Wednesday, February 3, 2010

This week's story has to do with Mark Martin's Ice Fishing Vacation School. If you have not ever gone, give it a try. It's not too far from Oakland County, it looks like the weather will cooperate, and according to everything I have heard, the fish are biting.
There's several good and positive things about attending. First is the emphasis placed on safety. Saginaw Bay is large and finicky. What may be good ice today can be truly hazardous tomorrow. In fact, under certain conditions, it can change hour by hour.
By going with experienced people, you'll be assured of getting out there and back, safely. They won't take chances and will error on the side of being safe.
Another plus is all of the individual attention a class of 25 gets from three professionals. Martin, joined by Mike Gofron and Mark Brumbaugh have been together for a number of years. The three have fished professionally all over the country and have been individual champions.
Their expertise is priceless. You tap into it at the seminar Sunday that is only for participating anglers.
It's here you'll learn how to rig up and get set for the next day's fishing. (I go most years and always learn a lot at these things.)
Then around meal time, more ideas and questions are prompted. Finally, sometime during the evening, anglers are asked to get up and briefly speak about how their day went-fish or not.
If you want to learn to fish a portion of Saginaw Bay and be safe doing it, give this outing a try. While fish aren't promised, you'll have a greater chance under these circumstances. Good Luck!

1 comment:

  1. Yes it is sad that the Asian Carp could come into the Great Lakes and devastate the sport fishing industry here. Another item could impact sport fishing. "Feds to 60 Million American Anglers: We don't need you. A recently published administration document outlines a structure that could result in closures of sport fishing in salt and freshwater areas across America. The White House created an Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force in June and gave them only 90 days to develop a comprehensive federal policy for all U.S. coastal, ocean and Great Lakes waters. Under the guise of ‘protecting’ these areas, the current second phase of the Task Force direction is to develop zoning which may permanently close vast areas of fishing waters nationwide. This is to be completed by December 9, 2009." Additional information found at