Sunday, March 2, 2014

It's a Midwest thing

Reasons why I have never gone ice fishing in the past:
1. I don't see the enjoyment of fishing from a hole in the ice.
2. If there's ice, that usually means it cold....not a big fan.
3. Being a bigger guy, I have a fear of stepping on the ice, breaking it, and falling through.
4. I like to move around when I fish, not sit in one spot.
5. Did I mention that it's usually cold out?
I knew not to expect this...but there nothing wrong with wishful thinking, right!
So, I went ice fishing for the first time with a friend who had invited me out. He had an extra ice fishing rod, and I needed a fishy fix.

The outing was short, different, and exhausting. The ice was 16 inches thick, and a pain in the ass to auger for a first timer. After drilling my first hole through the ice and dropping a line, the action was immediate. I hooked up with 3 bluegill, one after another. FUN! Then the bite died. My buddy finished the short outing with 6 bluegill and 1 crappie.
CATCH
RELEASE

Did this change my mind about ice fishin...No.

Will I go ice fishing again...Yes, but I'm not spending a dime on ice fishing gear!


FISH EYE

***(For some reason this post went back to draft, and took changed on me.....WTF Google!)***

12 comments:

  1. Yeah without a shelter it can be brutal. Up north I have buddies with heated ice shacks. Now that's the life!

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    1. Now that sounds luxurious! They probably have motorized augers, as well. I bet the ice is somewhere in the 30+ inch range. Crazy to think!

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  2. If I were in the company of those in the first picture, I just might take up ice fishing even at 67.

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    1. I'd be an ice fishing enthusiast if that first picture were the case! haha

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  3. Always fun to try something new. I think I could only get into ice fishing if I had the full blow shack setup. Kind of like what they had on Grumpy Old Men.

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    1. For sure, man! That's the only kind of ice fishing that I think I might enjoy, as well. Sports talk radio, beer, a lazyboy and a heater. That sounds like the life

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  4. Ice fished for years. Now that I am (64) don't get out as much in cold weather. Would rather stay home and tie flies. Power Ice Augers and Ice huts are the way to go if one wants to be a serious ice fisherman. Ok, back to tying flies.

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    1. Yep, I'm with ya, Mel. I'd rather be tying flies, filling orders, and my own boxes. Something about tying just relaxes my mind, like fishing in the summer. No brain freezes here!

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  5. Once you pull a monster through the ice you'll be hooked.

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    1. I don't know, man. I honestly don't think it would be that enjoyable to me. I just love the hunt....wading or hiking around a river or lake, and casting out...rather than dropping a line, and waiting...in the same spot.

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  6. haha, the guy who was never going ice fishing has an ice fishing post

    love it!

    i agree, too cold with no shack and heater. Dan (navyfisher) is right though, one monster makes a difference

    im with you though, ice fishing is about hanging with friends, catching a few fish, and hot sausages on the ice

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  7. Justin
    I am with you when it comes to fishing in the cold, especially in the sub zero weather. There are some things I don't like about the south, but the warm weather here has to be a plus. thanks for sharing

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