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Well-balanced Presentations Trigger More ‘Ice’ Fish
Role of the rod and line in ice-fishing success, plus late-ice tips
By: Dave Genz
This winter, we’ve focused on what Dave Genz considers the keys to presenting a bait to fish under the ice. About the effectiveness of horizontal jigs, knot positioning and cadence of the presentation. To tie a bow around the topic, a bit about the crucial role the rod and line play in your ability to execute the Genz pounding presentation and experiment with cadence.
The line you use for ice fishing has to be fresh, and has to match up well with the weight of your bait. Everything else you do can be perfect, but if your line is too thick (“heavy”) for the bait, “It won’t hang straight,” says Genz. “Even if it’s just a little too heavy, it robs you of the feel you need to fish the bait and detect bites.”
Genz is meticulous about his line, changing it frequently, and often hand-stretching the first 20 feet or so at the start of the day, to remove any tendency for the line to coil when lowered down the hole. Fresh, limp line matched well with the bait provides you with a direct connection between the rod and the bait. “You can make that bait do what you want it to when your line is hanging straight and does not have memory,” he says. “If it’s too heavy and has coils in it, you can’t feel much and the bait doesn’t react to what you’re doing with the rod.”
Genz has spoken many times about his rod preferences for ice fishing.
“They need to function,” he says, “like long rods in miniature.”
Genz prefers ice rods that are relatively stiff and “very crisp,” so that the bottom of each jigging cycle can be felt in his hand. “The right rod allows me to do anything from hard pounding to a softer, slower, smoother presentation.”
It’s well-known that Genz does not like spring bobbers, because of how they smooth out and slow down cadence in presentation.
“If a slower, smoother presentation is what the fish want,” he says, “you can easily do that with a good graphite rod. And there are ways of detecting light bites by watching as much as feeling. If you’re watching the rod tip all the time, and you can see when the line moves slightly to the left or right, or if the rod tip dips slightly, you set the hook.”
On light-biting fish, if you miss on the first few hook sets, Genz advises, try dropping the rod tip when you see a bite occur. Drop the rod tip, hesitate, then set the hook. The time, and slack line, often allows the fish (if it is so inclined) to take that “second bite” and get the hook into its mouth. “A lot of times,” says Genz, “the fish will just kind of softly suck at it the first time, and the bait is touching on the outside of the mouth. When you drop the rod tip, if they decide they want it, they will suck it in and you can catch them.”
On most days, a rapid cadence, giving off good vibration, will attract and trigger more fish than a softer, more muted cadence. After all these years of fishing almost every day all winter, Genz has concluded that the biggest mistake anglers make is slowing down or stopping their jigging motion when fish show up.
“You should keep the movement going,” he says. “I see most of the spring-bobber people stop when a fish swims up to it. They just hold it still and watch for the spring to move. But when you do that, if your line has any twist, the jig starts to spin. Most of the time, the fish don’t like a spinning jig.”
“When you’re using a rapid cadence, and keep it going after the fish comes in, the lure doesn’t spin. And if you keep doing what brought the fish in, and experiment with raising or lowering the jig as you keep it vibrating, it gets more of the fish to bite. And they tend to bite down on it harder, because they tend to chase it more, and work harder at getting it all the way into their mouth.”
After each fish or missed bite, when you reel up to put on bait or rotate the knot on the eyelet of the jig, take a few seconds to let the line ‘un-spin’ to further minimize the curse of the spinning jig.
As we head into prime ice panfish time, here’s one example of a well-balanced setup, featuring a new rod Genz designed in the Ice Team Professional series. Match the 26-inch bluegill rod with 2 or 4-pound test line, and the new Dave Genz Drop-Kick tungsten jig. Any size jig in the series will match up well with this system.
Late/Early Ice Fishing Tips
We won’t leave you hangin’ when it comes to late-ice panfish action. Here are key tips from Genz for catching fish during some of the nicest days of the year.
* First, be safe out there. Across the Midwestern Ice Belt, the landscape varies from ice-free on the southern fringes to thick and sturdy ice in northerly strongholds. Regularly check ice conditions, and wear a life jacket.
