Monday, February 14, 2011

Still batting 1.000 on meeting great bloggers

I did a couple of really good things this past Sunday - I broke a 2 year drought by going ice fishing, And the person who invited me was a fellow blogger who I've come to "know" through the OBN. Ed Schmitt from Four Season Angler asked me to meet him at a local subdivision pond for a few hours of fishing. When I say "local", I mean it- this particular pond that Ed has access to is about 1 mile from my house! And - the temperature was over freezing. I had forgotten what warm weather felt like. (Warm being a relative term)

I have always enjoyed ice fishing, but really have little experience. When I lived in PA, ice was a rare occurrence. I moved to Syracuse and spent 10 years there. Perfect ice conditions for 4 months of the year. Except - I rarely got out. Winters were among the busiest times in those years, and I just didn't have time. Now, in IL for 10+ years, I'm back in an occasionally good ice area - like this year. the reason for all this background? I ALWAYS have enough gear and equipment to outfit myself and anyone who wants to join in any fish related endeavor. Not this time, though. I showed up with a 5 gallon bucket, some waxies and spikes, a little box of jigs, 2 small ice rod/reel combos, and a 20 year old Schoolie plastic rod/reel. That Schoolie is my favorite panfish rod for the ice. Go figure.

Ed, on the other hand, was set. Frabil sled, electronics, underwater camera, tip-ups - the man knows how to go ice fishing.

Pond bass with my cheapy Schoolie rod - I love it!

I remember now why I like ice fishing - it's a great social sport. There is always some back and forth banter, even when chasing flags. The fishing was OK - flags going off periodically, with a few bass coming up. We jigged up a bunch of panfish, and I got a couple of bass jigging, too. I finally got a perch, giving me the coveted "Pond Trifecta" (I made that up). All in all, a really nice way to spend a morning - meeting new people, and catching some fish.

We already have a follow-up trip or two planned. Should be really interesting.

Finally, a word about Ed's Four Season Angler's Writer's Network. Ed spearheads the group that consists of Ken Gortowski's Waterdog Journal, Cory Yarmouth's Legend Outdoors with Cory Yarmouth, Travis Brasfield's Simply Fishing , and Rob Piorkowski's Outcasting. there is no shortage of good reads from these Illinois writers. Check them out when you get a chance.


Ed said...

Great meeting you Joe! Don't give away "the secret spot" now. ;)

Hope to get out on the water with you again soon.

- Ed

Stephanie and Dustin said...

Warmer temps, good company and fish...recipe for a great day.

Fish Whisperer said...

Sounds like a great time, but looks really cold.

Wolfy said...


No problem. I fished River X when I was with Rebecca last year, and it looks like we'll be fishing Lake Z!!

Thanks again for the invite

Ken Gortowski said...

The Network owes you time on the Fox River for that mention at the bottom. You know you live close to some pretty good Fox River fishing too. I guess we'll have to show you. May works for me, maybe sooner.

MNAngler said...

Great work, Wolfy. You did better in one day than I've been doing all winter.

Cofisher said...

Good going Wolfy, glad you got out.

Anonymous said...

Well, now I am jealous, Wolfy! My ice fishing has not been one to write much about. The highlight of my ice fishing has been the new sled I won on OBN. Maybe someday we can ice fish together somewhere.

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Anonymous said...

I'm going to see if I can't ruin that perfect record you've got going there this summer. ;)

The ice fishing thing sounds alot like what we do around a campfire. While we don't have ice to fish on down here in the Deep South, we do have campfire banter and "social time" after a day's fishing. Working social time actually INTO the days fishing is even better!

Great post!

Anonymous said...

Pond Trifecta? I'm going to have to get me some of that!

Great outing and sounds like a great blogger too!

troutrageous1 said...

Nice post and recap of the outing. Saw the video over in the OBN Forums, cool to see fellow bloggers hooking up.

Dustin's Fly Box said...

I miss Ice fishing... Great blog! You got a new follower