Monday, November 12, 2012

ICE FISHING TIME!!!!


Ice Fishing
Great way to start the morning!
It is getting to be that time of year again!!! I love winters in Idaho! I know a lot of people complain about the cold and the snow, but I absolutely love the winter because it means one thing... ICE FISHING!!!  I have grown up ice fishing, but the last two years, I have really taken it a lot more serious.  I used to go out with one, maybe two poles and sit there frozen next to a hole in hopes of catching a fish or two.  In Idaho, you are able to fish with 5 poles as long as you can maintain all 5 of them.  My dad purchased a gas powered auger so that we wouldn't have to hand drill all of our holes, and my wife (yes it was her idea) informed me that if she was going to continue ice fishing with me then I would have to buy a ice shelter

My Eskimo Quick Fish 6
Between the auger, the shelter, and all of the other gear, I was destined to make it worth the investment.  My wife and I started to go as often as we could and began to have a lot of fun!

My wife and I goofing off while fising
Eventually, I was able to talk a few of my family and friends into coming out and going fishing with us.  I realize that the idea of going outside while it is literally below freezing (often times below 0) standing on a frozen lake over top of a small little hole waiting and hoping for a fish to bite doesn't sound like a lot of fun to people.  I have however, been quite surprised at how many people have really enjoyed ice fishing once they get out and do it.  It really helps having the ice shelter and a little heater to stay warm, but even without it most of the people we took has a blast.

A few of my family on one of our ice fishing trips
While reminissing on last years season, I can't help but get excited to get out there again soon and hit the ice!  I have a few new things I have been wanting to try out and hope to out do my best ice fishing catch of last year which was a 7 1/2 pound trout.  My uncle had to torture me today on his day off by being one of the first ones to hit the ice this year and witness this 9 1/2 pound trout being pulled through the ice! If all goes my way I will be out there Friday trying my luck!

9 1/2 pound trout (2 inches of ice...)
If you want to read more about our ice fishing from previous years you can check out my brother's post on his blog !