Ice fishing is on a roll!!
JAMES GANG CEO ALEX & HIS FISHING PARTNER MASON ENJOYED SUCCESS ON THE ICE!
Late fall was good to the ice anglers in Wisconsin, as we found safe ice at a pretty early date in 2022. Small lakes & ponds froze hard around Thankgiving, and by Mid-Dec, our region had 7" of ice. The woods and the roadsides were gorgeous after the heavy, wet snowfall rocked our area. Jesse Piontek of James Gang Fishing Company teamed up with local angler Trevor Meeks to do some scouting for some rainbow trout opportunities with LiveScope. We found a small window of feeding at sun-up that lasted about an hour, resulting in 2 rainbow trout, 3 largemouth bass, and a few panfish. These fish were biting on Acme 3mm tungsten jigs, tipped with Gullickson BeaverTail Baits, and dipped in JB's Fish Sauce scent. The Live Scope can be a very fun tool to watch, as the fish educate the angler with visual movements on screen that are hard to imagine with standard flasher usage. We always have fun learning new bodies of water and overcoming the challenge of finding fish and coaxing them to bite!
HEAVY, WET SNOW CREATED GORGEOUS SCENERY IN MID-DECEMBER
TREVOR MEEKS WITH AN 11.5" RAINBOW TROUT
JB'S FISH SAUCE & BEAVERTAIL BAIT
We began using Beavertail Baits and JB's Fish Sauce during ice fishing around 2017, and found it to really be the difference-maker when fish are in a neutral to negative feeding mood. I like to take a knife and cut the Beavertail in half length-wise, to create two long & skinny pieces of beavertail. Experiment with colors such as white or pink. I then cut a V-shaped fish tail into the end of the bait and hook it on to a small jig, such as a 3mm Acme hammered tungsten jig or Flirty Girty #10. I dip the entire jig in JB'S Fish Sauce, using the JB's Jelly or the balm sticks with hands-free lanyards on the ice. My favorite scents for winter are crawfish, black magic, or perch juice. I start with natural colors such as silver or gold jigs. If the bite is aggressive I switch to pink or white Flirty Girty jigs and usually step up to a bigger size, such as #8 or 4mm. When tip-up fishing, I dip the treble hooks for northern pike with JB's Fish Sauce to add an oil trail to key them in to the live bait location. These tactics have helped me become much more efficient and productive during my ice-fishing expeditions in recent years. Keep your jig a foot or two above the fish on your flasher and try to get them to come up to the jig. This is usually when you trick them into committing to a taste. The scent is can be what changes them from wanting a taste to wanting to inhale the jig.
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LIVE BAIT & TACKLE VENDING 24/7 AT BACK 40 IN BLOOMER!!
Waxies, spikes, live crappie fatheads, and tackle. Credit or cash accepted 24/7!!
PIKE FEST 2023 BECOMES KIDS CRAPPIE FEST!
GAVIN & HIS DAD HAD A GREAT DAY CATCHING CRAPPIES UP TO 11"
Pike fest 2023 showed minimal pike to speak of, but no one was complaining as they were replaced with an abundance of crappies in the 9-12.75" range on this beautiful 31 degree day of ice fishing! Three children and 4 adults headed north near Turtle Lake, WI and took home 52 of these delicious panfish to throw in the lard pan at home. Josh Weirich caught the biggest crappie of the day, measuring 12.75" long. Josh was using a pink Flirty Girty on a panfish jig pole. Mason Krueger caught a 12" crappie as well, and Alex Piontek & Gavin Duncan both put 11" crappies on the ice with the several solid keepers they took home through the day. We celebrated the day with hot dogs and brats on the grill before we headed out. Live crappie minnows, Flirty Girty jigs, Beavertail Baits, & JB's Fish Sauce all put the crappies in the mood to eat breakfast. The kids all had a blast, and don't forget to find time to teach children the enjoyment of adventures in the outdoors!!
JOSH WEIRICH WITH HIS 12.75" BLACK CRAPPIE
JAMES GANG FISHING IN 2023
BASS JERKER SUSPENDING JERKBAIT BY James Gang Fishing Company
It's been a rough couple of years at James Gang Fishing Company, as health issues have taken a huge toll on marketing, time, and finances, as well as time for MLF events, trade shows, and crafting lures. Substantial progress has been made in recent months in the health concerns, so we look to getting back on track in growing the company and returning to trade shows in future years. We are currently dedicating our time and money strictly to website lure sales and stocking our 24/7 live bait & tackle vending machine near Bloomer, WI at Back 40 Dining & Cocktails, a location on the way to Island, Long, Potato, MarshMiller, Cornell, Rock, and so many other lakes. The best way to make lure purchases through us is still through our website store, or through an email to email@example.com. Our guide service will remain on hold through 2023 as health is still a concern at this time, and we are unable to acquire the needed equipment at this moment for a safe & enjoyable guide experience that is needed for the price of the trip.At this time we allowed our guide license to expire, and will reconsider when health, economy, and outlook lines up together. Expect more video content on our www.rumble.com channel in 2023, and better quality as we upgraded to our business computer and are using better software. We are now entering a transition as CEO Alex is beginning to learn the book-keeping and marketing aspects of his business, much different from when he started the beginning stages of his vision at just 4 years old with fun videos, pictures, and fun commentary on YouTube. We only promote what we believe in, and at this time, we highly recommend giving our Lovertail 2 in white crappie or bull bluegill, our Baby Squid Bait in Baby Gill, our Bass Jerker in Bloody Cisco or Golden Shiner, and our 1/4 oz Nest Invader weedless skirted jig in Mississippi Mayhem a whirl. We will continue to develop new lures in the future, but these lures we have extreme confidence in as we have landed so many fish over the years with them! Please submit your order to the online store and we will order the parts to custom build them by hand when they arrive. Thank you for your support and good luck fishing!!
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Jesse James is an avid fisherman that loves smallmouth bass fishing, loves spending time with his family, with other family-orientated people, and loves seeing children fish. A huge fan of BASSMASTER Elite Mike Iaconelli, like Mike, he is known to be a little strange, and obnoxious, but only to have fun and make people laugh.