|Stan's Bait and Tackle hosted a great bluegill|
tournament on Little Emerson Bay
Fishing is a life-long adventure, you just never know what you might learn at any given time to make you a better angler for the rest of your life. The best part of that is then sharing it with friends or my kids as they have taken a love for ice fishing as well.
We schedule the trip because of a bluegill tournament that was held on Little Emerson Bay on Sunday. I have grown to love sight fishing big Okoboji Bluegills...but that was not the case this year. For some reason or another the bay has been cloudy all winter long and sight fishing was not part of the trip. We found a few areas that were holding nicer bluegills on Saturday and had a pretty good game plan of what we were going to do for the tournament on Sunday. Those big bluegills that attract anglers from neighboring states, they were nowhere to be found by any tournament competitor. Of the 30 teams/60 anglers that fished the event a 0.74 pound bluegill was the largest fish. That is a great bluegill but doesn't compare to years past. We fell short of the competition this weekend, finishing in the middle of the pack, but many fish were caught and lessons were learned. Disappointed, yes, we both were but we will fight again another day. A big Congratulations to friends Chad Angell and Josh Sansgaard on another ice tournament victory!!!
|My largest fish ever caught through the ice|
Channel Catfish: 7 pounds 10 ounces
22 inch rod, 2# test line