Teasing fish under the frozen crust is very stimulating, especially when the action is at the rendezvous.
Ice fishing is a fantastic activity that allows us to measure ourselves against adversaries who ask nothing better than to bite into our offerings. The follower must simply solve the daily puzzles that Mother Nature offers us in order to find what will make the targeted percids react.
Aside from the fishing, there is obviously the preparation, the discussions, the expectations that are part of these beautiful outdoor outings. There is also an increased number of amateurs who, in this difficult period of the pandemic, wish to take their minds off, spend time outdoors, admire the landscapes, etc.
As the popular expression says so well, while you are there … precisely, while you are there, you might as well maximize your chances of outwitting beautiful yellow perch that will delight gourmets and gourmets in the evening. .
When I suggest adding a minnow or part of it, you need to make sure that their use is legal in the industry you are operating.
Last week, I indicated that you had to opt for a thin and invisible thread at all times. This suggestion is even more important for yellow perch. A copolymer of 2, 3 or 4 pounds of strength is ample for the capture of this species.
Here are the recommendations of several stakeholders in the field that I have accumulated.
Ice nymph: This great classic should find pride of place in every box set. It is especially craftsmen who polish them by molding the shape of their body with lead on the shank of a hook. These bugs, as they are called, come in a wide range of colors. Personally, I like the ones that are quite massive and stocky.
Tungsten Toad: This offering from Lindy is made with tungsten, a metal that is hard and denser than lead, which, size for size, sinks faster to the depths. It is also known to more easily transmit keys and transitions. This little colossus is offered in three sizes and 10 colors. The addition of a maggot or a soft lure is an asset.
Glow Spoon: This plastic-coated spoon with its unique ripple, to which we have grafted a replaceable glow stick to illuminate the marine world, does not go unnoticed. Add to that a clash chamber with tungsten balls and you have a winning recipe. Available in three sizes, the 1/16 and 1/8 versions are more suitable for medium sized perch.
W10 Wabler: Thanks to its stabilizing ridge, this 1/16 ounce spoon, which is 2.5 cm long, does not spin around when gently picked up like a yo-yo. Its real silver plating, for its part, mimics the reflections caused by the scales of minnows. A minnow head installed on the tripod rod will enhance the presentation and stay in place.
Syclops S0: Lures in this line have helped millions of anglers achieve the results they want. The 10 curved and reflective surfaces combined with its S-shaped profile and sinusoidal swimming, like a small fish, make this 5cm offering, from the Mepps company, quite irresistible. Just tap it from the bottom up, vibrate it, and take breaks.
Lindy Perch Talker: This arrangement of brass balls and colored discs forms a particular amalgam which generates attractive reflections, vibrations and sounds. A chain separates the upper portion. Thus, wary fish can stay at a distance and launch themselves with their mouths wide open on a small minnow, a worm, a soft lure or maggots installed on the tripod.
Quiver Spoon: The arched shape of this pewter spoon forces it to undulate when lifted, and to zigzag when let down gently. The reflections it generates, the eye near the carnation and the blood-red tripod inevitably attract yellow perch looking for a lunch. Don’t hesitate to add a minnow or a soft lure.
Buck Shot: Made of metal, this presentation from the Northland firm is equipped with a noisy sound chamber with brass balls. Her dress is highly reflective thanks to its holographic finish, which mimics the scales of a goldfish. When he has jerks, he sways heavily from side to side. The addition of a secondary offering is suggested to increase the whole.
Atomic Teaser: This inviting combination of a small tube and a flexible worm has proven itself time and time again. Offered with a jig head weighing 1/16 or 1/32 of an ounce, it spins slowly on its descent as if it were a prey in difficulty. Make it hop in the water column, then let it hang from the end of the wire by vibrating the end of the cane.
Micro Nymph: These convincing imitations, with seven appendages that move to the rhythm of jerks, are sure to please poles of all sizes. Available in peppery, black or brown and orange pumpkin color, they come in a pack of 30, or 10 of each shade. These Mister Twisters work wonderfully on a 1/32 or 1/16 ounce jig head or in drop shot.
Puppet Minnow: This horizontal metal jig is equipped with two single hooks at the ends, a tripod under the belly and an inverted V-shaped deflector on the rear portion which forces it to move by performing semi-circles when it ‘operates. The PMD1 weighs 1/8 of an ounce and measures 3.8 cm. The rider has an interest in jigging semi-aggressively and taking breaks.
Jigging Rap: When it comes to Puppet Minnow, it is essential to present the version of Rapala. This zinc offering spins on a wider axis and performs a more accentuated glide in its dive. Available in five sizes, the 3.2 cm W2 1/8 ounce model is best suited for target small predators. The addition of a minnow head on the ventral tripod is recommended.
Swedish Pimple Ice: This slightly curved Swedish spoon has made its mark in the country for over 65 years. The user can simply jig up or down or jig upwards to let it descend without tension. A red plastic attractor adorns the tripod to make the presentation even more interesting. A worm or a minnow enhances everything.
Lil’Foxee 45: This vertically waddling lure imitates a small minnow wanting to feed. He points his nose between each jerk, as if trying to get food at the back. Its holographic dress reproduces the reflections in the water column well. Its tail with feathers increases the overall profile and it follows the movements imposed by the cane handler.
Frostee Spoon: This 1/16 ounce mini-offering is easy to recognize since it looks like a little snowman. Its oversized eye, super glossy holographic finish and bright red tripod all contribute to its success with anglers and fish. Adding maggots, a minnow’s head or a micro soft lure will help motivate the yellow perch even more.
Ice fishing: a real fanatic
The least that can be said of Caroline Gaudreau, from Mirabel, is that she is a real fan of ice fishing and that she is incredibly patient and tenacious. Imagine, this 50-year-old lady spent 47 consecutive days in her cabin on Lac des Deux-Montagnes. She only went out for a few minutes a day to take a shower. Apart from a small amount of specimens that were kept for consumption, all walleye, pike and perch were pardoned as she caught them.
Something for everyone
In open water, most people understand that in order to get the best results, they need to take a subtle approach. In an ideal world, you would have to stop your speedboat several hundred meters before arriving at your favorite site and approach with felted steps using an electric motor so as not to frighten the various species that live peacefully. in their environment. When the surface of bodies of water freezes, followers would do well to do the same. However, you inevitably have to use a manual or mechanical auger to drill the ice and it creates a lot of noise. This type of noise can sometimes attract some curious predators, but this does not create optimal conditions. After you have drilled the holes, try to reduce the fuss. To avoid making the fish even more suspicious, do not throw items on the ground and avoid moving near your brimbales with a car or motorized vehicle.
Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my [email protected] 1-800-268-7116