Weekends sure seem to take a long time to get here and once they are here you blink your eyes and they are gone again. We should have two day work weeks and 5 day weekends and then I couldn't be more happier.
Plans were to head to New Hampshire and fish our favorite bass lake and unfortunately we haven't been able to get up there this season compared to weekly last year. Traveling on the ice is fairly easy at this point as the snow has melted again leaving bare ice. Winds were blowing as every day it seems this winter but the temps were near 50 and made for a decent day on the ice.
We were fishing an area that comes out of a channel between to lakes and as you enter this part of the lake, there is an underwater deep point. We had holes drilled in ranges from 10 feet out to 16 feet of water. Was marking fish in most holes but a lot of lookers versus being biters.
My son was going to be the one that tried to catch most fish today and it took him a number of failed hooksets before he finally started getting his groove together. These fish were not inhaling the baits as they were more or less nipping at the tails.
Over the course of the day I think he said that we had caught 12 in total with 1 perch, 1 smallmouth, 1 pickerel and 9 largemouth bass to show for our efforts. All in all it was a good day and we have seen better on this particular lake but as long as the two of us are enjoying our time on the ice, in my mind that is all that matters.
We are counting the days already for our next adventure and may have to switch gears and head to our favorite crappie hole. Seems that we haven't seen to much ice time this season but hopefully the next few weeks we can pick up the pace as late ice is coming and this is the prime time of our ice fishing season.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988