Sunday, January 29, 2006

Slab Slow Down

As that I had other errands to run today, I only got out at dusk trying to get into those Sullivan Slabs that I found yesterday. The long and short of it is I caught one perch, and 5 Crappies, only 2 of which were slabbers. However the night ended a little early for my taste due to the fact that I ran out of propane for the lantern. It's too bad that happened because I was prepared to stay out several more hours on an evening that was rather warm for this point in the season. Oh well, that's fishing.

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Hard Luck Slabber Dady

The Aitkin Jaycees Ice Fishing Contest was a bust for me. I couldn't even bring up a little perch. I had two quality bites on minnows and whiffed on both hooksets, should have let them have it longer. Pout were 3 out of the top 4 places with a walleye in 3rd. I think there was 1 tulibee in the top 10, one other walleye in the top 20 and the rest were perch, including a couple that bested a pound.

Afterward I decided to head to Sullivan and try for some slabbers. I put in at the West Access and by accident ended up working a hump for eye's. In the process of doing that I accidentally had my St. Croix Avid Ice Stick, my best ice fishing pole, get to close to the Coleman Lantern and the blank got weakened but didn't break. I think if I put some kind of splint on it that maybe it can be saved. At that point I was one frustrated dude. I did manage to get off the break and find 6 solid 10" slab crappies and missed several more on bad hookset and probably also not feeling the bite. They were biting really light. What finally tripped the trigger was a big minnow on a Custom Jigs Glow Demon beneath a glow dropper as an attracter. In my other hole I had a small minnow on a Glow Demon. I would jig the big minnow and they would inhale the small minnow and just sit with it.

Now that I've found these dudes, look out.