Gill-O-Tine Panfish on Northern Wisconsin Ice

Gill-O-Tine Panfish on Northern Wisconsin Ice


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Holy Moly! (music ends) (music ends) (music) (music) (music) (music) Hey! Good morning and Welcome
to Larry Smith Outdoors! I’ll
tell ya what! Today, we are probably doing our last
ice fishing trip of the year,
and we’re with our good friend, Jeff, from WDH
Guide Service up here in
Minocqua, Hey Jeff! Tell us what we got
going on here today? Well, it’s getting to be like
you said, it’s getting to be
that time of year, we still do
have plenty of ice up here, it’s very much still winter
here in Northern Wisconsin
despite a little rain and mist. The fish are transitioning into
that late ice pattern, we’ve
got enough good ice that we can get in one more show. Most of
our fish today are on mud
flats, they’ll be transitioning
shallower, depends on the system, we’ll be
fishing mud today, and yeah, hopefully some quality fish in
our future! (Larry) Basically,
we’re fishing for panfish,
right? Crappies, bluegills? Perch? (Jeff) Yep, our gamefish
season just closed, so we’ll be
fishing for perch, crappies, and
bluegills. (Larry) You’re a
full time guide, and you guide all over the
place! (Jeff) Yes I do. I run ice fishing trips full
time in the winter. In the
spring, I run steelhead trips
on the Great Lakes tributaries for
spring-run steelhead. (Larry)
Yup. (Jeff) And then also panfish and multispecies;
walleyes, pike, all that, prior
to our opener of Musky season. Muskies are my
predominant focus from Memorial Day weekend through
about mid-October, and then I
transition over to waterfowl. (Larry) You
do the waterfowl, too? (Jeff)
Sure do. (Larry) That’s very
interesting. Talk about being a
diverse guide! You are defintely diverse! Let
me ask you, cause I love to
waterfowl hunt, where do you do most of your
waterfowl hunting? (Jeff) I run
cast and blast trips in Northern Wisconsin, we
run a handful of those trips a
year, our season for that opens the last weekend of September.
Whether it’s muskies or ducks, I run that for a couple
weeks where those seasons
overlap for us, and then I
transition to Green Bay. I guide on the
waters of Green Bay and Lake
Michigan seven days a weeks from mid-October until season close
which is always the first
Sunday in December. (Larry) Wow! That’s
awesome! We might have to hook
up with you and try some of
that too! Hey, today we’ve got a very
interesting deal here. You told
me about this Gillotine product a long
time ago, and I’ll tell ya
something, I’ve seen a bunch of videos,
you’ve told me a bunch of
things about it, so we’re actually gonna be
filming some stuff with the
Gillotine today, huh? (Jeff)
Yes sir. It’s a really neat product.
It’s something that these guys
have been working on, good
friends of mine, they’ve been working on this
for about 3-4 years now, we’re
ready to finally put this out
there, get it out to the public. I’ve
been running one all season I had one of the prototypes
from last season, and man, up until about 2 weeks
ago, it was one of the only two
production models we had in the
world. We had them at the ice show
this year, we saw you there,
and it’s gonna be a great chance to show the folks what
this product can do. Very interesting thing, I’ve
heard several times that this
product will actually outfish a human being. (Jeff)
More often than I’d care to
admit! (Larry) Wow! Now this is exciting! Hey! Stay
Tuned! Let’s see what happens
today up here on our final ice trip of
the year in Minocqua. Let’s see how the Gillotine
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simple. You can have whatever bait you
want on here. I’ve got a
Kastmaster with some red spikes. You turn the unit on by hitting
the red button, the power
button. And you can set your depth with
a depthfinder. I’ve got the
Vexilar. Send it down there. (Larry) Are these fish
suspended, or are they on the bottom? Yesterday they were
anywhere from tight to bottom, to up to 3 feet off the bottom.
Caught most 3 feet up. (Larry)
Mkay. So I’m going to set that there. We always put a bobber stop on
our line, so we know what depth we were at. You don’t have to reset it. We
just put that into the spool so if you fight a bigger fish,
doesn’t move your bobber stop.
(larry) Ok. And it’s a simple little clasp. You can use any rod. (music) Then this is the trigger arm.
The line goes through there. (Larry) It just lays in
there, huh? (Kurt) Just lays in
there. You got a silicone tip, counter-weight here, and then
there are 18 pre-programmed jigging
styles. I’m going to use number 15.
