Skim ice on the shallow back bays. I watched the ice form around my decoys when I was out hunting this morning. If the forecasted overnight lows come to fruition, we may see ice earlier than usual this year.
I like those speed clip type connectors.
I have been using Norman Speed Clips at the end of the fluorocarbon leader, they work great. I don't use any swivels either, those really hurt the action, I just use the speed clip, the leader and attach leader directly to the braid.
The norman speed clips essentially replace the split ring, but you can use them with split ring, but I usually just remove them.
I put the Kayaks away for the year already, maybe if we have some warmer days I might hit a couple of shore spots. But it's pretty much over until May.
MOON PHASE (1%)
Brutal tonite! Fished off the pier from3-4:30. Kept 3 crappies 10-11.125”. Threw back 3. Had several hits but too much bow in the line to set the hook.No gills! Interesting though no bites on minnows,all on gulp.just finished eating the crappies, exc.! CARPIO. On using leaders when fishing cranks, I like going clean using 6 or 8# mono.I attach them with a “Kwip Clip”. Too much other stuff, snaps,swivels etc. only collects weeds etc.I guess losing a few cranks a year is part of fishing. Thanks for the input though. CARPIO
Have you tried using a shorter leader like around 12 inches?
I have found the shorter ones work a lot better, I also attach the braid with a albright knot and the action on the crank and wake baits does not seem to be affected at all. I did notice the action changing when using steel or titanium leaders but not the fluorocarbon DIY ones. You could probably even go as short as 6 inches.
MOON PHASE (5%)
Nice crappies biting at,and after dark in 3’ Of water.anyone catching those BIG! 24”? Croakers. I caught 3 in 2 days on cranks.I hope they feed on zebra mussels. The “ slimers” made off with 25$ worth of cranks also.it killed me to stay in the house yesterday.Going today no matter what. CARPIO