January Ice Fishing: Our Best Ice Box Yet?

January Ice Fishing: Our Best Ice Box Yet?


 Looking to get ahead on the hard-water this year? Ice fishing season is officially on and the January 2022 ice box has the tools for you to catch your PB this winter! This box is loaded with baits that have proven to be successful through the ice, and we break it down and explain how to use each lure included. 

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Video transcript:

Jeff:
All right, here we go. Neon engage.

Paul:
What's going on everyone? Welcome back to the MONSTERBASS channel. You've got Burly Fishing here, the entirety of Burly Fishing. You've got Jeff, myself, I am Paul, and we have the... This is January Ice Bag.

Jeff:
It's a second to last, right?

Paul:
Yeah, I think [crosstalk 00:00:25].

Jeff:
We go through...

Paul:
Is it February? I can't remember.

Jeff:
February is the last one.

Paul:
March last year, I think February this year. You know what? They're going to have a lot to prove for February, because I'm actually really excited about this bag. This might be my favorite. This might be my favorite ice box bag, whatever you want to call it, thus far.

Jeff:
It's a highly functional bag here.

Paul:
I'm going to like-

Jeff:
And it comes in a box.

Paul:
Yeah.

Jeff:
If you guys haven't done it yet, be sure to subscribe to the MONSTERBASS channel, then take 1.8 seconds and jump on over to Burly Fishing and subscribe to our channel so you can see us actually use baits like this out on the ice this season. Let's get into it.

Paul:
I'm going to let Jeff pick what's coming out of the bag first.

Jeff:
Boom, first thing. Spring bobbers.

Paul:
Sitka spring bobbers. If you've never used a spring bobber before, it's actually a phenomenal invention. If you're not getting enough sensitivity out of your setup or maybe using a medium setup and you really want to pair up and start looking for some maybe ultralight perch-

Jeff:
It goes here.

Paul:
You want to do a little ultralight for whatever pan fish that you're seeing, or you just want to increase sensitivity of your current rod. You basically... There's a really good visual on the back here. You're basically just going to go ahead and slip this portion, the foam portion of the bobber into your first guide and then run your line through the bright orange tip. They're really basic but this is like a must. I feel like a lot of people, this is a must have. You need to have these. You really should have a couple of these laying around.

Jeff:
And you got this orange tip. So it's high vis.

Paul:
Yep.

Jeff:
They're super sensitive, like Paul was saying, these are flat, sometimes they're rounded and just basically it will make any rod essentially like an ultralight but with a backbone so you can fish a heavier setup. Super sensitive.

Paul:
Detecting ultralight bites, especially if maybe your rod is not really super great. You're having trouble managing an ultralight jig. As long as you can get it down there to the depth you want, you're going to be able to detect that ultra light bite. You may even only see it. You may not even feel it.

Jeff:
Yeah.

Paul:
But this is going to help you out. So yeah. Good add.

Jeff:
I remember watching a YouTube video a long time ago. It was just probably Lindy or something and they were like, "You are guaranteed to be missing crappy bites if you're not using spring bobbers."

Paul:
Totally fair.

Jeff:
I took that to heart.

Paul:
If you've never seen a blue eel eat a lure under water, just lightning quick. And it's just the most [inaudible 00:02:50], it's hilarious.

Jeff:
And if you don't set, you miss.

Paul:
Oh, absolutely. All right. Spring Bobber, number one. What's number two?

Jeff:
Oh, I love these. Yeah, these are fantastic. Big Bite Baits. The crappy minner. We got a whole ton of these actually.

Paul:
Isn't John Deere green? What is the color name?

Jeff:
These are sick.

Paul:
I know.

Jeff:
John Deere green. Tractor green glow.

Paul:
Nailed it.

Jeff:
All right. So these are fantastic. We have these in a couple different colors. We like using them a lot. They're a good size.

Paul:
Big Bite Baits is one of my favorite crappy manufacturer, like lure manufacturers. Shot kind of out of nowhere. They're really good.

Jeff:
The thing that's sweet about these, check this out, is you got this highlight tail. It's actually two pieces. So you get your regular yellow-ish, chartreuse-ish, and green up front for the thicker rigging section. And then you get the chartreuse glow tail with those silver flake and it's salted up. These things are juice.

Paul:
Well, they're more than juice. You get the bite juice with these ones. You don't always get that. But I feel like with the larger, this would be for bigger crappy.

Jeff:
They'll hold on a bit longer with stuff like that.

Paul:
Yeah. You're going to draw them in. That's a little bit extra for you. I love... And then that's a 10 pack. That's the other thing about Big Bite.

Jeff:
Yeah. You get a lot.

Paul:
You usually get more in a pack. So this come in a 10 pack. I love that. All right. Next.

Jeff:
This thing.

Paul:
Yeah.

Jeff:
All right. So we had one of these before. This is the Rota-Shad, but this is a realistic one. So this one has-

Paul:
Well, it's a much smaller size. The last one we got was like, I think a one eighth.

