Monday, November 29, 2010

Be ready for first ice

I've mentioned this topic before. It's about getting ready for ice fishing and "first ice." Those experienced folks with a lot of hard water under their boots always mention first and last ice as being the best as far as fish catching goes.
The problem with either of these times is the safety factor. Near Bay Port during the hay day's of perch fishing, some anglers would slide small pieces of plywood out on ice just a couple of inches thick in order to take advantage of that first ice.
I have been on ice that was moving up and down, definitely taking a chance. The only good thing was we were in water that was barely waist deep, usually the drudge cuts around Bay Port and Mud Creek.
Don't take those chances. The older you get the wiser you get. You learn pretty quick that no fish is worth a dunking in ice cold water.
Be safe. It's better to wait until there are several inches before venturing out on ice then take all of the precautions you possible can.

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