Ice fishing is a lot more amusing when you are catching fish instead of sitting on the ice freezing your butt off wondering where the fish are. These suggestions can aide you in locating fish under the ice, even if no one else is catching any.
These tips are not about locating any particular species of fish, but provide insight into the general locations of a variety of species of fish at some stage in the winter months after a frame of water has frozen over.
Like many anglers you have probably moved close to where others are fishing, thinking the other angler might be catching fish. The result is a “village” of ice fishing shanties popping up because everyone is in that “monkey-see-monkey-do” mode. They actually might be catching fish, however the bites will gradually lessen or maybe totally stop. Now what? Do you pack up your gear and head home or do you relocate where there is a better opportunity to catch fish.
What many ice fishermen don’t recognise is that each fish responds to fishing pressure, and fish underneath ice aren’t any exception. Just as fish in lakes pass around and exchange places during the spring and summer time, fall and winter fish underneath ice do the same. In addition, their feeding habits trade all through this moving.
Consider separating the winter into treee “seasons”. Early ice, midwinter ice, and late winter weather ice. in case you fish in a particular lake in the fall, and find an area preserving a great quantity of fish, mark that spot with a GPS or on a map, or mark the spot in your memory. Revisit those spots after the primary ice and it’s more than likely the fish will still be there.
Most of the time when a lake freezes over for the first time, the fish will nonetheless be positioned inside the identical standard vicinity where they had been earlier than the freeze. There’s usually no sudden exodus of motion after the primary ice. Even if the fish are moving out in deeper water, they will circulate up into shallower water to feed. that is usually wherein the “shanty village” will appear. These locations are usually shallow flats near deep water, summer season weedbed areas, underwater brushy areas or spots with flooded wood. Underwater ledges are perfect for holding fish throughout this period.
Other suitable spots to attempt at are steep drop-offs where shallow flat regions descend into deeper water. The fish can be staging on those drop-offs, but head up to feed on baitfish. Depressions in flat areas will also hold fish.
A good rule of thumb is that fish want to be near some sort of structure, and if you can discover those varieties of regions that have some type of cover during the spring, summer or fall, keep those locations in mind and return to them after the early icey water forms. If you are fishing new water, standard and digital sattelite maps may help you identify these areas.
As the wintry weather progresses, fish have a tendency to migrate into deeper water. The warmest water in a frozen lake is at the bottom, and this is an area which fish will move towards. Their metabolism slows down as their body temperature drops, and they will swim some distance to hit the spot where they once fed. Use this truth to your gain in identifying those spots and their pathways.
After a while, depending on the thickness of snow accumulation at the surface, the oxygen stages of lower water will start to drop. and when this occurs the fish will drop off from the bottom. Fish will sacrifice body temperature for oxygen, and they will cross into areaas where they can breath. On lakes with a lot of vegetation, this occurs earlier than on rocky, difficult-backside lakes. Big lakes maintain oxygen longer than smaller ones and fish locations can vary quite a bit from one lake to the next during the same time frame
When the snow cover begins to melt, and the lake receives moisture onto top of the ice we are now entering the late winter ice oeriod. Melting snow cover permits extra daylight to come in, warming the water and growing the oxygen. Fish will now begin moving back up into the shallower spots, ultimately obtaining their pre-spawn staging regions.
As the lake water and the fish warm up their metabolism will increase as well. This usually prompts extra feeding to occur and you can get some great strikes with your jig, lure, or live bait. The nearer fish get to the spawn, the more strength they have and that makes for some great fishing.
We hope these tips help in your winter adevneture and don’t forget to stay safe!
Jackson Kayak, has introduced the Bite fishing kayak, which is expected to retail for $799. The company says with the trend in price-point fishing kayaks tending towards compromise in hull quality, performance, gear management, and comfort the new Bite fishing kayak doesn’t cut corners. The Bite kayak is expected to be available sometime in December (18′) just in time for X-mas.
