My dad and I hit Lake Marie this morning for some white bass at 7:00am. Fished in 20-25' depth. Bite was really slow except for a few guys who hit the lucky spot. Used a Gold swedish pimple tipped with spikes. Got 6 nice bites and connected on 5. Got one about 12" and the rest were on the small side. After watching everyone last week and then a few guys today utilize the Vexilar, I guess its time to throw down some cash and make the investment. Its really awesome watching the fish come up and hit the lure on the graph. Ice was 7-8" thick. I left at 12:30 and the thick slush was beginning to form in the 40 degree temperature. My dad got the big
I gave him a little bit of **** for that especially after missing 2 nice bites where I watched the fish jerk his rod down.
Lunch: Thirsty Turtle - Burger, Fries, and Drink.... Great Burgers
Paid my $5 parking fee and we decided to fish for some gills behind the the bar. Guys out there were killing the fish today. Ice was also about 6-7" thick. Lots of slush and standing water on top of ice. My dad and I got on the ice at about 2:00 and the bite was still going strong. Used 2lb line with a pink jig tipped with Waxies. Fished on 4' of water. The fish were really high of the bottom. The key was starting about 6" of the bottom and jigging it up to 12-18" off bottom. Once I felt the fish hit I dropped the rod to let the line slack and take the jig then set the hook. Gills were all nice sized. Dad redeemed himself from his poor morning performance with a few nice 8-9".
The fish really turned on before dark. Went home with about 40 nice gills and a 10" crappie. Threw some nice ones back. I think ice will be good tomorrow but boss won't give me clearance so good luck if you go out tomorrow. Bring some tall rubber boots.