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If I'm honest, I never have put too many hours in on the Red during the hardwater season. Once and a while we get the bug and I've been known to head out after hours.
Backwtr1 hit it right on the head, "shallow"
is name name of the game. Were talking depths
3-5 feet.
You might want to consider "pre-drilling" the holes during daylight hours. Keep in mind, that you are attempting to catch these fish in very shallow water and finding ways to reduce noise must be given some consideration. To drastically cut down on noise, pre-drilling is a major step in the right direction.
What we do when we pre-drill is we cover the holes with plywood cut-outs. (Pieces of plywood about fourteen inches in diameter. This serves two purposes. One it's helps reduce the holes from freezing over and remember that you're trying to eliminate noise were ever possible. Drilling holes in very shallow water would be defeating the purpose. The other reason is to help prevent anyone who might happen to step into
a hole in the dark. This could cause a painful injury. This only a consideration.
Be versatile, try using some lures that create excessive sound like rattle jigs, Chubby Darter's, blades etc. Sometimes that will trigger a fish to strike. Also set up another presentation by suspending a live or dead minnow an inch or two of the bottom. You can leave it directly on the bottom if you like. A hungry fish that's on the prowl will sniff out it's food source, especially if it's laying on the bottom. (that's how I catch 99% of my pike thru the ice.)

Don't expect miracles, but at the same time, get out there and give it a try. Like they say, "nothing ventured, nothing gained", what a great old expression, eh!

Fish "Hard" Forever!

Stu McKay

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Great to see ya here Stu, Welcome Eh!

All hail the king of the Red!

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Solid tips there folks, yup-yup. Stu McKay is one of them guys who have that 6th sense and when he spills some fishy savvy, I listen real close.

Got a new FL-18 with all the whistles and bells today, pretty neat.

Bad deal is this one belongs to "Cork'n Sucks Bredeson" and not me. I just finished tweaking it out with a few special extras, now it's ready to rock the Red.

Keep us up on what's new in your neck of the woods Stu. Again it's great to see you here on the FM RR forum.

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Scoot

Hey Stu,

Good to see you in this neck of the woods. I haven't made it up there yet this hard-water season, but I hope to sometime soon. I also couldn't make the cattin' trip to your place this past summer due to some probs. at home. HOWEVER, you'd better have your clubs dusted off and ready to go this coming summer. I won't be missing it this year and I'd like to get out and play a little golf one day while we're up there. You in?
Scoot

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Hey Ed, your far to kind and listen up folks, old Ed's kind of a sleeper, eh! He not only talks a pretty mean fish story, but I've seen him in action first hand and believe me, he can back it up!! Your spot on regarding those flashers Ed, they're absolutely the business! Next week Ed, were heading out to the Winnipeg River to harass old toothy. If you're up to it and don't mind the four hour drive north, your more than welcome to join in the hunt! The area's we fish over on the 'Peg, have tremendous trophy potentials. The largest to date, 32#'s, now that's a serious pike, eh!

Hey Scoot, we'll look forward to a round on the links. I'll reserve us a tee-time at a beautiful track in Pinawa. This is a diamond of a coarse located along the banks of the Winnipeg River. Maybe we'll get Backwtr1 to caddy. We can drop him off on the thirteenth fareway that runs parallel with the river. There's a bay right there that's got pike written all over it. In fact it looks so good, I'd be very hesitant about wading in waste deep to retrieve a golf ball! Hey Ed, have you ever tried caddying, there's really nothing to it and the gratuities!!!!

Just kidding Ed, the gratuities are that spectacular!

Fish "Hard" Forever!

Stu McKay

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My idea of fun on a golf course is a golf cart with a full charge, my Polo 2000 tournament series frog net, and a herd of hoppers headed down the back 9.

You boys can chase them turtle eggs around, I'll joust with them hoppers Eh.

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