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When do you call it a season, or do you?

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I was wondering when do most of you guys call it a season? I usually call it over around x-mas time and wait out the winter in my basement tying teasers, flags, and just going through all of my gear. That being said I know there are a bunch of you that will hit the rivers pretty hard over the winter or switch to another species or even fish the hard water for what ever is biting. Been meaning to try this out soon. So to which camp do you belong?

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Will fish for stripers all winter depending on the night time temps. If the braid freezes it's too cold.I refuse to switch to mono. Will Hopefully spend time building plugs, tying tails, tying jigs, ice fishing and sea run trout fishing. Last winter's ice fishing was amazing. Sea run trout fishing not so amazing .


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Question for you guys who fish all year round. In the dead of winter do you switch over to neoprene waders, or do you just layer up under your breathable waders? I would imagine korkers or studs are a must for the winter also.

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I switch to neoprene, but only because my neoprenes are boot foot. The lightweights can be warm with a few layers but my lightweighs are stocking foot, and no amount of layering of socks will keep my feet warm when the neoprene is pressed against my feet from the water pressure. The boot foot waders, neoprene or lighweight will prevent that from happening and keep the dogs warm. I don't really worry about studs either. If fishing the rivers, there is no ice underwater, and wading, for me at least,  is generally less adventurous when the water is in the 30's....no chest deep trips, slimy rocks, or long off shore walks.


I give  up at 25 degrees...but will carry a spare reel with mono if the braid gets icy. 


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Hey jd do I need a power auger or will a hand driven one in CT suffice?



i am on the shoreline so the ice doesnt get as thick as some places up north. A sharp hand auger works fine enough. power augers are great though. you blast right through. I like to drill a lot of holes because sometimes you need to move around a lot to keep up with the fish. Ice fishing can be like fishing for blackfish. you might need to move over just a foot or so to go from no fish to a fish on every drop. And sometimes holes are species specific . Get all bluegills from one and 2 feet away it's all crappie.


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I'm new to CT. Last year I stopped in mid December but I plan on trying much later this year (as long as the weather in ~normal). Not like last year's weather. I have no idea where or when to fish but I will figure it out. Beats sitting home in front of the warm fire place.

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Hey jd do I need a power auger or will a hand driven one in CT suffice?

 

I use a nils hand auger and it works great on one condition, you have to leave it in the house the night before. If you pack it in the car the night before, and you allow the metal of the auger to get below freezing temp, it won't cut. It will just skip on the ice and you will get wicked tired and curse a lot.

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I may be done actively fishing for bass, unless I see some signs of life..... I've sen only dinks recently and can't get excited about that. will try some black fishing for the next few weeks as the weather allows, and maybe fish the rivers if I'm really jonesin' to fish

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I salt water fish all year. Most of the time it is catch and release .  Dress for the weather and there is no problem.  Fish in area where the waters are deep. Less competition more fish..... 

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I may be done actively fishing for bass, unless I see some signs of life..... I've sen only dinks recently and can't get excited about that. will try some black fishing for the next few weeks as the weather allows, and maybe fish the rivers if I'm really jonesin' to fish

 

Don't hang'em up yet Bobber, there's still bait in the rivers. :D

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Don't hang'em up yet Bobber, there's still bait in the rivers. biggrin.gif



....and the harbors. Sea herring are around the corner too and if they show a little early it could keep some nice bass on the shoreline.


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 Still seeing plenty of birds working off the beaches.  Always a bit too far to reach from the surf, of course.   November has always been my best month for #s of bass caught.


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