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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>”FISHING THE MIDWEST”
IS PRESENTED BY LARSON FX, THE MULTI-SPECIES,
MULTI-USE BOAT THAT’S READY FOR
WHATEVER YOU ARE. SUZUKI, THE ULTIMATE
FOUR-STROKE OUTBOARD. CORE ICE, EXPAND YOUR SEASONS.>>HI FOLKS, WELCOME TO
“FISHING THE MIDWEST.” I’M MIKE FRISCH. THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO SAMPLE
A NEW BAIT FOR OPEN WATER SMALLMOUTH BASS IN THE FALL. AFTER THAT WE’RE GOING
TO GET IN THE CORE ICE AND FISH IN COMFORT. IT’S WINTER CRAPPIES. BUT FIRST, I’M WITH MY
BUDDY SHANE GESELL. WE’RE CHASING OPEN WATER
SMALLMOUTH BASS IN THE FALL. HEY, COME ALONG. ♪ ♪>>SO TODAY WE’RE ALL
ABOUT SMALLMOUTH BASS. SMALLMOUTH ARE ONE OF MY
FAVORITE FISH SPECIES. IN FACT, IN THE FALL OF THE YEAR
THE WALLEYES BITE REALLY WELL. THE LARGEMOUTH BITE
REALLY WELL. THE CRAPPIES BITE,
THE BLUEGILLS BITE, BUT I LOVE CHASING
SMALLMOUTH IN THE FALL, AND TODAY WE’RE FISHING
SOME DEEPER STRUCTURE USING DROP SHOT RIGS.>>THAT LOOKS LIKE A
PRETTY GOOD ONE, SHANE.>>YEAH.>>FINDING A SMALLMOUTH ON
SPINNING TACKLE IS ONE OF THE FUNNEST THINGS AROUND HERE
FOR FISHING, IN MY OPINION. THEY PUT UP SUCH A FIGHT,
ESPECIALLY WITH LIGHT LINES, LIGHT TACKLE. IT’S A BLAST.>>SHE’S BEEN EATING GOOD.>>SHE HAS BEEN EATING GOOD. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THE GOOD NEWS IS LOOKING
AT THE DEPTH FINDER, THERE’S MORE OF
THEM DOWN THERE.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>WE GET OUT TO
OUR FIRST SPOT, AND WHAT I LIKE TO DO IS I LIKE TO USE MY
RAYMARINE AXIOM UNIT. I USE DOWN VISION IN CONJUNCTION
WITH THE 2D SONAR TO LOOK, AND WHAT I’M DOING IS THERE’S
A SERIES OF SMALL ROCK HUMPS THAT HAVE SOME SAND GRASS AND IT
SEEMS LIKE THESE SMALLMOUTH RELATE TO THE ROCK WHERE
THERE’S SOME SAND GRASS CLOSE, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO STAY ON THE
MOVE BECAUSE THE FISH MOVE. SO WHAT WE’RE DOING IS
WE’RE USING THE AXIOM TO LOOK FOR FISH.>>OH YEAH, LOOK AT THAT ONE!>>YEAH, THAT’S
A GOOD FISH HERE. REAL LIGHT BITE.>>REALLY?>>YEP.>>WHAT DO WE GOT FOR
WATER TEMPERATURE? 47 AND A HALF. IT’S GETTING TO THAT TIME OF
THE YEAR WHERE THAT BITE’S A LITTLE MORE — A
LITTLE MORE TENDER. (laughs)>>THEY’VE STILL GOT A LITTLE
FIGHT LEFT IN THEM THOUGH.>>OH YEAH, THAT
LOOKS LIKE A BIG ONE.>>YEAH, SHE FEELS
LIKE A BIG ONE.>>SO WHEN THE FISH HIT,
THE FIRST THING I NOTICE IS THEY WERE BITING
REALLY LIGHT. I MEAN, I DIDN’T
FEEL MUCH OF A HIT. IT WAS MORE THAT THEY
JUST PICKED IT UP AND THEN THERE WAS
WEIGHT THERE.>>YOU’VE GOT THAT ALL
WHITE ON TOO, DON’T YOU?>>I DO, YEP, HERE SHE COMES. WELL, SHE WAS COMING.>>(laughing) OH, LOOK AT THAT ONE. THERE YOU GO. GOOD JOB SHANE. NICE! NOT THAT LONG BUT FAT. LOOK AT THAT!>>YEAH, THEY’RE REALLY FAT.>>WHEW! GOOD WORK MY FRIEND. I THINK A LOT OF THESE FISH
