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  1. #21
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    As one who hasn't had a drink of alcohol since
    1985 I certainly did my fair share of boozing
    and ice fishing. Or boozing and any fishing for
    that matter. Heck, boozing and anything!!

    I did not truly start "fishing" until I got
    sober though.

    Ice fishing is truly a mixture of art, sport,
    skill, luck, and fresh air.

    And if you're cold......... You done forgot
    yer heater....

  2. #22
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    http://news.yahoo.com/photo/070213/480/wxs11002132042

    Lake Winnebago, WI! Biggest one of the season is about 60 pounds heavier.

    My uncle still regrets buying a new truck, his wife won't let him put a hole through the floor for fishing

  3. #23
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    Now thats a fish!! What do they do with these?
    I hope they get used and not just killed for
    fun.

    I am extending an invitation to anyone interested
    in ice fishing to PM me and we'll give it a go
    if you get into the area. Heck, that goes for
    summer too.

    Beekeepers make better fisherpeople!!!

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    We have sturgeon in the Kennebec river here in Maine. You're supposed to release them if you catch them. The biggest I've seen was about 7' or so. In the summer time, they'll periodically launch out of the water 5-6' in the air and land with a huge splash. It's pretty exciting to watch.
    Dulcius ex asperis

  5. #25
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    Last time I went ice fishing I had fun and cought a bunch. When I got home my wife decided to cook some. WE ALMOST DROWNED>

  6. #26
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    "WE ALMOST DROWNED"

    That's a good one!

    Maybe you should have made soup. [img]smile.gif[/img]
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    Ummmmmmmmm Soup........

    I make a mean Walleye chowder.

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    {And if you're cold......... You done forgot
    yer heater....}

    I'm always expecting to die of carbon monoxide poisoning! I used to have a coleman white gas catalytic heater (remember those?), I was always sure with that one if I didn't die of CO2 the heater would explode or that maybe I would die of CO2 and then the heater would explode. All this concern made it really hard to concentrate on fishing.

  9. #29
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    Man does that bring back memories!! The ol'
    Coleman dome heater. The smell..... our
    family used one for years when camping in
    the late 60's. Surprised we didn't succumb
    to it.

    There was something comforting about its
    silence and glowing embers when you were
    12 and the sounds of the night woods took
    on their own separate realities.

    I only fish in portable shelters and use the
    new propane heaters. They are never air tight
    enough to ever worry about CO2.

    Come fishin.....

  10. #30
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    http://www.fdlreporter.com/apps/pbcs...2130806&Ref=PH

    Can't really release them after they've been speared

    Don't worry Sundance, they're fantastic eating!

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    Dave....... I kinda figured they wouldn't
    be released after spearing.

    I am glad they get eaten,

  12. #32
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    Why do you have to fish for ice? Doesn't it just float on top of the water?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    And a good thing it does too.
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    Yeah, just imagine where we would be if it floated on the bottom.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Well I have never heard of spearing a sturgeon before. I learn something almost evertime I login to this forum.
    We catch them here on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Big ones too.. 11'+. Can't keep the big ones, or the very little ones (under ~4') but the ones you can keep are some of the best eating I have had. They hit big chunks of shad or sandshrimp on the bottom of these deep rivers.
    There is no icefishing here that I know of. Well.. a few very small lakes on the east side of the Cascades, but that's all I am aware of. Never tried it. Would love to someday - sounds like a blast! I'll make/bring the beer!

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    "Would love to someday - sounds like a blast! I'll make/bring the beer!"

    I'll leave the light on for ya.........

    And bring at least a 6 pack of O'Douls Dark
    in glass please.

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    As I said earlier, March is a wonderful month
    for it. Many days are shirt sleeves only (with
    insulated bibs) basking in the sun.

    I can remember more than once going up to Lake
    of the Woods in March while I worked at the
    hospital. On my return, many would comment on
    my wonderful tan..... asking if I'd gone to
    Florida or Mexico...... I'd smile, laugh, and
    reply..... "Nope, just ice fishing..."

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    >And bring at least a 6 pack of O'Douls Dark

    That any good? I'd about kill for a good dry hoppy beer without alcohol in it.
    Dulcius ex asperis

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    I always wondered. What does an Ice Fish taste like?

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    George...... It isn't too bad. It has gotten
    even rarer that I even crave that. But once in
    a great while O'Douls Amber fills the bill.

    I was a lover of wine before (heck, I loved all
    booze). There is a brand called Fre' that is
    pretty darn good!! Nothing like that NA Cold
    Duck crap. And it has a cork so you can feel
    just a bit elegant....

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