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    Default Quartz 12-1-11

    Happy Birthday to me! Well, not really......not until tomorrow. With the need for a power auger increasing in tune with theAttachment 55426 ice thickness, mama got me a new power auger as an early birthday present. If that wasn't enough, she sat in a padded seat in a Frabill Trekker II and decided I had to have that, too, especially if she was going to hit the ice with me! I tried to dissuade her because I already have a Quick Fish 3. She wouldn't take "no" for an answer. Life's tough, huh??!! So, today I made my first ever trip to Quartz Lake, with my wife in tow. She's no fan of the cold and ice, but like me had to try out OUR new toys. It was her first ice fishing trip in 6 years. She was a real trooper and did better than I would have ever expected.

    We arrived at the lake just minutes before 5-6 other vehicles. Being the newbie, I dragged my gear out. Everybody else drove out. We found the ice to be 15-16" thick, but it complained a lot as vehicles came past us. With the shelter up and heater going in mere minutes, I got mama situated and dropped in a line with a Swedish Pimple and salmon eggs Thankfully I went with a medium rod with 6 lb. test, a wise decision as future events would prove. It was kinda of slow, only 3 takes in 2.5 hours, but all good takes that resulted in hook-ups. The fat 20" rainbow pictured below was my first fish. He was one heckuva fight, ripping drag several times and managing to get himself hung up in the weeds on the fourth run. I alternated giving and taking line until he was able to swim free. NOTE TO SELF: NO LIGHT/ULTRA-LIGHT RODS AND 2 -4 LB. TEST ON QUARTZ.....THESE AREN'T PANFISH. Five minutes later I finally iced him, and was stunned at his weight and girth. My wife, Sacko, got pictures of me grinning from ear to ear as the drag was screaming! I did manage another small bow and a silver, both about 12".

    Once again, no personal catch records, but it's always good to avoid a skunk on a new body of water.
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    A knubbin, nice! Way to go RP! Great story!

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    NICE!!! Quartz has provided me with tons of great rainbows over the years and is one of my fav places to go. Sounds like awesome gifts BTW! Last X-Mas my wife bought me an Eskimo Mako auger and a Quickfish 3...got my money's worth in just a few weeks. Hope you continue to enjoy the hardwater at Quartz for many seasons to come!

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    Way ta go! great story and sweet fish.
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    I still can't get over how fat that fish was. I wouldn't have believed bows could get that fat in an environment where they spend up to 6 months under ice. I've caught untold dozens of rainbows that size and bigger in the lower 48, but they live the easy life compared to these ones. Quartz must be a very rich lake with phenomenal food sources. I can't wait to toss them some flies next summer!

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    Nice fish Raff. I am heading down to Quartz in the am (Sun) what time did you get down there? I am planning as early as possible (per sapper's guidance). Sidenote, what do you plan on doing with that Quick Fish 3? I am in North Pole and would be interested if you want to sell it?

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    We were at Quartz today. Got 9 between 2 of us. 4 over 18", biggest 20". 2 nice silvers about 14". Smallest rainbow was 12". No char. Used tube jigs with shrimp. Fishing was generally slow, moved around a lot, did best in 17' of water just off the bottom. Lots of people driving big rigs out on the lake, but ice was only about 10" out towards the middle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdunc24 View Post
    Nice fish Raff. I am heading down to Quartz in the am (Sun) what time did you get down there? I am planning as early as possible (per sapper's guidance). Sidenote, what do you plan on doing with that Quick Fish 3? I am in North Pole and would be interested if you want to sell it?
    Sorry cdun, I'll be keeping the QF 3 for the time being, as it provides more room when/if the boys decide to head out with me. The Frabill is designed for two, but makes for a spacious 1-man rig when it's just me.......easier to heat, too. I got on the ice about 10:30 and headed out about 1:00 or so. I was only getting a take every 45 minutes or so, as things were quite slow. Good luck and keep us posted as to how you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffpappy View Post
    I still can't get over how fat that fish was. I wouldn't have believed bows could get that fat in an environment where they spend up to 6 months under ice. I've caught untold dozens of rainbows that size and bigger in the lower 48, but they live the easy life compared to these ones. Quartz must be a very rich lake with phenomenal food sources. I can't wait to toss them some flies next summer!
    Quartz has a self sustaining shrimp population generating a continual food source.