Jeff:
Yeah. This one is one eighth. No, the other one was bigger. The other one was like a quarter or three eighths even. This one is one eighth and it's got that streamer material off the back. That makes it interesting. It's realistic, like little fishy shape design. So that could be cool. And this is the one that rotates, Rota-Shad, get it, when you're jigging this up and down. We haven't used these on the ice yet.

Paul:
Correct.

Jeff:
But we going to find out.

Paul:
Yeah. If you haven't seen these before, this is basically two jigs that are welded together. And so they are all one piece, but they're welded together. And then there's like a hook in the middle where you tie in your line. And as you're jigging this up and down, it's going to rotate and spin and it gives you a different level of fall. The one thing I like about these is that it doesn't come with plastics. The other Rota-Shad had the plastics, which is cool because then you can-

Jeff:
Charteuse scrub tails.

Paul:
You can customize and they're showing you the right size, but this one, you don't need any of that. They got the flash on there.

Jeff:
Ready to go.

Paul:
Tied on, rigged up, ready to go. Nothing for you to lose. Nothing for you to forget. Nothing for you to get bit off on. So I like that a lot. And then this is a much more natural presentation. The other one was a black head jig with a chartreuse, which is cool. But I think early ice, this is kind of what I want.

Jeff:
Yeah.

Paul:
All right. Next.

Jeff:
All right. Next up, we got Arnold Tackle. Now this one's interesting. So it's kind of like a little spoon jig, [goochy 00:03:03] shaped one.

Paul:
Let's wait for that wind. If it would just calm down. We have 15 mile per hour gusts right now. Not ideal, not ideal.

Jeff:
I feel safe.

Paul:
I was in-

Jeff:
I'm in danger.

Paul:
I was in a normal hoodie before we got out here.

Jeff:
Yeah.

Paul:
But these are really neat. So what you're going to get with these is... I personally love these on minnows or on grubs. I think this is a great live bait. I'm going to call it a spoon. I really dead stick these. Now one thing that I can say is there's another lure in here. Jeff, I'm going to do your job for you.

Jeff:
I was trying to do my job.

Paul:
I'm going to do Jeff's job here for a second.

Jeff:
Wow.

Paul:
One of the other-

Jeff:
I've been fired.

Paul:
One of the other baits is this widow maker, two inch ballzy. So as you could see, these are like, it's an interesting plastic. I don't know what it's mimicking, if anything specifically, but you get these three white bulbus sections with the tail and another bulb at the back. When you put a plastic like that on the bottom of this and you vertically drop that spoon down, you can alternate colors, you can get the glow. If you don't have live bait, you can do something like this. And then you can attach this any which way you want. You can do the whole plastic. You can bite it off, do the tail. You get a lot of options. Great dead stick bait, to me. I know you can jig it, but it's a great dead stick bait.

Paul:
And so what I'll do a lot of times, if I'm finding, especially early season, early in the day when you don't know what's working, what I'll do is I'll take two buckets to a spot. I'll drill two holes. I'll jig with one of them. And then behind me, I'll just either sit on one of the rods and dead stick it or set it on my bucket and drop that, let it sit. And then just randomly, every five minutes or so, just tap the top of my rod. And then you're going to be able to figure out what's going to work that day. This is often one of the places I like to start. Live bait first and then I'll go to something like this, paired with that spoon. I love that thing.

Jeff:
Consequently, today, we have no live bait because all the live bait in town is dead. So we're going to be using plastics today.

Jeff:
All right. So next up, we got the Perch Daddy. I love this pink and black setup so that I say crappy jig. This is kind of like the classic crappy jig where it's like wrap tide.

Paul:
It's pretty big too.

Jeff:
Yeah. It's kind of huge. I would see definitely ultra lighting this.

Paul:
Oh yeah.

Jeff:
Maybe in the spring and stuff, but if you're on them, crappy are really aggressive. We could definitely go after them. This is for perch specifically, but I'm using it for crappy.

Paul:
Oh yeah, absolutely. No, but these are great for these basically anything. The one thing that I will say about this is there's no bad color really. The nice thing about this one though, is with that wrap, I think this is the one sixteenth. That is like a perfect weight to where you're going to maintain sensitivity. But with all that material tied on the hook shank, it's not like floating around so much that you can't maintain the sensitivity, get your lure where you need it to be, and then detect a bite. So I love that black and pink. I think that's a cool combo.

Paul:
How many lures do you have that are black and pink?

Jeff:
A few now.

Paul:
Yeah. Two, total. It's not a common color combo. This is a good one. This a good color combo. This is great, I think for dark water. But there's nothing wrong with this. This is a good add. Solid add.

Jeff:
I was having some great success, great success, this year with the pink mule jig with the black donkey tails.

Paul:
Absolutely.

Jeff:
That was previously the black and pink I did.

Paul:
Yep.

Jeff:
Then we got some Skandia. Skandia.

Paul:
Yeah.

Jeff:
Skandia.

