Category Archives: Ice Fishing

All things ice fishing

Getting the Jigs ready for the Tourney: Powder Painting

I have three large cases filled with jigs in 3/8th, 1/2 and 5/8ths ounce jigs and yet I felt the need to pour over 160 jigs and tame my wild hair fixation.  Throw in 50 more jigs from Angler’s Quest … Continue reading

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Accessorizing the FLX-20 Genz Pack

It’s not a secret for anyone that knows me, I run Vexilar through the ice, in fact I use my Vex all year-long.  Its been a great 14 years with the company as a member of their staff, it is … Continue reading

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Getting Technique Specific with Walleye Harnesses

First there were colorado  and indiana blades, then came willow blades and after that came the whiptails.  Throw into the mix some hatchets and choppers and you get a wide selection of spinner blades for crawler harnesses that do a … Continue reading

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Braid vs Monofilament

  Somebody asked this the other day, so here is a quick take on when to use braid, and when to use monofilament lines.   Trolling and casting are the main times to use mono types of line.  The reasoning … Continue reading

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Insane Walleye Week on Lake Erie: Pt2

Why am I doing a two-part post today?  Had to take a break after the first article to get the pups out for a walk, call it being on “Beagle Time”.  A little coffee and breakfast didn’t hurt either after … Continue reading

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A Collaboration Article for Ice Fishing…

…and helping anglers catch more panfish.  Below is a link that takes you to an article that I helped edit and co-author with  Jim Ahonen, who like myself, is also a member of Church Tackle’s staff. ODUMagazine/Gilling Up Copyright, 2018

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BB Fishing; the Double XL Ice Reel

That iconic ice fishing reel made famous here in Michigan gets a “sizable” upgrade with the introduction of the BB Fishing ice reel. I sat down with owner Bronson Burch from Manitou Beach, Michigan…that’s Devil’s Lake south of Brooklyn where … Continue reading

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My Twist on The Michigan Rig

Anglers in Michigan have been adding a small dry fly to their ice line set-ups for decades.  It consists of either a lead or tungsten jig at the bottom of your line and about 12 inches above that, the fly.  … Continue reading

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The Great Tungsten Ice Jig Debate…

First off, that is a waste of time, call this a size guide and when to fish them. Secondly, not a word about the heater in the corner, it was cold that winter 🙂 Thirdly is actually a word and … Continue reading

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Tightline, Free Fall, Spinning or Schooley?

This seems to be the big debate the last few years in the ice fishing world, so this is my take on it. As far as spinning reels, love my Daiwa’s but when it comes to fishing for panfish through … Continue reading

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