(larry) Just hit 1-5? Then hit program again. It says start fishing. It’s
gonna start going! (servo motor
noise) (Larry) Huh, huh, ho! That is
so slick! (Kurt) You can use any rod you
have. As you see, we have a
variety of different rods. The sticker on here has
recommendations, but after you run them for a
while, you can feel it out. Adjust it how you want it.
Basically, you want the clasp to be vertical, so when a
fish bites, the sensor trips it’s magnetic, and it sends a
message to set the hook. The servo motor releases, and
the fish will be on. Then you hit return, (Larry)
How heavy of baits can you put on that?
How heavy a lure? Can you put a big Jigging
Rapala on there and it will
work? You can use big Jigging
Rapalas, big spoons, it comes
with a counter-weight system. You just add weight to this
pedestal. (Larry) Ok. Its even
got a light! (Kurt) When it goes off, a
light comes on for fishing at
night. After you catch a fish, you hit
reset, A light goes off, and it will
start fishing again. (Larry) I can’t wait to see
that work! (Kurt) It does everything. We
have a pump system that is
included, we don’t have it going today, it’s going to be
50 degrees. But it will keep
the hole open in freezing weather. Pump goes
on, it goes in the hole, and it circulates water on a
timer to keep the hole open. (music) (Larry) Nice Crappie! Hold that
one up! You know, Jeff, it’s pretty typical for these
crappies to be this size on
these bodies of water up here? Yeah, you get into some quality
fish, and it’s not uncommon to
get on some nice fish! Some time you have to do some
sorting, but sometimes you’re
lucky and get some nice one’s
too! It’s very much a quality bite
today. (Larry) When you’re
looking at keeping fish, you like to let the
bigger ones go, and just keep
the medium-sized fish? (Jeff) Definitely. Some lakes they tend to run a
little bigger, you end up
keeping a little bit bigger
fish than you might on a smaller fishery. But any of
those real small lakes, it’s
important to let the bigger fish go. It helps to
prevent stunting. The best eating fish are just
like that. Perfect 10-11 incher, perfect
eating size, for sure. (Larry) You guys, up here, have
some of the experimental lakes going to, right? Why don’t you
talk a little bit about that
because down by us we don’t have that
program going. Tell everyone about it. (Jeff)
So what’s going on right now, is there is a long term
research program going on to
see the effects of panfish harvest on
size structure and population in specific lakes. They’ve
selected a few lakes, based on their, the DNR’s, data. They chosen lakes that have
possible overharvest, but
there’s a few more things that
play into it. Lakes that have received heavy
harvest, but had a reputation
for producing quality panfish. There’s a handful of those
lakes in this area. They are spread throughout the
state. They changed bag limits to 15;
5 bluegills, 5 perch, 5
crappies, or a cumulative bag limit of 10
of any panfish species. (Larry)
I like that. There are a couple other
stipulations, but it varies by
water body. I agree! I like it! I would be happy to
see it go to 10 or 15 fish
statewide. (Larry) And that’s
the way a lot of lakes are in Minnesota. When I was a
kid, the limit was 50, then it went
down to 25. I’ll tell ya, with the amount
of pressure that are on these
bodies of water nowadays, and all the
conveniences we have, it’s probably not a bad idea to
knock some of them limits down to 10 or 15 fish.
That’s plenty for a good meal!
(Jeff) I agree! Especially these days where
more and more people have GPS,
more people have electronics, and stuff like suspended
crappies, they really take a beating.
They do! One person finds it,
word travels very quickly, social media is a huge factor, word gets out very quickly.
Populations can suffer from
that. (Larry) You know what the
worst thing that could happen? IF, they go
to a 10 or 15 fish limit, and all of a sudden the lakes
are so full of fish, they raise
the limit back to 25. That would be a heck of problem
to have! (laughing) (music) (music) (music) (larry) That looks like a
better fish! Wow! On the
Gillotine! Oh look at that crappie! Got
’em? Get him! Nice job! Nice job! That is on the Gillotine! Gotta
love that! (kid) Wow! I’ve never seen you guys run so
fast! Wow! I thought that was a natural
slide! You didn’t fall! That was a
natural fish slide! You saved
the fish! Nice job! (music) Deadstick strikes! On the
rosie! (Larry) Wow! That is
nice! Look at that! Even during a
tough bite! Why are they hooked in the chin
like that? I think it happens on that
negative bite. They come, grab
it, and swim up with it. This set, with that longer rod
set in deadstick mode, we still
gotta good piece of that fish! That’s awesome!
