Saturday, February 14, 2015
Greg and I gave crappie fishing on a still partially iced over bluestone lake today. The air temps were nice around 40 degrees or more but the night before had gotten into the teens and there was still a lot of ice on the lake. We tried drop shotting crawlers for 4 hours without getting a single bite. There were four other boat on the lake and I never saw anybody else catch a fish. I even talked to two of them who said they were having no luck. We stopped crappie fishing and threw a musky lure and jerk bait for about an hour after it was apparent that despite the warm day time air temps the falling water temps had the fish in a negative to shut down mood. The only fish I saw all day was a dying shad kicking around on the surface of the water. He was around 8 inches long.
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Derrick and I went out predator calling on a cold and windy night. The temp was only around 18 degrees with enough wind in places to be really cold. The leftover snow was really crunchy and loud. Sneaking from set to set was really difficult. The moon was really bright and they sky was really clear. So bright in fact that you could see without a light for a pretty good distance. The first set we came to a red fox came in at minute 4. I had the .222 with cross sticks and Derrick shotgun. The red fox came in to about 125 yards and hung up in a little patch of brush just in the field. He was sitting on his butt looking at our decoy. He did not seem nervous at all. I looked at him and felt the shot with the brush was 50/50. My rest was solid, he was sitting still, but the brush was the wild card. I started to take the shot twice but I really felt like he would come on in and give me a clearer closer shot. After about 2 minutes of sitting there listening and looking he got up and turned around and walked away. I changed the call 3 times and even tried the fox pup distress, but he would not come back. He had the wind so our scent may have gotten to him. We did 3 more sets. On our third set we saw and eye coming in but it never came in to give us a look. I really fell like the ultra bright moon made them more spooky and less likely to come in than normal. It also made our red lights significantly less powerful. Even with the moon, wind, and crunchy snow we almost closed the deal.