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3/11/12

 

 

 

 

 

And so it has begun. Sorry that I took almost a two month hiatus. Just was so disgusted on how shitty that this ice fishing season was. I went out one time after my last post and it was horrible the only thing that i was able to catch was a cold. Lewfus and myself sat in our little ice shack for 6+ hours and didn’t even get a nibble. On top of the crappy fishing there was only good ice for about 3 to 4 weeks top. The only thing good that has come out of the short ice fishing season Is that I’m out catfishing about 3 weeks earlier then I was last year.

What a beautiful Day 70 degrees for the beginning of March. You will here no complaints on that. Last year at this time there was still ice on the river. Every boat lauch in the area was packed. Everyone had the same thought as me. Time to get the boat out and fish.

We got to the boat landing at about 0730. Boat in the water and to our first hole by about 0800. The morning started off very fast. Baited up my first Pole threw it in and was baiting up my second and had a fish tugging on the first before the second was ready to go in the water. Realed him in wasnt the biggest fish I have ever caught”Photo top left” but he was the fish one of 2012 so I was pretty happy. This first spot was a gold mine we caught about 15 fish in about an hour we kept about 8 of them as most were pretty small.

When we went to the next spot the wind started to pick up a little bit and the fishing slowed down for the rest of the day we hit about 15 different holes and by about 1500 were both had our limit. once that wind hit it was like a light switch had been turned off because the fish just didn’t want to bite.

At about 1100 we got to one of our better producing holes in the past. Every time we go to this hole we always catch big fish and today was no different. I caught the 5 pounder in the photo above. which turned out to be the biggest fish of the day. This guy hit like a freight train. He hit the bait and took off and almost took my brand new Quantium Triax fishing pole with him. If it wouldn’t have been for the reel catching on the edge of the boat it would have been gone. Usually they don’t hit like that until mid summer when the water is warmer and the fish are more active. Guess he didn’t get that memo. The feeling of a nice fish tugging on the end of your pole has to feel as good as when a alcoholic gets his first drink of the day.

All in all it was a good day on the river. the fish were a little on the small side but we ended up catching about 45 Cats in total. Not to bad for early March catfishing in Wisconsin. Will take it over ice fishing any day of the year.

Until the next fishin hole

Carpe Langousta

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1/22/2012


         Well one more time at Mud Lake. This will probably be the last time for this lake this year. Although I’ve had pretty good luck there this year. Next weekend it will be off to Red cedar south of Cambridge. Home of Matt Kenseth for all you race fans. Anyway I got to the lake at about 0700 in the morning a nice 25 degrees with just a slight Southern wind and no sun. I wanted to get there early because For the past few days the big ones had been biting in the morning. I only had about two hours to fish cause i had a honey do list. All you guys know about them. It’s the list that is more important than fishing or so the misses thinks. I was fishing on the west side of the lake in about 5 or 6 feet of water under 5 inches of ice. I ended up catching about 10 nice Bluegills two of the biggest pictured here. When you get into these big slabbers they fight like there a great big old catfish. Obviously no one told them that they are just Bluegills. The biggest one pictured on the bottom of the Photo almost took my pole into the water. I was baiting up my other pole and at the same time this pig just hit the jig took off and didn’t let go. the only thing that saved my pole was the lip of the sled on my shanty. All in all it was a good trip. Next weekend I’m taking out the old Lewfinator. He is retiring from work this thursday so its time to get him hooked on one the greatest sports of all time. FISHING!!!!!!

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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Well back at mud lake again. Just Can’t get away from this lake this year. Usually have decent luck the first week or so and move on the another lake but this year this lake has a special feel. Today was a blustery 12 degrees and probably a 5- 10 mile an hour wind out of the north and 100% sunshine. I didn’t get out to the lake very early about 1400 and of course everyone that I talked to said that they were biting all morning long till about noon and then it was a light switch and they just shut off. So i Fished on the western side of the lake where everyone else was fishing and caught 9 little Gills and one little Crappie. In 3 1/2 hours nothing worth keeping. The ones that were biting were biting on chartreuse with gold sparkles and nothing else. I was fishing in about 5 feet of water on about 5 inches of ice. Not bad gained three inches of ice in about 5 1/2 days.

1/15/2012


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alright back on the ice again 2 days in a row. Feel like I need to make up for lost time. It was a Cool day about 20 degrees and a very light southern wind. I Caught 21 Blue Gills and 2 Crappie. The morning started off pretty slow fished from about 0700 till 1200 and only caught one small blue gill. At noon I moved to the south central part of the lake and it was like fishing on a different lake. I caught 21 fish in 2 1/2 hours. I was using a Purple and goldish orange jig. It wasnt the weird color jig that threw me off it was what I was doing to catch them. I would go all the way to the bottom Keep it there for about 5 seconds raise it up about three feet for about 10 seconds and then lower it back down to within 6 inches of the bottom and hold it there. At no point was I jigging. It was really weird. Never caught gills like that before. This was all in about 7-8 feet of water on two inches of ice. All in all it turned out to be one of the best days of ice fishing that ive ever had. All summer long I slatter the catfish but on the ice it seems that im a fish out of water “No pun intended”.

