Please select your home edition
Marina Exchange 728x90 1

Explore the first ice tactics at Shimano School

by Shimano 14 Dec 2021 16:02 UTC
Explore the first Ice Tactics at Shimano School © Shimano

Few periods of hardwater fishing are as productive as the fleeting first ice window. Large numbers of aggressive fish remain in shallow water, energized by seasonally-high dissolved oxygen levels and chasing abundant forage.

Success at first ice requires specialized tools and tactics, developed and refined over decades by some of the most successful guides and anglers across the Northcountry. By attending this week's Shimano School, you can learn directly from these angling professionals and tap into the first ice bonanza.

Shimano School is an ongoing series of angler education events hosted by JP DeRose, and features compelling topics and special guests from across the spectrum of the fishing world. Shimano School meets every two weeks and streams live on Shimano's Facebook Page and the Shimano North America's YouTube Channel.

In this week's edition of Shimano School, viewers will enjoy detailed first ice insights from two successful hardwater anglers: Jeff "Gussy" Gustafson and Kee Kong. Gussy spends the open water months competing on the Bassmaster Elite Series, notching his first victory in early 2021 on the Tennessee River. During the winter months, however, this Canadian bass fanatic explores the bounty of Sunset Country, focusing on the hardwater opportunities available on expansive Lake of the Woods. Kee Kong is a fervent multispecies angler based in the Twin Cities area. When the water turns crunchy, Kong leverages highly refined presentations to chase everything from perch to brown trout and all finned adversaries in-between. Both anglers will detail the tools and tactics they use to find success on the ice, especially during the brief first ice period. "I'm excited to describe the incredibly diverse and powerful lineup of G. Loomis IMX-PRO Ice rods," notes Gustafson, "which have rapidly become my favorite tools for every presentation in my hardwater repertoire - from feeding rattle spoons to walleye, to jigging giant tubes for lakers."

We invite viewers to post questions to the Facebook and YouTube live streams, while Gussy, Kong and DeRose provide the answers needed to help viewers catch more and bigger fish through the ice. Shimano School is in session starting at 8 PM EST on Tuesday, December 14.

Related Articles

The paradigm-shifting Shimano World Diver 99SP
Innovative technology redefines the deep-diving jerkbait Shimano elevates the jerkbait to unprecedented heights with the new World Diver 99SP: A technology-infused lure that triggers strikes from trophy-caliber bass wherever they swim. Posted on 23 Dec 2021
Meet the ultimate suspending jerkbait
Shimano's new World Minnow 115SP upends the jerkbait universe Trophy bass don't grow to supersized proportions by being gullible or easily fooled. Classic lures and traditional presentations often fail when faced with the challenge of tempting world-class targets. Posted on 15 Dec 2021
Optimize your fishing reel maintenance
Save time and enhance performance by servicing reels yourself Reels are a central component of every angler's tackle arsenal. These precision-engineered tools must withstand both the harsh and corrosive effects of the elements and the rigors of trophy-caliber fish to deliver the performance Posted on 22 Nov 2021
Anglers gain dynamic edge with Curado 150 MGL
Versatile, lightweight casting reel unites performance with Shimano dependability The Shimano Curado family sets the benchmark for performance and versatility among low-profile casting reels. Posted on 19 Nov 2021
Shimano reveals the Butterfly Shimmerfall Jig
Versatile jig excels in deep water and heavy current From chasing bottom fish to supersized pelagics anywhere in the water column, jigging with a vertical jig is a classic technique that belongs in every saltwater angler's repertoire. Posted on 28 Oct 2021
Learn crankbait strategies for fall bass
Keith Combs talks tackle and tactics Shimano School returns on Tuesday, October 26, with another informative and entertaining event. Posted on 23 Oct 2021
Learn Power Fishing at Shimano School
Professional angler David Walker details productive power fishing patterns Shimano School returns on Tuesday, September 28, with another informative and entertaining event. JP DeRose hosts these live-streaming video seminars, featuring compelling topics and special guests from across the spectrum of the fishing world. Posted on 27 Sep 2021
Shimano Spheros SW conquers offshore and inshore
The Redesigned Spheros SW A leverages infinity drive technology for enhanced performance The jack of all trades in the saltwater realm, Shimano redesigned the Spheros SW series of spinning reels to conquer both offshore and inshore waters. Posted on 24 Sep 2021
Shimano School tackles Fall stripers
Captain Mike Roy details productive patterns for the fall bite Shimano School returns on Tuesday, September 14, with another informative and entertaining event. JP DeRose hosts these live-streaming video seminars, featuring compelling topics and special guests from across the spectrum of the fishing world. Posted on 14 Sep 2021
Shimano Sustain tackles the toughest assignments
The redesigned Sustain FJ rises to every inshore and freshwater challenge Strong yet sensitive aren't words typically defining an aesthetic show-stopper. But they do illustrate Shimano's newly-redesigned Sustain FJ series of spinning reels, each built to conquer the toughest of any inshore or freshwater species. Posted on 11 Sep 2021
Coast Guard Foundation FOOTER 338 South - Marlin 795 - FOOTER - Sept2021Marina Exchange FOOTER 1