This Saturday the 4th will be the second of four events of the VTSortsman Tournament series. This is a panfish jigging tourney and will be held in Shoreham, Vermont. The launch location is Lapham Bay. This is a great opportunity for most of us weekend warriors to let our competitiveness rise to the top. This is also a great series for promoting the sport of panfishing but also ice fishing in general. For more information please check out the website – www.vtsportsman.com. They also have a great forum, which is an excellent place for everyone to share and gather information about hot bites and techniques – vtsportsman.proboards.com
The weekend warrior of ice fishing needs to be prepared in order to maximize their time spent on the hard water. How do you choose where you are going fishing each weekend? I’m sure we all have our go to spots that consistently produce fish, and I know it’s hard to leave fish to go find fish but D & B Ice Adventures enjoys the challenge. Here are a few things that we look for when searching for fish. The first thing you need is a good updated lake map. Your two best options are to go to the F&W page and print one off, or better yet, if you’re running a smartphone, buy the Navionics App. With lake map in hand you should be looking for sharp contour lines, inside turns, deep basin’s close to weed lines and large flats. My top two places to look for would be inside turns and weeds that come up out of deep water. Fish will use these areas to hold up and ambush bait fish. Points are always good spots to check, that point will continue into the water creating some great cover, contour and ambush spots for the walleye, perch and crappie. When in search of panfish, I’ll look for large flats with green weeds. These green weeds will hold the life mater in which the bluegill and sunnies will be feeding on. For basin perch, find the basin and run and gun, these fish will be feeding on blood worms so pounding the bottom with a spoon of small jig should produce fish. Maki Plastics makes a great bait for this situation called the bloodi. Needless to say, spend some time doing your pre-fish homework and you’ll have better success when the time comes to get out and wet some lines!
With so many rod and reel combos for ice fishing on the market it’s hard to find exactly what you want. Austin Custom Rods will build you what you want for an affordable price. Pair one of these with your favorite fishing reel and you won’t be disappointed! You can discuss what you fish for, your style of fishing, and chose your length. An Austin Custom Rod will be a great addition to your fishing arsenal and I bet you will be back for another before you know it! Fish on!
Right now, we are currently improving our skills on catching fish on micro plastics ice fishing. Our current choice of bait to fish with are products made by Maki Plastics. These baits are amazing. There are so many choices in terms of colors and designs. Last weekend we we fishing a hole that was producing amazing numbers of crappies, but we were catching a lot of dinks running a small plastic tipped on a tungsten jig. We started fishing a larger sized bait from Maki and noticed that we caught as many fish but the size quality was a lot better. Give them a try!
Here’s some proof
A little background to begin. This blog will have two authors who are nuts about ice fishing- especially when the elusive crappie is present. From the Canadian border to the questionable waters that may or may not be be part of southern Vermont’s licensing rights, one of us has most likely fishing there. We fish hard, fast, and we like to think smart. Between the two of us we have caught some quality fish that are in the record books!
Now meet your hosts:
My name is Dylan Smith. I grew up in central Vermont but didn’t hit the ice until the ripe age of 21. I started off fishing lake trout in the northern part of the state with tip-ups. For a while, chasing flags kept me occupied but it lost its novelty once I had my first taste of panfish. I am now 24 and am one step away from entering rehab for my addiction. Currently, I fish almost 5 full days a week and love every minute of it. I have a degree in Fisheries Biology so my affliction with fish is nothing new and is something that I doubt will ever go away.
My name is Bobby Booth, I also was born in raised in central Vermont. Grew up hunting and fishing and is one of the most important things in my life. I am a high school music teacher by trade but spend most of my free time pan fishing and trying to promote the sport of ice fishing.
Thanks for checking us out. We look forward to entertaining you!