Big Early Ice Panfish | Will Pappenfus | Ep. 4 The Fisherman’s Favorite Podcast: Will Pappenfus joins The Fisherman’s Favorite Podcast to talk all things early ice panfish with hosts Sam Larsen and Jace Peterson. “Walleye Will” just finished a great rookie season on the National Walleye Tour, but when winter comes and the lakes freeze up, Will has a true passion for BIG PANFISH — enter “Bluegill Bill”. In this episode, Will shares some of his strategies for chasing bluegills and crappies through the ice, recent adventures and some of his favorite ice fishing memories.

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Big Early Ice Panfish

Tungsten Flat Fry Jig (Purple Wonder)

The Tungsten Flat Fry Jig is designed as a small panfish Jig that hangs at a 90-degree angle to imitate small fish, a favorite forage of Perch, Bluegill and Crappies. This is especially important in pressured panfish waters offering something that looks familiar and natural. See all colors here.

  • Features a 90 degree hook bend
  • Jig sits horizontally mimicking real live fry and small forage
  • Flat Top & Tungsten material reflect sonar signal more effectively for ultimate sonar sight fishing
  • Long hook Shank perfect for soft plastics
  • Made of Tungsten which is 30% more dense the lead. It falls faster, is more sensitive and is environmentally friendly.


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