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When to Fish for Bass

How to Make it throught the WINTER?

Uploaded on January 06, 2009

what's the best way you've found to make it through the winter until it thaws out and you can get back on the water (at least up here in the northeast)

Work on gear, save for new equipment, ice fish, take up hunting? Find a good fishing book?

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I either tie flys and inline spinners and sell them at the shows or even freeze my butt off to go and fish the rivers around my house for the winter runs of the carp. Or you can just learn to ice fish...

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

If you need a whole winter to work on gear, you should take up throwing out all your gear during the winter and shopping for new gear

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from bnorth1 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

HA! I'd love to buy all new gear or at least buy some of the stuff I drool over while I wander the aisles of all the sporting goods stores. But for now I'll keep to cleaning the stuff I have...I wonder how many times I've re-organized my tackle this week?

Joe you could give me a reason to buy some new gear if you'd just announce the winner of the Swordfishing trip!

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Bnorth...patience is a virtue.

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I give most of those flys away or sell them Joe, same with the spinners, its just something to do with my time to make a buck.
Plus with being 14 and all throwing away alot of gear to use all my money to get new stuff and not be able to go on dates or get nice stuff or stuff I run out of in the middle of the season sounds, well... Smart. You have to realize that if i can make a muskie spinner for 3 dollars and sell it for a profit of 15 and to do that all winter and then sell them at the summer shows is a good way for me to make some cash for whatever. Not trying to be a jerk, but im not working for field and stream, yet (You'll have to talk to Deeter for that explanation.) so I cant quite afford to buy a whole stores worth of gear, and own an amazing boat too.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Geez I was only kidding around fellas. I'll tone it down.

So three bucks and you turn spinners around for $15? You hiring Alex?

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Lol, that is cheap for them too, and im not mad or something, I'm proving a point, and by the way nice boat, seriously. Try using a 12 foot kayak while fishing for 'ski, you're in for the fight of you're life, until you flip, then it sucks. i don't think you want the job Joe, you're where I want to be, want to trade?

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Maybe. That's a hell of a turnaround. They must be good flies and spinners. I'll tell you what, you send me your best trout streamer, I'll fish ASAP, shoot it, and blog about it if it catches. If you're only 14 and fetch those kinds of prices, I need to fish some of your work. Drop me an email. joe.cermele@bonniercorp.com

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Will do Joe, sent you an E-mail asking about specfications and sizes or suggestions.

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from bnorth1 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Man I think I need to get into the lure making business. $12 profit per spinner is a pretty good margin.

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from shaneruckus wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Hi, I'm Shane and brand new to the world of F&S. I love the Magazine (got a subscription for Christmas) and love the website!! I got the mag for the fishing articles, and absolutely love Bass fishing! I got my first bass boat this past fall, but haven't been able to run it yet because as it turns out, the damn thing needed a motor, so now its re-powered with an Evinrude 90 hp, and as you can all imagine, this winter is KILLING me! So, I'm reading all the articles, watching all the tips and techniques videos, and of course, feeding the tackle monkey slowly.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Shane, welcome. The tackle monkey is like Gizmo in the Gremlins. Feed it slowly and you're okay. Feed it fast or after midnight and all hell breaks loose.

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from Charley wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

All of the catalogs from Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, etc. all show up the first week of January. They are usually dog- eared, wrinkled and abused by March. My boss loves ice fishing, so I tag along with him (he's bought all the gear so I don't have to). I spend time making spinners, spinner rigs and lathing crank baits.
By the end of March the ice is coming off the Lakes here in northern Utah, so we get the boat out to start trolling for trout. Only a two and a half months away.
Luckily the trout trolling stays great here until late December.
By the way, on January 1st a local fisherman pulled a 20" large mouth through the ice.

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from justin1187 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Here in Minnesota I get through the winters simply by either ice fishing or sorting through tackle. I like to hit the lake once a week ice fishing. When I cant go out I look through old tackle.

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from teebox25 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

You could always move somewhere warmer....

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I tend to spend too much time either buying gear, or researching buying gear. Ex: I'm going to get a new pair of waders for spring ~ the buying process has become a 4 month long epic journey. I also seem to be able to easily burn and hour or two just surfing around the internet looking at what all the small mom & pop tackle manufacturers/retailers are selling. Nothing against the big guys, I just like to support the little ones when I can. There's a lot of good stuff out there.

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from mattreney wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i kinda have the same winters pretty boring for me. pheasant season just ended a few weeks ago so now i have to wait till april to fish to get through im going to come on this site a lot and go to the range but if yo only fish i guess your kinda out of luck

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I am lucky to live in Texas, mild winters in my part of the state so I stay busy fishing for catfish.

