Ice Fishers

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Can you guess what Brand New Thing #3 was? Ice Fishing, that's right!

Big Chuck was so excited to go ice fishing, I on the other hand was perfectly happy to sit inside and play Rummikub with my cousin and aunt. So Big Chuck and my uncle went out one afternoon and unfortunately came home fish-less. The next day they went out again, and were still having no luck when my cousin and I skied by. We decided to give it a try, and of course as luck would have it within 5 minutes of holding the fishing pole over the tiny hole in the ice I was the first and only person to catch a fish that week. We named him Fred...

fred the fish

I am a reluctant fishergirl. I always feel so awful when I accidentally catch a fish, and I really wanted to put little Fred back. I am also a hypocritical fishergirl as I spent the entire week devouring salmon, hearing and eventually Fred the fish too.

I personally find fishing, especially ice fishing, to be rather boring. I think the most exciting part is drilling the holes in the ice. Big Chuck did his fair share using my uncle's Finnish made Rapala ice auger.

charlie's auger

Have a great Thursday, and don't forget to tune in tomorrow for the next post in my Small Business, Small Steps series.


ps. We have a trivia question for all you Northern guys and gals...

What is the blue thing hanging around Big Chuck's neck?

Leave your answers in the comments section. Unfortunately there's no prize, just the satisfaction of knowing that you are one smart cookie. Good luck :)

(photos: Bess Callard)


  1. Congrats on catching a fish! I think I'd have felt bad too, though, had I named him! Haha. I tried ice fishing for the first time this winter - it was really cold (I think my legs froze from the knees down) and the fish kept eating my bait off without my noticing. But it was fun to try!

    Caroline of Red Glasses

  2. Such great photos, I feel like I was there with you!

    Ps. Still wanting that hat:) So amazing.

  3. Your little Fred is a cute fish!

  4. @Caroline: Oh no! that's hilarious, they must have been really happy to get some fresh worms in the middle of winter ;)

    @pen.ny: aw, thanks:) it's a great hat - stole it from my awesome mom.

    @Elizabeth: I know, it might have been easier to end his little fish life had he been slightly less adorable :{

  5. I am going to take a crack at the question.

    Is it something that you wear when you go ice fishing that's to be used to pull someone out of the water incase they fall in?

    fingers crossed.



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