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Went out for four hours on Tuesday afternoon and after the first hour being fairly slow I moved. Nobody around me in any direction for at least Half a mile. Started marking lots of baitfish and within 10 minutes I had a nice 18 on. The next two hours was nonstop double fisting rods and slinging up greens. Nothing over 22 came out but I caught 20 fish myself in the two hours I sat there. Live target and a pink and white jig with the salted 50-50 split. Went back out the next day to follow up on this hot bite with a buddy knowing that there would be some bigger ones coming through.

Out there set up by 8 o’clock on Wednesday but the pressure had dropped significantly and the rain was moving in so the bite got a little bit more difficult. We only had four fish iced by by 10:30 and contemplating a move. I told my buddy we just needed to be patient and sit there because the previous day I wasn’t set up in this spot until 130. Within the next half hour he had a big one hooked up and I saw it peeking its head through the hole before he lost it. It was between 28 and 30 inches so I knew the big ones were around us now. 10 minutes later he pulls up a nice 26 1/2. By now we also had a steady action of 17 to 22’s Rolling through. All of a sudden I see this huge blob moving on my panoptix. Saw it going to my buddies lines taking a swipe at both of his as he missed. Started dancing my live target higher up in the water column and it came screaming from 6 feet away smashing it hard! Fat slob 28 1/2 came out of the hole. Ended up fishing until 2 o’clock because it had rained solid for two hours and the temperature would be dropping so we left early before the roads iced up. Between the both of us we landed 30 fish, 95% green and several over 22.
 

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Was out tues also but never had much success fishing out by the pressure ridges without crossing them...My buddy and I caught a few and saw that pple were moving a lot , so we assumed it was an off day where the fish were not biting.. Just goes to show that you have to find em before they can bite lol good job ..Looks like its going to be a difficult job finding them this year
 

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Was out tues also but never had much success fishing out by the pressure ridges without crossing them...My buddy and I caught a few and saw that pple were moving a lot , so we assumed it was an off day where the fish were not biting.. Just goes to show that you have to find em before they can bite lol good job ..Looks like its going to be a difficult job finding them this year
Big difference between a ice pile up and a pressure ridge or crack. Lots of piled up ice on the east side, not really where you want to be fishing on pileups.
 

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shithawked? But didn't you give away gps coordinates last year? To draw attention to your guide service possibly?
When I give away GPS coordinates I don’t go back to Fish that spot. I find other spots. In fact year over year the GPS coordinates don’t even matter. I pretty much forget all of the previous years pins and start over. Sure some areas hold of Fish year-over-year but there’s a lot of variables that change the exact location of where the fish are. I’ll probably give away more GPS location at some point because a lot of people are having difficulty finding them and I like to see people be successful when Fishing. The biggest reason I gave away that spit last year was because someone spilled the beans on it and I had five permanent shacks move right on top of me along with 30 other portables right around me. So I sent the herd in after them.
 

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Dumb question coming:

How do I tell if there are baitfish under me with my flasher? I have a Bird ice35.

Congrats on a great day!
If you have your bird tuned right and lower the gain so your screen is clear and you can just barely mark your jigs then they will appear above you as flickers usually between three and 12 feet depending on how deep your fishing. Often times they are being chased by a bigger fish so try and get up there as quickly as you can to try to get the big fishes attention before he passes. These fish are very aggressive and if you can get their attention they will smack you right away. Typically after I see a baitfish school then shortly after I am marking bigger fish cruising on the bottom following with the panoptix.
 
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