ARE OUT HERE, SHANE, YOU KNOW, TRADITIONALLY OR A LOT OF
TIMES SMALLIES ARE FEEDING ON CRAYFISH.>>YEP.>>THIS TIME OF THE YEAR
THEY WANT SOME OF THOSE BIGGER MINNOWS, SOME
OF THOSE BAIT FISH.>>UH-HUH.>>AND THAT LITTLE FLUKE STYLE
BAIT, THAT Z-TOO DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB OF IMITATING
BAIT FISH.>>WE’RE USING THAT BABY Z-TOO. IT’S A SMALL FLUKE STYLE BAIT. IT’S AN IDEAL DROP SHOT BAIT AND
IT MIMICS THE SPOT TAIL SHINERS THAT THESE SMALLIES ARE FEEDING
ON THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. THE WAY WE’RE FISHING THIS
PRESENTATION TODAY IS WE’RE DROPPING DOWN VERTICALLY. WE SEE THE FISH ON THE DEPTH
FINDER, WE DROP DOWN ON THEM, WE SHAKE, WE TWITCH, WE HOP, WE GET THAT LITTLE Z-TOO MOVING, THE SMALLMOUTH
CAN’T RESIST IT.>>SEE THE FISH?>>CATCH THE FISH.>>CATCH THE FISH — SOMETIMES. NOT ALWAYS, BUT SOMETIMES.>>THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>THAT IS A GOOD ONE. ♪ ♪>>THERE WE GO. WHEW!>>THE BITE TODAY IS NOT
AGGRESSIVE AT ALL, IS IT?>>IT’S NOT.>>THAT FISH, ROD TIP JUST
WENT — JUST GOT HEAVY. THAT’S WHY A GOOD, SENSITIVE ROD
WITH A NICE LIGHT TIP HELPS.>>THAT’S A FAT GIRL THERE.>>THAT’S A STOUT ONE, ISN’T IT?>>YEAH. BUT THE COOL THING IS, WE’RE
FISHING A REALLY NEAT TECHNIQUE. WE’RE FISHING VERTICAL. LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WE’RE MOVING
AROUND SEEING THESE FISH. THEY’RE EITHER ON TOP OF THE
HUMPS OR OFF TO THE SIDES, BUT THEY’RE MOVING, SO WE
HAVE TO STAY ON THE MOVE.>>GOT HIM?>>GOT HIM. STAY DOWN!>>OOH, GOOD ONE.>>YEP.>>COME ON THIS SIDE
OF YOU HERE.>>OH YEAH.>>STILL A LITTLE JUMP IN HIM. THERE WE GO.>>ANOTHER GOOD ONE.>>THAT FISH, HE HIT
THREE DIFFERENT TIMES. BUT NONE OF THE HITS
WERE AGGRESSIVE. AND SHANE, I WAS USING THAT
Z-TOO WITH THAT BLACK BACK AND THE WHITE BELLY.>>YEP.>>AND YOU GOT THOSE FIRST
COUPLE ON ALL WHITE. SWITCHED UP, MADE A
DIFFERENCE DIDN’T IT?>>SURE DID.>>THEY ARE PUTTING IT ON. ♪ ♪>>FISHING THE MIDWEST IS
MADE POSSIBLE BY: BEAUTIFUL KABETOGAMA LAKE, GATEWAY TO VOYAGEUR’S
NATIONAL PARK. RAYMARINE, SIMPLY SUPERIOR. NORTHLAND FISHING TACKLE, MADE
BY FISHERMEN FOR FISHERMEN. P-LINE, BECAUSE WE FISH. VEXILAR, OWN THE ICE.>>HEY EVERYONE, WE’RE GIVING
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YOU ON THE WATER. ♪ ♪>>CORE ICE EXPANDS YOUR SEASONS
BY BUILDING HOUSES USING THEIR REVOLUTIONARY LIGHT-WEIGHT
INTELLI-CORE PANELS. THESE TRUE STRUCTURAL COMPOSITE
PANELS ARE LIGHT WEIGHT YET DURABLE, EXTREMELY WELL
INSULATED AND WATERPROOF TOO. CORE ICE ALSO OFFERS MODELS
USING THEIR PATENTED HYBRID WHEEL SKID SYSTEM FOR THE
ULTIMATE IN PORTABILITY. WITH MODELS AND CONFIGURATIONS
