I hit the ice with a few buddies and we were on location, cutting holes in the dark. Having not fished this bay yet this winter, our starting waypoint was from years past.
While the Vexilar showed little to no weeds, the fish were cruising and very aggressive. We started the day with around 50 holes. As we worked through them spread out, we keyed in on a few areas that seemed to have better concentrations of larger fish. With a good starting point, we cut more holes and tried to find their direction of movement.
As we fished round and round, it became evident that the fish were moving but not far. Most of the time, it was just a matter of cutting another row or two of holes to jump start the bite again. The auger wasn’t scaring them. If nothing else, it helped shake them up!
All morning long I was able to fish plastics with no issues drawing fish in and convincing them to bite. Around one things slowed down. A simple switch to maggots got things going again though.
The day ended around 3 and we left the ice with them still biting.