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No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Thanks for another great report, fishing lesson, and pictures. I'm glad you got one more in before the darkest part of winterWink

I was going to say that is the best looking bunch of perch I've seen come out of Willard, but then I read where you already pointed that out, at least for recent history.

I guess I said it anyway.

Nice work!
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Re: [Piscophilic] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Thanks. Glad to provide some fish porn for your enjoyment.


Yes, that catch of perch was my best in some time. I catch the occasional stray during other months of the year, but get more from about the first of November to iceup. Many times I catch multiple catfish and maybe one or two perch. This trip I caught multiple perch and only one catfish. Okay by me.


Here is a picture from about 3 years ago...with 7 perch and one nice walleye. I actually caught 3 or 4 more perch but they were only about 8 inches and went back to grow bigger. On this trip my smallest perch was just under 12 inches. Some problems are better to have than others.




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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Another great report and pics Pat. I think I'll break the boat out one more time and give it a go tomorrow. Were you fishing shower than normal with those colder temps, as far as how fast you were moving, while over those perchy marks?


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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
That's another great picture. That walleye looks as much like a football as those perch!

Thanks for sharing. I need to get a picture like that one of these days!

I'm shut down until Dec 28th, when my youngest son gets married. If the weather stays like it is, I may take the boat out right after that. I know that isn't what the ice fishermen want to hear, but it's starting to look like it might work out that way.

It looks like there is more open water at the UL State Park Marina today than there was before this last little snow storm. If the inversion doesn't build, it might all be gone by Christmas.
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Re: [wiperhunter2] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
I was thinking about hitting it again tomorrow too, but Saturday looks a bit warmer. Let me know how you do. I typically never fish on weekends, but I somehow doubt that the lake will be overrun with the power squadron on Saturday. Maybe a few more quacker whackers.



Almost all of my hits came while I was either moving very slowly...or completely still. And, as I mentioned, the bites were sometimes very light. I tried slow dragging both with fins and with electric set on low. Nary a sniff. But I think if I was swimming around in 36 degree water I wouldn't be moving very fast to chase down my dinner either.


I only got one or two bites without first seeing some "interesting" marks on sonar. And, of course, I did not get bit every time I saw "potential" customers. But seeing something besides shad does help keep the level of expectation up.


I worked out as far as 16 feet deep, but did not see much on sonar past about 14 feet. Virtually all of my action came at 13-14 feet. However, as we both know, every day is a new day and conditions can change.


Good luck and PM me when you get back.

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Thanks for the added info Pat and I will of course let you know how we do. I noticed Sat is looking like a warmer day and I agree, little doubt there will no one out there.


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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Pat,

Did you try any drop shot rigs? Just curious....I imagine plenty of fish staging and the flig has a different action due to the floatation...



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Re: [dwayneb] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Hey Bro, howya doin'? You should repost a couple of the pictures of your catches early this year.


I did try a couple of things on drop shot. Had one hit and missed it. Nothing for a long time after that so I went back to fliggin'.



I also tried your technique with the twister and worm. I think it might have been too fast for them.


I am finishing up some new small fliglets that work well drop-shotting. Might try some of those on my next visit up there.

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Dwayne called me and okayed my posting a couple of his pics from early 2018...just to show there are still some decent perch in Utah. Both of these pics were from waters within a half hour of his home in Ogden. The one from January was ice fishing. The one from February was from open water...after a warm spell opened it up. A couple of fish in the latter pic went just over 2 pounds.


Dwayne is a serious and knowledgeable angler. He often uses tactics and techniques not widely known to others. His skills are evident in the attached pics.

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
TD and DB, thanks for sharing the pictures. Those are inspirational and awesome!
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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Thanks Dude, I really appreciate the info. I used to fish that way with a spinner rig-- like one would use with a bottom bouncer but with just a slide wight like you are using. Not sure why I haven't used it in a quite sometime but will have to rethink it.
Thought you might be interested in a little fish porn from yesterday--double limit along with a couple of 20 something browns. All perch were 9.5-11.25a and all were harmed for future dinnersWink. It was good day on the northern waters! Then the work commenced--arrgghhh. Going to take a couple of days for my back to recover.
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Re: [fishday] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Naked fish pictures! Shameless. But cool...literally.


