Is it Bluegill or Pike fishing?

March 20, 2018

 

 

When you have so many flags go off, bonus fish becomes the targeted fish of the day.

 

I've been getting out to chase Bluegill a lot more frequently, I dare say I am addicted. I have been neglecting the Clam Arctic Warriors on a lot of the outings, just because I stay so busy catching Bluegills and Perch. But, on a recent outing, I decided I would get them out and see what's around for bigger fish. As it turns out, everything was around.

 

I drilled my normal bluegill line in 9 to 12 feet, then drilled some both inside and outside of those holes for my warriors. I set 2 at a time while jigging up some bluegills, just to see if it was worth setting up all 6 or not. With just 2 out, 1 flag went off twice in about 10 minutes. Just some smaller 2lb bass, but still a nice little bonus fish in between the bluegill and perch, so I put down the remaining 4. I didn't get much jigging time in after that.

 

Flags flying everywhere, several times with 2 up at once. The deeper flags were producing bass, with suspending shiners about 6 feet under the ice. While the shallow flags were producing Pike on shiners a foot off the bottom. Most of the fish were relatively small, however Felicia hooked into a nice Pike, topping her personal best. The best part with using warriors, she got to fight the fish on a rod, verses hand-lining it on your normal tip ups. He put up one heck of a fight. Pike make such cool runs thru the ice, hard fast runs, really get that drag screaming.

 

Not to be entirely shown up, I decided to just catch 1 on my pan-fish rod with 2 lb test and a Glazba jig. As I had planned it out all along, not luck at all. I'm jigging away for gills, see a typical bluegill mark I’m trying to trigger, then a quick thick red flash and my drag starts going hard. I didn't really see why a Pike would hit maggots, so I thought I just had a solid bass.

 

After coming to conclusion, it was indeed a decent pike, I never really expected to be able to land it with such a small jig. I was in thick moss, with trees around, which I got wrapped on for 15 minutes and eventually got him to back out and come around it. When I got him out of the hole and seen that the tiny little jig pinning both his jaws together, I lost it laughing. I couldn't believe that tiny jig never pulled out, or hooked anywhere else he would have bitten me off. I love lite tackle fishing, wish I could say that was planned, but I’ll take luck anytime!

 

At the end of the day the flag count was in the 30's, and even kept a few of the bluegills for dinner. Just don't get many days like that on the ice. With the weather looking like it may hold a bit longer, I hope the late season Pike bite just gets better and better.

 

 

 

 

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