That’s a nice crappie! On the
Gillotine! On the Gillotine! Gotta love
that! Good job, Jeff! (music) (music) (music) (music end) Big Snow Resort! Your
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What do ya got? Ooh! Nice
crappie! Fillet for the night? Fish fry? Are you cooking, or
is somebody else? (kid)
Somebody else. (Jeff) He’s cleaning.
(laughing) (Larry) That’s fair! Nice job! (Larry) Whoo! There you go!
Boy, I’ll tell ya what Jeff, the Gillotines are
definitely getting hot! (Jeff) Yeah, for sure man!
We’re jigging and catching a
few, but they are definitely
out producing us today! No doubt! Did you change the
program on some of these? I
noticed the last half hour we’ve been catching a
lot more fish! Did you change the jigging
technique? (Jeff) A few of
them. We’re running a handful
of different ones. There’s a couple bluegill ones,
there’s a couple that rise and
jiggle as they rise with a
pause, and there’s a couple that
jiggle on the fall, and pause
at the bottom of the drop. We’re running a healthy mix of
both. We did just run through
and make sure our bait was
fresh. Make sure the presentations are
clean. You know, east wind today, not ideal
conditions, but we’re putting
the hurt on some fish. (larry)
Yes we are! You know, I think the
interesting part about this
product is, a guy like you that fishes
everyday, little things make
such a big difference, don’t
they? (Jeff) Absolutely. (Larry) And
when you see the way this
machine is performing with that bait, it’s amazing.
Just a little bit different
presentation. The way it stalls that bait
out. What’s your favorite part
about the Gillotine? In my opinion, One it’s a good
product that catches fish, and two for a guy who’s a
really good fisherman, it’s good for people who don’t
do a lot of fishing. You still
have to know what you’re doing
setting them up and you need to be on
fish. But for people who are
adept fisherman, it’s a force multiplier. You can take it, and bounce it
from hole to hole, (Larry) It’s
like cloning yourself! (Jeff) That’s a good way to put
it! There’s another one on there!
(Jeff) You’re absolutely right! And especially when you’re
fishing suspended fish over
mud, or when they’re roaming in
pods, it’s really nice. You get one
on over here and boom! You move your jigging rod! When
you’re out by yourself, you can run two units. One in
the shack right next to you on
a cold day! You know if it’s negative
temps, it’s nice to have one of
these jigging for you. It’s a force multiplier, and it
will help you stay on pods of fish that are moving in
open water. (Larry) Definitely
makes a lot of sense. And we’re proving it today!
(Jeff) Absolutely! (music) (Larry) What do you got
there? Nice and slow! I’ll move the
Gillotine! You wanna turn
towards Dan? Holy Cats! Whoo ho ho! There is
a tank! Now that is an absolute giant gill right there! Good job!
I’ll tell ya what! You wanna hold him up? (music) (music) (music) Whoa ho ho ho! (Larry) That’s a
nice perch! Nice job! Wow! The wrangler man got a nice
perch! Gotta love that! I’ll
tell ya what! (laughing) Wow! You’re the only guy out
here that doesn’t have bibs on or
some type of waterproof stuff!
You got jeans on, right! (Art) I didn’t prep
real well for this trip! (Jeff)
He is our cook! Very valuable
man! He did an awesome job! I’ll
tell ya what, the elk burgers
were awesome! That’s a big
perch! (Larry) That is a great perch!
Big ‘ol female, huh? (Jeff) Yes
sir! (Jeff) Dump that egg truck
back, Art? (Larry) Dump that
egg truck back! I like that
phrase! Back down the hole! (music ends) (guncocks) (sizzle) (music) (music) Hey! We’re in the kitchen with
Shotgun Steve Schafer! This is
one of my winning girls Ashley Reetz, that sent in a
recipe for the show. And what are we making today?
We’re making Ashley’s famous
beans. When you make it it’s famous,
or everybody says they’re
famous? (Ashley) Mmm, uh…
(Schafer) That’s the right answ! And you’re what? Sheboygan
Falls? Home of the Falcons?
Yeah Falcons! Is that what’s going on?
Alright, walk me through this.
We’re gonna use our Stearno
again. I’m gonna cook up the meat and
the bacon. This is your own
pig, right? You raised it, you hollered suu-eii to it
while you raised it? (Ashley)
Mm hm! (Schafer) And this deer,
your dad shot? This is one pound of ground
venison, right? This goes in, and this goes in at the same
time? We’re making it all at
the same time? (Ashley) Yeah.
