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Nettle lake / 2022 Season Opener For Me...WhooHoo!
« on: January 25, 2022, 02:02:34 PM »
Got out this morning.  It was just gorgeous; sunny, 13F, no wind.  Seven inches of clear ice with a few inches of dry, powdery snow on top.  Others reported catching fish but they must have cleaned out the place before I got there.  Marked a lot of activity in 24 FOW that showed interest but no appetite.  If I had to hazard a guess as to why I got skunked, I would say it was because I didn't buy any new gear or tackle this season.  The fishing industry has gotten so big and powerful that it can pretty much make or break anyone.  It was either that or because I was too lazy to change lures, bait, location.  All that activity can get so tedious on such an absolutely beautiful winter's day.

Ice Gear for Sale / Ice Augers
« on: January 18, 2022, 07:35:02 AM »
Auger, ice fishing, Mora Strike Master 8" cutter, manual, like new                                                              ($40)
Auger, ice fishing, power, Ardisam Innovative Outdoor Products, "The Ardis Sweet Cut"                      ($75)

Buddy passed and I'm trying to liquidate his stuff for his wife. 
Arrange to pick up at my place near Montpelier, 43543, at my buddy's place near Northwood, 43619, or in between. 

Nettle lake / Open Water
« on: January 08, 2021, 12:37:58 PM »
Just drove by Nettle; open in the middle.  Heard about a couple that fell in over at Big Turkey Lake in Stuben County west of Angola.  Still way too early in these parts with these temps.

General Discussion / Re: Where is everybody?
« on: October 27, 2020, 07:10:25 AM »
It's been an odd year, indeed!  Someone said that someday we'll tell our great-grandkids that we lived through the Great Toilet Paper Shortage.

My friends and I are all getting older every day, which you would think would be a good thing.  We've always been competitive, though now it seems like we're racing to the "finish line."  If we keep up this pace, I'll run out of pallbearers.

One of my friends was an avid hard- and soft-water fisherman, tug operator, charter captain, marina owner.  I'm helping his family sort through and sell off all his stuff.  The experience really opens one's eyes to just how much "stuff" we accumulate over a lifetime of having fun.  George Carling was right...again.  Ha!

General Discussion / Re: Fish Cleaning
« on: February 27, 2020, 07:16:30 AM »
Filleted and skinned, if you have to dress a mess to be cooked with breading; bone in and scaled, if you want to savor the flavor of your pan fried catch. 

General Discussion / Re: Nimmy Thursday 1/23/2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 07:28:46 PM »
News from the WBNO Newsroom

Man Dies In Steuben Co
By Newsroom
A Snow Lake man dies after falling through the ice while fishing. Deputies responded to the North Snow Bay area of the lake and found 19-year-old Lance Lennen, unresponsive with a faint pulse. He was taken to an area hospital soon after but was pronounced dead a short time later. The Steuben County Coroner’s Office says the cause of death was not due to foul play or drowning.
Jan. 24, 2020 at 4:42 am

General Discussion / Re: Hello?
« on: April 07, 2019, 06:38:29 AM »
Thursday I hitched up the boat trailer with no injuries and all the lights worked.  For me, those are signs that this may just be the beginning of one of those magical seasons.  Ha! 

General Discussion / Re: Anybody have an ICE Report for anywhere?
« on: February 19, 2019, 03:03:58 PM »
There never was a more beautiful winter's morning.  Seven inches of ice on Nettle Lake when I got there.  The ramp ice was OK.  Hit the south basin with everything I had.  Six hours and six fish later, I walked off with a smile on my sunburned face. 

General Discussion / Re: Ice Reports!
« on: January 31, 2019, 08:19:52 AM »
I've been out a few times in NW Ohio.  3 days ago the ice was 5" thick; most likely much more now.

The surface may get really sloppy with this warm and wet weather coming in, but the base ice will likely last until it gets cold again. 

Be safe.  Practice proven protocol while out on the ice.  Don't let your guard down.

I'm looking forward to some make-up fishing after the conditions over the last couple of seasons.   


General Discussion / Re: Flasher Advice
« on: December 20, 2018, 10:20:37 PM »
I bought an ICE35 last year ($290 Amazon).  I used it while we had good ice on local small bodies of water.  It's operation is very intuitive although a quick refresher will be needed again this season.  I like it a lot. 

Take your time setting it up.  Read the directions, then read them again.  Sort out all the pieces (I recall that I lost a small spring but a replacement was locally available).  Set up isn't hard, it just has to be done right. 

My ICE35 does its job and is durable, good display and good battery.  Fits in a bucket.  It's mesmerizing.  Every once in a while I have to tell myself to watch my rod tip.  Ha! 

McKarns / 12/11/2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:36:07 PM »
About 1 1/2" at the ramp; clear and smooth; just a dusting of snow.  I was alone without a spud bar so I didn't venture far into to deep water.  Here's hoping it's enough to prevail during this coming warm, daytime air mass.   

Nettle lake / 12/10/2018
« on: December 10, 2018, 01:23:22 PM »
Swung by Nettle Lake DNR launch ramp this morning.  The lake is mostly covered with ice from what I could see, but there are still many open/wet areas.  The ice that is there shows that the water is or was very high.

Nettle lake / 2/10/2018
« on: February 10, 2018, 09:55:21 PM »
Started fishing at dusk this evening for an hour and a half.  Heavy, deep snow on top of heavy, deep slush.  Plenty of ice, though the water was over the fishing holes.  . 

Marked a ton of fish in 21FOW from the bottom up five or six feet.  Lots of lookers but no takers on plastics and tiger jigs.  Another guy was doing just as well with a live bait mix. 

Did I mention lots of snow and slush?  I'm getting old.

Lake La Sue Ann / 2/7/2018
« on: February 09, 2018, 07:25:06 AM »
Wood Duck has 3+" of good ice and lots of snow.  'Gills active on small plastics and tipped jigs at sunup and sunset in ~12FOW; midday, not so much.  Parking lot was plowed.  All downhill to the pond.  All uphill coming off.

Pro's Pointers / Re: Short Rods 17” - 18”
« on: January 30, 2018, 08:41:11 AM »
Amazon has St. Croix and Fenwick; 16" - 17", pricey.

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