In the downtime or really bad weather days I take the time to do maintenance and cleanup on all of my reels and to update and clear out some old tackle.

I put together tackle boxes for my nephew and let him pick out some lures from my boxes that he wants.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Living in MI you need to embrace a winter sport. It's a great time to catch up on filling your fly box, but to get outdoors I recently took up snowboarding. I also start maintenance on all my farm equipment for the upcoming spring, so I can put my foodplots in.

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from DMJ wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I lived in MI for 21 years. When ice covered the lakes I would find a good sized river that didn't freeze over and hit it! When I visit family during the Christmas season, I usually bring a rod or two and still go to a couple of those rivers!

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

No sittin around waiting for Winter to end for me..I made it through a snow filled thicket to the river yesterday, and then had to break a lot of bank ice to get out to open water..had to test out a new streamer that I've been tying. Scary thing was a guy followed through right after me, no rod, just a ball bat.. yep, checking out the traps he set. I watched him check them, talked to the dude, and then he went back to his car, and got some more traps...scary to think I can take my dogs to the river fishing with me. If not my leg, one of their's.

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from Flytieflyfish wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I spend my winters restocking fly boxes, reading John Gierach and praying for a good safe fishing season next year.

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from vasportsman wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I fish, therefore I am, even in the winter

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from Rednecktony wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Tidewater VA we can chase stripers clear up till march one then i go out with the old can pole and impress the kiddos that i can use a rod without a reel

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from barefootwt wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I am getting older now and I have to preserve my energy as much as possible! I go fishing when the weather and arthritis will allow it and watch movies with my dog when I can't!

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

you guys all need to pick up ice fishing. it's really very, very horrible. obviously you are freezing your arse off from the get go, drilling tons of holes, only jigging up and down, up and down, up and down...watching your flasher until your eyes glaze over and to top it off the total amount of fish you catch is like 1% of what you could muster during the warm months. it really is just an awful experience. i've been ice fishing for the last 5-6 years and it really has made me appreciated the hot sultry days of summer so much more.

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

i hunt during the winter months but when im not hunting im fishing. ive caught my biggest bass' during the late and middle winter

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

i hunt during the winter months but when im not hunting im fishing. ive caught my biggest bass' during the late and middle winter

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I either tie flys and inline spinners and sell them at the shows or even freeze my butt off to go and fish the rivers around my house for the winter runs of the carp. Or you can just learn to ice fish...

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

If you need a whole winter to work on gear, you should take up throwing out all your gear during the winter and shopping for new gear

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

I give most of those flys away or sell them Joe, same with the spinners, its just something to do with my time to make a buck.
Plus with being 14 and all throwing away alot of gear to use all my money to get new stuff and not be able to go on dates or get nice stuff or stuff I run out of in the middle of the season sounds, well... Smart. You have to realize that if i can make a muskie spinner for 3 dollars and sell it for a profit of 15 and to do that all winter and then sell them at the summer shows is a good way for me to make some cash for whatever. Not trying to be a jerk, but im not working for field and stream, yet (You'll have to talk to Deeter for that explanation.) so I cant quite afford to buy a whole stores worth of gear, and own an amazing boat too.

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Shane, welcome. The tackle monkey is like Gizmo in the Gremlins. Feed it slowly and you're okay. Feed it fast or after midnight and all hell breaks loose.

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from Charley wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

All of the catalogs from Cabelas, Bass Pro Shops, etc. all show up the first week of January. They are usually dog- eared, wrinkled and abused by March. My boss loves ice fishing, so I tag along with him (he's bought all the gear so I don't have to). I spend time making spinners, spinner rigs and lathing crank baits.
By the end of March the ice is coming off the Lakes here in northern Utah, so we get the boat out to start trolling for trout. Only a two and a half months away.
Luckily the trout trolling stays great here until late December.
By the way, on January 1st a local fisherman pulled a 20" large mouth through the ice.

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from vasportsman wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I fish, therefore I am, even in the winter

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Geez I was only kidding around fellas. I'll tone it down.

So three bucks and you turn spinners around for $15? You hiring Alex?

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Lol, that is cheap for them too, and im not mad or something, I'm proving a point, and by the way nice boat, seriously. Try using a 12 foot kayak while fishing for 'ski, you're in for the fight of you're life, until you flip, then it sucks. i don't think you want the job Joe, you're where I want to be, want to trade?

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Maybe. That's a hell of a turnaround. They must be good flies and spinners. I'll tell you what, you send me your best trout streamer, I'll fish ASAP, shoot it, and blog about it if it catches. If you're only 14 and fetch those kinds of prices, I need to fish some of your work. Drop me an email. joe.cermele@bonniercorp.com

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from Alex Pernice th... wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Will do Joe, sent you an E-mail asking about specfications and sizes or suggestions.

