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Entries in ice fishing (5)


Angler Who Took Daughter Fishing Fights Back and Wins

How would you feel about being fined for taking your child fishing with you?

That’s what happened to Jack Pick early last spring, as he was ice fishing with his 3-year-old daughter on Saskatchewan’s Turtle Lake. A conservation officer charged him with having more than two lines in the water because he had four, two for himself and two for his daughter.

The officer alleged that the child wasn’t “able to set, maintain, watch, and retrieve fish on her own lines.”

Pick challenged the charge and, representing himself at trial, submitted one item in his defense, the 2014 Saskatchewan Anglers’ Guide. It features a father helping his young daughter fish.

In reviewing the rules, the judge decided that no minimum age limit exists to be an angler and found Pick not guilty.

“Just because an individual is three years of age, and does not have the ability to do everything required when fishing, it does not mean that he or she cannot legally fish,” he said.

Congratulations to the judge for showing common sense, a trait too often absent today in government officials, and to Pick for fighting back and winning, especially in such a simple but indisputable fashion.

To learn more, go here, and be sure to read the comments. My favorite:
“An infant is physically incapable of fishing, a 3 yr old is not (I have taken a 3 yr old fishing, so I know). Yeah they need some help, but so does my wife who won't bait her own hook.


Nebraska Angler Catches, Releases Record-Size Crappie

A Nebraska ice fisherman released what likely was a state record black crappie because he didn’t want to risk harming it.

“Qualifying a fish for a state record, you more than likely have to kill it,” Andy Moore said. “I wasn't prepared to do that.”

He added, "Any fish that's rare or a trophy fish or a Master Angler size always goes back (in the water) in my book.

“It's just good for the gene pool and good for somebody else if they catch it. I'm a firm believer in that. Too bad people don't do it, especially in our Metro lakes.”

To learn more, go here.


Popular Guide Dies in Ice Fishing Tragedy

The fishing community suffered a great loss this past weekend, when popular guide Jim Hudson died after he fell through Lake Superior ice on his snowmobile.

 “Jim was special to us,” said Teeg Stouffer, executive director of Recycled Fish, a conservation organization. “He befriended and coached me, made inroads for our cause in the ice fishing community, championed, legitimized and supported us.

“He is on the cover of our Stewards "On Ice" booklet, and we gave away a fishing trip with him that he donated to the 24 Hour Fish-A-Thon this year.
“Part of his legacy is having been an advocate for stewardship of Lake Superior, and he had such an impact.

“Over the past few days, Facebook has been awash with people remembering and celebrating him. He lived more in his 34 years than most do in a lifetime, and his family will never have to wonder if he made a difference in the world.”

Hudson was leading a fishing trip in Bayfield when his snowmobile broke through the ice on a channel. Rescue crews reported that he was in the 33-degree water for at least 30 minutes before he was airlifted to Essentia Health in Duluth, where he was pronounced dead.

Read more here.

And go here to learn about a memorial fund set up in Hudson’s honor.



Frabill Follows One Award Winner With Another for Foul Weather Clothing


For the second year in a row, Frabill won in the Best New Apparel category at the prestigious New Products Showcase during the ICAST fishing industry show in Las Vegas.

This time around, the winner is the Frabill Suit, clothing designed to keep you warm during the coldest days on a frozen lake. The bibs and parka set is billed as being windproof, waterproof, and breathable.

Frabill says:

The trophy was delivered in the dead of summer, but ice fisherman will have to bide their time until the Frabill Suit becomes available in October. In fact, you can go to the Frabill website and sign-up for automatic notification when it hits the warehouse.”

At the 2010 show, Frabill won with its FXE Stormsuit.


KVD Keeping Cool for Classic

According to B.A.S.S. : Kevin VanDam was on his father’s small Michigan lake for a day of ice fishing. Forget those sit-and-wait, heated ice shacks. His technique was to move fast, to hunt for the fish.
This, mind you, was relaxation.
“It’s the first time I’ve been out all winter,” VanDam said via cell phone from the ice. “I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to do any fishing. I’m trying to tune my skills for the Bassmaster Classic by ice fishing.”