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9-30-12 – The “Live” Baby Shad Strikes at the Glory Hole

The last day of September brought Vermonters to the realization that summer has come to an end, fall is here and winter is right around the corner.  With all of our tree stands hung for the upcoming bow season, my good friend Mark and I took the opportunity to check on our favorite crappie spot.  We strolled upon this spot last winter and the amount of crappie in this hole is mind boggling, It has been named the Glory Hole.

I hadn’t been to the Glory Hole since spring so I was curious to see what the fish were up to, and see where they were holding up.  To make a long story short, they are right where we catch them through the ice and they were hungry.  The large school of crappie were roaming the basin and a rather larger setback of the Connecticut River.  As long as you know the contour of the setback you could stay on the fish.  It was one of those days where you can’t really explain how good the fishing was, check with our YouTube page soon for a video of the day.

We used two methods of presentation, jigs under a bobber, and a pendulum swing into the boat to a slow drop.
We first located the fish by making long casts with a 1/16oz jig tipped with the LFT Lures “Live” Baby Shad.  A long cast was made, let the bait drop for a few secs and slowly retrieve the bait.  The slow retrieve would cause the bait to pendulum swing through the water column.  This not only allows you to locate active fish but it also gives you and idea of what depth they are holding at without using any electronics.  The fish were suspended at 11 fow in 23 fow normally, when the fish became more active they moved up into the water column, 5 feet or less.  For the first hour and a half or so we had to work to get the fish to bite, this is usually the case when the fish are holding in one spot, somewhat dormant not feeding much.  We were able to connect one some nice fish.  Mark connected on the first big one.

The fish were concentrated right off from some structure on a break in a holding pattern.  Finally the pod of fish started to moved, this means in this particular spot that they are going to feed.  These fish travel together and chase bait through the channel of this setback.  We now changed our tactics and used a fixed bobber.  When the fish start to feed they become more aggressive thus spreading them out in the water column, mostly up.  The more aggressive and often times bigger fish are found higher in the water column.  These are the fish that we targeted while we used the trolling motor to slowly follow the school back and forth and around and around in the setback.  We saw a lot better quality of fish.

The good bite lasted for about an hour.  Now when I say good bite I mean a fish every cast, and a bite soon after the bait hits the water.  By the end our our four hour trip we boated close to 200 crappie, two pike and two perch.  All fish were released to be caught another day.

“Live” Baby Shad by Lake Fork Trophy Lures

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4-7-12 – Limits On The River

We were packed up and on the road this morning shortly after 6am. We hit the baitshop on the way thinking that fatheads would be the ticket. Upon arrival to the Connecticut River, the weather was calm, partly cloudy, and the temp was in the low 30’s. The water was glass so we figured using the small rooftop boat would be no issue being that our only motor were the oars.

We launched the boat and quickly realized that we were in for a quick, cramped trip if the fishing was poor. We slightly over packed for the room we had. Funny thing was, we only used about a tenth of what we brought. The rest was just for added weight.

The beginning started slow with only one short crappie and some decent perch being caught. We had one boil on a perch by a large northern pike as it came towards the boat. Fortunately or unfortunately, however you want to look at it, it didn’t grab the perch causing a commotion we certainly didn’t need in the tiny, flat bottomed boat! It took maybe a half hour for us to actually find the crappie in the large area that we were fishing but once we did, it was on. Here is the first keeper crappie in the boat for the day.

In about two hours we were both able to get our limits of nice sized fish. The numbers and average size today was outstanding. One of the better days either of us have had in this hole. We had 43 true doubles and who knows how many dropped fish that could have skyrocketed that number! The total number of fish for the day was well north of 300. Can’t ask for much more than that!

This is what I look like when I don’t bring food…

We tried to take a shot of the two of us for the blog but we need a better photographer than a bucket on a side hill. Any takers? ha

Other than crappie, we were only able to catch perch. They were moving shallow for the spawn. Although most were in the 8-9″ range we caught some pretty decent sized males mixed in deeper with the crappie. Fishing the shore line with 5′ under the bobber was most effective. As soon as the bait was deep enough to stand the bobber up, the fish were biting. If we would have fished the shore line more, I think we could have each gotten a few meals.

We didn’t bring a thermometer but the water was still extremely cold and the fish were still holding tight in their winter pattern, suspending in deeper water. We both brought out Vexilars so we were able to know when and where the fish were cruising through. The majority of the fish we marked were down 10-14′ in 20+’ but we had the most success with out baits down only 5-6′.

We had brought the fatheads thinking that we would be able to target larger fish. This proved to be a waste of money for the day. We caught one crappie, one perch, and ended up dumping the rest on shore at the end of the day. We caught the rest of fish on baby shad by Bobby Garland. We only tried two colors today so its hard to say what worked and what didn’t. I ran chartreuse and red glitter while bobby used the albino shad. With the feeding spree going on today I think any color or similar shaped bait would have been effective.

