There are reasons why some anglers consistently catch more fish. Keeping your lips tight and noise to a minimum are two keys to keeping your lines tight.
If you let everyone know where you're hammering them you won't be hammering them for long. As word of a good bite spreads you'll have company. Along with to much company comes noise -- holes being drilled, cars, trucks, snowmobiles, four wheelers, rock and roll, etc. I'm a firm believer that being quiet on the ice leads to better catches. I've had my best luck when "all is calm," especially in water less than 25 feet.
I realize ice fishing can be a very social activity, but if you're one of these people and you're wondering why other guys and gals are catching more fish, I'll bet it's because they're off where "all is calm."
We've started to catch some decent fish the past few days. Our best luck has been on jigging spoons (the rattling varmint) tipped with a minnow head. We've had our best luck in the evenings in 16-23 feet.
A question arrived from a reader this week. "Walleyedan, why do you use just a minnow head on your jigging spoons?"
Answer: Because it provides a better hooking percentage. A small chunk of meat on the treble versus the whole minnow mean you'll be more apt to hook them. When fish aren't as aggressive I'll use a whole minnow on my spoon, but more often than not it's just the head.
Have a good week and remind your friends to join you for the Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza!
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