* This is the time of winter when shallow water comes alive, as oxygen returns and water temperatures warm. The days get longer and the sun eats away at snow cover, especially around shorelines. Sun penetrates the ice, and weeds can even begin to grow again. As a result, shallow spots that didn’t hold fish midwinter can be teeming with life.
* Larger lakes tend to be better than smaller lakes, because, all things being equal, fish come out of the midwinter doldrums in better condition and tend to be more active.
* Head for bays on the north side of these larger lakes. A bay on the north side receives southern exposure, which means it gets more life-pumping sunshine on an average day, as late winter prepares to give way to early spring.
“During the transition between midwinter and late ice,” says Genz, “look for fish to start moving toward the shallows. They might still be in deeper water, but they might be staging close to the shallows. That’s why this can be a tricky time, so you have to look, keep moving, and drill enough holes to find where they are.”
If you don’t find fish deep, look shallower. If you don’t find them shallow, look deeper, especially close to large south-facing bays, inflowing creeks and rivers, manmade inlets and canals. Be extremely careful around current, as you always should.
But get out there and take part in one of the best portions of the ice fishing season.
Note: Dave Genz, known as Mr. Ice Fishing, was the primary driver of the modern ice fishing revolution. He has been enshrined in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport. For more fishing tips and to order his new info-packed book, Ice Revolution, go to www.davegenz.com.
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Top 6 Car Features for Wisconsin Winter Outdoor Adventurers
Challenging Wisconsin weather drives what you may need for successful winter expeditions.
You’ve packed extra hand-warmers. You have a new vacuum insulated mug. Your favorite boots are ready. So, you think you’re prepared for an adventure into Wisconsin’s winter wonderland … except for one thing: getting there and back. Before you travel to the great outdoors this winter, consider how a few vehicle features can add to your enjoyment and even impact your hunting and fishing success.
Sometimes the smallest features can make a biggest difference. Yet, it seems like every month a new vehicle advancement in convenience or safety becomes available. Some are quite pricey, too. So, before you shop for a new or used car with just the right features to help you enjoy a great winter adventure, review our top 6 vehicle features you may want in your next used car, truck, or SUV.
Assuming you know the routes you’ll be taking, and if these roads are paved or not, you can choose to buy a vehicle with either all-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive. All-wheel drive cars, trucks, and SUVs generally perform well in slippery weather conditions. And, you don’t need to activate them; they simply distribute power to wheels as necessary.
Four-wheel drive systems, most common in pickup trucks and SUVs, are excellent for driving in very deep snow and for off-roading. Once 4-wheel drive is activated, its low range allows the vehicle to drive up steep hills, over boulders, and through mud. If your route includes roads that aren’t plowed regularly, 4-wheel drive is a must.
A quick reminder: your drive system does not determine how well your vehicle will stop in slippery conditions. Traction is provided by your tires, and only a playing card-sized area is touching the road at any time. So, make sure you have winter tires in good condition. Their soft rubber compound grips better in cold weather. Look for the three-peak mountain and snowflake symbol molded into the tire’s sidewall.
Being able to operate your vehicle safely is crucial, especially when you’re exploring unfamiliar territory. The key to safe operation is no surprise; it’s being able to see: in front of you, behind you, and next to you.
You may think that heated side mirrors would cool off too quickly during travel to do much good. But, the housing unit protects against wind and cold. Overall, they’re as effective as rear window defrosters/defoggers, allowing you to remove ice build-up without having to scrape, which can shift your side mirror’s sightlines.
Plus, they evaporate fog in an instant, making your early morning adventures dry, clear, and safe. Speaking of heated components, consider heated seats. Not only do they raise your body temperature when you need it most, they feel great on a sore back during the drive home from a long outdoor expedition. Oh, and a heated steering wheel can feel incredible, too.
Winter mornings can be brutally cold. Especially if your vehicle is exposed to the elements when parked. You can defrost your windows and warm up your vehicle from your home or the cabin, far before you venture out. Plus, after your outdoor fun, get things warmed up before you’ve left the woods.
