S5E4 - Fishing Guide Colby Sabutis
In this episode of the hard water fishing show Jeff and Jason talk to Colby Sabutis, who is a ice fishing guide based in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Current Events Catch and Cook https://www.catchandcook.net/
On of my new favorite you tube channels is Jay Siemens https://bit.ly/3nQdXmh He is also the creator of catch and cook. A great alternative to shore lunch for cooking fish. I had some this summer and it was excellent. Probably even better because someone else cooked it for me. FYI no sponsorship for this, just a product I like.
Here is the video we spoke about with fly in fishing https://bit.ly/2ZtFtg8
Here is a video about first ice https://bit.ly/2ZtFtg8Utility Trailer to ice fishing shack
Listener Cody sent in some pictures of a converted utility trailer to an ice fishing shack. These are posted over on Facebook and Instagram.Rogers on Red
Predicting fishable ice first week on December, but we will see. https://bit.ly/3I012XcGear Home made ramp for ice shack
Get a aluminum extension ladder, used for cheap. Cut it down and put a series of rollers to get your shack on and off of your pickup truck. Jason will post some pictures on our page. You can also get a winch and mounted in the front of a picket, mount the winch in the front of the pickup and then you can use it to load and unload your heavy ice shack without risk of injury.Pickup Truck
Jason gave some great advice on pickup truck buying. If you want a fast pickup truck get a red one. The red ones are always faster than the blue ones.Lure Storage
Jeff talked about using tackle box containers and how they are making a mess. I am thinking of changing the way I store tackle. I am thinking of getting similar smaller ones that are fully open and then put some foam in them to prevent damage. Basically remove the cons from these two products.What I am using right now
I have one of each of these https://amzn.to/3FUgXEx or this https://amzn.to/3FQDdPv .
This is a trophy angler box I used for my tungsten jigs It has foam on one side and on the other we have hard plastic. This is what I used for my smaller panfish jigs. https://bit.ly/2ZploHGPros
1. You can fit them in your pocket
2. They are cheap
3. You can have on per species or fishing type. I have one for tip ups, one for pan fish and two for spoons.Cons
1. They can get messy fast
2. The hard plastic can damage your lures
Hard Water Expo https://bit.ly/3xs8epX
Attended the Hard Water expo It was a small show and I did not stay to long, but found a few new notable things.
Fish Daddy Lures https://bit.ly/3cRsJmz
Specializes in LED jigs. We had Andy from Fish Daddy Outdoors a few seasons ago, you can find the interview here
S2E9- What Food To Bring Ice Fishing and Interview with Andy from Fish Daddy Lures
They have a new lure out that looked interesting the jig flare spoon, an alternative to using those glow stick spoons. https://bit.ly/3nX0s4tGo Athletic Apparel https://bit.ly/3cP5Gcb
Got a head sock and also a neck Gater at the show. https://bit.ly/3DW5BiP
Balaclava https://bit.ly/3CWP5h9 can you eat Baklava in your Balaclava?
They are made in the USA. My plan is when I am on a snowmobile to wear these to keep warmer.
These shuttles look really cool. Looking at them they seemed very high quality. Maybe Jason can field test one in the future with his helix 7. This caused Jeff to digress into talking about how it can be hard to use his Helix 7 outside on very sunny days, and how a traditional flasher may be better.
Clam x100 Pro Thermal https://bit.ly/3xsPjLz
This is a one man clam that looks like the ultimate, really like this. The poles are huge but they don't collapse so you can move quickly. This thing is super spendy though and super heavy.
Clam Kenia https://bit.ly/3nUBeDB
This one is another really comfy option that I look at every year. I like that it has poles that don't have to extend and also its much lighter. Jason talks about how even on his Nanuk he does not collapse the poles because you can move quickly.
Eric Wallace Decoys https://bit.ly/3cRv0OD
Eric Wallace had these awesome decoys for spearing. I lack the words to describe how beautiful these are. I would feel back using them on the ice. Jeff and Jason talk about our one failed spear fishing attempt. The water was so cloudy we could not even see the decoy in the hole. Here is a video we spoke about https://bit.ly/3HTFiMv where his work was featured on Minnesota Bound
Jason is requesting a picture for a better setup for his Camera. He is not happy with his storage and how its hard to use. He would like to make it easier to deploy the camera. Please send us your idea and pictures email@example.com If you have something awesome maybe we will have you on the show to tell us about it.
Guest / Legend
Colby Sabutis is an ice fishing guide in NH and we are super excited to have him on the show. He tells us all about ice fishing in New Hampshire and Vermont.
We did beverages with Colby. Colby brought a 1911 hard cider out of New York it sounded really good. Here is a link to the page for more information https://bit.ly/3CX1v8LGreat Lakes Brewing Company
Eliot Ness https://bit.ly/3xozrtLOld Milwaukee
Jason continues his tour of old man beers.Species
Colby targets trout a lot more than in the mid-west. When they fish in Vermont the will target Crappie, Blue Gill and Pike. For trout we are talking about Rainbows, Brooks, Browns and Lake. Cusk AKA eel pout or Burbot. Also maybe Toad or Lakers. White perch and yellow perch.What is Different about ice fishing in New Hampshire?
Ice castles, are not really used, usually Bob houses are home built items.Ice Fishing Traps?
This is similar to what we would call a tip up in the Midwest. But they are different than a beaver dam. Heritage Laker Traps more information can be found here https://bit.ly/3FQhPKh
You can have 2-6 lines per person depending on the regulations on the lake.
Colby uses Ifish Pro also. These seem to be coming more popular. Here is a link to Amazon https://amzn.to/2ZwMEUU . This is a tip up rig for your rod.Auger
Started with a hand auger, but moved to a Jiffy. Partnered with Eskimo fishing and have a gas auger from Eskimo now.Lures
Here are a few of Colby's favorite lures.
Clam Leech Flutter Spoon https://amzn.to/3nVl7G7
Pinhead minnow https://amzn.to/3p6P05k Jason has also had some good success for Walleyes in the mid-west with this lure.
Swedish Pimple https://amzn.to/3oXPTNI
Clam Dingledop https://amzn.to/3lc7uAe
Clam Epoxydrop https://amzn.to/32pyyFJBait
Shiner and smelt live smeltRods
- 28 - 36 inch heavy or medium heavy ( limit creek outfitters)
- Colby uses Limit Creek rods. Here is a link for more info. https://bit.ly/3FNcBio
- Also working with Driftwood rods https://bit.ly/32pxVvR I did not see ice rods on the website I think they might be new.
- 2 in is longest rod Colby uses for Lakers.Reel
Colby uses Pflueger or Shimano spinning reels. This Pflueger reel is one both Jason and I like. https://amzn.to/3D8b8BH the 20 or 30 size works nice for ice fishing. I have started to prefer the bigger size to reduce line twist.Line
Braid with a floral leader. 6,4, or 8 lb test depending on situation.
Lake Winnipesaukee Ice Fishing Derby https://bit.ly/32D5kn1
Colby talks about a huge ice fishing derby he has participated in the past. In 2022 its February 13-14Electronics
Garmin Striker with a boat transducer and a Lowrance hook 4 also use NavionicsFly Fishing
We also talked about fly fishing, Colby has been fly fishing for a bit over 11+ years. Attended Orvis advanced fly fishing school. Have been two years as a guide at the Woodstock Inn. Colby did 100+ fly fishing tips this year!Legend
Colby tells a legend about catching over 55 Lakers in four and a half hours. Talks about how to stuff your lake trout with crab meat and bread crumbs and how great that is.
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