I went back to the same area the following weekend and had about as bad of a day as you can possibly have. 8 hours not one flag and not a single hit jigging and it was freezing. Kind of day that makes ya wonder why we like ice fishing. The next day the rains stopped me from fishing which meant i wouldn't be fishing for another 6 days! Of course the whole week while i worked it was 30-38 degrees and sunny everyday! Drove me nuts! This past weekend finally arrived and i went out both days. Saturday i was on the ice for 6 in the morning and i had a painfully slow day with 1 flag and that didnt come until almost 4 pm. As i walked over to the flag i could see the spool was flying. I grabbed the line, stopped it and leaned into it and let the fish hook herself. Was a 31.5 inch very fat healthy northern. It felt great to end the day with a fish. I stayed at my brothers house Saturday night and was back out for Sunday. I only had until about 12 to fish so i got out nice and early and was set up for sunrise. Around 7:30 i got my first flag. Was a screamer and i got there and gave a little set and pulled the bait right out of her mouth. The bite mark on my bait was pretty big and i was pretty bummed to miss the fish. Put the bait back down and went back to my chair and did some jigging. I ended up catching 8 blue gill which wasn't great action but i was better than what i have been getting. Odd where there are pike swimming around there is a lack of pan fish ( go figure ) Half hour before i had to leave my farthest away flag went up right after a heavy heavy gust of wind. I was 100 % positive it was a wind flag and calmly walked over but when i got to the hole to see the line pinned against the bottom of the ice and running my mood and heart beat changed quickly. Fish on! It felt like a solid fish and after a few tries at the hole she came right up! My biggest pike through the ice since i was a kid. I did not weigh the fish as i wanted to get her back in the hole unharmed ASAP. I knew it wasn't the goal of twenty that i am after so no need to add more stress and possibly damage a really nice healthy fish. She swam away so fast that she splashed my face on the way down. With next weeks temperatures it looks like i will have plenty of chances to get out there and get my giant. Every time out i am getting more and more confident on what i'm doing out there. Just need to put in the time. All my action has came in 6 feet or less with a few flags in as shallow as 2 feet. I have been fishing primarily solo this season as i don't feel the need to compete for the same fish in small areas. I realize that is a little selfish but i thoroughly enjoy being out there alone. So friends please don't take offense to it! The self timer on a tripod has worked out great for pictures. ;) I know that 3 pike in 4 trips isn't very good numbers but hopefully it only gets better from here. Last year i had 4 consecutive skunks before i had a fish. So ill take it! Hope your all having a good winter!
By: Joe Jacobowitz