Also, consider keyless entry, which comes in handy when you have a frozen armload of gear and food. Just walk up to the door and touch the sensor on the door instead of dropping your keys into the snow. Plus, many cars, trucks, and SUVs with keyless entry have pushbutton starting, so no more fishing for keys!
One more convenient loading feature: a hydraulic lift-gate (which slowly drops down in pickups and opens up in hatchbacks) and can be moved with only a finger.
The drive to your winter escape could be a long haul. And, you’re likely going to have someone with you: friend, spouse, kids. Traveling hundreds of miles while trying to agree on a comfortable interior temperature can be challenging.
Dual-zone automatic climate control is the ultimate peacemaker; giving the driver and front passenger the ability to fine-tune the temperature. Simply set it, and the system makes adjustments to keep everyone comfortable. While in “auto” mode, it keeps everything steady, so you’re decreasing adjustments and increasing safety.
Having to pull over during your trip to repeatedly knock icy messes off your wiper blades is inconvenient and a safety hazard. As their name states, winter wiper blades are built specifically for winter driving, preventing ice from building up on the blade holder. Now, ice and wet snow get lifted off the blade so it rides flat against the windshield.
Some of these special wipers do have a tendency to lift up at high speeds, which may not be an issue when driving in winter conditions. You just need to replace them after winter with summer-friendly blades because they may streak in rainy conditions.
Since we’re discussing being able to see clearly, think about automatic high beams. This feature automatically turns off your high beams for oncoming traffic, and then brings them back up after the car passes. This makes nighttime driving on back roads easier, which can be stressful due to winter driving conditions.
OK, ground clearance isn’t a feature that can be easily changed, but it’s something to consider when shopping for your winter-friendly vehicle. For most SUVs, the distance between the chassis and the driving surface is 8 inches, enough room to handle most snowfalls. With more ground clearance, you have added ability to dance over boulders, cross streams, and climb up steep pitches of dirt road.
However, with less ground clearance, let’s say 6.5 inches (still more than most cars and many minivans have), you need to carefully consider what you’ll be driving over. So, depending on your off-road needs, take the time to take some measurements.
Finding the right car, truck, or SUV for your winter outdoor adventures isn’t easy. In the end, it has to work for you, so do your research on vehicle makes, models, and features. We suggest discussing your winter trip needs with a reputable, ethical, and honest used car dealer.
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A Horse of a Different Color
A few months ago I made my annual pilgrimage, along with a few fishing buddies, to Canada’s Lake of the Woods, an amazing fishery with over 14,000 islands and 65,000 miles of shoreline that are abundantly inhabited by deer, bear, bald eagles and a profusion of other flora and fauna.
The day we arrived was sunny and absolutely beautiful. The temperature was in the upper 70’s and the gentle breeze created a perfect “walleye chop.” It seemed every fisherman from every camp was on the water that day.
My buddy Ron captained one of our boats and wasted no time racing off with his team to his favorite haunts. I captained the other boat and did the same. Although we motored off in different directions, our goal was the same; catch enough walleyes in the 16 to 19 inch range for shore lunch.
It wasn’t long before my team boated several fish. Unfortunately, they were larger walleyes in the 25 to 27 inch range, the ones we throw back to ensure plenty of fish for future generations. Fortunately, Ron and his shipmates came through in the clutch and boated enough eaters for lunch.
The next morning I woke at 3:30 a.m., made a pot of coffee, and briefly stepped outside, where I was greeted by fierce winds and driving rains. As I sat at the kitchen table pondering my next move and wondering if anyone else was going to join me, Ron came busting out of his room and said, “Let’s go. It’s starting to get light.”
As everyone else in the entire camp slept in, we donned our rain gear and ventured down to the dock. Now, Ron and I both prefer to captain the boat, but when it’s just the two of us, I usually defer to him. It takes a skilled boatman to keep off the rocks, especially since one of Mother Nature’s prized possessions is her collection of dinged props, and she’s always looking to add more. Ron has been navigating these waters far longer than I have, and he might — just might — be more skilled at it.
Ron is also a darn good fisherman who relentlessly pursues his goal of catching enough fish for shore lunch, regardless of the external forces and conditions working against him.
Since he was captain that morning, he decided we would fish the windward side of the islands in the 10 to 12 foot range, trolling crankbaits. It was tough fishing, but we caught a couple dozen walleyes and several northern pike. Everyone else in camp caught a grand total of zero.
In 1910, President Teddy Roosevelt delivered a speech at the Sorbonne, in Paris, titled, “Citizenship in a Republic.” A short excerpt from that speech follows and is widely known as “The Man in the Arena.”
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
I hope Mr. Roosevelt, rest his soul, doesn’t mind, but I changed the words a little to make it more relevant to our fishing outing that morning. My version is called “The Man Who Dragged His Butt Out of the Sack and Went Fishing.” You are one of the first to read what I hope will become a timeless gem:
“It is not the person still in camp who counts; the person who points out how small your fish are or that, had he gone, would have caught bigger ones. The credit belongs to the man who is actually on the lake, whose bones are aching from the wet and the cold; who trolls, casts and jigs relentlessly; who gets snagged time and time again, because there aren’t enough crank baits interred on the bottom of the lake; but who actually strives to catch shore lunch; who knows the thrill of the hit of a large fish and a good net job; who spends himself in the honorable cause of providing for those who slept in; who at best catches a personal record fish or his limit, and who at the worst, shall never be with those wusses who are still in the cabin snugly tucked into their warm, dry fart sacks.”
When we got back to camp, I couldn’t help but draw some similarities to what we experienced that morning and what we often experience at work. You see, when he is not fishing, my friend Ron is serving in Washington as one of Wisconsin’s U.S. senators. I am honored to serve as his chief of staff.
Ron is a citizen legislator, a statesman who has valiantly entered the political arena where the wind, rain, snags, tangled lines and battering rocks show themselves as the biased media, uninformed citizenry, and others on “The Hill” who are motivated by something other than an intense desire to save this 238-year-old experiment we call America.
When he was elected, he promised two things. The first was that he would always tell us the truth. He always has. Recently, I received an email from a man who said that when he sees Ron Johnson in the news, his BS meter is stuck at zero. That’s because Ron doesn’t BS. He believes America is on an unsustainable path and that we don’t have time for BS. Many have called him the most forthright man in Washington. I often hear others on the other side say, “I may not agree with him on much, but I will say the man does have integrity.”
The second thing he promised was that he would never vote with his re-election in mind. He never has. He wakes up each day with a choice. Does he take the easier path and go along with his colleagues because it satisfies the donors and voters? This would be akin to fishing the leeward side of the islands during high winds and rain. Or does he maintain his integrity, stick to his principles, and do what is right for this nation? This would be analogous to fishing the windward side.
Ron is a “horse of a different color” who always chooses the latter. He too believes we should release the larger walleyes to spawn – because keeping them would be, in some ways, like committing intergenerational theft. We wouldn’t intentionally do that to our kids and Ron is committed to preventing us from doing the same with our national debt and deficit.
When we must catch enough fish for shore lunch, I am happy to let Ron Johnson captain the boat. Likewise, I am thankful he is at the helm of our fight to ensure my children, and yours, prosper in a country whose future is currently in peril.
Robots and Hunting
By: Chuck Granade
The stalk is on.
Never before has our storied tradition of hunting rooted in ethics, hard work and balanced conservation been so threatened by such a well-camouflaged foe; emerging technologies.
APPROACHING A TITLE WAVE OF CHANGE
When smartphones erupted into the market, industries pivoted to integrate including a smattering of well-known brands like Facebook, YouTube, AirBnB, Pinterest, Google, Uber, Instagram, and Twitter. Not only did it change brands, it also had a tremendous effect on the job market and economy. An entire ecosystem of supporting brands, content creators, and consumers sprouted up. Our lives have been completely changed forever as a result of smartphones and the brands supporting mobile technologies.
Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Drones, Mixed Reality (MR), Machine Learning (ML) and Blockchain are a few emerging technologies with underserved markets (like hunting and conservation) poised for massive disruption. The result of not preparing our industry and supporting brands for the approaching title wave of emerging tech change will be a larger gap in the socio-economic divide. It isn’t about drones per se, but the convergence, accessibility and processing ability emerging technologies will have on the world around us. Just like the early smartphones did.
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