With an impressive 11’3″ hull and 35″ in width, the Bite performs to the paddle-ability and stand-ability standards anglers are used to in a Jackson Kayak, the company says. The kayak weighs in at an estimated 68 lbs w/seat, which makes the Bite easy to manage in and out of the water.
Jackson Kayak Bite prototype
Jackson Kayak says the Bite’s comfort was not skimped on either with the addition of a brand new trim-able framed seating set up and plenty of room to stand comfortably. The new open concept deck has been long awaited from Jackson giving the paddler ample storage space fore and aft of the kayak, supported by a system of touring-style bungee cords. The deck will feature numerous storage placeholders for standard sized tackle boxes. Jackson Kayak has also included their popular flush mounted rod holders, as well as recessed cup holders, gear tracks on both sides, adjustable foot braces and a newly developed hog trough recess to make the Bite a full-featured kayak.
Product overview and specs: http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/bite/
Here is a simple but insightful visual guide to selecting the right rod for the job (whether fishing is your job or not).
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KastKing, a division of Eposeidon, Inc., introduced a baitcaster fishing reel series named MegaJaws. KastKing MegaJaws shark concept reflects the sense of speed, power and value of the product, the company says.
The KastKing MegaJaws baitcasting fishing reel series brings the elements of creative visual design through its shark inspired teeth together with a unique color matched system that has a different color reel representing a specific gear ratio for instant recognition.
KastKing says anglers can select gear ratios of 5.4:1. 6.5:1, or 7.2:1, and one of the fastest ratios in the market, 9.1:1 that retrieves 33.9 inches per turn. KastKing made product durability and user peace of mind paramount through the use of 11 + 1 double shielded stainless steel ball bearings for saltwater use protection, easy access patent-pending lubrication port and drainage ports making maintenance simple for increased longevity, and its captive tension knob with click detents which retains spool tension settings and prevents accidental loss of the knob.
MegaJaws shark tooth front hood, shark fin side covers, and metal components were included to represent the power and strength that sport fishing anglers desire today and to remind consumers of the sense of dominance and total confidence on the water, the company says.
“We took a playful approach with the shark design and combined it with some of the best innovative engineering available in fishing reels today,” says Tom Gahan, Chief Marketing Officer at KastKing said in a release. “KastKing was founded on keeping fishing fun and affordable innovation. KastKing MegaJaws supports that. MegaJaws will be a pleasure for those who are new to baitcasting reels as well as seasoned tournament competitors.
In addition to its shark-like details, MegaJaws has a unique performance feature named the KastKing LFTV (Low Friction Tapered Vortex) line guide. Along with an eight magnet, ten adjustment settings magnetic casting control system, it helps eliminate “bird nesting” or overruns that are often encountered with many baitcasting reels, especially by novice anglers.
KastKing MegaJaws baitcasting fishing reels in gear ratios 5.4:1, 6.5:1, and 7.2:1 are initially being introduced through Amazon.com/kastking with an online discount price of $59.98 while the MegaJaws 9.1:1 ratio will be priced at $69.98. MegJaws will be available through eBay, Walmart.com, and KastKing.com other online retailers at a later date.
Brewed in Dublin. Aged in Baltimore. That’s the transatlantic teamwork Guinness revealed recently to promote its Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. The brewer’s latest experimental beer to come out of its new American home features its Dublin-brewed Antwerpen Stout aged for eight months in Bulleit Bourbon barrels at the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House in Baltimore.
“Our story as brewers began more than 250 years ago in Dublin, and those Irish roots will absolutely always be a key part of who we are, but beer has evolved in so many ways since then,” said Brand Director, Emma Giles in a press release. “It’s hard to deny that the U.S. is the center of the universe as far as beer innovation is concerned. Now that we have a permanent home here with some of the most talented brewers the country has to offer, the potential to blend our brewing expertise with American creativity is virtually endless.”
For the better part of 200 years, all Guinness – no matter which beer or where in the world – was stored, and shipped in barrels. The new brewery intends to recapture the tradition of Guinness brewers maturing beer in wood barrels through its ongoing release of barrel-aged beers.
