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By: Cole Karsky Tink, tink, tink. The sound every angler loves to wake to while they are sleeping on the ice, the bells of a rattle reel. There is something special about those bells. They are a unique sound that triggers the natural reaction of the well-trained angler to go find the rattle reel that the fish is on before his buddies can. Using a deadstick has put many bonus fish on the ice for anglers for decades. In many instances, it can be one of the more effective methods for a day on the ice. While the concept of the...

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By: Kyle Quine I have spent many long days out in the ice in search of trophy pike. Since they’re a cold water species, Winter is a popular time to target them and with the season fast approaching, it is time to prepare. Preparation leads me to the hard work of trial and error, which eventually lead me to finding success. In this article I am going to go over some very important pieces of information as well as some tips and secrets. I have discovered and used this valuable intel to achieve great results while tracking down these toothy...

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Mid-season is coming across much of the ice belt and that early ice bite has come and gone. Panfish opportunities have likely slowed a bit, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to waters that hold trout, you can find some consistent action to get you through the mid winter lull. Unlike some of their warm water brethren, trout remain active throughout the winter months when water temps take a plunge. Targeting lake trout through the ice is becoming an increasingly popular pursuit for anglers from the Rockies to New England, and many parts of Canada. Many of these tactics...

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By: Blake Tollefson Winter is here – and it’s here to stay for some time. With these frigid temperatures, it’s vital to make the most of what mother nature has to offer. Drive past a frozen lake mid-January and you’ll spot shanty towns teeming with anglers willing to trade long rods for those of a shorter variety. Panfish – and crappies in particular – are some of the most targeted species throughout the hard water season. They are more than willing to offer fast action and provide a fresh meal that’s quite hard to top.   Nomads & Roamers In...

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By: Blake Tollefson Contrary to open water fishing, ice fishing anglers are forced to cover water in a more limited fashion. Because of the movement limitations associated with ice fishing, anglers aim to bring the fish within striking distance. Only a select set of lures have the ability to impart the right action and call fish in.  The jigging spoon is a staple to the ice fishing community, and arguably one of the most effective for attracting fish. In simple terms, jigging spoons can be simplified into two categories - the flutter spoon and the rattle spoon. Traditional spoons are...

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