|Fished Out Front of Eddy's|
28-22℉, Partly to mostly cloudy, 0-5mph SSE
It got warmer than forecast and wind was supposed to be on the light side, so I decided to go to Mille Lacs. Unfortunately, all I had was crappie minnows. When I arrived at Eddy's there was a guy set up just to the North where I wanted to go. I decided to go about 100 yards to South of where he was. I drilled holes from 10' to 14' feet. I marked a fish pretty quickly, but it didn't hit the small Rippin Rap. Might have been a perch. I went to do some hole hopping with the Rippen Rap. I put the transducer down but it didn't totally clear the hole; The Rippin Rap got caught on the ice and came off the No-Knot Clip and created a royal mess that I had to go back in the house to deal with. What a clown show. Finally, got things straightened out and it was dark. Heard the guy in the other house whooping it up. Sounded like he got a very big fish. He left at about 6PM. I started working that way fishing in 8' to 10' of water. I went to drill a new hole and when I got back a fish was eyeing the Rippin Rap. I shook it once and it spooked. 3 or 4 holes later I was just getting up to drill another hole when a fish moved in. It took a good long look at the Rippin Rap then spooked. I drilled another hole and put a crappie minnow down. A fish came in again briefly. About 5 minutes later the bobber went down, but I boogered the hookset. That was at about 9:30PM. I stayed till midnight and didn't see another fish. I didn't do much moving after I missed the fish hoping the fish would swim to me. The wrong call obviously.
I was maybe a bit late on going to using minimal light. I didn't do a good job of switching depths. I didn't have a plan of attack.