Mantua 1 Feb

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Mantua 1 Feb

by k2muskie » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:41 am

We had a date with a another angler at Mantua. Met MH at the ramp a little before 0700. Had never fished with him only conversed with him via texts and phone calls. He was to be our fishing guide for the day and knows a whole lot about Mantua. We've never done well at Mantua during the hard deck and said what the heck. Any day of fishing is a whole lot better than work or just sitting home...and we love to fish plus sharing it with a very nice guy.

Anyhoo...onto fishing parked the vehicles and followed our guide out onto the ice. Very easy walking needed ice cleats. Nothing like we faced at PV on Friday as PV had 6-8" of snow plus turning to slush. Followed our guide onto the ice to the spot. Punched holes and began the day of fishing. Had a complete white-out storm hit us covering the ice in 3-4" of powder but as the day wore on the snow settled.

This was by far our BESTEST hard deck experience on Man-Too-Way. A variety of species visited our lures...Perch, Blue Gill nice sized ones, LMB and Trout. Lures we used were primarily chartreuse Atomic Ants tipped with maggots we experimented with other ice flies but went back to our usual favorite the Ant. Fished roughly 20FOW.

Have to say we are still novices to ice fishing as we learned a whole lot from our tour guide...variety of knots, rods, even properly placing maggot on hook. Can't thank MH enough for a wonderful time. We called it about 1530. For sure will be going out with him again awesome company and as students we learned a whole lot from him and again THANK HIM for sharing and making it an awesome day of fishing for us. :ladysman:

Pic of our take home from a super day on Mantua... :D :D

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We never get skunked...its the fish that get skunked they just keep missing our lures....
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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by DallanC » Sun Feb 02, 2014 9:58 am

Blows me away the amount of fish that come out of that mud puddle. People seem to always kill them there but there are always more to be had. Pretty nice mess of fish, I've never fished that lake, only driven past it a few times.


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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by Dunkem » Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:39 am

Do I see a couple of slimers in that batch? :P
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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by dubob » Mon Feb 03, 2014 7:01 am

Yee Haa! :party:

Very Nice. Mike and I are headed there in the AM - storm or no.
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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by rspeters » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:55 am

Great haul. I've never fished Mantua, in fact, I think I just recently learned how to say it right. So what is the proper way to put a waxworm on a hook? I've never paid much attention to how I do it.
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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by k2muskie » Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:08 am

rspeters wrote:So what is the proper way to put a waxworm on a hook? I've never paid much attention to how I do it.


Hi rspeters...we were using maggots not waxworms. Maggots have a blunt end (opposite of the head) whereas waxies have a pointed end. So for maggots you put the hook close to the blunt end this allows the maggots to continue to wiggle. Maggots are also a bit tougher skin texture than a waxie and will last far longer than a waxie. See below for pictures and note the blunt end on the maggots and the comparison to a waxie.

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Oh and this was a brand new Abu Garcia reel/rod setup I got right before Christmas...used it night fishing on an earlier trip and boy it got cold...don't know if it was the cold but damn bale arm clean busted off when I was reeling up....grrrrr

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Re: Mantua 1 Feb

by DallanC » Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:58 pm

Wow, never seen a reel break there. Get sticky sure, but break off? Wow. Wonder if it had a bad casting or something.


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