The toffee and caramel notes from the barrels were sought out to help balance the bittersweet profile of the Antwerpen Stout. “The best part about barrel-aging any beer is that you get the chance to pull the flavors of the wood and liquid previously aged in it,” said Senior Brewer at the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, Sean Brennan said in a press release. “We’ve already started to think about what we’ll be experimenting with next, but we couldn’t be more pleased with our first go at using barrels from our friends at Bulleit. This beer is something special, and one to be sipped slow and savored.”
With powerful and full-bodied notes of bittersweet chocolate and aged fruits, the stout spent eight months aging in Bulleit Bourbon barrels, adding a layer of oaky richness.
On shelves in a very limited supply and on tap at the Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House until the end of the year, Guinness Stout Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels has an ABV of 10% and 52 IBUs and is available in the U.S. in four packs of 11.2oz bottles for a suggested retail price of $19.99.
There have been a number of trends that have come into vogue over the last couple of decades, and perhaps one of the most significant of these has been the emergence of craft beer brewing. Even though there have been some very prominent names in the beer industry for many decades, a select few individuals decided to blaze their own path & make the kind of beer that they’d been looking for but couldn’t find.
It is this adventurous spirit that has taken the craft beer movement to new heights, but as with any trend, there is always the anticipation that there will be ebbs and flows, ups and downs, and, well, you get the idea. Still, for some reason, craft beer has been able to not only remain on the radar, it has actually become more popular than ever. Here are a few possible reasons:
An Appreciation of the Brewing Process – Making beer goes back a very, very long time. When you take into consideration how few ingredients it takes to make beer, it is amazing that there can be so much variety between brewers. It’s all about experimentation with different ingredients and a willingness to keep trying to find exactly the right combination.
Attempting to Know More About Ingredients – There has been a greater attempt for people to know where their food is coming from, which is kind of refreshing. Part of it has to do with a general want to know what they are consuming as many are choosing to do away with overly processed food products. They are also being more mindful of keeping tabs on their kids’ dietary issues & allergies. With craft beers, you know what you’re getting, and it’s nice to know that you can pronounce every ingredient.
A Willingness to Support “The Little Guy” – Everyone always wants to cheer for “the little guy” trying their hand at taking on the big guys at their own game. Whereas the big players in the beer game have a lot of capital to carry their marketing & advertising, small brewers have to rely on word-of-mouth and one heck of a product.
The “Foodie” Revolution – Most people who call themselves “foodies” tend to focus on the notion that they take food very seriously. They want to know the history of their food, the origin of the ingredients in their meal, and they are intrigued in the mastering of age-old processes of food preparation. One great byproduct of this “foodie” revolution has been the application of these same principles to beer production.
Craft beer and the craft beer process is all about using quality ingredients to create a final product in relatively small batches that favors great flavor over mass production. Even though this beer revolution has seen tremendous heights now, there is no telling the amount of success these small brewers will experience. Moreover, it makes one very curious about what future brewers may also bring to the table.
Contrinbution by Morris Raymond @ezinearticles
By Mike Cork
Fishing through the winter months can be very rewarding for a number of reasons. Cold temperatures keep fair-weather anglers home and hunting seasons lead many anglers to trade lakes for the woods. Winter is also the time of year when most freshwater species group up. The result: more fish for cold-weather anglers. During the coolest months of the year, preparation, research, and the proper tackle can make for memorable fishing trips.
Mike has been bass fishing since he was old enough to hold a fishing rod. He’s a bass fishing writer, and a current member of B.A.S.S., American Bass Anglers, and Bass Life Associates.
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by Jeremiah T. Bagwell
In our world of endless choices, you can walk down the aisles of any tackle shop, scan the pages of lure catalogs or point and click on any tackle website and choose from hundreds of colors available for each and every lure style. While the power to choose is great, it may serve as a huge and overwhelming distraction to novice anglers.
I recommend that anglers who are fairly new to bass fishing and probably more importantly, new to tournament fishing, keep their color selections basic. You don’t need every single color of each bait ever produced to catch a Bass.
