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Ice Fishing Part Deux

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Beaver, not Table Rock.  Sharing for your viewing pleasure, though.  A break from the shad kill thread anyway.  :D

Today's descent into madness.  That's me in the red.  Who can tell?  LOL  Really hard to fish in the wind and blowing snow.  I managed to hook and lose two that felt decent because I was too STOOPID to set the hook.  Dragging Ned behind the boat and line tightened up.  Never felt a bite.  Started reeling like an AM instead of popping it.  First one felt like a good brownie digging.  No love on the JB or crankbait.

Normally Champ188 puts me in the water and then I get the trailer on the return.  Due to the icy ramp, he went for the trailer and I drove the boat on.  Made on the first try with the wind blowing sideways.  I was pretty proud of that.  

Don't know if the pics will come out in order, but the one with the Merc showing and the ramp behind was as we were launching.  Rig in the side mirror was the giving-up time.  :P

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Wow. You two are quite the gamers. I love fishing but by golly that looks miserable. My knuckles are splitting just looking at those photos.

If you fish those conditions out of love for the sport you should be handsomely rewarded with, at minimum, a 6lb fish.

Thanks for sharing.

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Yikes - no way I would've fished today.  As Ab mentioned you certainly deserved a biggun for that effort.  

Last time I fished there last week, the fish were biting very lightly as you mentioned, they'd just load up, it would feel a little spongy and I would set the hook on that.  

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31 minutes ago, Quillback said:

Last time I fished there last week, the fish were biting very lightly as you mentioned, they'd just load up, it would feel a little spongy and I would set the hook on that.  

I'm used to recognizing that spongy feeling since I jig fish so much, but darn it, there was no hint at all that I had a fish on until it was leaving.  Glad they didn't swallow the Ned, however, that seems to happen rarely on the little guy, thank goodness.

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33 minutes ago, Quillback said:

I am glad to see they made it there and back today without ending up in a ditch somewhere.  

Us, too.  Didn't expect it to move in that fast and hard.  However, we took it easy and had the low 4WD on it.  No problems at all.  Snow plow was BEHIND us for quite a ways.  Boat and truck are nasty.  Champ was going to hook up the pressure washer and knock the worst of it off, but both our water hoses were frozen.

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47 minutes ago, abkeenan said:

Wow. You two are quite the gamers. I love fishing but by golly that looks miserable. My knuckles are splitting just looking at those photos.

It wasn't terrible, but we have good clothing.  I had Under Armour ColdGear Infrared base layer top and bottoms with fleece thermals over that.  I couldn't make it without my UA ColdGear Infrared baclava, Thinsulite boots with wool socks, Guidewear bibs/jacket and Patagonia waterproof fishing gloves.  Not trying to sound like an ad, but these brands/models have worked well for me.

But yes, my fingers are splitting in the corners.  That's what Super Glue is for.  :lol:

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3 minutes ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

My Radar App is a killer app.  Just radar and it pops right open.

Thanks.  I'll check that one out. 

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