Ok, where do I start? The lake is just a big empty artist's canvas waiting for me to mark it up. I go out a few yards and drill a hole. Only 5", heck that is plenty of ice. My plan is to drill several holes and fish each for 15 minutes and then move until I mark fish or catch one.
I had the shanty 1/2 closed. It blocks the wind and I have plenty of light. Yeah, I know what you are thinking. Those two small perch aren't monster fish! Just you wait, I'm not done fishing. I have my Vexilar fish finder up on a pail and it is showing about 45 feet of water. I put on two ice jigs about 1 1/2 ft. apart so it will go down quicker. The cold air causes ice to form on the eyelets so you have to keep taking the ice off. I put on two wax worms and start lowering the jigs to the bottom. I am watching the screen of the Vexilar as the jigs gets down to the bottom. I do not have a bobber on and watch the screen to judge where my bait is in relationship to the bottom. I put it right down to the bottom and lift it slightly off bottom.
I had lost two nice fish by getting them caught on the transducer so I tried a separate hole. Works better. I put the Vexilar on top of my pail because it puts it at the same height as the tip of my rod. That way I can quickly glance back and forth watching the fish on the screen and the tip of my fishing pole for a bite. Sometimes you start lifting the bait slowly and jig the fish up to bite.
Still not the monster fish or jumbos, but it sure is fun. I know that perch are school fish and so if you catch one or two there are probably still more down there so I keep fishing this hole. Sometimes the fish bite very gentle and you have to watch the tip of your rod very closely to see the bite.
Now that is a jumbo! I am ready now. My senses are alert and my jig and bait are back in the water.
A couple of guys come over to chat. They have been fishing in 25 feet of water and only have a few fish. They ask how deep I am fishing and I reply, "45 ft". It starts snow and the light is fading, so I head out with my first batch of fish for 2010.
I am happy with these six perch. I clean the fish and prepare a beer batter coating to pan fry them for supper. I decide to only eat half. I made an overnight lettuce salad and baked potato.
Fresh fish always taste so good. I wish my mother was here to share it with me. I always think of her when I eat fresh fish. She has been gone four years now, but I have many happy memories of her.
The next day, I go back and those two guys are fishing right in my spot from yesterday, I notice that they have a nice mess of fish. I move over the the other side of the lake to explore but find out that the perch seem to be back near my original site. I only get two fish so I give them to one of the guys. I still have fish to fry for tonight so I'm happy. Tomorrow I'll go skiing. Gotta get my legs in shape for fishing!