Back in my UW Madison days, we ice fished the Mendota Chains often. On a day where we were in to a bunch of perch, a old man near by was pulling a few 20"+ walleyes from the hole. I went to see how he was doing it and all he said to me was "Son, get your self a dead stick and a put a minnow on it.". Getting back on the ice this winter, the first thing that came to my mind was I gotta set up the dead stick. At Harrier Lake, I set up the dead stick and left it along. As I was jigging a spoon, I notice a few light tap on the bobber, and it went down very slowly. I pick up the stick thinking that I have a crappie or a small walleye on. When i tighten the line, the drag went off like mad. My heart is racing now, I was thinking a big walleye like those the other had caught earlier. After a couple of minutes of battling this creature, I saw it's mouth filled the 6 inch hole. WOW! A big LMB! Quickly, I grab the fish and ask SoonerBass to take the picture, guesstimate that it was about 3lb,  text it to Pondboy (who was in the green shelter behind me), then send the fish back home. What an awesome way to end the ice season!

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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #7334 10 Mar 2013 09:17
Wow! What a way to end your winter and it is a great sign that this next season will be truly great.
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #7333 10 Mar 2013 09:09
You'll find the darnedest things on the deadstick rod! ;-)

Never underestimate the difficulty of landing a largemouth bass hooked with an ice jig through a hole in the ice. Great Job!!!

Way to go JC1!!
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redhook62 replied the topic: #7329 09 Mar 2013 21:22
Beautiful fish! Way to go man!