Bring on the Ice!

Iowa Ponds!

Iowa Ponds!

Wow, I’m horrible.  My last post was in July and I didn’t even follow-up on it……  I promise to make up for it this ice season.  I have a lot planned this season and I hope the ice will be around long enough.  So, back to where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing.  Most of my time was spent making home made tackle this summer and fall.  Mitchell Meyers and I really got into making jigs this past year and a half.  While he was away for a summer internship in New Jersey, I decided to start selling some of my jigs on Ebay.  I now have an EBAY Store and I’m selling jigs.  It’s very time consuming to do but I really like doing it.  All the jigs are hand poured, powder painted, cured, detailed, then seal coated with UV Blast.  These are some very tough jigs.  I don’t charge enough for the time I put into them…..It’s a labor of love and that’s Ebay for ya.  I’ve also started a Facebook page for the business.  I use this “business” term loosely.  It’s very small but I couldn’t handle much more.  Oh, it’s called 8 My Bait.  Check it out on Facebook or on Ebay if you would like.  Don’t forget to LIKE 8 My Bait.  My Jigs are well made and they hook up great!

8 My Bait!

8 My Bait!

How about fishing?  Not much to report on my end.  I didn’t get out much since I was making and selling so many jigs.  MacBride was pretty dead…and really dirty this fall.  I managed a few crappies, a wiper and walleye…but nothing to get excited about.  I made it to a couple of smaller lakes that are showing promise.  They will be early go to lakes for me this season.  One is loaded with cookie-cutter 11″ black crappie.  They are over weight for the length.  I fished our pond a bit here and there through summer and fall.  The wipers are reaching the 17 inch class now.  Man are they a blast on light tackle and top water.  Our small mouth bass that we introduced last fall have reached the 12″ mark and look like footballs.  Walleye are coming on strong as well with 15″ reports.  Should be a fun ice season this year.  Bigger is always better.  Last year was fun but this year will be killer.

Ice Jigs too!

Ice Jigs too!

My regular fall trip to the Mississippi River didn’t happen.  The warm weather diving right into the cold made it tough.  I was waiting for the right day and it never came.  I regret not going.  My Dad reported some good days but nothing amazing.  I guess that’s one more day of vacation to use on the ice this year.  That will make two of my Dad’s Egg Hamburgers…..YES!!!

As good as it gets!

As good as it gets!

How about Ice equipment and tackle?  I’m excited to try out some new reels.  I bought this seasons Black Betty 6061.  It’s black and silver now….dang.  I liked the gold Hawkeye colors.  I also picked up another reel at the end of the season last year .  Another multiplier fly reel Sportsmans Direct had.  Why not.  It feels cheap but light.  I think it will do just fine.  It looks like Fraibil has an upgrade to the original 241 reel.  Looks nice…..I’ll probably bite on it.  261 reel now, with a smaller price tag of $39.99.  For rods I’m probably going to be fine this season.  I still love the Thorne Bros. Rods.  I’d like to add another Quiverstick but I think I’ll wait another year.  Companies are really hitting the ice hard this season.  New tackle and accessories galore.  The market is tapped now.  Full product lines of tackle from just about every company you can think of.  Even Clam got on board in a big way this season.  I don’t really see anything ground breaking….but more options.  Electronics continue to improve in power and portability.  It looks like the Micro AquaVu could make cameras less annoying.  I love them but I hate the added weight and bulk of them.  These small and skinny cameras could be the ticket.  The new Wi-Fi to Smart Phone technology is very interesting as well.  I can see some major benefits when trying to pinpoint perch on the river…..hmmm…….

Time For Bed.....

Time For Bed…..

I’m looking forward to fishing with Mitchell Meyers again on his gem of a pond.  I’ll be reconnecting with Luke Haugland this season as we will be teaming up for Custom Jigs and Spins.  Look for a lot of video this season as we enter that realm.  Pond fishing galore.  Expect to see some of the biggest panfish Iowa has to offer through the ice.  I imagine there will be some surprises along the way.  That’s about all for now.  I think that brings us up to date.  Now we just need some cold weather to get this thing kicked off.

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