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insearchoffish
01-12-2013, 09:28 PM
Well Iíve been wanting to go ice fishing and today all the stars aligned, arrived at Bainters at 5:31 loaded up the gear and we were off. Arrived at Caples packed all the gear down to the lake and I began my search. It had snowed a bit in the last few days so the old holes were hard to find but it didnt take me that long to find one. Cleaned it out rigged up the pole and started fishing. Bainter had to run to kirkwood because he forgot his gloves, and while he was gone I got my first ever icefish:) A little planter! Wouldnt even have taken a picture but its the only way to prove it!!


http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/2_zpsd9994b05.jpg






Over the next few hours all was quiet in my holes, Bainter was getting hits on his green rubber worm and also a few nibbles on the shrimp, but they wouldnt connect. Finally I threw on the good old nightcrawler and pulled up a cookie cutter brookie, about 10-12 inch. We decided to give up on this spot, (take note of the tan handle sticking in the snow, thats a Mutt, used for breaking through the ice)


http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/1_zps5e92a0b4.jpg


We worked our way out to the little rock island in the middle of the lake, if I could take that decision back I sure would, for multiple reasons.
Reason 1.BornToScout would still have his Mutt that I borrowed (oh yea bainter wants to know where he can get you a replacement,:duh:)
Reason 2. I wouldnít of had to walk so far to get my license when the warden showed up.
Reason 3. We didnt get a single bite while out there, the whole time watching a group catch 7 or 8 little bows 10ft from where we just were!


Not great fishing, but thats not the only reason we go, luckily. The scenery was amazing when I took the time to stop staring at my pole to enjoy it! BBQ venison/pork burgers in the middle of an iced over caples doesnt suck!:action-smiley-035: It was cold, nothing compared to Pyramid last weekend, but still a little chilly.


http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/4_zps38f9d94e.jpg






http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/3_zps9e856b6d.jpg
In this picture that is Bainter hiking east across the lake, the two groups out in the middle caught 1 fish that we saw. If you look closely you can barley see a dark spot in the front left, thats where you want to fish! (If you want little planters, or maybe the big ones too, I dont know where there at)
Ok heres what I learned in my maiden ice fishing voyage.


When standing on ice and snow the cold cuts right through your boots.
Further out is not necessarily better
Always hold onto the Mutt
Supposedly clearing a large area of snow off the ice will let in light and attract fish (Learned that one on the way out)
Meal worms may be something worth bringing next time
Keep your fishing license on you
Drive extra slow when its icy out
Dont set your drink down, it will freeze! (unless its got enough bushmills)


One last shot for ya


http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj494/redwoodcoastceramics/5_zps071a383d.jpg

Thanks for bringing me along Bainter even though all I do is talk S#%T, :grinn:

Bainter1212
01-12-2013, 09:59 PM
Thanks for driving me home Kev! That Bushmills had gone to my head just enough to where I probably shouldn't drive on icy roads.
Boy it was sure cold when we arrived in the morning. Forgot my gloves and sunglasses; big mistake. Went to Kirkwood and overpayed for some replacements....totally necessary BTW. My hands would've frozen solid quick. Couldn't use crawlers in the morning, they froze solid before you could get them into the water. The snot in my nose and the water in my eyes started to freeze as well.
Wish I could've gotten into some fish, but this was definitely a learning experience. Until next year.

Captain Compassion
01-12-2013, 10:33 PM
Very good Kevin. Those are wonderful pictures and you got some fish. Can't beat that. It's cold all over the east side but you can't let this stop you. Back to Pyramid for me next week.

:areportmq5:

CC

redneckpunk
01-12-2013, 11:03 PM
Great report and pics. Best part, got your first ice fishing and a pic to prove it


~RNP

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borntoscout
01-13-2013, 07:30 AM
Congratulations for having a great time on your first ice fishing trip. And guys, don't worry about the mutt. Truth is, the handle was cracked and it was no longer up to heavy work and thus expendable...

Marv
01-13-2013, 09:03 AM
Great stuff gents, anytime you don't fall through ice is a good trip :)

mtn. man
01-13-2013, 10:10 AM
Looks like a postcard day on the ice. Did you guys try salmon eggs? Sorry about the slow day, they'll pick up soon enough. If you guys decide to do more ice fishing, buy yourselves one of those cheap plastic sleds. you can stow your gear in it and pull it around behind you.

RideNfish
01-13-2013, 10:21 AM
Sa-Weet Kevin and Bainter!

Glad you guys got on the ice. Maybe I will try that this year. I'm glad you got your first ice fish. But the best is I can learn from all of YOUR mistakes! LOL

Remember my Pepsi froze at Pyramid after it came OUT of the ice chest. You should of known better. :laugh:

Bainter1212
01-13-2013, 01:11 PM
We were putting stuff in the ice chest to thaw it out! LOL

Marinpaul
01-13-2013, 03:39 PM
Looks awesome, guys!! Thanks for sharing.

dpars
01-13-2013, 08:28 PM
We were putting stuff in the ice chest to thaw it out! LOL

Now that's funny. I thought I was cold on Folsom this morning, but now I know it was rather balmy out there.

insearchoffish
01-14-2013, 07:28 PM
Looks like a postcard day on the ice. Did you guys try salmon eggs? Sorry about the slow day, they'll pick up soon enough. If you guys decide to do more ice fishing, buy yourselves one of those cheap plastic sleds. you can stow your gear in it and pull it around behind you.

No we did not try salmon eggs, I need to remember to use them more often I only bust them out on the rare occasion and there usually dry by then. The sled is a great idea, thanks!!!!

corkscrew
01-15-2013, 09:05 AM
No we did not try salmon eggs, I need to remember to use them more often I only bust them out on the rare occasion and there usually dry by then. The sled is a great idea, thanks!!!!
Try shallower water next time> week before last we were in 2 1/2 to 3 feet of water and slaying the fish. Night crawler seems to work best for me. We twitch bait a lot. It seems to induce bites. Will be up there Saturday.
Nice pics!!

CDREANDRADE
01-17-2013, 03:31 PM
Ill be up there on sat too. planning on leaving vallejo around 5am. Will you have an auger me and my budy could borrow? also do crawdads really work?

insearchoffish
01-17-2013, 07:15 PM
Ill be up there on sat too. planning on leaving vallejo around 5am. Will you have an auger me and my budy could borrow? also do crawdads really work?

If your talking to Bainter or I your a little late bud! This weekend is the 19th, we were there last weekend the 12th! You shouldnt need an auger, plenty of holes already there if your fishing caples. Just bring something to clear them! Good luck be sure and let us know how you do up there!

corkscrew
01-18-2013, 12:23 PM
You can borrow mine. I'll be on the ice by 7:30. I'll be in a white and blue boss jacket with a red auger. Red chair. Fishing near the spillway...

CDREANDRADE
01-18-2013, 04:01 PM
Sounds good corkscrew my post was directed to you since you posted on the 15th that you would be up there this sat. Hope to see you up there. and good luck if i don't.