Get to my spot shortly before 9:00 AM, started off fishing a Marmooska ice jig tipped with a mealworm. Took less than 1 minute, had my first perch of the day:
I kept seeing lots of fish on the flasher, but they were slower than I anticipated, and quite small too. Rigged up my 2nd rod with a small Rapala jigging rap, probably my favorite ice fishing lure. The fish seemed to respond a bit better to the jigging rap, and I started catching them a lot quicker, with a few keeper sized ones here and there. Eventually caught my first crappie of the day:
When fishing slowed down, I tried tipping the jigging rap with a piece of live worm, seemed to work wonders, as far as getting them back in a feeding frenzy. The bite varied between extremely agressive, to mildly aggressive for most of the morning.
At one point, a facebook friend of mine showed up, and sure enough, he was just in time. I landed my first bass of the day, and he was there to take a pic:
Nice to have something with a bit more weight at the end of the line... Eventually caught 2 more species, pumpkinseed and bluegill sunfish:
Had to call it an early day by mid afternoon, would have loved to stay for the evening bite, but had too much to do. Overall, a very successful outing, final tally for the day was over 100 perch (8 keepers over 9 inches), 2 largemouth bass, 2 black crappies, 3 pumpkinseed sunfish and one bluegill.
As for the testing, the jigging rap did a lot better than the marmooska jigs, even when fished bare. The marmooska jig did better tipped with bits of nightcrawlers, than when I used mealworms. I also did a lot better when fishing with the flasher on, as opposed to trying to turn it off.
Basically, cabin fever has been cured. With the upcoming school vacation, I hope to get out on the ice with the kids a few times before 2014.