Shallow early ice Crappies are a favorite of mine, mostly because of the challenge they represent. I use to think I was pretty good at catching them untill one day at a NAIFC championship on Mille Lacs , my partner and I were outfished by a team who wasn't using a flasher , and wasn't sight fishing. They were simply quivering their jigs while moving the rod up 10 inches, and then down 10 inches .
When the dust settled , we had zero Crappies , and they had a dozen fishing 20 feet away .
This taught me a very valuable lesson , and really made me think about how small my transducer cone is in 10 feet or less of water.
This is what I took away:
When fishing shallow water, things are amplified . Your jig choice , color , size , and equally important is your cadence.
The reason being is simple, the fish have already inspected and alot of the time have made up their mind before you ever mark them on your Vexilar .
My strategy for shallow water is simple , switch it up regularly , cadence and jig size untill I start marking/ catching fish.
The Thorne Bros. Booth was rocking last weekend at the St.Paul Ice Show, and for good reason.
These guys invented the custom Ice Rod game a long long time ago. I've been fortunate to be involved in testing new designs , and providing feed back along the way .
The #1 selling rod last weekend was no surprise , it was "The Sniffer".
This is the go to Bluegill/Crappie rod for anyone who has ever tried one .
I like to order mine as follows :
32 inch overall length , with a Medium Light Tripwire , and syncork handle. By far the best bite indicator money can buy, backed up by the best action rod blank on the market .
More Ice Fishing to come , tis the season 😊.
📸 cred: @spenser_samplawski
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