TO FIT THE NEEDS OF ALL WINTER ANGLERS, CONSIDER CORE ICE
AND EXPAND YOUR SEASON. VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO
FIND A DEALER NEAR YOU. ♪ ♪>>EVERY ANGLER HAS
HIS FAVORITE TOOLS — A PARTICULAR BAIT,
THE RIGHT ROD, A NET THAT NEVER
LETS ONE GET AWAY, BUT ALL OF THESE MEAN
NOTHING IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE ULTIMATE TOOL
AS YOUR FOUNDATION. LARSON FX IS YOUR MULTISPECIES,
MULTI-TOOL PLATFORM WITH TILLER AND DUAL CONSOLE
MODELS RANGING FROM 17-20 FEET, EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR
CATCHING ANY FISH YOU WANT. LARSON FX. ARE YOU READY? VISIT YOUR LOCAL LARSON
FX DEALER OR HEAD TO LARSONFXSERIES.COM
FOR MORE INFORMATION.>>CLOSED CAPTIONING ON “FISHING
THE MIDWEST” IS PROVIDED BY OFF SHORE TACKLE, THE LEADER
IN TROLLING TECHNOLOGY. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>FEELS LIKE ANOTHER GOOD ONE.>>GOOD ONE?>>YEP.>>MAYBE IT’S THAT
JUMPER THAT JUST CAME ON. ♪ ♪>>THERE YOU GO.>>SWAM RIGHT INTO THE NET. (laughing)>>ALMOST PULLED
THROUGH THE NET. (laughing)>>GET MIKE TO GET
HIM OUT OF THERE.>>NOT LONG AGAIN, BUT
BELLY, BELLY, BELLY. GOOD WORK, MY FRIEND. GOT HIM?>>I THINK SO.>>WHAT I LIKE ABOUT SMALLMOUTH
IS THE CHALLENGE THEY PRESENT, ESPECIALLY THIS TIME OF
YEAR WITH THE COLD WATER. A LOT OF TIMES WITH THEM YOU
KNOW THEY’RE IN A SPOT ONE DAY AND GONE THE NEXT, SO TO
TRY TO FIND A PATTERN A LOT OF TIMES IS, YOU
KNOW, CAN BE REALLY HARD SO THE CHALLENGE IS
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT IT.>>FISH ON!>>GOOD CALL OUT.>>WHAT’S THAT?>>CAN JUMP!>>OH YEAH.>>SEE THE COLOR ON THAT ONE?>>YEAH, THAT’S
A DARK ONE THERE.>>ISN’T HE?>>SMALLIES IN THE FALL.>>THERE WE GO.>>GOOD JOB, SHANE. GET HER?>>WE JUST GOT TO
KEEP ON THE MOVE. WE MOVE AROUND, WE SEE
FISH AND WE DROP ON THEM. THEY’RE ALL WHAT THREE, THREE
AND A HALF POUNDS IN THERE?>>OH YEAH.>>SOME OF THEM, THOSE FATTER
ONES IN THAT FOUR RANGE.>>SEE IF WE CAN GET
THE HOOK OFF NOW.>>DROP SHOT’S A GOOD WAY
TO CATCH THEM, ISN’T IT?>>IT SURE IS.>>A DROP SHOT RIG IS A RIG
THAT SOME FOLKS ARE A BIT INTIMIDATED BY, BUT
YOU DON’T NEED TO BE. IT’S A REALLY SIMPLE RIG. IT INVOLVES WHAT’S CALLED A
PALOMAR KNOT WHERE WE TAKE AND WE TIE A HOOK INTO TO THE LINE
WITH A PALOMAR KNOT AND THEN, OH, 12-18 INCHES TODAY BELOW
THE HOOK WE’RE USING A TUNGSTEN DROP SHOT SINKER
FROM STRIKE KING. THAT TUNGSTEN IS
HARD, IT’S DENSE. IT GIVES YOU SOME
GOOD SENSITIVITY. WE CAN TELL WHEN WE’RE AROUND
ROCKS AND WE CAN ALSO FEEL IT PULL THROUGH THE SAND GRASS.>>FISH ON! YEP. IT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A
MONSTER, BUT IT’S A GOOD ONE.>>OOH, IT’S A JUMPER. DOESN’T FEEL LIKE A MONSTER, BUT HE DOESN’T LOOK
TOO BAD EITHER.>>HE’S A GOOD ONE.>>SMALLMOUTH RATE TOP TWO FOR
