I think Sundays are just MADE for local waters. Sleep in, suit up, and just hang out.
Of course, soaking some livies for Northern Pike is cool too. Plus, you can stay local until dark and still get home before halftime of the 4pm football game. We had a fun time out on the water, and we got to hang with Reel Force. His new gear is awesome. Here are some pics from the afternoon.
Jeffs Shanty looks even better on ice than in the living room. It was spacious!
Sunny days and solid black ice make for fun shanty times and photos:
Ship of Fools hooked an Esox early in the day. It was visible beneath the ice. Straight to the weedbeds.
The kids (including Reel Force, of course) loved it. And I loved this photo of the fun:
That pike broke off. But was fun to see swimming around. We had about 5"+ of obviously solid clear ice.
My flags were next. All pike. Which is, of course, my target fish all winter long. Love it when the flags fly.
Just Matt went to check his baits, and came up with an Northern of his own:
Reel Force has a killer Vex suit. Sure looked comfy, functional and warm. Good WHIP UP gear, for certain:
Using 4"-5" bait, I managed to ice three more Pike before the day was done. One small, rest were mid-20"s:
It was no bonanza or anything, but it sure seemed like everyone enjoyed themselves:
Everybody cleared out a little after four. I figured I had 45min until the sunset and since the ice was so solid I didn't mind being out alone for just a bit. HOPING for that late-bite evening bass or something.
No more flags, but I did catch this photo. Nice to be warm and comfy in the gear and have the whole place silent around you in the wintertime on the local pike pond. Great time in Scotia with some of the gang!