Mark Martin Ice School Heads to U.P’s Bay De Noc March 12-15
The final session of pro walleye angler Mark Martin’s very popular ice fishing schools is heading to the ice of Bay de Noc in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula next month, and there’s still time to sign up to get a spot.
Mark and his team of pro-staffers will take both veteran and newbie ice anglers onto frozen Bay De Noc for the final few days before walleye season closes, a perfect time for those bruiser spawner ‘eyes to be tricked by presentations you’ll learn during this three-day school, March 12-15.
Cost of the school is $475, which includes a tackle package worth more than $150, discounts on your food and lodging, plus bait each day. The tackle package alone, which includes a new rod, reel, line, weather-cutting gear, lures and hooks, and other goodies, is almost worth the price of school tuition by itself. Add the fact that you’ll be learning from and fishing with a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame makes this school a near-must-do experience for any avid ice angler.
Headquarters is Sall-Mar Resort at the head of the bay near Rapid River. Mark and his staff will accompany the first 25 students who sign up. You’ll be on the ice with the original Professional Walleye Tour world champion from Sunday through the last day of the winter season, Tuesday, learning tips that only pros know.
Your school will start indoors on Saturday, March 12, with a general seminar, along with the basics on how to properly rig an ice fishing rod, even down to tricks such as the proper hook on your lures to put your minnow on, and how to set up an ice fishing shanty, and properly use that lure so you attract, rather than scare away, fish. Yes, it does make a difference. It’s followed by a trip to a local shop to pick up all the tackle tips you just learned about so you’ll be ready to hit the ice.
Then, all day Sunday, Monday and for a half-day Tuesday starting at daybreak after breakfast you’ll have the opportunity to fish with Martin and his staff to put what you learned into action to target those big Bay De Noc walleye. You’ll be able to climb into their shanties and watch what they do so you can learn from some 700 years of collective fishing knowledge that will be available to each student.
Each afternoon and evening following dinner, there’s a roundtable discussion of what lures and techniques worked to catch fish that day, where you’ll learn even more.
Because of the potential travel distances involved on the ice, students are encouraged to bring their snowmobiles (ice “scratchers” installed are a must), or four-wheelers, and their own ice shanties. For those without transportation or shelter, Martin also offers on-the-ice shuttle service to and from the school locations for $25 per angler, per day, and ice shanty rentals for $75 per angler, per day.
For more information, call Martin at 231-744-0330, or Sall-Mar Resort at 906-553-4850.