Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Ice Report

Well it has been unfortunately warm here in South East Wisconsin the last number of weeks. From the looks of the ice and snow map provided by NOAA the ice is quite a ways away yet. The long term forecasts look good for the next few weeks so we just have to cross our fingers.

Please be careful if you decide to venture on to new ice. A spud bar, throw rope, or even a PFD is a great idea, and don't forget to tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. Make sure you can fish all season by keeping youeslf alive!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Fishing Reports Thanks to Squirmin Worm

Fishing reports coming soon to Hardwater-Angler.com! Brought to you by Squirmin Worm Farm Bait and Tackle.  They have the largest selection of bait in all of Sheboygan county. Check them out online then stop in and say "Hi" to Dave. While you are there this winter check out the fishing reports and purchase exactly what we are using to catch those fish!

Directions to the store are HERE

LIVE BAIT they have IN STOCK:
Crappie Minnows
Fathead Minnows
Medium Golden Shiners
Nightcrawlers
(Dozens, Smalls, Large, 3 Dzn., 100 Pack, 1/2 Flats, Flats, & Tourney Flats)
Red Worms
Trout Worms
Leeches (Medium & Jumbo)
Wax Worms
Suckers
Hellgrammites

 

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Fishing Line

I have to be honest here, I feel I don't know much about fishing line. There are so Many choices lined up on the racks at bait shops and sporting goods stores. Hi-Vis, Lo-Vis, Mono, fluoro, braided, the list goes on and on.

I choose my line based on what I have used in years past and by the diameter of the line. If I can get a larger pound test with a smaller diameter then I am happy.

The last number of years I have had a rod with 1# FireLine Mirco Ice Fused. Its a superline and is tough as nails, there is one draw back, you must use a heavier presentation to get the line to straighten 100%. It kinks a little bit as you work with it and that is the only way to get it to straighten out.

I use Vanish 2# Fluorocarbon every year as well. Fluorocarbon sinks, when using super light jigs you want any help you can get dropping them back down to fish. Vanish stays limp in cold weather and again it is super tough.

This year I set out to the local sporting goods store and "tested" a number of spools of line from various companies. Wrapping line around each index finger and pulling apart till it broke, tying on a jig that had "fallen" out of the box and again pulling until it broke. All this silly testing did yield a few results.

I have decided to go with Sufix Ice Magic 3# test Mono. It held up extremely well to both the pull test and the knot test and the diameter is that of others 2# Mono.

Like I stated I don't know a lot about line, I use what works, I use what I have used, but one thing I will always do is get new line every season, yep, even the weekend warrior should too.

The new lines are in the stores now, get out and do your own test and bring on the ice!