Once again, it is time for our town’s annual ice fishing derby. Ice fishing is pretty simple, as illustrated above. There is the ice. The fish are under the ice and (if all goes well) the fishermen (and women) are on top of the ice. To get access to the fish, the fishermen must drill a hole in the ice using an auger. This brave soul went old school when his buddy’s power auger did not work. A rig, called a “tippet”, is place on top of the ice. It dangles the hook and bait and when the fish is on the line, a little flag goes up. This allows the person who is fishing to be nice and warm inside his or her bob house until they flag goes up. (More on bob houses tomorrow.) When the flag is up, the fisherman comes out and reels in the line. Sadly, this line just had an empty hook.
Many thanks to all of the people I met today who chatted with me and let me take a photo or two. This is my favorite shoot of the year because all of the people are so friendly. An extra thank you to those who had fire barrels going so I could warm up a bit. Cheers!