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    Default Watch the Forcast For Sunday

    Supposed to get real nasty down that way starting Sunday with strong wind. Drive safe.

    http://pafg.arh.noaa.gov/

    UPPER TANANA VALLEY AND THE FORTYMILE COUNTRY-DENALI-
    EASTERN ALASKA RANGE-
    INCLUDING...FAIRBANKS...FORT WAINWRIGHT...EIELSON AFB...ESTER...
    NORTH POLE...MOOSE CREEK...TWO RIVERS...FOX...CHATANIKA...
    CHENA HOT SPRINGS...SOURDOUGH CAMP...SALCHA...DELTA JUNCTION...
    FORT GREELY...HARDING/BIRCH LAKE...DRY CREEK...DOT LAKE...
    HEALY LAKE...TOK...TANACROSS...EAGLE...TETLIN...NORTHWAY ...
    ALCAN...CHICKEN...BOUNDARY...HEALY...DENALI NATIONAL PARK...
    CARLO CREEK...KANTISHNA...MENTASTA LAKE...BLACK RAPIDS...
    DONNELLY DOME...TRIMS CAMP...EAGLE TRAIL...MINERAL LAKE
    937 PM AKST SAT DEC 3 2011

    ...STORMY WEATHER AFFECTING FAIRBANKS AND THE SOUTHEAST INTERIOR...

    A STRONG STORM IN THE NORTHERN BERING SEA WILL MOVE TO THE ARCTIC
    COAST OF ALASKA MONDAY. THIS STORM IS CAUSING STRONG CHINOOK
    WINDS ACROSS THE EASTERN INTERIOR. THIS EVENING TEMPERATURES
    HAVE JUMPED INTO THE 20S AND 30S ACROSS THE TANANA VALLEY.
    NEAR THE ALASKA RANGE SOUTH WINDS ARE BLOWING FROM 50 TO 70 MPH
    AND TEMPERATURES HAVE WARMED INTO THE 40S. THESE WARM TEMPERATURES
    ARE CAUSING FROST TO FORM ON COLD ROAD SURFACES. MOTORISTS SHOULD
    USE CAUTION TONIGHT AND SUNDAY. THE CHINOOK WINDS WILL CONTINUE
    THROUGH SUNDAY.

    A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL MOVE EAST ACROSS THE INTERIOR ON SUNDAY
    CAUSING THE CHINOOK WINDS TO END. THERE WILL BE LIGHT SNOW AND
    BRIEF FREEZING RAIN AHEAD OF THE FRONT SUNDAY...FOLLOWED BY SNOW
    AND BLOWING SNOW AND STRONG SOUTHWEST WINDS BEHIND THE FRONT
    SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY. THE FRONT WILL MOVE ACROSS THE FAIRBANKS
    AREA SUNDAY AFTERNOON. UP TO 4 INCHES OF SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH
    THIS FRONT SUNDAY NIGHT AND MONDAY WITH HEAVIER AMOUNTS IN THE
    HILLS. SOUTHWEST WINDS SHOULD INCREASE TO 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS
    TO 40 MPH SUNDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT. THESE
    WINDS WILL CAUSE BLOWING SNOW AND SIGNIFICANT DRIFTING SNOW IN
    MOST OF THE EASTERN INTERIOR SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.

    OVER INTERIOR HIGHWAY SUMMITS...WEST WINDS GUSTING OVER 50 MPH
    AND BLIZZARD CONDITIONS IN SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW ARE EXPECTED TO
    DEVELOP SUNDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT. THIS IS
    EXPECTED TO BE SIMILAR TO THE STRONG STORM OF LAST FEBRUARY AND
    WILL MAKE TRAVEL OVER SUMMITS DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE SUNDAY NIGHT
    THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.

