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FLORIDA KAYAK FISHING REPORT FOR THE WEEK ENDING 01/17/15

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Capt. Butch Rickey

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Report for the week ending 1/17/16............From my friend Bill Schrader, of Newark, New York.

A GREAT DAY OF CRAPIE FISHING

Butchie,

I'm sorry that I didn't take any pics but here is an ice fishing report from last weekend. Saturday  about 10am my first trip on the ice. I went to a spot on the "Erie/Barge" canal here in Newark, NY. I punched the first and only hole I would need in 6 inches of ice. Set up my flip-over and turned on the heater. It was 20 degrees out with 15-20 mph wind. My Vexilar showed fish so I started jigging with small plastics for panfish. I started to pick up a few small crappie, bluegills and silver bass. I fished for about 3 hrs and ended up with 6 keeper size (9 inch min) crappie and about 20 nice bluegills and 5 silver bass. All were released. Not a bad start to the season. So I figured since crappie prefer low light conditions and we had a new moon and steady barometer I would try early am on Sunday.

I went to the same spot and started fishing 10 ft. of water at 6:45 am. My Vex just lit up with huge marks suspended 2 ft off bottom. I know crappie like to suspend so I started jigging with plastics and as the fish started to close in, I raised the jig up to get them to chase. This way I can pick off the aggressive fish without pulling them up through the school and spooking them. I was into a feeding school of big crappie.

When the action slowed, it was 7:45. I was catching as fast as I could get back down the hole. I must have caught 60-70 fish in that first hour. I had 35 keeper crappie from 9-12" with some decent bluegills. I messed around for another hour but clearly the bite was over when it got light. All fish were released to catch another day. I know these fish aren't big by Florida standards but they sure are fun on an 18 inch ultra-light rod and 2 lb test mono. This week I am headed to Sodus Bay on the south shore of Lake Ontario here in Upstate NY to try for some yellow Perch. I will continue to let you know how I'm doing and will get some pictures to you next time. I'm looking forward to our kayak trip in May.

Stay warm bud.

Bill

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