Paul:
Yes.

Jeff:
Skandia.

Paul:
You can't say it wrong because I don't know how to say it.

Jeff:
Sweet. Tungsten lure. Tungsten is great for sensitivity, also for showing up on your sonar. So we're using Vexilar's today.

Paul:
Okay.

Jeff:
He doesn't have his spikes on.

Paul:
What we're doing is dying today.

Jeff:
Yep.

Paul:
So if you use a flasher, [crosstalk 00:09:16].

Jeff:
Like this.

Paul:
This is the FL8SE from Vexilar.

Jeff:
These are buddies.

Paul:
The nice thing about Tungsten is because it's more dense metal, you get a better reading from your sonar. So you can use a smaller jig and get a better reading, which I think is fantastic. Because a lot of times, especially as you go deeper and deeper, and that cone gets larger at the bottom of where your Vexi is shooting down, this can be the difference between being able to see your lure and maybe not distinguishing it from a fish or anything else down there at all.

Paul:
But Tungsten jigs in general, a little higher quality, more dense metal, lower profile.

Jeff:
Sensitive.

Paul:
Better sensitivity.

Jeff:
Show up on the Vexi. All good stuff. And it's super glowy too so it's going to go with one of these two plastics here. So last up, we've been having some pretty cool, it's coming out from these guys, Bass Reaper. So we got the chartreuse, they call it the Mouse, 20. You get 20.

Paul:
They're small. Granted they're tiny, but with a jig like that, this is a great tail, especially for smaller pan fish, or if you need to get a reaction in ultra clear water with no silt at the bottom, this is what I like to go. Bright color, really small with a longer tail, on a small Tungsten jig. So having a 20-pack instead of a 10-pack is super nice. But yeah, they're smaller. I get it. But having 20 is kind of clutch.

Jeff:
Yeah. And then, you get the black flake and greenish chartreuse here, bug. This thing is ridiculous. So it's going to look or mimic a pretty good size bug in the water.

Paul:
You can definitely ultra light drift these, but these are going to work great on it.

Jeff:
I could see using this in the river for sure.

Paul:
Yep. These are going to work great on-

Jeff:
That thing is juicy.

Paul:
... on almost any jig, on a lot of different spoons. There's not really a bad way to go.

Jeff:
And that is from Eurotackle. So again-

Paul:
Can you pronounce this one? Because I tried to... [Anasopdera 00:03:03], Anasopdera.

Jeff:
[Anasopera 00:03:03], obviously.

Paul:
It sounds like a dinosaur.

Jeff:
Yeah. It's [anosoptericks 00:03:03] under water.

Paul:
But Eurotackle does a really great job of making unique shapes, unique shaped baits. They did a shrimp last month. [crosstalk 00:11:18] Yeah. You're not going to see their shapes very often. So they have really unique molds and they're all pretty dang small. So pretty cool. Pretty cool option from there.

Jeff:
Oh, I almost missed one.

Paul:
I was going to say there's one more left.

Jeff:
Jeez. I thought we were way past on. So you got the classics from Lindy here. This is the Tungsten Fat Boy and shart glow and yeah-

Paul:
That's going to be pair up with that Eurotackle bait, that anasopdera, actually very well.

Jeff:
It's got a longer shank.

Paul:
Exactly.

Jeff:
And it's that glow material with the eye on there. It's also a flat body, which is cool, and a horizontal presentation you can see that line tie. So very interesting. Lindy makes great stuff. There's no questions asked there.

Paul:
Another thing about rectangular shaped jig heads, they also show up even better-

Jeff:
Yep. Even if not Tungsten.

Paul:
... than circular. You get more, what is it? Like per square centimeter, whatever you want to call it, there's more real estate for something to bounce off of from your Vexi to give you a better reading. So I think Clam makes a rectangle, I forget what it's called, but Genz makes a rectangular one that's like a cube shaped.

Jeff:
There's the disco ball one, the Tungsten disco ball.

Paul:
Yeah. There's a bunch of sides. And then this is another version of that. So this is a rectangular shaped bait. It has curved edges, but it's actually a little bit bigger in profile. And again, in addition to being Tungsten, it's going to give you an even better reading underneath the water. So that is your... Okay. We didn't nail our [inaudible 00:12:37]. That is your-

Jeff:
Wait.

Paul:
I want it though. So that is your January Ice Box. Very excited to see this one again. One of my favorites completely jam packed, got some unique stuff that you probably have never used before, but also some trusty, dusty standbys. We're actually going to go use these.

Jeff:
Right now.

Paul:
Right now. So thanks for checking out the video. Thanks for stopping by the MONSTERBASS channel. If you have not already, smash the like button, read notification bell, so that you can see when we post the next video and have an awesome ice season. If you're down South and you don't have ice, I feel sorry for you, but yeah, enjoy regular fishing.

Jeff:
Travel over and hang out with us. It's super fun and not cold or windy at all. All right, we'll see you guys on the next video.

Paul:
Later.

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