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What a day!
« on: March 15, 2011, 07:53:54 PM »
The last time I went ice fishing was with Chet in March of 2005. For one reason or another, mostly physical, and a growing intolerance to cold, Ive not been since. Until today. My neighbor Joe called me Sunday and asked what I was doing Tuesday. I said, sitting around moping waiting to get cut open next week. He said Good! Lets go fishing!   :D   It's supposed to be warm (It was near 50 today) and nice out. (IT WAS BEAUTIFUL!)

So that's what we did. We went to Rollway lake where we met up with Tom, another friend of Joe's.   I gotta say, this is the most enjoyable winter's day I have spent in years and years. Good company, I'm feeling better than I have in years, and we actually caught some fish!  At the end of the day Joe caught 4. Tom caught 4 and I caught 26!! We caught all the fish on diddle poles, although we did have a couple tip-ups set out.

Tom lives on the lake, and just had a mess of fish, so Joe and I split them up. I came home and cleaned fish and had myself an all I could eat Bluegill dinner! AWESOME!

I tried and tried to get a fish being caught on camera and eventually did. I took a few video clips that some may find interesting if you have never went ice fishing. You can't go on a better day than we did today. :)   Joe took the camera on one of the video's, so there is a first sighting of the shrinking me in it.  ;) :)

Some photo's then videos. That's Joe in the photos.  :) I'm really having a hard time wiping the smile off my face. Really, its been a long time since I had a day like today. 8)

 


























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Re: What a day!
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2011, 08:26:43 PM »
What a nice mess of pan fish 8) 8)Good looking eats in the skillet there too!!  I haven't ice fished since 1996.  There are some things you can't do without snow and winter.  Best wishes to you Jeff on your operation. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2011, 08:53:26 PM »
Jeff that puts a smile on my face too, because that is what life is about as far as I am concerned :)

That pan of bluegills makes my mouth water :D the last 3 nights I have been eating walleye that were from last spring. Huge bowl of homemade potato salad, and one of coleslaw too, some shore lunch and walleye fillets... heaven :D

I am just waiting for ice out and I will be able to fill the freezer up with bluegill fillets from the lake I walk to 1/2 mile or so behind my house. Time spent back there is the best medicine for me there is...

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« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 08:58:12 PM »
   Looks like a fine time was had by all! 8)  Good luck with the surgery.

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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 09:21:48 PM »
thats a nice day of fishing there. i should have went today it was great here too. il have to get my shack off the ice this week
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 10:31:51 PM »
What's all that DanG white stuff? 'sposed to catch bluegill with a cane pole, in green water, off a green bank.  Maybe a catfish, now and again.
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« Reply #6 on: March 16, 2011, 06:47:31 AM »
Jeff, if Tuesday, and Monday for that matter, was like it was here it sure would be a good day to ice fish or whatever, even to go for a walk.  Looks like some good eating.  One of those days to remember, fishing with some good neighbors.  :)


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« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2011, 08:43:20 AM »
Now that looks like fun!

I see a lone crappie made it in there with that nice mess of bluegills. Did you fillet them all up?

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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2011, 09:53:22 AM »
Yup all filleted up. I had cold fish for breakfast too!  ;)   We got minnows, but they were all bigger than I like for crappies. There was one itty-bitty one in there and I put it on first, and that caught the crappie. Any of the other minnows just sat down there.  Wax worms for the gills on pink and cream colored glow in the dark jigs.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2011, 11:04:14 AM »
We don't get much ice fishing in around here. :-[
Those fried fish sure did smell good, though!
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« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2011, 03:20:32 PM »
You are looking pretty dang slim there Jeff! 8)
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« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2011, 01:16:05 AM »
Thanks for the fishing trip Jeff, I knew what I was missing just didn't make it out this winter.  Good luck on the shoulder and hope it's a fast recovery.

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« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2011, 07:55:29 AM »
Never saw the diddle poles being used.We always used the tip ups.We just called them traps,maybe a slang word in this area.We would set up as many as we could,maybe 6 per person,can't remember now.I haven't been for 30 years I bet.I don't have a fishing license now anyways.I remember one year one of my brothers and his wife bought some ice skates with them and they skated over the whole pond.Not much snow that year and the ice made for some nice skating.But not for drilling holes.The auger would catch and you would go a round with it.Took 2-3 other people to hold the one doing the drilling.
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« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2011, 09:52:02 PM »
I think that I would like the eating them part best.
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« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2011, 05:12:51 PM »
Yippy! I was asked if I want to go back one more time for last ice fishing in the morning. I hope lighting strikes twice.  8)
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2011, 05:21:22 PM »
I just hope the ice is still thick!
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2011, 05:25:58 PM »
It should be.  We'll check it first.  Its only 23 feet deep there. :D
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2011, 05:28:42 PM »
Less see, 23 less 6, yep, I would check real good.
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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2011, 05:34:56 PM »
I'll be careful. I'm not near as buoyant as I was earlier in the year.
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2011, 05:47:04 PM »
Picked two out of the ice in Madison earlier this week. Added two more firemen to the water when they went out after them. Was a bit dicey for awhile there. Old ice is so different from new.

But as long as you have those floating devices, should be no problem.  ;D
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