ME FOR SURE, BETWEEN THEM AND WALLEYE FISHING, THAT’S MY
TWO FAVORITE THINGS TO CHASE.>>GOOD WORK! YOU ARE ON ‘EM, MY FRIEND.>>THAT LOOKS LIKE
A BETTER ONE THERE.>>BETTER ONE? OH YEAH. ONE OF THOSE NICE
DARK-COLORED ONES.>>THERE WE GO.>>GOT HIM?>>THERE WE GO. ANOTHER GOOD ONE THERE.>>IT SEEMS, SHANE, LIKE YOU
KNOW, WE’RE MOVING AROUND. WE’RE SPOTTING THESE FISH ON
SONAR AND IT KIND OF SEEMS LIKE WE’VE BEEN JUMPING BACK
AMONGST THREE LITTLE SPOTS ON THESE KIND OF
SERIES OF HUMPS. SEEMS LIKE YOU GET AROUND THEM,
YOU PICK ONE OR TWO OFF, THE SCHOOL KIND OF SCATTERS,
THEY KIND OF GO NEUTRAL, YOU MOVE AROUND
FIND ANOTHER SPOT, BUT YOU CAN COME BACK
TO THEM LATER ON.>>YEAH, FOR SURE. GET ANOTHER ONE.>>A COUPLE THINGS ARE
IMPORTANT TO THIS SETUP IN ADDITION TO
THE RIGHT BAIT. THAT’S THE RIGHT ROD AND REEL. TODAY WE’RE USING A NEW
TP1 BLACK SPEED STICK. BRAND NEW ROD AND REEL, SUPER
LIGHT WEIGHT, SUPER SENSITIVE, AND AT A VERY AFFORDABLE
PRICE TAG AS WELL. WE’RE PAIRING THE NEW ROD WITH
THE NEW CUSTOM PRO SPEED SPIN. THAT REEL’S GOT A
REALLY SMOOTH DRAG. YOU NEED GOOD DRAG WHEN THESE HARD-PULLING
SMALLMOUTH ARE FIGHTING BACK. ♪ ♪>>THERE YOU GO.>>OH, THAT’S A GOOD ONE.>>IT’S A GOOD ONE?>>YEAH.>>SHANE, CAN YOU
LET ME CATCH ONE?>>I GUESS NOT.>>GUESS NOT, HE SAID. OOH.>>THIS IS A SOW.>>IS IT A BIG BOY?>>YEAH.>>HE WANTS TO COME UP A
LITTLE BIT, DOESN’T HE?>>HE’S RIGHT INTO
THE TROLLING MOTOR. NO, HE’S GOOD. HE JUMPED WITH THE BOAT. THAT’S A GOOD ONE THERE. NICE FISH.>>YEAH, IT IS.>>THAT ONE MAY BE BIGGER.>>HE’S FIGHTING LIKE IT.>>YEP, SMALLIES. SMALLIES, SMALLIES, SMALLIES. IT’S FUN. GOOD WORK, SHANE.>>THANK YOU.>>THE LAST IMPORTANT
COMPONENT IS THE RIGHT LINE. SPOOLING WITH THE LIGHTER LINE,
CX PREMIUM DOES A GREAT JOB IN SIX-POUND TESTS OR SIX-POUND
TACTICAL FLUOROCARBON WORK WELL ALSO. THOSE LINES ALSO LOW
VISIBILITY BUT THEY’RE STRONG AND THEY CAN REALLY HANDLE THESE
HARD-FIGHTING SMALLMOUTHS.>>I HATE YOU. (laughter)>>THAT FEELS LIKE A BETTER ONE.>>IS IT A BETTER ONE?>>YEP.>>I’LL SPOT LOCK THIS
AND COME GET HIM FOR YOU.>>PROBABLY THE ONE YOU MISSED.>>MAN. PROBABLY THE ONE I
MISSED WHICH TIME?>>I DON’T KNOW,
FIFTH OR SIXTH TIME. OH YEAH.>>NO, I ONLY MISSED —
OH, THAT IS A NICE ONE.>>THAT’S A BIG ONE THERE.>>THERE YOU GO.>>THERE WE GO.>>NICE, NICE, NICE.>>THAT’S WHAT
WE’RE LOOKING FOR. ♪ ♪>>WOW, WE PUT IT
ON THOSE SMALLIES, WELL, I SHOULD SAY SHANE
PUT IT ON THOSE SMALLIES. WHEN WE COME BACK WE’RE GOING TO
BE ON THE ICE CATCHING CRAPPIES. STAY WITH US.>>TO SEE ALL THINGS “FISHING
THE MIDWEST” PLEASE FOLLOW “FISHING THE
MIDWEST” ON FACEBOOK.>>”FISHING THE MIDWEST”
IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY: BIG STONE LAKE TOURISM, THE
MIDWEST’S NEWEST WINTER HOTSPOT. BECKMAN NETS,
