Jim Hudson's Articles

February 2013

Comfort on the Ice...A Major Key to Success
by Jim Hudson
It wasn't many years ago, my fishing buddies and I were planning our annual late ice fishing excursion. Each and every year we get together in February or early March and plan to chase walleyes, perch, and panfish on many of our favorite lakes. As the anticipation grew, the weather forecast began to dampen our excitement. Finally when we all got together at the cabin, we were greeted with a mas... more

January 2013

Tackling Ice Time Lake Trout
by Jim Hudson
The depths of the Great Lakes and the many pristine clear water lakes of Minnesota and Canada harbor a fish that definitely rule the roost when we ice heads start talking about epic battles staged on frozen water, the Lake Trout. These denizens of the deep are known to push above the 40 pound mark and hit lures mimicking their favorite prey like no other of its finned cousins. They are the proverb... more

December 2012

Hook, Line and NO Sinker
by Jim Hudson
You know that age old comedic saying - "I got ya, Hook, Line and Sinker". Been around for years. Anglers always perpetrate their buddies into a punch line of a joke or story they are playing out, ending it with "giving them" the finale of a ribbing that only a fisherman can give. Same goes on the ice. Lots of ice anglers rig up just as the saying goes, and then carry on to fool their finned quarry... more

November 2012

5 Species - 5 Early Ice Tips
by Jim Hudson
The beauty of early ice - fish are normally very plentiful and usually pretty easy to catch. The caveat - most of the time, there are too many species biting well at the same time, making it darn hard to figure out which one to pursue on any given day. But, hey, fishing is fishing, and any of the fish that are "snapping" are fun to catch. So, let's take a look at the top 5 on my list and some of m... more

October 2012

Preparation is Key for First Ice Success
by Jim Hudson
Preparation is the ultimate key to success in any type of fishing, but when it comes to ice fishing, it is even more important. Ice and winter weather are hard on tip-ups, spools, line, and leaders. Spending a little time getting your gear ready before you hit the ice will help you capitalize on opportunities to actually catch fish. We all love early ice and fishing tip-ups for walleyes and pike... more

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