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Offline doctorgee

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8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« on: Jan 22, 2020, 01:14 PM »
I know these are snowmobilers but it translates pretty well to us ice fishing. I am sure you've heard of the man that died on Moosehead, another in Vermont and I just now read of this, an experienced guide in Quebec that lead his group of 5 onto thin ice.

https://montreal.ctvnews.ca/mobile/1-dead-5-missing-after-group-of-snowmobilers-plunges-through-ice-near-lac-saint-jean-1.4778130

Just a tragic, deadly past week for snow travelers on the ice. Be safe on the ice people!
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #1 on: Jan 22, 2020, 01:49 PM »
WOW  :o. Thatís horrible about those tourist in Canada....
I just want to go ice fishing and ignore my adult problems

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #2 on: Jan 22, 2020, 01:57 PM »
Crazy.  That is scary
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #3 on: Jan 22, 2020, 02:02 PM »
Been a lot colder 500 k north of Montreal than any where around here! You can't trust ice! CHECK First!

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #4 on: Jan 22, 2020, 02:06 PM »
I.pray, this is the last tragedy this year, God speed to those who.perished.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #5 on: Jan 22, 2020, 02:13 PM »
Scary situation, wonder if the guide lost his way or just rolled the dice that it was safe going off trail.

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #6 on: Jan 22, 2020, 03:08 PM »
You never know what the ice is like doesn't matter where you are.

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #7 on: Jan 22, 2020, 03:13 PM »
Very sad all around, even sadder some will even comment on this post saying the same things mentioned and then still ask a stranger for conditions on here tomorrow. Use your head folks. Mistakes are fatal in this sport.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #8 on: Jan 22, 2020, 04:01 PM »
These are really tragic, as they happened to people at the wrong place, wrong time...
What I hate hearing about (mainly because they are preventable) are the incidents by idiots that think they can drive impaired in an environment that is initially more dangerous than the roads.
I usually hear these sad stories later in the season involving someone that decided to go for a ride, drunk/high (whatever) and at night, and choose to go over the worse possible sections of the lake.

That's another reason why I never drink while I fish.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #9 on: Jan 22, 2020, 05:02 PM »
TRAGEDY!  :(

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #11 on: Jan 22, 2020, 05:25 PM »
rip , what a horor story

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #12 on: Jan 22, 2020, 05:26 PM »
Prayers go out to their family and friends. Such a tragedy.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #13 on: Jan 22, 2020, 06:05 PM »
So sad. I fished in a spot yesterday that had 6 inches last weekend, and I was on 3 1/2 in the same spot. Very scary

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #14 on: Jan 22, 2020, 08:18 PM »
Very sad.  Sobering reminder of the consequences of misjudgments.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #15 on: Jan 23, 2020, 09:28 AM »
Very sad all around, even sadder some will even comment on this post saying the same things mentioned and then still ask a stranger for conditions on here tomorrow. Use your head folks. Mistakes are fatal in this sport.

Well said AA.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #16 on: Jan 23, 2020, 01:51 PM »
I'm not a fan of snow mobiles. I can see how great they are for getting your gear long distances on the ice.
They sure do seem to kill plenty of their riders. Kind of a winter ritual to hear of the latest tragedies.

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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #17 on: Jan 23, 2020, 01:56 PM »
Very sad all around, even sadder some will even comment on this post saying the same things mentioned and then still ask a stranger for conditions on here tomorrow. Use your head folks. Mistakes are fatal in this sport.

 
This is a dangerous year so far. Please use your chisel even if you get a second hand report.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #18 on: Jan 23, 2020, 02:51 PM »
I'm not a fan of snow mobiles. I can see how great they are for getting your gear long distances on the ice.
They sure do seem to kill plenty of their riders. Kind of a winter ritual to hear of the latest tragedies.

I personally make every effort not to ride on a lake unless I am fishing and only then if I know the lake well.

In the case of the Lac St. Jean incident, I can't for the life of me understand it. First of all, if you are professional guide in that area you should know that lake like the back of your hand. Second, you should have on your machine a very, VERY good GPS that shows you the staked route (even I do, and I'm no professional guide). Even with a GPS (my third point) if you can't see the stakes, you need to turn around and find them, or backtrack to land the way you came if visibility is bad. I have personally spent 3 hours on Moosehead Lake going the 14 miles from Northeast Carry to Rockwood in a white out, searching for every, single stake. Fourth- and probably the most important point of all... I have ridden all around that lake, all around Roberval and the trail riding up there is INSANE. I can't for the life of me understand why a group of customers on a tour would rather be riding on the stupid lake instead of what is arguably the finest snowmobile trail system on the entire planet.
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Re: 8 Dead this weekend through the ice
« Reply #19 on: Jan 23, 2020, 02:53 PM »
I personally make every effort not to ride on a lake unless I am fishing and only then if I know the lake well.

In the case of the Lac St. Jean incident, I can't for the life of me understand it. First of all, if you are professional guide in that area you should know that lake like the back of your hand. Second, you should have on your machine a very, VERY good GPS that shows you the staked route (even I do, and I'm no professional guide). Even with a GPS (my third point) if you can't see the stakes, you need to turn around and find them, or backtrack to land the way you came if visibility is bad. I have personally spent 3 hours on Moosehead Lake going the 14 miles from Northeast Carry to Rockwood in a white out, searching for every, single stake. Fourth- and probably the most important point of all... I have ridden all around that lake, all around Roberval and the trail riding up there is INSANE. I can't for the life of me understand why a group of customers on a tour would rather be riding on the stupid lake instead of what is arguably the finest snowmobile trail system on the entire planet.

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