UNCOMPROMISING QUALITY. STRIKE KING, TIE ONE ON! DISTINCTIVE CABINET DESIGN
FOR ALL YOUR COMMERCIAL, RESIDENTIAL AND RETAIL
FIXTURE CABINETRY NEEDS. ♪ ♪>>THE FISHING LINE
HAS BEEN CAST. NOW LET’S GET
HOOKED ON GARRISON. SPEND THE DAY ON BEAUTIFUL LAKE
SAKAKAWEA FISHING AND ENJOYING THE WATER. IF YOU DON’T CATCH THE BIG ONE
OUR BUSTLING BUSINESS DISTRICT, SCENIC NINE-HOLE GOLF COURSE AND
ABUNDANT RECREATION ACTIVITIES AWAIT YOU. IT’S WORTH THE SHORT DRIVE
TO GARRISON THIS SUMMER. CHECK OUT ALL THIS AND
MORE AT garrisonnd.com. ♪ ♪ ♪ DRUMMING ♪ ♪ ♪>>WE RISE AT 4:00 A.M. DRIVEN BY AN
OVERWHELMING PASSION. WE’RE DRIVEN BY THE BEASTS
THAT ROAM THE WATERS OF THIS GREAT COUNTRY. WE DON’T THINK ABOUT
STRESS OR BILLS OR MONDAY. WE’RE FISHERMEN, ALWAYS READY
AND AS FOR THE GEAR WE HOLD, TRUST IS EVERYTHING. NEVER AGAIN SHOULD YOU
SACRIFICE TRICKS FOR STYLE. THE TEAM LEW’S
PRO-TI SPEED SPOOL. BUILT FOR ANYTHING
YOU SET THE HOOK ON.>>A BOAT RIDE ON THE WATER. A CONCERT IN THE
SHADOW OF LEGENDS. A DAY OF FISHING AT ONE
OF THE PREMIER FISHERIES IN THE MIDWEST. THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF
THE WONDERFUL ATTRACTIONS CLEAR LAKE HAS TO OFFER. NESTLED IN NORTHERN IOWA, CLEAR
LAKE IS KNOWN FOR ITS BEAUTIFUL SCENIC LANDSCAPES, TOP-RATED
BEACHES AND YEARLY EVENTS. FROM THE ANNUAL WINTER DANCE
PARTY TO THE BLOCK-BUSTER FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, CLEAR LAKE
HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. STAY AT THE SHORE AND EXPLORE. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪>>SO TODAY IT’S
THE END OF FEBRUARY. WE’RE A COUPLE DAYS
AWAY FROM MARCH. IT’S BEEN ICE COLD, IT’S
BEEN A STRUGGLE THIS WINTER, BUT WE’RE OUT CATCHING CRAPPIES
AND WE’RE ON A GREAT BITE. WE’RE IN WESTERN MINNESOTA. WE’RE IN THE COMFORTS
OF A CORE ICE HOUSE. THINGS ARE GOING WELL.>>OH, WE GOT A
DECENT CRAPPIE HERE. HOLD ON.>>THERE WE GO. GOOD JOB, MARK!>>OH.>>NOT A LOT OF HELP FOR YOU.>>YEAH, THAT’S ALL RIGHT.>>IT’S ABOUT THAT AVERAGE SIZE.>>WHOA!>>WE’RE HAVING A GREAT TIME
IN OUR CORE ICE FISH HOUSE RIGHT NOW AND WE’RE ON
A HOT CRAPPIE BITE. THE FISH ARE COMING UP,
THEY’RE MEETING THE LURE, THINGS ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT
THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO DO. THE DIFFERENCE FROM WHAT
WE’RE DOING THOUGH IS WHAT YOU COULD DO IN ANY
OTHER CONVENTIONAL HOUSE IS WE’RE JUST STAYING WARM. IT IS COLD OUT HERE RIGHT NOW
AND OUR FISH HOUSE PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A MORE
INSULATED AND QUIETER EXPERIENCE, BRAVING UP SOME
ELEMENTS WITHOUT HAVING A FURNACE RUN CONSTANTLY. NOT TO MENTION WITH ALL THE
WEATHER CONDITIONS THAT WE’VE BEEN EXPERIENCING LATELY, ALMOST
