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Chuck's Sport Shop
630 N. 4th Street
Tomahawk, WI 54487
Phone: 715-453-3101

Feb. 10, 2015

“Success Occurs When You Never Give Up”

This past weekend a client and I went out for a fun afternoon of ice fishing. Conditions were mostly cloudy with some sun, and temps around 30 degrees with wind out of the east at 5 to 12 mph. We had some early bites on our set lines in the 10’ stuff, but came up short. The fish were plucking off the minnows again. I wasn’t worried about this because it was early in the afternoon, and the pm major was coming. We set up tip-ups in some new water. Mud bottom and stumpy areas were fished using Beaver dam tip-ups with heavy line, big hooks, and large minnows.

Reason for the heavy line is you need the horsepower to get your fish out of the wood, which brings me to the next part of the story. The flag went up in the wood, and I told AJ to grab the line; he said the line was snagged. I grabbed the line, and sure enough it was. At this time I was thinking in my mind there is no doubt we are going to catch this fish! I let the line go slack, and then would pull back and forth a few times, then with a good pull she popped off, and I handed the line to AJ, and said here you go. I could tell by the look on AJ’s face that a good fish was coming up.

Then suddenly a big brown fish filled the hole that looked almost prehistoric looking when it came onto the ice! Congrats to AJ with his beautiful fat 19’’ small mouth bass! What a trophy catching a fish like this ice fishing. Then it was photo and release time!

The afternoon sun was out for a while, and in this period AJ caught some nice jumbo perch. Most likely these were the fish that bit earlier in the day robbing the minnows off the hooks.

Later at dark thirty we had a couple more bites, and ended up with a beautiful 18’’ inch walleye, and congrats to AJ for getting it done again!

There was no magical weather today for catching a lot of fish, but having a great time, and sharing your passion in the great outdoors with somebody who likes to fish, and watching them catch quality fish is special.

The following day, my son Isaac, my good friend Chris and I went out scouting for pike and walleye. Conditions were cloudy with winds out of the northeast 10 to 15 mph. Today we set up tip-ups along the green weeds in depths from 7 to 8’ deep using sucker and shiner minnows. It wasn’t a good day for pike, but part of the problem was we didn’t get set up until almost 4 p.m.

One hour had passed and we decided to go because it was Sunday evening, and you know what that means … work the next day. During pick up I had out an old Beaver Dam tip-up. The flag was down, but when I picked up the tip-up I felt a tug, and ended up catching a nice 17’’ walleye. This nice keeper ate a shiner minnow. The next set line I caught a pretty 14’’ walleye on a sucker minnow and had a good release. I then looked at my friend and said, “Why are we leaving?” We both laughed and decided to leave on a good note, and come back another day when we have time to pay our dues!

Current ice conditions: 19’’ inches thick and the snow depth varies from 4 to 8’’ on average to some areas where it is a foot deep with 18’’ snow drifts here and there. We are also expected to receive 2-4” of fresh snow.

If you are looking for a day of ice fishing, give me a call at 715-966-1821. Remember to check out my Facebook page at Buck’s Taxidermy and Guide Service. Well, that wraps it up for this time. This is Roman Derleth reminding you, “Don’t slack off and always keep your line tight!”

Last updated: February 12, 2015


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