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First Ice of 2013

We left the morning after Christmas. Chased out of Detroit by the biggest snowstorm in years. The sparkling new King Ranch F-150 rumbled up I-75. I had never fished the Upper Peninsula before and the lure of fishable ice and walleyes the size of my arm were good reasons for a 6 hour truck ride. … Continue reading

A Saturday in February

I stepped out of the shanty. The sun stung my eyes like walking out of a bar in the middle of the day. Uncle Pete was back at the house. He hadn’t been gone for longer than ten minutes. I squinted in the direction of my tip-ups. Flags down. My ears rang in the silence … Continue reading

Late Ice Stripes

This always seems to happen. Just when the fish start biting, I’ve got to quit fishing. It’s inevitable. I figure out a pattern then something comes up and I’m shorebound. Maybe it’s karma. Maybe it’s because I’d rather be fishing than doing just about anything else. So it doesn’t matter when I have to quit … Continue reading

Trout on Ice

Tradition is the soul. Anticipation is the heart. Photos are proof. Every outdoor enthusiast has traditions. Shared rituals that kick off your favorite season from Waterfowl to Upland. Walleye to Whitetails. We invite the same people each year. We set off in search of that one spot, the opening morning honey hole, that sets the … Continue reading

Monster Gills on Ice

Bluegill. Nothing about them seems all that sexy. They’re not mean like pike. Or tricky like walleye. They’re the fish you caught at the end of a boat dock. When you were 4. I can’t explain why a fish I ignore 10 months a year suddenly becomes an obsession. When the lakes in Michigan freeze … Continue reading

Gear Review: Cabela’s Inferno Boots

I’ve been rocking some solid new kicks this ice fishing season. These boots are comfortable, warm and (so far) very waterproof. The flat black color matches my shanty and my Carhartts adding some much needed style to my wardrobe. These bad mofo’s simply go by the name “Inferno”. There really isn’t a more suitable title. … Continue reading

Gear Review: FXE Snosuit Gauntlet Mitt from Frabill

Frabill knows ice fishing. From shanties, to tip-ups, to clothing, Frabill has been a part of my hardwater fishing adventures for years. The addition of the FXE Snosuit Gauntlet Mittens to their arsenal proves the company is focused on providing ice anglers the best gear to battle the elements in an unforgiving sport. I was … Continue reading

First Ice 2010

Here’s a quick update on the ice conditions at Metro Beach. 7:30 am: Docks in the Harbor Master and the entire bay (to the island) were completely locked-up. The ice is only about 1.5″ thick and soft. I don’t trust the ice this early in the season so we fished from the docks. I augured … Continue reading

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