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Ice-fishing tournament tactics for more and bigger panfish

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 Mar 18th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  145

Modified Mar 18th, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Fishing tournaments have long served as a leading source of innovation in fishing tackle and techniques. The design of tools ranging from boats and motors to rods and reels has been heavily influenced by the needs of tournament anglers pursuing bass, walleyes, muskies and other freshwater species. It’s likely, though, that ice-fishing tournaments have had a deeper impact on the gear and techniques used to catch sunfish, crappies and perch.
The Trap Attacks

Pioneering ice angler Dave Genz, of St. Cloud, Minn., began hosting Trap Attack tournaments in December 1984. The events were named after the Fish Trap, a portable flip-over ice-fishing shelter that Genz invented. The innovative design allowed anglers to stay mobile and comfortable in almost any kind of weather.

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