Author Topic: Living on the edge.  (Read 2395 times)

Offline RapShack

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Living on the edge.
« on: Feb 15, 2023, 08:17 PM »
This is normal, but it's about 3 weeks early :%$#!:  I've been trying to keep the faith but it's undeniable this winter sucks.

I'm a man, but I can change, If I have to, I guess.

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #1 on: Feb 15, 2023, 09:00 PM »
Good work hardcoreing it!  I know ice fishermen who'll be shaking in their boots looking at that pic! ;D
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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #2 on: Feb 15, 2023, 09:44 PM »
I know ice fishermen who'll be shaking in their boots looking at that pic! ;D

There were still a couple of the really hard core guys fishing out there in the current two nights ago before it opened all the way up.  Fun fact, about 200 yards away is a bridge for the interstate.  Imagine the things the land lubbers passing by must think when they see a bunch of people lined right up on the edge like that.  When the ice holds until the perch and walleye really start running there will be all kinds of jon boats out there that people push across the ice, then a line of guys standing the edge casting with long rods, and then a bunch more on the ice in the bay.
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Offline stripernut

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #3 on: Feb 16, 2023, 04:57 AM »
I always liked the expression; "If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up to much room"

Offline Hardwater2

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #4 on: Feb 16, 2023, 05:01 PM »
Hope you have a 66 medium action spinning rod in the shanty as well.
Cool pic!

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #5 on: Feb 16, 2023, 05:35 PM »
How thick was it where you were set up on?

Pretty sure I'd be one of those shaking in my boots. Or at least loaded up to jump towards shore at the slightest crack
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Offline RapShack

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #6 on: Feb 16, 2023, 07:10 PM »
How thick was it where you were set up on?

14" or so.  Falling through isn't a concern but you do need to watch the pressure cracks as the water starts to rise to make sure you don't end up going downstream on an iceberg.
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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #7 on: Feb 16, 2023, 07:29 PM »
Well I'd rather take a ride than a swim. Ive been in 35 degree water- in a wetsuit, hood, and gloves, and it was still unpleasant enough that I don't want to do it again

Can you hook a trolling motor to the ice berg, hit a couple spots an extra time or too on your way to the next boat launch?
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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #8 on: Feb 16, 2023, 08:26 PM »

Can you hook a trolling motor to the ice berg, hit a couple spots an extra time or too on your way to the next boat launch?

I've heard stories of old timers back in the day that would spud chunks off and ride them downstream.  I've seen someone park a kayak on one get out and stand there jigging off the edge as he went by.

Here's a few more pics from that same spot over the years, I guess this isn't the only crappy winter we've had lately.

Feb. 2 2020

Feb. 18 2018  Even I think those guys on the left are a bit crazy.

A week later on Feb. 26 2018

Mar 7 2015 Looks sketchy but the whole town is there.

Mar 21 2013 Now this is how a proper winter should go.
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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #9 on: Feb 17, 2023, 06:29 PM »
that's cool. Moving water gotta love it.  I'd be out there! ;D
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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #10 on: Feb 18, 2023, 06:08 PM »
Ive fished on the edge but not that close, maybe 25 and there was no 14 of ice. Maybe had 6 and I was taking a chance. I dont even think of doing that anymore

Offline RapShack

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #11 on: Feb 19, 2023, 11:16 AM »
Was back on the ice about 4:45 this morning.  Fishing was terrible, as is tradition, but what a great morning to sit out under the stars and watch the sun come up.



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Offline walleyedan

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #12 on: Feb 22, 2023, 05:02 PM »
Enjoyed the pics. They do tell a story.

Offline RapShack

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Re: Living on the edge.
« Reply #13 on: Feb 27, 2023, 08:39 PM »
This guy was pushing his luck a little bit going there without a spud but he didn't get wet.
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