Reel Weeds Equal Real Fish

By: Matt Johnson LaDredge     Outdoors    is    no newcomer to the fishing world. For two years they have led the attack on artificial underwater structure.  LaDredge  Outdoors offers     a      wide-variety     of products  available  to  the  ice angler. But, these products are not   only   something   anglers have grown to like and  use on a  regular  basis…  the…

Cats Play In the Snow Too

By: Matt Johnson When one thinks about ice fishing, they typically picture walleyes, crappies, sunfish, perch, pike, maybe even a lake trout or eelpout, but not many people think of catfish. Even the mere idea of catching a catfish under the ice results in scowls—sometimes even laughter.  But for those of you who venture out…

Add a Little Spring to Your Ice Game

By: Matt Johnson There  are  a  lot  of  tools   out there  that can  increase an ice angler’s  productivity,  but one has to  rank the spring  bobber high on their list of priorities. If you  seek out  panfish—and by panfish  I  mean  bull  bluegills, slab    crappies,     and    jumbo perch—then  the  addition of a spring   bobber   can…

Time to Understand the Successful Ice Angler

By: Matt Johnson What makes an ice angler  successful? This question seems complex  and out of   reach   but  in  fact  the  answer  is probably already under your nose. We spend   a   lot  of   time   browsing  the various Internet  websites, reading the latest magazine articles  and spending time chatting  with fellow  anglers  and friends  trying  to…

Top 10 Secrets to Icing More Panfish

We once believed that the best kept  secrets for targeting  winter  panfish were  shared at local  bait  shops,   church   meeting   rooms, neighborhood coffee  shops; basically  those unknown locations  where  old-timers  spend most of  their time  spewing  the tricks  of the trade. On the contrary,  the modern age has drastically   helped  define   the  new  set  of…

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Pinpointing “Bull” Gills

By: Matt Johnson Pinpointing these  broad-shouldered  sunfish can be an  all-day  endeavor,  but  it’s a  day well-spent    once   you   hook   into   a   true pounder. Sunfish in the nine  to  eleven  inch range are in a  class of  their own,  and once they surpass that  ten-inch mark  you’ve  got yourself  a  real   trophy.   Light-biting,  drag squealing,…

Understanding Modern Electronics On Ice

By: Matt Johnson We sometimes get ahead of ourselves when trying to struggle with the  nuances  that  go into understanding  fishing  electronics.  We focus on  pixels,  watts,  power  output, all of the things that do  nothing but  confuse  the bulk of the angling  population.  We stumble into a retail store searching for  answers but only…