    WINDS SHOULD DECREASE TUESDAY.


    $$
    WWAK73PAFG_AKZ223
    -----------------
    AKZ223-041600-
    /X.NEW.PAFG.WI.Y.0025.111204T0516Z-111204T2100Z/
    DELTANA AND TANANA FLATS-
    INCLUDING...SALCHA...DELTA JUNCTION...FORT GREELY...
    HARDING/BIRCH LAKE...DRY CREEK...DOT LAKE...HEALY LAKE
    816 PM AKST SAT DEC 3 2011

    ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AKST SUNDAY...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN FAIRBANKS HAS ISSUED A WIND
    ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AKST SUNDAY.

    * LOCATION...NEAR DELTA JUNCTION

    * WIND...SOUTH CHINOOK WINDS GUSTING TO 60 MPH.

    * TIMING...STRONG WINDS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING.
    WINDS WILL DECREASE SUNDAY AFTERNOON.

    * IMPACTS...PROPERTY DAMAGE MAY OCCUR. TRAVEL MAY BE DIFFICULT.
    TEMPERATURES ABOVE FREEZING ACCOMPANYING THESE CHINOOK WINDS MAY
    CREATE SLIPPERY ROAD SURFACES.


    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    A WIND ADVISORY MEANS THAT STRONG WINDS ARE OCCURRING OR
    EXPECTED. TRAVEL MAY BE DIFFICULT. SECURE LOOSE OBJECTS WHICH MAY
    BE BLOWN ABOUT.

    &&

    $$
    FPAK53PAFG_AKZ223
    -----------------
    AKZ223-041830-
    DELTANA AND TANANA FLATS-
    INCLUDING...SALCHA...DELTA JUNCTION...FORT GREELY...HARDING/BIRCH
    LAKE...DRY CREEK...DOT LAKE...HEALY LAKE
    946 PM AKST SAT DEC 3 2011

    ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON AKST SUNDAY...
    .TONIGHT...WINDY. LOWS 20 TO 35. SOUTH WINDS 20 TO 35 MPH. GUSTS
    60 MPH NEAR DELTA JUNCTION.
    .SUNDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS 30 TO 35. SOUTHEAST WINDS 20 TO
    35 MPH DIMINISHING IN THE AFTERNOON. GUSTS 60 MPH NEAR DELTA
    JUNCTION IN THE MORNING.
    .SUNDAY NIGHT...SNOW LIKELY. SNOW ACCUMULATION 2 TO 4 INCHES.
    LOWS 10 TO 15. WEST WINDS 5 TO 15 MPH.
    .MONDAY...CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS. TEMPERATURES STEADY
    10 TO 15. WEST WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH.
    .MONDAY NIGHT...CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS. LOWS AROUND
    ZERO. WEST WINDS TO 10 MPH.
    .TUESDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS NEAR 5 ABOVE.
    .TUESDAY NIGHT...PARTLY CLOUDY. LOWS NEAR 10 BELOW.
    .WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS NEAR 10 ABOVE.
    .WEDNESDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. LOWS NEAR
    ZERO.
    .THURSDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS NEAR 15.
    .THURSDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. LOWS NEAR
    ZERO.
    .FRIDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGHS NEAR 15.
    .FRIDAY NIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOWS NEAR ZERO.
    .SATURDAY...MOSTLY CLOUDY. HIGHS NEAR 15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raffpappy View Post
    NOTE TO SELF: NO LIGHT/ULTRA-LIGHT RODS AND 2 -4 LB. TEST ON QUARTZ.....THESE AREN'T PANFISH.
    i could not disagree more.... ultra lite with 4lb is the only way to fish this lake... biggest ive seen taken from this lake was from my buddies dad on my ultralight setup... 28 inches 6.5lbs... picture of it on my profile

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