My best day thus far I spent messing around with some Eurotackle soft plastics. It was probably my best volume day ever, The action was so hot and heavy in such a small area I was moving fish via bucket to a different hole to release so as not to spook the school. Releasing a bunch of fish right back into the school can put the uncaught ones on edge and make them remain uncaught. I was filling up a bait bucket with about 10 fish, releasing them all at the same time 40 ft from where I was catching them, then repeating the process. It appeared to work... one hole, three hours, 70 bluegills and 4 black crappies seems pretty clear to me. The crappies were below average, most of the bluegills were average for this pond but a dozen were decent sized. I'd have kept some of the middle sized ones were it not a questionable, shallow, muddy, goose poop filled industrial mill pond I was fishing.
The clock is running down. The year is almost up. I'm glad I got some time on the ice in 2019 as it was not a great year in CT for it. I do hope the rest of this winter is consistently good conditions for either ice fishing or open water fishing but that rarely seems to be the case anymore. Inconsistent is the new normal. Climate change is real.
Until next time.
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