First Ice Already!

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Decided to take off from work early and head out to the family pond yesterday to see if it was ready for some holes.  I stopped at home and grabbed some gear and the pooch.  I arrived at the pond a few minutes later and walked out with the auger a little ways.  I punched a hole….looked good…..hand in the hole…..about 5 inches!  Wow!  I moved out further and punched another hole.  Same result!  One more to be sure.  It was game on!  I set up on the first hole and was greeted by several marks all the way through the water column.  First drop……Bang!  Crappie came up through the hole.  The pond is on it’s fifth year now and the fish are starting to get pretty nice….but not huge.  8 – 9 inch crappies are pretty common.  I drilled 3 more holes and found fish in all of them.

Baby Gill Pattern

Baby Gill Pattern

 

They really bit well for me when I put on an 8 My Bait Tungsten Baby Gill Pattern and a J and S Custom Jigs Black Ice Mite.

Crappie....crappie.....crappie!

Crappie….crappie…..crappie!

 

It was so nice getting out on the ice.  This is 1 week earlier than last year.  I never thought I would be out earlier than Thanksgiving.  Crazy!  This doesn’t mean the ice is safe.  The pond was safe but lakes are probably not safe.  Not all water freezes the same.  Be careful out there.  I’m heading out again for a few hours today.  I’ll try to post more photo’s.  Phone got cold yesterday and died.  I’ll do a better job today.

Big Gills

Big Gills

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