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from shaneruckus wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Hi, I'm Shane and brand new to the world of F&S. I love the Magazine (got a subscription for Christmas) and love the website!! I got the mag for the fishing articles, and absolutely love Bass fishing! I got my first bass boat this past fall, but haven't been able to run it yet because as it turns out, the damn thing needed a motor, so now its re-powered with an Evinrude 90 hp, and as you can all imagine, this winter is KILLING me! So, I'm reading all the articles, watching all the tips and techniques videos, and of course, feeding the tackle monkey slowly.

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from justin1187 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Here in Minnesota I get through the winters simply by either ice fishing or sorting through tackle. I like to hit the lake once a week ice fishing. When I cant go out I look through old tackle.

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from troutrageous1 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

Unfortunately, I tend to spend too much time either buying gear, or researching buying gear. Ex: I'm going to get a new pair of waders for spring ~ the buying process has become a 4 month long epic journey. I also seem to be able to easily burn and hour or two just surfing around the internet looking at what all the small mom & pop tackle manufacturers/retailers are selling. Nothing against the big guys, I just like to support the little ones when I can. There's a lot of good stuff out there.

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from Sayfu wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

No sittin around waiting for Winter to end for me..I made it through a snow filled thicket to the river yesterday, and then had to break a lot of bank ice to get out to open water..had to test out a new streamer that I've been tying. Scary thing was a guy followed through right after me, no rod, just a ball bat.. yep, checking out the traps he set. I watched him check them, talked to the dude, and then he went back to his car, and got some more traps...scary to think I can take my dogs to the river fishing with me. If not my leg, one of their's.

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from nuclear_fisher wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

you guys all need to pick up ice fishing. it's really very, very horrible. obviously you are freezing your arse off from the get go, drilling tons of holes, only jigging up and down, up and down, up and down...watching your flasher until your eyes glaze over and to top it off the total amount of fish you catch is like 1% of what you could muster during the warm months. it really is just an awful experience. i've been ice fishing for the last 5-6 years and it really has made me appreciated the hot sultry days of summer so much more.

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from bnorth1 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

HA! I'd love to buy all new gear or at least buy some of the stuff I drool over while I wander the aisles of all the sporting goods stores. But for now I'll keep to cleaning the stuff I have...I wonder how many times I've re-organized my tackle this week?

Joe you could give me a reason to buy some new gear if you'd just announce the winner of the Swordfishing trip!

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from Joe_Cermele wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Bnorth...patience is a virtue.

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from bnorth1 wrote 5 years 14 weeks ago

Man I think I need to get into the lure making business. $12 profit per spinner is a pretty good margin.

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from teebox25 wrote 5 years 13 weeks ago

You could always move somewhere warmer....

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from mattreney wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

i kinda have the same winters pretty boring for me. pheasant season just ended a few weeks ago so now i have to wait till april to fish to get through im going to come on this site a lot and go to the range but if yo only fish i guess your kinda out of luck

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from dwaynez wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I am lucky to live in Texas, mild winters in my part of the state so I stay busy fishing for catfish.

In the downtime or really bad weather days I take the time to do maintenance and cleanup on all of my reels and to update and clear out some old tackle.

I put together tackle boxes for my nephew and let him pick out some lures from my boxes that he wants.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Living in MI you need to embrace a winter sport. It's a great time to catch up on filling your fly box, but to get outdoors I recently took up snowboarding. I also start maintenance on all my farm equipment for the upcoming spring, so I can put my foodplots in.

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from DMJ wrote 3 years 20 weeks ago

I lived in MI for 21 years. When ice covered the lakes I would find a good sized river that didn't freeze over and hit it! When I visit family during the Christmas season, I usually bring a rod or two and still go to a couple of those rivers!

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from Flytieflyfish wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I spend my winters restocking fly boxes, reading John Gierach and praying for a good safe fishing season next year.

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from Rednecktony wrote 3 years 16 weeks ago

Tidewater VA we can chase stripers clear up till march one then i go out with the old can pole and impress the kiddos that i can use a rod without a reel

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from barefootwt wrote 2 years 30 weeks ago

I am getting older now and I have to preserve my energy as much as possible! I go fishing when the weather and arthritis will allow it and watch movies with my dog when I can't!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

i hunt during the winter months but when im not hunting im fishing. ive caught my biggest bass' during the late and middle winter

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from elijahsamuelburnett wrote 2 years 26 weeks ago

i hunt during the winter months but when im not hunting im fishing. ive caught my biggest bass' during the late and middle winter

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