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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Well back on the ice again. I went to one of my favorite early ice spots. Although on a normal year this would be mid to late ice. But this year its early ice. There was probably 100 people on the ice today. All of them probably thinking the same as me. “Get on the ice and just fish because you don’t know how long it’s going to be there.”

25 degrees mostly cloudy and just a slight breeze

Used green jigs and waxxies

Fishing in about 7 feet of water

Fished for 6 hours and caught 3 bluegills

Between hours of 0700- 1300

 

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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1/7/2012


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well Look what time of year that it finally is. Been waiting for this day for 2 months. I didn’t think that was ever going to come. Rock lake went from no ice on the first of January to 7 inches on the 7th. On the 7th I had gotten 3 texts from people saying that people we fishing on rock lake. I had my doubts so I packed up all of my gear and set out for Rock Lake. I got there and the park was full of cars. I talked to a guy that was coming off of the lake and he told me there was 7 inches of ice and the gill’s were just hammering waxxies. So I set off on my first ice fishing adventure of the year. While I was fishing I saw one guy come out drill his hole sit down and catch 25 keeper Bluegills in about 30 minutes. There must have been the right vegetation where he drilled his hole. I myself have never had much luck on rock lake. My 11 fish was the best that I had ever done summer or winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was 40 degrees and sunny with no wind.

The ice was 7 inches thick.

I was using green and yellow jigs with waxxies.

Fishing in about 8 feet of water.

In 3 hours I caught 11 bluegills all were keepers never had to throw any back.

Fished between the hours of 2PM-5PM.


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Alright I’m still waiting for some ice to form on the lakes in my area so I can do a true fishing blog but with temps. averaging in the mid to upper 30’s my options are a little limited. So I’m go to blog about my favorite catfish bait. When you ask most people about stink bait the major consensus is that it’s garbage and doesn’t work. In 99% of cases that is completely true. But there is always that 1%. That 1% is Sonny’s Super Sticky Catfish Bait.

First I would like to give you a little back ground on this company. It is owned by Sonny and Cherl Hootman. They are located in Farmington Iowa. They have been in business for 29 years and employee about 4 people. To me you couldn’t ask for a more perfect business. It has everything its a small family business. That loves what they do. Doing it to not become rich but to supply a good product that would be willing to use themselves. They don’t even have a web site. But they do have a phone number that you can reach them at. Id post a link here but I don’t know how to do it. Just give them a call you can order your stink bait right from them. Also they don’t accept credit cards so they will have you send them a check. Last spring me and 2 of my friends each ordered a 5 gallon bucket and it took about a week for it to show up. Yes i did say a 5 gallon bucket.

So all in all I would recommend this to anyone that wants to catch some fish. I always catch great numbers of cat with this bait and not just little ones either. I’ve caught cat’s between 1 to 26 pounds with this bait. Spring Summer and Fall this bait will work for you. Just smear some on your little holey plastic plug and toss it in the water. No special instructions required. Easy enough for a child to do. Trust me my 4-year-old boy baits his own pole. Before long I think he will be out fishing me. But that’s a whole nother story in itself.

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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Stinkbait For Winter Cats


I had a recent comment on one of my posts if I fish for Cats in the winter and if i used stink bait for them. So I wanted to take the time to answer that Question. The answer is Yes and No. Although I have personally not had much luck doing so I have heard of people using it with much luck. On Lake Mendota the north-east corner of the lake by the rock pile is a great place to try to catch a cat through the ice. A lot of people including myself use Chubs, minnows or my favorite cut up carp.  Stink bait in my opinion is not really made to be used in the winter. It gets to hard and thick even when thinned down with some cooking oil. On top of those problems in  the spring when it warms up you have to add flour to your stink bait to firm it back up. So if you really wanted to fish for cats in the winter it is possible to catch them with stink bait. I just think you will get bored and head home empty handed way before you head home with a limit of Cats.

There are so many more fish that you can catch at this time of year its a waste to spend all that time trying to catch a fish that pretty inactive in the winter. I suggest some jigging for panfishing or some tip ups for Walleye, and Northern.

I hope that answered the question of the commenter. If anyone else Has any questions or helpful hints please post and I will do my best to get through all of them. Because without you my fellow blog followers I am just putting words on a screen. We all have the same goal and that’s to become better fishermen.

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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The Camo Moth


This is a cool little moth that i found crawling around on the sidewalk at work. Dont know what kind of moth it is but he sure looks cool. If anyone knows what kind of moth this is please leave a comment on this post. Well its the 16th of december and still no ice. hoping soon!

Till the next fishing hole!

Carpe Langousta

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Ice Fishing


Wow the weather is just crazy for this time of year. I sure thought that I would be ice fishing by this time but with a high of 50 today that’s not going to happen. Starting to wonder if im going to get to out at all. I do think that when it finally decides to get cold that it is going to be so cold that you don’t even want to go outside. I guess that comes with living in Wisconsin. Everyone knows the saying for Wisconsin “If you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes.” I bought a new power auger this summer and im Just itching to try it out. In the past it was always a hand auger which limited me to where I could fish because a person just gets tired of drilling holes. So I had some pretty high hopes for this ice fishing season. there is still plenty of time left so I think I will still get my fill of ice fishing.

Until the next fishing hole

Carpe Langousta

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