(Schafer) And what are you gonn? I’m gonna be putting the
onions, ketchup, barbeque, molasses, chili powder, and then you’re putting in the
beans. (Schafer) I’m putting in
the beans? Ok. We have to strain the junk out of the beans,
right? Yep. These we don’t, but
these we do. As soon as that pan gets hot, we’ll start, then
I’ll run over and do the beans.
(Ashley) Ok. (music) (music) (music) (Schafer) Alright, look at that
Ashley! We got the bacon nice and crispy! (Ashley)
Looks really good! It even smells good! Your dad,
whoever smoked this, that’s
really good! Best part, watch this! Ooh!
That’s good! You take these, what do you do?
You rip them up, right? I’m gonna speed up the process
a little here. I’m gonna pull
’em out. (music) (music) (music) (music) Ashley, I trust you! This does
look pretty good! I can smell
the molasses in there! Look at that bacon! Is this
enough for us to sample?
(Ashley) Yep. Ready? 1,2,3… Dig in! You’re pushing me
everywhere! (music) It’s good! That’s really good!
I like that bacon crispiness and the
different beans! I’ve never had
those one beans, what were they
again? Butter beans. Those are really good! Folks!
Ashley Reetz! Big winner! Sheboygan Falls
Falcons! What are you gonna say
to the man? Larry, please take me fishing!
(laughing) Larry, you heard the
little girl! She wants to go fishing! She’ll
probably outfish you! 29 and a
half right? Mmm Hmm! Thanks, Ashley, for
coming in. Thanks for entering
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lunar phases, give us a tip on how the lunar phase works
and why you follow that so closely. It’s one of the most
basic things in any kind of
fishing, and even applies to hunting and a lot of other
things. It’s nothing really
new, but it’s something you got
to pay attention to. Yesterday we had some really
nice conditions, the
pre-fishing was good, put them on a spot, caught a
lot of fish, we caught at them
at this time yesterday. It was
good. But we have weather coming in.
Today, get out here, and we knew we had to be setup and
ready. Moon was at 11:50am, we
had weather rolling in around noon, 1 o’clock, and we knew
that once that stuff arrived,
you can see its starting to
drizzle, if we didn’t make that window,
it would be an uphill battle.
(larry) Right, for sure! We’ve had one or two bites, but
there was a flurry, we caught a
lot of fish, caught a lot of
nice fish, (Larry) Yes we did! (Jeff) And
the nicest and biggest fish we
caught were right around, about
5-10 minutes, either side of moon. Today was
moonrise, but it applies for
moonset, moonrise, moon overhead, or
moon underfoot. Those are your
majors and minors. Today that was absolutely the
key. If we were just getting
out here now, we would be struggling. (Larry) We’d be struggling big
time! Hey again, this week’s
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(Cameraman) Are you gonna give
him some of that jerky? I’m gonna give him all three of
them! There you go! Thank you! (music) Hey, I’ll tell ya what! I never
thought I would ever get outfished by a machine, but a
certainly did today! I think
most of us did! The Gillotine
definitely outfished us! Very impressive! I’ll tell ya
what, Jeff, you’ve been fishing
that Gillotine for a while. You told me about
this about a year ago, I never
really believed you! Sorry about that!
I’m a true believer now! When people want to get a hold
of you, cause you do so many
different types of guide trips, how can they get a hold of you?
The best way is, either you can
find me on Facebook or social media, shoot me a
message through that, but my
preferred way would be my cell
phone: 920-639-6286. Call or text will
be fine. My website is wisconsinmuskyfishingguide.com
and also wisconsinduckhunts.com That’s awesome! We appreciate
it! Hey! We had an absolutely
awesome time with all you guys! We
thank you very much! And hey!
If anybody’s looking to buy some manure, I know a guy
right here that has some for
sale! (laughing) Hey, like I always say: Just
remember, what a great day to
be alive! (music) (music ends) (music ends) (Cameraman) That’s like the
biggest crappie you’ve ever
caught, huh? (Larry) Are you
talking to me?? (Cameraman) That’s a giant!
Wow! You gotta be proud! I’m gonna let this one go, just
because I believe in catch and
release. (Cameraman) I would
too. A trophy like that?? This other
burger was yours, but since
you’re busy and there’s no
bacon on it, I’ll eat it for you. (music ends)

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