3-25-12 – First Time Seeing the Glory Hole With Open Water

So this winter we were lucky enough to stumble upon a great little spot that held huge amounts of crappie.  The fish were stacked up all winter in a deep hole on a bend.  Deep water crappie excite me but we had a lot of learning to do.  With all the warm weather up here last week, I was excited to take the drive and see if the ice was out at the hole.  We were on ice there a week and a half ago and there was still a foot and a half of ice, so I was not sure what I was going to find.  Well just before the spot there is a small lake that was still completely iced over, my excitement soon shrank.  A few more miles up the road it came back again, the spot was iced out, Game On!

There is no boat launch to this spot so I was forced to bring my small little row boat and Mark to help me get it into the water.  The temps were cold, 40 degrees when we got there in the morning and raining.  With my Clam blue suit in hand, I grabbed my Vexilar and loaded up the boat and slid it down the bank into the water.  Row Row Row we did to the hole where we were successful all winter.  As soon as we got there Mark snagged a nice little Crappie.  I decided to run a Fat Boy made by Lindy under a bobber  7-8′.  From what I saw this winter, most of the larger fish were caught 6-8 feet down cruising the channel of the deep water.  I knew I would catch less fish but I also knew that if I did hook one then it would be a dandy.  It didn’t take long to watch my bobber disappear and I had a decent 11″ Crappie.

We found one spot where I was marking a ton of fish on the Vexilar and so I decided to take the bobber off and vertical jig some “big reds”.  It was tough because in my excitement to load the truck the night before I forgot to throw in my anchor. Our biggest dilemma of was the day was that we were unable to stay right on top of the fish.   I did manage to also pull up some really nice river perch in the deep water that were schooled with the crappie.  The most effective method was a Fat Boy tipped with a white Mister Twister rigged under the bobber 7-9  feet.  “This did make for interesting casts, Mark was on the look out all morning!”

Once our clothes were wet enough that we were shaking from the cold damp March day, we decided to do some exploring.  Since this spot always produced we had never really seen what the rest of the setback had to offer.  We loaded up the boat, sat in the truck for a bit to warm up and took a walk.  To my surprise we found some of the best spawning habitat I had ever seen.

The ice was just out here as I could tell since the crappie were still in their suspended holding pattern so this spot had not warmed up enough to draw the fish in.  You can bet that I’ll be there next weekend to learn more about these Glory Hole crappie!

Here are some pics of some of the days catch.

3-14-12 – The Glory Hole Still Has It!

We got on the road this morning at 5:30am headed to the glory hole on the Connecticut River. We went out there hoping that the ice would be safe enough for us to get on. We figured the ice off shore over deep water would be fine. When we got there it didn’t look good but we looked around. We found a few planks from past trips and were on. A few turns of the the hand auger and we were pushing 18″ of good ice! Because the shores were bad we packed light so we could walk through the woods to get on. We had buckets, flashers, rods, and a power auger.

We punched holes and started catching fish. It didn’t take long to get into the crappie but they didn’t have much size. Past trips had similar results. The slab crappie turn on randomly throughout the day even though there are frequently big reds cruising around. After a few fish were caught Mark hooked into a decent pike. Maybe 25″ but a good fight at that. It broke the line as it came out of the hole so we got lucky!

As we fished down the line of holes it was apparent that the fish were else where. We kept working the deep channel and the edges where the depth rose up into the teens. This seemed to be a good depth for the morning bite. Mark pulled quite a few quality fish out of the shallows. The one below was his first true jumbo of the day. It was pushing 13″. In the most recent of trips we haven’t caught fish like this but we didn’t spent much time looking around I guess because they were there in full force today!

Shortly after the sun was up, I had my meal worth of fish in the bucket. That’s all I wanted to take and I released them for the rest of the day for the most part.

As the day passed by, we caught numerous fish; upwards of the 200 mark with a few limits worth in the 11-13″ range if we were keeping them. I was releasing some dandy fish that I would have been happy to have had my bucket for a meal if I didn’t have a enough for the summer in the freezer already. Probably one of the more memorable moments of this season happened today. I had an issue today with a mink stealing fish right out of my bucket. I got a short video of his first trip out starting with it hidden right in the bucket! Click here to check it out (sorry for the sideways view). I figured a little animal like that would feast on a 13″ crappie for a day, right? Nope, I was wrong. I left my bucket where it was and he crept back out and stole another! What a jerk. I then realized I should hang onto what I had left and the mink spent quite a bit of time on the ice looking for fish that were possible left behind. Too bad we were on the ball today!

Here are the fish that Mark took home for supper tonight. Looks like a good meal to me!

Mark at the end of the day with a nice pair of crappie. Both of us were fishing tungsten jigs today because of the deep water and the fish were deeper than usual. We normally get them between 6-8′ down but today was closer to 11-13′ with the bigger ones slightly higher. Maki Plastics increased the size of the fish greatly today. We were able to weed out a few but not all of the chips that are abundant in the glory hole.

The ice was melting pretty good today. This was just after a short time!