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I got out on the ice one more time this weekend. That was probably my last trip of ice season…

While on the ice, I took a video of catching a bluegill for Little E. I got on a hot hole and was catching bluegill pretty reliably. The video wasn’t too tough to make.

I know a lot of people who read my blog are not fishermen themselves… (it’s probably about 50/50)… So this is for you too…

There is nothing like feeling the tap on the end of your line; or in this case, watching a bobber come alive. Then feeling the anticipation build as you wait for the perfect moment to set the hook… And the excitement when that hook strikes home and the fight is on…

This is what drives me to sit in freezing weather on a sheet of ice… to drive all the way across the state to a trout stream… to stand in my backyard practicing my cast and presentation for hours… to wade into waist deep swampy, weedy bass water in the heat of summer…

That moment is what makes it all worth while.

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Today I got a chance to get back on the ice! I don’t know how many ice fishing trips are left this winter… Ice fishing season is notoriously short in Nebraska. We are on the very southern edge of where you can ice fish at here in the Cornhusker State. And that’s okay… I would prefer the weather to warm up so I could put a fly in the water.

But ice fishing is better then no fishing…

I had a great day on the ice today… I actually caught fish! Much better then my last ice fishing trip where I didn’t catch a thing. We went out on a private pond, so per personal policy I will not disclose where I was…

I ended the day with 7 bluegill, 3 crappies, and 1 largemouth bass… and I didn’t lose any gear. So I win, 11-0…

And it was nice to feel a fish yanking on the end of my line… Up to today I hadn’t landed a fish since November.

Not everyone understands why someone would willingly sit on top of a frozen lake in January, but enjoy the pictures…










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My cabin fever has reached fever pitch… so what is a reasonable person to do?

Walk out on 6 inches of ice into the middle of a lake in 20 degree weather…

And try to catch fish through a hole; of course.

I vastly prefer fly fishing, but when there is no fly fishing to be had; fishing is fishing.

The only problem? It was a slow bite tonight. My group only caught two fish… and neither of them was by me.

But hey, that’s fishing.

Although, I did get some great pictures of wild Nebraska while I was not catching fish…

Not to mention froze my fingers off while trying to change baits… do you have any idea how hard it is to tie clinch knots when your fingers are numb and shivering?

Walking on the ice adds a new element of danger to the sport; at least for me. I never really feel nervous about being on the water… but there is something unsettling about walking on ice…

Man wasn’t meant to walk on water; and doing so sometimes feels as if you are tempting fate…

Especially as the ice pops, thumps, and moans while you are standing on it.

But the sights are amazing…

Even as day gives way to night.

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