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Offline SHForestry

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Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« on: February 13, 2013, 07:08:26 AM »
This Saturday (Feb.16) is the Highland Lake contest. Who from HVS is planing to attend and what time do you want to gather?


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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 08:47:42 AM »
There is a few of us going I will get the details of time tomorrow. This is one of the greatest derbys I have ever been too.
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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 08:21:37 AM »
Ill be getting there about 6am

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 08:26:33 AM »
We are going to be showing up there at 6am. Meet you all there at the mouth of the lake.
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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 08:29:22 AM »
For the love of god dont forget the brownies!

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 02:13:47 PM »
Not quite sure where that is. Over by the fire house? Over by the beach? Also need to know if they will be selling bait there.
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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 07:35:02 PM »
gota work tomorrow i just got hit with a 1800 dollar car repair bill cant pass up the over time

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2013, 07:58:06 PM »
Howd you guys do today?

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2013, 05:15:24 AM »
Do tell

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2013, 01:42:09 PM »
I figured I'd let the guy's that caught the bigger fish fill in the blanks (skunked) but I guess I'll share.

The day was suppose to start out with the contest holders supplying the bait as part of the entry fee. We got there at 5:30 am and the place wasn't even open. By sometime after 6:00am we were able to sign up but the bait didn't arrive until almost 7:00. Much to my dismay the bait was the very small perch bait. No mediums. Oh boy here we go.

We make it out on to the ice and set up on a large flat. Flags were on the slow side but did manage to land some perch and small pickerel. It all stands to reason with such small bait. Jigging produced the same with the biggest perch about 11 inches and the biggest pickerel at 17.

Skunked and crew were smart enough to bring their own bait and faired much better with a pickerel in the 23' class and several others pressing the same length. Their good friend from NJ (Helmet) had the hot hole for the day. He must have run for that hole 18 times scoring fish about 1/4 of the time. I don't know exactly how many fish they walked off with that day but I do know they had some cleaning to do.

I walked off with 13 decent perch and 2 small pickerel (deep hooked). I would definitely like to fish it again, especially after having a conversation with a local informing me it was not a typical  day. Generally the perch and pickerel bite is faster paced and the contest is usually won with a 26-28" class pickerel.

Highland Lake is a private lake and access is limited. This lake has a special meaning for me as it is the first lake I started on at the beginning of my ice fishing life.......50 years ago. My grandparents owned a house there and I started with 1 tip-up. I ice fished it just the one time and have never been back as my grandparents pass away soon after my start and the property was sold. A flood of memories came along with the perch I pulled through the holes that day.The summertime fishing off my grandparents dock seemed like it was yesterday. Good God where does the time go.
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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #10 on: February 18, 2013, 05:43:44 PM »
Good report Brian. Glad you got into some perch.
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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2013, 06:18:30 AM »
How I wish I could have made it, but family comes first.

Glad to hear that even on a bad day, everyone made out.

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2013, 07:58:56 AM »
Sounds like it brought back some good memories ....

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2013, 08:22:54 AM »
Sounds like it brought back some good memories ....

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Re: Highland Lake Ice Fishing Contest
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2013, 08:31:44 AM »
Like Brian, my father's side of the family came from Highland Lake.  The Sulzbach's owned 3 homes on the lake.  Sadly....that's a thing of the past.  I did buy larger bait at Tom's in Warwarsing and my 10 year old nephew won the children's first place prize with a 22 1/2" pickerel.  Great day on the ice...........

 


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