Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Sooner Or Later It Had To Happen
The winter of 2012 might go down as one of the warmest on record, making for ridiculous ice conditions and small amounts of available space on safe ice in the last few weeks. Week 1 found us with the majority of Great Pond boasting open water. It was the first time in my life that I've witnessed such a massive part of the lake unfrozen on the opener and I personally observed several flocks of ducks pass over my traps. Jasper joined me and my old man the first couple of weekends, successfully landing the first Pike of his life.
As the ice slowly covered the lake, we inched our way into position. Unfortunately, the first week or two of the season is always the best, and by the time we were into prime territory, we had missed the virgin weeks of the season. Alas, after moderate action on fish up to 13.5 lbs and several moves with the shack, I had yet to grease any legit beasts in 2012.
Today, on a mixed precipitation day off from work, that all changed.....
23.5lbs & 43" Long