Having fewer colors to choose from in your boat will reduce the time wasted and the second guessing involved with selecting the “right” color. Here are some of my personal suggestions for which colors novice anglers should worry about having in their tackle bags.
Spinnerbaits – My spinnerbait selection, even after 30+ years of Bass fishing, still remains extremely basic. I use white 90% of the time. I think this color best replicates the look of shad and other small fish that Bass are known to eat. Sometimes I mix in a little black or chartreuse but white is by far my first selection when it comes to spinnerbaits.
Soft Plastic baits – Whether you are talking about Senkos, Crawdads, Creature baits, Worms or Jerk baits, I would suggest using natural looking colors. Watermelon, Brown, Black and Shad colors are excellent choices that are very effective in a variety of water conditions. These colors will do a great job of matching the forage in just about any body of water on the planet.
Hard Plastic baits – Again whether Topwater baits, Jerk baits, lipless crankbaits or crankbaits with a bill, I would suggest that newer anglers limit their selection to more natural colors that mimic the look of shad, bluegills or crawdads. A couple of my personal favorites are the MS American shad color from Lucky Craft and also Chartreuse with a blue back.
Jigs – Jigs are another bait category that I still keep very limited after all of these years. I use Black/Blue most of the time. I also have a lot of success with Watermelon/Purple and Brown/Orange. It doesn’t matter if you are fishing Gin clear water or the muddiest of rivers, these jig colors will work great.
As you become more and more skilled as an angler, you can add to your arsenal of colors. You can add baits that match a specific forage at a particular body of water you will be heading to. Just don’t let choosing the right color become a distraction. When you notice that having so many colors to pick from is becoming a hindrance, it might be time to scale back a little bit.
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There are two basic types of tequila – 100% blue agave tequila and mixto. The 100% blue agave tequilas are distilled entirely from the fermented juice of the agave. 100% agave tequilas are required to be distilled and bottled in Mexico. If your bottle of Tequila is not clearly marked as 100% blue agave, the tequila is mixto and may have been distilled from as little as 60% agave juice with other sugars. Tequila prepared from only agave sugars are made in Mexico, and are marked Hecho en México (made in Mexico).
Tequila is aged in wooden barrels that are more often than not made from oak. As tequila is aged, it becomes smoother, with a woody taste and golden color. Aging may disguise the agave flavor and few types of tequila are aged longer than three to four years. Every distillery in Mexico is assigned a NOM number (which stands for Normas Official Mexicana) to show that the distiller has complied with Mexican Government standards. It also shows which company made or bottled the tequila.
There are 4 general categories of tequila:
· Blanco: Blanco or Silver
Blanco tequila is 100% agave tequila that is not aged or treated with additives. This is the traditional tequila that is clear and transparent and fresh from the still. Blanco – also referred to as white or silver tequila – must be bottled directly after the distillation process. This type of tequila has scent and flavor of the blue agave. It is typically strong and is traditionally enjoyed in a “caballito” or shot glass.
· Oro or Gold
Gold tequila is tequila that gains its color by aging in oaks barrels if it is 100% agave. There is also gold or Oro tequila that is mellowed by adding colors and flavorings such as caramel. This tequila is most commonly used for making Margaritas.
· Reposado or Restedhttp://ezangler.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8977&action=edit&message=10
This is Blanco tequila that has been rested in white oak barrels or vats called “pipones” for at least two months and up to a year. The aging on oak gives Reposado a smooth taste, enjoyable bouquet, and a pale color. Reposado tequila maintains the flavor of the blue agave and is milder to the palate. The demand for Reposado tequilas has grown greatly in the last several years. The prices have increased as well.
· Añejo or Aged
This is 100% agave, aged tequila that has been stored in oak at least one year. It is basically Blanco tequila that has been aged. This tequila is amber in color and picks up its color and flavor from the oak casks in which it is aged. Añejo tequila has a distinctive taste that is picked up from the oak.
Although not a category in itself, it is a special Añejo that certain distillers keep in oak casks for up to 8 years. Reserva is some of the most sought after tequila in the market because of its smooth and complex taste. These tequilas are also among some of the most expensive available.