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Monday, January 27, 2014
January 24, 2014
Today's Photograph . . . . Lowered Our Tear Drop Jigs Baited With Fat Wax Worms To 18 Feet and Bam (Ron T)
Bible Study Verses
Acts 8: 29-31
The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it." Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. "Do you understand what you are reading?" Philip asked. "How can I," he said, "unless someone explains it to me?" So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. (NIV)
Thoughts We headed out to our favorite crappie hole pulling all our gear in a make shift sled with the kids riding on top across the ice. There were already a few ice fishermen at the spot, but plenty of room for us.
The other guys had been there about an hour with no luck at all. We drilled a hole in the ice and stuck the Vexilar (sonar) down the hole; the depth was 30 feet and it showed a school of crappies suspended at 18 feet. We drilled a couple more holes and lowered our tear drop jigs baited with fat wax worms to 18 feet. Bam!
As soon as the hook hit the correct depth, the action started. It was fast and steady. We told the other fishermen to drop their bait to 18 feet. As soon as they did, they started putting crappies on the ice. The other guys had all the right stuff, just not the right depth. They needed someone to tell them at what depth the crappies were located.
Action Point The Ethiopian in this verse had all the right stuff. He had God's word, the desire to learn, and an open heart to take in what he had read. He just needed someone to explain the meaning of what he was reading. God provided that by sending Philip across his path.
Listen to Jesus in Luke 10:2, He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field," (NIV). "Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field" That's us! We are the workers that God can use to spread the good news to those who don't know Jesus. If we have an open heart to God's will, He will put us in the right spot to add to the harvest.
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day You can make your own ice jig by using a #12 dry fly hook:
Take a paper punch and punch a hole in an aluminum can.
Fold the little piece of aluminum around the hook shank just below the eye (shiny side out). Crimp it tight with a pair of needle nose pliers.
Stick on a wax worm and a small split shot several inches above the hook to weight it down.