Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Reasonably Grand Finale

Chris Martalus holding his first muskie.
When: Friday, February 18th, from 6:30am to 6:30pm
What: Ice Fishing
Weather: Amazing!!!! High in the mid-60's, mostly sunny, 12mph SW wind.
Moon: Day of the full.
Ice Conditions: Still more than a foot.

I find it somewhat of a relief that I actually have a little time to sit and write. Life has been a complete whirlwhind since my last post when life on 8th Street took a sudden, unexpected plunge on Valentine's Day. Since then, Lindsay and I have spent an incredible amount of time an effort finding ourselves and relocating to a new home. I am happy to report, however, that with the 42-inch flat screen and king-size Bob-O-Pedic in place, we are quickly settling-in and life once again appears to be getting back to normal.

I knew that the 3-day President's weekend was going to pretty nutty and stressful, so I decided to take a personal day, make it a 4-day weekend and take advantage of the unseasonalby warm weather. Martalus did the same and with the help of Nick Niles on the bait, we were walking onto the lake with headlamps as the sun was still hiding behind the mountains.

I was well aware that with the pending move and the coming ice-out, that this was going to be my last time on the ice for Winter 2011, which is why Chris and I stayed out for every second of daylight.

All in all, it was a nice exclamation point to the season. Chris caught his first muskie, I landed a couple bass on the jigging rod and the panfish were biting pretty much all day. We both landed a bullhead on the jigging rods as well. Nice fight!!!

So, with that, I am both happy and sad to announce that Ice Fishing 2011 has come to a close. For me at least. I get incredibly excited pulling out my sled each December in anticipation of the upcoming season, but I have to admit that it's nice to put it away as well. Along with stowing away the auger and tip-ups comes the full realization that the next time I go fishing, I will have to bring a lot less with me. I'll get to try out my new rod and reel (Stella!!!) and that the weather will be a lot warmer. Spring is the absolute best time to fish and I will be fully ready.

Next Up: An early-season hike with Janel and Lindsay on March 5th followed by spring pike and carp in late-March and April.

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