Nice work. Sore back serves you right.


I have been working on some propeller blade flig models...for bottom bouncing or cast and retrieve. Caught a few cats on some of the earlier models but will have a wider range of options by spring.







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Re: [fishday] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Looks like a great day! Thanks for sharing.

Were you throwing back smaller perch or were they all in that size range?
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Re: [Piscophilic] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
About 80% were that size. Some small dinks, large dinks and wanna be jumbos, 8-9s, but for the most part the school was made up of that size fish. Good thing was it was shallow enough to let the small ones go unharmed. They were hitting the top fly with perch meat on the slack about 75% of the time. It was a fun day of steady biting large perch. Don't get any better than that! Sometimes ya just luck out that way and sometimes, more often than not, you have to work to get just a few.
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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Very cool ice making weather on Thursday.

I'll trade a sore back any day for day of fishing like that.

Your prop fligs look interesting. Is there enough bouncy to float em with a prop?
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Re: [fishday] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
"Your prop fligs look interesting. Is there enough bouncy to float em with a prop?"

That has taken some experimentation with size and shape of the body...and the size and weight of the blade and bead. I first assemble them without using the super glue and drop them in water to check for proper flotation. I have had to make the bodies a bit larger to provide enough buoyancy on some models.
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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
I figured there was some engineering going on with them.
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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Nice one TD. Perch would be my favorite fresh water fish to eat. How do you cook yours mate?

Funchy

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~Steven Wright
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Re: [Funchy] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Interestingly, perch used to be considered a "trash fish" in Utah and were thrown up on the bank to rot. But in recent years more and more anglers have discovered just how good they are...and more of them are specifically targeting perch.



I have always been a perch fan...both for catching and for eating. My opinion is that there is no bad way to fix them. They are all good. But I do have several favorite recipes. Maybe you can try them on some of your Aussie fishes.

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Some great recipes there

Down here some times crumb my fish fillets in crushed salt and vinegar chips (or similar) Just make a small opening in the bag to let the air out, use a rolling pin or similar to crush the crisps into a crumb and then do your normal flour, egg wash then use the crumb. Shallow fry in a light oil (Sunflower or rice etc)

Funchy

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~Steven Wright
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Re: [Funchy] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
Sounds like we should get together for a fish fry.


Your place or mine?

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
TubeDude wrote:
Sounds like we should get together for a fish fry.


Your place or mine?

Mine, weather is warmer :D

Seriously though you are welcome anytime if the opportunity arises

Funchy

There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot. ~Steven Wright
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Re: [Funchy] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
I'm all about warmer. But I'm afraid reality has put a damper on any potential opportunities to join you in your area. I have lusted after a visit "down under" for years but there have always been other places that took precedence...and other demands on my financial resources. While still in reasonably good health my stamina for long trips has declined. In truth, I hate airports and all the stuff that goes along with air travel. Used to love to fly. No more.


But I always enjoy your occasional "walkabouts" on the forum here and the pictures you post of your local adversaries.

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Re: [TubeDude] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
TubeDude wrote:

Almost all of my hits came while I was either moving very slowly...or completely still. And, as I mentioned, the bites were sometimes very light. I tried slow dragging both with fins and with electric set on low. Nary a sniff. But I think if I was swimming around in 36 degree water I wouldn't be moving very fast to chase down my dinner either.

Hey TD how did you rig for this day of fishing? Weightless bait? Bobber-Head weighted-hook under a bobber with bait? Small tubes tipped with worm? Thx.
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Re: [Optimizer] No. Marina, No Ice, No Skunk 12-11-18 In reply to
As I mentioned in my original post, I caught all but two on sliding sinker flig rigs
FLIG RIG.JPG (404 KB)


I did catch two on a tandem tube jig rig tipped with crawlers.



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