EVERY FISH HOUSE IS OFF THE LAKE RIGHT NOW, BUT WE’RE OUT HERE
IN THE CORE ICE FISH HOUSE EXPANDING YOUR SEASON. ♪ ♪>>THAT ONE WAS JUST ON A LITTLE
SPOON WITH A MINNOW HEAD IN THERE.>>WAS IT REALLY?>>RIGHT NOW THE YEAR CLASS
IN THE LAKE IS WHAT I CALL PERFECT EATERS. THEY’RE RIGHT IN
THE 9-11-INCH RANGE.>>OH, THAT’S A BETTER ONE.>>THERE YOU GO, MARK, NICE.>>WHAT HAPPENS WITH
CRAPPIES IS THEY SCHOOL. AND THE SCHOOLS GET ACTIVE AND
THEY MOVE LATE, AT DARK AND LATER, AND THE SCHOOLS
ARE AROUND THIS AREA. WE’RE KIND OF OUT IN A BASIN
WHERE THE SCHOOLS ROAM AND WHEN A SCHOOL COMES
THROUGH IT’S GAME ON. SUDDENLY YOUR VEXILAR
IS CLOUDED WITH FISH. YOU SEE FOUR OR FIVE FISH AT A
TIME AND WE’RE ALL GETTING BIT. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM
AT THE SAME TIME. IT’S FUN STUFF.>>SO THE LAKE WE’RE ON RIGHT
NOW HAS A FANTASTIC CRAPPIE BITE GOING ON, AND JUST WITH THE TIME
OF THE YEAR AND THE SNOW COVER WE’VE HAD THE WALLEYES SHUT DOWN
AND THESE CRAPPIES ARE STILL ON FIRE SO WE’RE JUST TRYING
TO KEEP PEOPLE ON FISH.>>SO WE’RE USING A
VARIETY OF BAITS TODAY. WE’RE USING SMALL FORAGE
MINNOW SPOONS, TUNGSTEN JIGS, BAITING WITH MINNOW HEADS,
ALSO SOME WAX WORMS AND ALSO SOME
IMPULSE PLASTICS, AND TUNGSTEN IS SOMETHING
THAT WORKS REALLY WELL FOR THESE DEEP WATER BASIN
CRAPPIES BECAUSE IT’S DENSE SO IT SINKS FAST SO YOU CAN
CATCH A FISH AND GET RIGHT BACK DOWN TO THEM, SO TUNGSTEN
AND THOSE SMALL SPOONS, HEY MAN, IT’S GAME ON
FOR THESE CRAPPIES.>>THIS ONE FEELS BETTER.>>OH REALLY?>>RIGHT AROUND THE SAME.>>YEAH, THAT’S FINE.>>NOTHING TOO BIG HERE.>>YOU KNOW, FISHING CRAPPIES
IS PROBABLY MY FAVORITE ALL TIME ICE FISHING
EXPERIENCE. A LOT OF TIMES BECAUSE I
FISH WITH KIDS AND WHEN YOU’RE FISHING WITH KIDS YOU
NEED TO HAVE A REGULAR BITE, YOU KNOW, FISHING FOR THREE
OR FOUR WALLEYE A DAY DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU’RE
AT AND WHAT YOU’RE DOING BECOMES VERY STATIC
FOR KIDS. THEY GET BORED AND THEY WANT
TO GO HOME, BUT BEING A FATHER HAVING AN EXPERIENCE WHERE WE
CAN GO OUT AND SHARE AN ACT OF FISHING BITE LIKE
CRAPPIES PRESENT IT’S GREAT, AND TONIGHT THE SIZE
HAPPENS TO BE THERE TO MAKE IT EVEN
MORE REWARDING.>>THAT MIGHT BE A BETTER ONE.>>OH, YEAH.>>THERE YOU GO, THAT’S
A NICE CRAPPIE. GOOD JOB.>>GETTING THERE. ABOUT 11 AND A HALF.>>I GOT ‘EM JUST
STACKED UP HERE.>>YOU GOT ONE TOO?>>MY BIGGEST ONE OF THE NIGHT. THERE WE GO. HOLD ON HERE.>>GETTING A PRETTY
CONSISTENT BITE HERE.>>TO SEE ALL THINGS “FISHING
THE MIDWEST,” PLEASE FOLLOW “FISHING THE
MIDWEST” ON FACEBOOK.>>THE “FISHING THE MIDWEST”
TEAM USES AND RECOMMENDS THE SERVICES AND PRODUCTS FROM THESE
FOLKS: K-DRILL ICE AUGERS, DRILLING ICE WILL
NEVER BE THE SAME. HANNAY’S MARINE. THERE ARE 10,000 LAKES
