For the past few days the city has been abuzz with concerns over an approaching storm...WEATHER ALERT...WINTER STORM WATCH...WILL YOU SURVIVE?
The last time I checked... I was living in Canada, where we have four seasons, one of which is winter...you know the season that's not hot and the rain comes down white and fluffy. It must have been a slow news week for them to try and scare the shit out of Joe Public about going outside and living.
Anyways...after the fact there's an inch and a half of snow on the back deck and the temperature is -13C (9F), a typical winter day from my youth and a catastrophic weather event for the 4wd SUV, GPS enabled, mall jogging, double decaf latte swilling, cell phone/ text addicted creatures of comfort we call urbanites. The storm of the year was merely a weather hiccup in an unusually mild winter. I have little hope for the future when surrounded by these pre-programmed clones with all the gadgetry and none of the skills to cope with mother nature, and it's not until I've left the confines of the city that I witness a return to common sense and good old fashioned morality.
Chicken Little's prophesy couldn't keep Tackle Shop and I, or a multitude of others off the ice at Gilford on Friday. We had a feeling the changing conditions might start a different type of frenzy before the storm below the ice...a feeding frenzy! We walked a mile out and found a spot in the no-man's-land nestled between two towns of different colored ice huts run by competing hut operators. The fact that no shots were fired over our heads during our stay would attest to the hot bite below our feet. It was one of those days where you chose your spot, drilled your hole, and stayed there until you'd had your fill.
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One thing I've learned through trial and error is that when you're actively searching for fish and covering a large area away from your sled and tackle bag, it's a good idea to carry a selection of baits with you in your pocket so you don't have to leave a fishy hole to re rig.
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