Ice fishing is something to do during the time of the year when even sitting for hours on a frozen lake in 10-degree temperatures make for a plausible excuse to get outside. I'll take September any day over a frigid, howling wind in mid January.
I do plenty of fishing during the spring, summer & fall, Actually my favorite is spring fishing, But all this hot weather over the past few monthes has gotten me ready for ice fishing. Ive had more memories & big fish days through the ice that any other, Plus it doesnt hurt to have the company of about 10-15 people at the same time.
My scariest time ice fishing was when we were down at fishlake about 6 years ago. We were out fishing, the ice moves & pops alot up there because the water is constantly moving, anyways, we were sitting there & we hear the ice pop really loud, look down & there is about a 12 inch gap in the ice between me & my dad, then within seconds , we hear another pop & it slams shut. That was pretty freaky even thought the ice was over 24 inches thick. :shock:
The worst thing ive ever seen though was about 10 years ago up at the berry , it was the week between christmas & new years & we were sitting there fishing , we hear this guy going across the lake about 80 yards or so from us on his snowmobile, He was going about mach 10 & we hear some popping & look over & the ice collapses about 50 feet around him in each direction. His machine went under the ice with him on it & the ice decapitated him. It was the grosest thing I had ever seen. His head in his helmet went skimming across the ice. I was about 16 at the time, But I still think about that all the time. Search & rescue divers were there & recovered the body. It took years after that before I would even consider riding a snowmobile across the ice, & even now when I do, that comes back to me
Fatbass, Ive had the same scarey experience with the beer freezing. Ive learned over the years though that if you sit outside the tent, you can fill the tent with beer & leave the heater running inside. Usually they wont freeze no matter how cold it is outside. It has been nice in the past, because you can basically name the price for a beer when all the drunks beers are frozen solid. Ive made a fortune on some trips :lol: