Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 207 (Fishing and Fishing Stuff): More Small Bullheads And Magibraid

When: Monday, December 5th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: Upper Echo Lake
What: Fishin'
Weather: Overcast with fog and haze, calm wind, 50 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 30.26in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day or two before full
Water Conditions: Fairly clear

As I sit here writing this, my mind is spinning with thoughts of what lies aheahd in the coming weeks. It's fixing to be an epic end of 2011, but you're just going to have to be patient until it all works out.

Monday was a fantastic day. Actually, things were looking pretty darn gloomy when I woke up, but a couple of emails late in the day changed all that pretty quick.

Merry Christmas!

Amongst all this excitement, there was still fishing to be done. Shortly after 6pm, I headed over to Mountainside to see if I could finally entice on the elusive, or nonexistent, Upper Echo Lake channel catfish. Right from the get-go, however, it seemed to be the same old story, as cast after cast I continued to get harassed by the channel's diminutive cousin, the bullhead. After about an hour of donating nightcrawlers, I finally landed one.

It was a foggy evening, mostly due to another unseasonably warm day. And what better to talk about on a 60 degree than more ice fishing gear.

Which brings us to Magi-Braid.

I love this stuff for my tip-ups.
Magi-Braid is Bass Pro Shops brand braided trolling Dacron that is highly waxed and absolutely perfect for ice fishing. It’s the same stuff that one would use as backing on a fly reel, but the BSP brand is a heck of a lot cheaper per yard than a spool of Cortland. I’ve also compared the price to other “tip-up lines” sold by online retailers and this stuff is no doubt the best bang for the buck. One other thing worth noting is that I use the chartreuse colored line as I find it easier to get out tangles and I can clearly see what direction the line is being pulled through the hole for setting the hook and fighting a bigger fish. I have friends who use black Dacron and I can say with confidence that the bright-colored line does not make a bit of difference to the fish. As a matter of fact, I’m usually the one catching more fish. J I use 30-pound test and have had it on five of my tip-ups for four years of hard ice fishing with absolutely no intention of changing it any time soon. It’s as in good of condition as it was when I put in on there long ago.
So, while I wait for the ice, I'll continue to daydream about it and fish wherever else I can. These days that turns out to be a pretty exciting prospect.
So stay tuned.

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