tuned up and cutting like new and had the nice 40 degree weather i always dreamed about up there and never even got out to drill a hole..."

GEEZ!!! The rest of us are running all over the lake drilling holes trying to catch A crappie and you're sitting there with your feet up watching movies and catching crappies! grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

It is looking like the bite is starting to pickup. Some good crappie reports from Sat. night from the 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 mile area also.

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The Donk

Man, I gotta get up there again.... Selling the house and closing in 10 days. Between packing and moving... every year I get up there for the last hurrah, but I don't know about this year. A few more reports and I just might have to make the 24 hour stunner again though.

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silverfox

GURU - Very happy to hear you had a good time with good success. It is reports like that why I spend all the time in the shop, and frankly going up to URL fishing myself. I always have a blast when I am up there. Hopefully good memories for you and your gfriend. Thank you!

Matt Phelps

Phelps Tackle

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FISHINGURU

yeah it was real rough kelly....i was ready to go all out to get me some crappies but ended up not havin to work that hard for them..which is always nice...i would agree the bite is picking up...it was 100x's better then when i was up about 3-4 weeks ago.

hey how's it goin silverfox? them red glow phelps jigs are my favorite lures for upper red...they always produce...especially at night...i'm gonna try some around my local waters tomorrow for some jumbo perch.

definatly good memories!

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Random guy

Guru, I think you may have started something. I left tonight and the anglers where watching the flashers, jigging and doing all the right things until I stopped by to check on them and the carnage began. Once they started listening to my old stories and not paying attention to the rods the crappies started hitting like mad. I was in the shack about fifteen minutes and seen seven crappies hit the the bucket before I continued on my rounds.

Next year you need to come up about Jan 1st, you don't need to fish just show up, maybe walk around our shacks a bit to get the mojo started. ;\)grin.gif

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FISHINGURU

lol forsure....thats what the guru does....i'll even chant to the crappie gods if i have to.

i remember last year the reports weren't that good around beginning of january and i had a 2 day trip planned with you guys in the 4 man shack..it was right around the 10th of january or so...the reports weren't that good and we came in and ended up catching 60 of them which also started a rampage...i remember the next few groups after us comin back with good reports.

i'll come up anytime...just give me a holler if you need any guru magic lol! all i charge is a guided trip to put me on some of them monster pike through the ice....i need me one of them 40"+ pike i can CPR and get a replica mount...when i'm up there all the big pike bite on all my buddies rods and they all get their lines snapped.. i need to show my buddies how to seal the deal!

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kjgmh

Man sounds like we should have stayed another nite... Funny that they mentioned not having the flashers on. During the day we would catch walleye when the flashers were off, we would turn them on and not catch anything. Get bored turn them off and bam, they would start biting again.

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wanger29

Hey by the way, thanks for leaving some slabs for us! We picked up where you left off. No perch at all though I'm afraid.

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MOBY RICHARD*

We've been finding that at certain times the lower wattage flashers do better and even using the watt suppressor, and sometimes you just gotta turn 'em off, and other times when they are nuts they like 'em on high... crazy.gif

Remember under the ice is only about 10- 12 feet to the bottom, you don't need a lot of power to see that close...

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Random guy

I tried it last night with the camera going, Flasher on fish where active and moving around, then turned it off for fifteen minutes with no change then turned it back on and cranked the gain up with zero effect. The fish didn't make even the slightest change in behavoir directly under the flasher.

Waht I did notice is when you are messing around with the flasher and camera fish try to steal your deadstick rod, dang near lost a custom built screwing around.

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MOBY RICHARD*

Don't forget cooking or eating, that just makes them ravenous...

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Random guy

I swear these fish just know when you are not looking. Never fails, step outside the portable for a break and come back into missing bobbers and rods straining in the holders.

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FISHINGURU

nice wanger....i told ya i was gonna be the one to get on the crappies lol...i even left ya a bunch just like i said i would....did you do pretty good?

yeah jonny....them fish always know when your messin around or not payin attention...every now n again i pretend like i'm not payin attention and use reverse psycology on them to trick a couple more into biting lol.

bite pickin up or just kinda here and there still?

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wanger29

Yeah, we did well! We found a last minute shack for Wed. night so got an extra night outta the deal. Dropped flashers and marked & caught fish instantly. Got 1st crappie 2 hours into trip. We did have lulls on Fri. & Sat. seemed like late morning til around 5 (about 2 fish per hour). That just gave us plenty of time to prepare for the night bite. It was tough to leave. We got a good share of crappies but couldn't get ahold of any perch.

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FISHINGURU

glad you got on some crappies.....yeah the perch weren't movin through or not biting where we were...i caught 1 but that was about it.

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silverfox

GURU,

Just fyi, I will have a variety of Glow Red Phelps Floaters available at a variety of places this summer also. They eyes and crappies love those during the summer. Pink is also good, as Jonny P mentioned.

Matt

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