IN MINNESOTA, BUT ONLY ONE HANNAY’S MARINE. LEW’S, FEEL THE DIFFERENCE. CLEAR LAKE. DROP YOUR ANCHOR IN
CLEAR LAKE, IOWA.>>BECKMAN NETS ARE BACK, AND
THAT’S GOING TO MAKE LOTS OF FISHERMEN VERY HAPPY. BECKMAN NETS ARE THE BEST FOR
BOTH THE FISHERMEN AND THE FISH. BECKMAN’S COATED NETS ARE
FISH-FRIENDLY TO ENSURE THE RELEASED FISH’S SAFETY. BECKMAN NETS COME IN HANDLE
LENGTHS UP TO NINE FEET, AND THE ONE-PIECE YOKE IS
INCREDIBLY DURABLE WHILE THE QUICK-CONNECT CHANNEL ALLOWS
FOR AN ULTRA-FAST CONNECTION OF THE HANDLE TO THE YOKE, AND
THE FEATURES GO ON AND ON. IF YOU NEED A NEW NET — AND IF YOU DON’T HAVE A BECKMAN,
THEN YOU NEED A NEW NET — CHECK THEM OUT AT PARTICIPATING
FISHING TACKLE DEALERS.>>>>LAKE KABETOGAMA IN
VOYAGEUR’S NATIONAL PARK IS YOUR YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION
FOR EXPERIENCING NATURE AT ITS FINEST. ENJOY THE SOLITUDE OF THE
PRISTINE WILDERNESS WHILE HAVING ALL OF THE COMFORTS OF
HOME AVAILABLE AT THE MANY FULL-SERVICE RESORTS. THE FISHING IS WORLD CLASS. SO ARE ALL THE OTHER OUTDOOR
ACTIVITIES THAT ARE ABUNDANT IN ALL THE SEASONS. KAB IS THE PERFECT PLACE FOR
YOUR FAMILY OR A GROUP OF FRIENDS AND KAB IS AN EASY DRIVE
FROM ANYWHERE IN THE MIDWEST. KABETOGAMA LAKE IN
NORTHERN MINNESOTA. DISCOVER KAB NOW. ♪ ♪>>DISTINCTIVE CABINET DESIGN
MANUFACTURES COMMERCIAL MILLWORK, RETAIL FIXTURES,
AND RESIDENTIAL CABINETRY. SERVING THE HOMEOWNER ON UP
THROUGH THE GENERAL CONTRACTOR, THERE’S NO JOB TOO
SMALL OR TOO LARGE. WHETHER IT’S CUSTOM KITCHENS FOR
THE HOMEOWNER OR RETAIL FIXTURES FOR HOSPITALS, HOTELS,
CASINOS, BANKS AND MORE, DISTINCTIVE CABINET DESIGN
CAN DO THE JOB FOR YOU. VISIT THEIR WEBSITE
TO LEARN MORE. DISTINCTIVE CABINET DESIGN,
SERVING MINNESOTA AND THE ENTIRE COUNTRY
SINCE 1999.>>EVERY ANGLER HAS
HIS FAVORITE TOOLS — A PARTICULAR BAIT,
THE RIGHT ROD, A NET THAT NEVER LETS ONE
GET AWAY, BUT ALL OF THESE MEAN NOTHING IF YOU DON’T
HAVE THE ULTIMATE TOOL AS YOUR FOUNDATION. LARSON FX IS YOUR MULTISPECIES,
MULTI-TOOL PLATFORM WITH TILLER AND DUAL CONSOLE
MODELS RANGING FROM 17-20 FEET, EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR
CATCHING ANY FISH YOU WANT. LARSON FX. ARE YOU READY? VISIT YOUR LOCAL LARSON
FX DEALER OR HEAD TO LARSONFXSERIES.COM
FOR MORE INFORMATION.>>CORE ICE EXPANDS YOUR SEASONS
BY BUILDING HOUSES USING THEIR REVOLUTIONARY LIGHT-WEIGHT
INTELLI-CORE PANELS. THESE TRUE STRUCTURAL COMPOSITE
PANELS ARE LIGHT WEIGHT YET DURABLE, EXTREMELY WELL
INSULATED AND WATERPROOF TOO. CORE ICE ALSO OFFERS MODELS
USING THEIR PATENTED HYBRID WHEEL SKID SYSTEM FOR THE
ULTIMATE IN PORTABILITY. WITH MODELS AND CONFIGURATIONS
TO FIT THE NEEDS OF ALL WINTER ANGLERS, CONSIDER CORE ICE
AND EXPAND YOUR SEASON. VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO
FIND A DEALER NEAR YOU.>>”FISHING THE MIDWEST”
IS MADE POSSIBLE BY: BASS PRO AND CABELA’S. YOUR ADVENTURE STARTS HERE. GARRISON – GET HOOKED ON
GARRISON ON THE NORTH SHORE OF BEAUTIFUL LAKE SAKAKAWEA. LURE LOCK — GET LOCKED DOWN. ♪ ♪>>ELLIOTT, THESE CRAPPIES
THAT WE’RE CATCHING NOW, A LOT OF THEM ARE UP
OFF THE BOTTOM, LIKE THIS ONE CAME THROUGH. HE WAS PROBABLY, I DON’T KNOW,
SIX, SEVEN FEET OFF THE BOTTOM. IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN
FISH ARE SUSPENDED LIKE THIS TO RELY ON SONAR, ISN’T IT?>>YEAH MIKE, I MEAN WITHOUT
THE VEXILARS, YOU KNOW, I GUESS YOU’D JUST HAVE
TO BE GETTING LUCKY SETTING A LINE AND
FIGURING IT OUT. THIS WAY WE KNOW RIGHT AWAY,
AND WE CAN WATCH THESE FISH RIGHT WHERE THEY’RE COMING IN
RIGHT AT THAT WATER COLUMN AND GET DOWN TO THEM QUICK, AND
IT ALLOWS YOU JUST TO CATCH A LOT MORE
FISH THAT WAY.>>SO WE’VE BEEN FISHING
OUT OF THE CORE ICE NOW FOR A COUPLE YEARS. ABSOLUTELY LOVE ‘EM. HOW COME? THESE HOUSES ARE DESIGNED
FOR THE FISHERMAN. THIS IS A FISHING HOUSE. IT’S GOT THE HOLES
WHERE THEY NEED TO BE, IT’S GOT SWIVEL SEATS, IT
STAYS REALLY, REALLY WARM AND AS YOU CAN SEE WE WERE
USING THOSE BIG SCREEN TVs WITH THAT UNDERWATER CAMERA
AND NOW WITH THE ACCESSORY HOLDER SO YOU CAN PUT
DEAD STICKS, RODS, WHEREVER YOU WANT THEM. CORE ICE REALLY CATERS
TO THE HARDCORE ANGLER.>>HERE IT IS, MARK,
IT’S LATE FEBRUARY. IT’S BEEN COLD, COLD, COLD. COLD AGAIN TONIGHT. HERE WE ARE OUT FISHING IN SHORT
SLEEVES AND JUST SWEATSHIRTS, REALLY COMFORTABLE
FISHING TONIGHT.>>YEAH, MIKE, GOING OUT AND
FISHING AND BEING COMFORTABLE I THINK IS A BIG PART OF THE
ICE FISHING EXPERIENCE. ONCE UPON A TIME WE’D
FISH ON A BUCKET, YOU’D HAVE TO PUT ON
ALL KINDS OF CLOTHING. A NIGHT LIKE TONIGHT I CAN
BE OUT IN SHORT SLEEVES AND BE NICE AND COMFORTABLE. NOW THAT’S A NICE FISH.>>ABSOLUTELY. COMFORTABLE AND THE
FISH ARE BITING WHEN IT’S BELOW ZERO OUTSIDE. DOESN’T GET MUCH BETTER
THAN THAT, DOES IT?>>NO, I’LL TAKE THIS ANY DAY.>>WOW, THOSE WINTER CRAPPIES
ARE A LOT OF FUN AND SMALLMOUTH BASS IN THE FALL,
HARD TO BEAT THAT ACTION. HEY, THANKS FOR STOPPING BY. WELL, HOPE YOU JOIN US AGAIN
NEXT WEEK AND AS ALWAYS REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A YOUNGSTER IN
YOUR NEXT OUTDOORS ADVENTURE.>>SEE MORE “FISHING THE
MIDWEST” TV EPISODES BY SUBSCRIBING TO THE “FISHING THE MIDWEST” TV
YOUTUBE CHANNEL.

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  • One of the best fishing sites that teaches fisherman, in the field. I have been an Associate Producer for some of the shows with Bob Jensen. They also did about 20 shows in Northeast Wisconsin in Oconto, Marinette, Forest, Langlade, Oneida, Vilas, and Wood counties

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