I had a great time at the Lake in the Hills ice fishing derby on Saturday. The ice was 5-12 inches thick but there was 6 inches of water on top the ice which made for a very wet trip. The fish were hugging the bottom and weren't very active but we did pretty good. What you have to get the fish off the bottom is take a nice, heavy tungsten ice jig and set it on the bottom. Then, raise the tip of your rod about a foot, then drop it, letting the jig hit the bottom hard. Repeat that a couple times then slowly jig your bait upward. Watching your flasher, look and see if you can get the fish to come up. Using that technique I caught all of my fish and caught tons in the past. I caught them using a Bentley/fiska tungsten jig and a Little Atom Nuggie and a trimmed Jumbo Wedgee. In the end, I ended up winning the perch and crappie category.

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SoonerBass replied the topic: #7106 15 Feb 2013 18:01
Congrats on the win, nice fish.
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JC1Crappie replied the topic: #7103 15 Feb 2013 17:16
haha! That beard looks great! So does the fish! Well done!
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JTC24 replied the topic: #7102 15 Feb 2013 15:35
Thanks guys, hopefully I will have another COTD coming up with walk on water being on sunday :)
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #7075 14 Feb 2013 20:32
Great job JTC!!!

Poofing up the bottom and pounding the jig calls fish in.

Once you see them on your flasher you know you've got their attention. ;-)
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CrankinKing replied the topic: #7071 14 Feb 2013 19:58
Nice catches JTC24. Wish I could get out on the ice but family first
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pondboy replied the topic: #7070 14 Feb 2013 17:26
B) what a cool photo! Little Atom To the rescue! Nice fish man nice job and nice beardhead! !! :silly:
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #7069 14 Feb 2013 16:47
Nice catch and article JCT24! Hopefully you have have many more days of ice this season.