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Crappie ice-tactics.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Many anglers target panfish each winter through the ice. Crappie are one of the most popular throughout the upper parts of North America. These fish have very specific winter feeding locations and habits.

Location

The best bottom to locate Crappie in the winter time is a mud or silt bottom. The reason for this is the food that Crappie consume. Even though they are often caught on small minnows, a large part of their diet is invertebrates and crustaceans that live in a mud bottom. The depth you find Crappie at can vary on the average depth of a lake. In smaller lakes and reservoirs that are relatively shallow, Crappie will often be found in 5-12′ of water. In larger lakes that have a good mix of deep and shallow water they will most likely be found in the 15-25′ depths.

Strategy

Given that even large Crappie will feed heavily on small organisms near the bottom it makes sense to either fish a small 1/16 or 1/32 oz jighead tipped with either live maggots, wax-worms or mousies.

Small plastic grubs will also work well fished slowly on or near the bottom like the Fishing Complete Hellgramite or the Lunker City Hellgie.

Keep in mind that Crappie can feed much after dark, especially during full moon phases so plan your outings during the day accordingly.

 

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Italo Labignan video, Largemouth Bass fishing.

Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Italo Labigan video, Largemouth Bass great way to introduce to fishing.

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Italo Labignan video, 1/2 hr TipNJig Ice TV show.

Posted on Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Italo Labignan video, 1/2 Pike TipNJig Ice TV shpw.

 

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Crabs=Florida Sheepshead!

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020

On my winter trips to Florida one of my favorite saltwater fish to target near pier and bridge abutments is the toothy Sheepshead.

These fish are equipped with human-like teeth that are designed to break oyster shells and barnacles and also to crush their favorite food…crabs!

Small crabs about the size of thumb-nail are ideal rigged on a #4 thin, sharp hook. You don’t want to use to heavy a hook as you need special care in hooking up the crabs without cracking the shell apart. These are gently lowered close to a pile where Sheepshead are feeding. Fishing depth depends on conditions. If its clear water and sunny I fish near the bottom. If the water is stained from a moving tide and its overcast I vary my fishing depth.

Sheepshead don’t hit-and-run. Bites can be very subtle and often your crab is gone without you feeling a thing, so have lots of crabs with you!

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Italo Labignan – Here’s the Catch! TV series NEW “Bluefish Adventure.” on the Sportsman Channel Canada, Jan.20, 2020.

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2020

Italo Labignan – Sportsman Channel Canada Here’s the Catch! TV Series, exclusive release “Saltwater Bluefish Action.”

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Fri. 4:30am

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