Friday, March 29, 2013

Ice Fishing



Today's pictre is from the early 1900's and is shows a woman ice fishing. I have never been ice fishing, but it looks like the woman is having some luck. I would imagine this was an important part of helping to feed her family.

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  1. Though I'm from Minnesota, I've never been ice fishing either; but then again, I don't really fish at all. This is a wonderful photograph, however, of a pleased and proud fisher. I have some wonderful old (1926) photographs of fishermen and fishing that I'd love to send you but I don't know how to do that. Charles Leck

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  2. It looks like she caught that one in the gill somehow. She is pretty well bundeled up there. I think spring is finally here. 53 deg. f. in Boston today. Have a nice Easter.

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  3. I've iced fished for quite a few years in Michigan, Nebraska (pretty limited) and Montana. It is very much like a poor man's way of getting to where you want to fish without having to have a boat of some kind.

    It can be chilly, which is the worst part, and shelter from the wind was our biggest concern. Now, I guess most folks have a portable shelters and some even have wooden sheds with heaters, tv's, cooking set ups and inter net. I've seen pictures of some where they actually have bunks in there so they can spend the whole weekend or sometimes and entire week out on the ice.

    Cutting the hole was the hardest part. We have spud bars, hatchets, Swedish spoons and augers that we use. They are all manual. But there are powered augers that are much faster. I like our methods though as they are much quieter and help keep you warm when you are getting a mite chilled.

    Some of the best fish and fishing has been on the ice. A group of three to fifty people is about right. In Twas, MI, they have a derby called Perch City. Sometimes hundreds attended the week, maybe 10 day, event. It was really a lot of fun. I hope they still do it. There is nothing better than a group sitting around fishing, drinking coffee and tell fibs... er... fish stories about the ones that got away. Jokes are welcomed too.

    MT C

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  4. Oh, yes, snagging is legal too and happens often. The fish in cold water are not always active feeders and the strike is so light that lots are missed. The fish also seem to just hang around the bait in the water so that when one 'strikes' and you miss it, another is close by and get to take the hit. Most say foul hooked, but with ice fishing that's as good as an upper lip catch. In the pan its hard to tell the difference.

    MT C

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  5. Kind of off-topic, but I am just now seeing this, and it is timely to my reading of Weston A. Price's book from 1939 about nutrition and physical degeneration. There is a whole section on the Eskimos and how their dietary habits of fish and seal produced superior health.

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