Frigid Temperatures in NY yield HOT results!

By: Jim Root , 3:49 AM GMT on January 25, 2014

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My buddy Paul Mueller (my Dobyns Teammate from CT) posted some pictures of some HUGE smallies he caught through the ice in this awful cold spell we're in.  After he told me a little bit about how he got them I decided to call Josh Sheldon, local guide and frequent fishing partner of mine, to see if we could have a day like that of our own at Chenango Lake.  



It's cold.  Let me clarify that for you by saying I've lived in Upstate NY nearly my entire life and I'm one of the few people I know who actually likes winter.  But today it's even cold for me; single digits when we reach the lake, and that's not counting any windchill.  But we're here and the lure of huge fish has us going places we otherwise wouldn't...

The trek is a long one out to our spot.  Paul tells me he found his fish in 29-35 feet of water.  Thankfully I have the Navionics app for my iPhone, so I'm able to tell where I can find places like that here without having to guess or drill a bunch of test holes.  I have waypoints marked here from several trips Josh and I made last summer when we smashed some beautiful small mouth and we waste no time heading there today.

  
We finally get set up, holes drilled, lines rigged, sonar and cameras set, get the first fish showing up on the screen, and my batteries start dying (user error with my equipment), so the only fish pics I have are below and I missed our best fish.  But trust me when I tell you that the moon phase in the North East is dead on right now for ice fishing.  You can find great numbers of fish in the 30-35 feet of water range, Just make sure you don't bring so many heaters that you end up melting the ice you're standing on, lol.  



A closer look shows a fish about to hit my lure!

We caught our fish several different ways today.  We were jigging spikes, maggots, and minnow heads.  We also used several different hardbait lures and spoons.  The key for us was getting the bait in the strike zone and keeping it there.  It seemed like it was a smaller profile bite, with only one fish coming on a bigger bait.

Ice fishing is always dangerous, so please take every precaution whenever you head out on frozen bodies of water.  As a general rule I never venture out on moving bodies of water (rivers, streams), as they are extremely dangerous.  If you've been out in this cold snap, share your pics with me!

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17. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
9:16 PM GMT on January 29, 2014
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16. theshepherd
12:16 PM GMT on January 28, 2014
Quoting 14. AGWSpecialist:

And I remember you mentioning the big ones you caught there? What's you favorite to catch off the coast down there??


Offshore favorite would be Sailfish.
Inshore, definitely Tarpon.
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13. Jim Root
5:20 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Awesome!  Thanks for sharing with us!
Quoting 11. cicadaknot:
First time ever on the ice in upstate NY on Perch Lake. Caught this Northern Pike in about 8-10 feet of water before we could drill our second hole. Ice was about 18" thick and the temperature barely made it above 0. Looking forward to next time!




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12. Jim Root
5:19 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
I think it's great that there are so many of us out there with a memory of being on a bank somewhere fishing with our dad. We can all relate to that. So glad you enjoy reading it. 
Quoting 8. Thoughtsteader:
This is really interesting. I follow the blog of a woman who is a fishing guide in Louisiana, and yours will be a nice complement to hers. I'll link to her blog for you in the future, but right now she's in the process of changing formats and has completely transferred her archives or gotten everything set up.

I don't fish myself, but I'm an appreciative eater of fish, and I'm fascinated by the complexity of it all. I have done some fishing, though - started off with my dad at an Iowa river, with a bamboo pole and a red and white float. Good times.


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11. cicadaknot
4:20 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
First time ever on the ice in upstate NY on Perch Lake. Caught this Northern Pike in about 8-10 feet of water before we could drill our second hole. Ice was about 18" thick and the temperature barely made it above 0. Looking forward to next time!



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10. theshepherd
3:36 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Quoting 5. JimRoot:
Thanks. I love NY, but it's even hard for me at temps this low
Tight lines!



I hear ya. :)
I feel the same way about Small Craft Warnings and foul seas...and skeeters' in the Everglades.

One of my favorite pastimes is drifting in the weed lines a few miles offshore of Islamorada while tossing hand fulls of live bait over the side waiting for things to get crazy.

I'm addicted to sight fishing.

Follow the birds.
:)

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9. theshepherd
3:18 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
"...started off with my dad at an Iowa river, with a bamboo pole and a red and white float."

Actually, it doesn't get much better than that.
:)

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8. Thoughtsteader
3:14 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
This is really interesting. I follow the blog of a woman who is a fishing guide in Louisiana, and yours will be a nice complement to hers. I'll link to her blog for you in the future, but right now she's in the process of changing formats and hasn't completely transferred her archives or gotten everything set up.

I don't fish myself, but I'm an appreciative eater of fish, and I'm fascinated by the complexity of it all. I have done some fishing, though - started off with my dad at an Iowa river, with a bamboo pole and a red and white float. Good times.

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7. Jim Root
3:05 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Thank you. For sure I would fish every single day if I could!
Quoting 4. Skyepony:
That is dedication.

Like the Eskimo fishing house tent..

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6. Jim Root
3:04 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Thank you!  As a general rule I don't do much pan fishing, but I go occasionally.  
Quoting 3. AGWSpecialist:
Great blog. You into crappie fishing?

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5. Jim Root
3:02 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
Thanks. I love NY, but it's even hard for me at temps this low. 
Tight lines!
Quoting 1. theshepherd:
LOL :)))

You have just described why I live and fish in Florida.

Good on ya though. Gotta admire your dedication to task.


Tight lines...

> )))">

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4. Skyepony (Mod)
1:47 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
That is dedication.

Like the Eskimo fishing house tent..
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1. theshepherd
1:39 PM GMT on January 25, 2014
LOL :)))

You have just described why I live and fish in Florida.

Good on ya though. Gotta admire your dedication to task.


Tight lines...

> )))">
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