Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Break 80 Degree Ice Fishing......well not quite

Hey Everyone!
Just got back from a 2 day trip to Lake of The Ozarks here in Missouri. Took My son Tyler out for a short "Spring Break" fishing trip.

Started out yesterday afternoon fishing below the dam using my jig and float technique, in an effort to catch some White Bass, but they have not showed up yet! Only managed one. But TY and I caught a couple nice Bass.

Spent the night at the cabin and fished the boat docks for Crappie. Water was pretty stained, but the bite was "on"!  My son actually suggested that we take the ice fishing rods with us! At first I thought he was crazy, but the more I thought about it ...it made sense!

A lot of people sink brush and other fish attractors directly below the docks. The short 24" rods with spring bobbers were great for fishing those "tight" places around the docks. The spring bobbers allowed us to drop my #6 Wade's Blades jigs down pretty deep and detected the slightest nibble. Once we saw the minnow getting nervous, it was just a matter of seconds before the rods had a deep bend in them, with a fish on the line.

They are also more sensitive when fishing with horizontal jigs and plastics, which also worked well. We are probably the only people to ever use ice rods on this massive 55,000 acre lake.

Taking the family to the lake? Want to fish but have no room for rods and tackle? Sure you can't fit a couple 24" rods somewhere? Might be onto something? 

Lesson here: Don't put your ice fishing tackle & equipment away after the ice melts. You might have your best spring ever using the lures and baits you already have!

Till next time.....Tight Lines,

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Wade's Blades announces two NEW "Field Testers" for their lures

John and Sean McKean are a father and son team from Pennsylvania who are passionate about fishing & catch a variety of species. John is also a former writer for the original "Fishing Facts" magazine.

John has written articles for me which I have posted on our Facebook page and this
 website, telling us how he's used Wade's Blades to catch big Carp, Catfish, and other species.

This year he plans to spend a lot of time chasing down big Crappies. He always has good tips and suggestions for making the most of your time on the water, which I will share with you.

Below is a brief Biography of John and Sean.

Welcome aboard guys!

John is a retired school teacher and has lots of time to
put his Wade's Blades in front of a big variety of local fish!

When he's not competing in weightlifting competitions, writing on various interests, or target shooting a slingshot, he's found chasing his favorite crappie, perch, trout or bluegill with light tackle in small lakes and ponds. John is also a big fan of the large, hard fighting carp that he stalks with small jigs, and enjoys getting up to Lake Erie to walk the many stone piers for big varieties that include hefty smallmouth, channel cats, sheepshead, and steelhead.

John was a former writer for the original Fishing Facts
magazine and has been a hardcore angler for 60 years.

Sean has fished for virtually 
his 29 years, learning from his 
dad the power of light jigs, having used them since he could first walk!

He's deadly on trout with Wade's new 
jighead series, tipped with small plastics, and 
enjoys night fishing for huge channel catfish.

Working as a chef, Sean can always be counted 
on to supply terrific platters of crappie,perch, 
and bluegills after a venture out to local waters!