Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 202: Fishing Vs. Fishing Stuff: Mindowaskin Pond vs. The Bait Puck


When: Wednesday, November 30th, from 7pm to 7:30pm
Where: Mindowaskin Pond in Westfield
What: Seeing if 30 minutes of fishing in Westfield can match up to my Bait Pucks
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 46 degrees, West wind at 7mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.71in and rising
Moon: Waxing, 5 days after new
Water Conditions: Clear

This is something that I'm going to do once a week. I've been trying to figure out a way to throw some product reviews into my blogging without making too much more work for myself, and this is the best idea
I've come up with yet. So, once a week, I'm going to take my fishing adventure for the day and pit it against one of the many toys I have in my collection.

My adventures this evening took me to Mindowaskin Pond in Westfield. It was well after dark when I arrived, and I wasted no time tossing a nightcrawler into the depths of the lake. That would be the extent of the excitement though, as I don't think a fish even breathed on my bait for the entire time I was there.

This was about as uneventful as a half-hour of fishing could be.

I could have easily tolerated skipping the outing, however, I could not tolerate not having my bait pucks. These small, screw top plastic containers have made ice fishing so much more enjoyable since I started using them last year.

Jigging for panfish through the ice is usually done with some type of small grub, be it a wax worm, "mousie" or "spike," all fancy names for maggots. These maggots are sold at bait shops in small plastic containers similar to the ones you might find holding your side of salsa from the take-out taco place. After putting a maggot one on your hook, your options are to either put the container on the ice or put it in your pocket. The former often results in your container getting blown across the lake, and the latter often results in a pocket full of...maggots.

Enter the bait puck.

The bait puck, or at least the smaller size you see above, easily fits in a pocket and will not open. They're also insulated and will keep your bait from freezing (another problem with disposable plastic containers). Furthermore, they're refrigerator safe, so after a day on the ice, you can put them in your fridge without your fiancee having to look at a see-through container and see...maggots.

So, Week 1, no contest. A slow night on Mindowaskin cannot compare to the convenience of the venerable bait puck.

Check out Strikemaster's Bait Puck and other fine ice fishing gear at

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