My husband has always been an outdoorsman, he grew up around hunting and fishing and spends as much time as he can outside. Living in Virginia Beach the winters never got cold enough for ice fishing so when we moved to Massachusetts he was excited for the cold weather and the ability to ice fish again. For Christmas 2011 I purchased a number of ice fishing supplies for him including an ice shanty, if you’re not familiar, it’s a tent for the ice. The one I bought him was for two people and had a floor with two holes cut in the bottom so you can fish. I also got him a small heater, so it gets nice and warm while you fish inside the ice shanty. But last year was a horrible winter, not only did we barely get any snow, besides the infamous Halloween snow storm that left us without power for 5 days, but the temperature rarely stayed under freezing for ice fishing and he was unable to use his Christmas present, it’s just sat in the attic for the past year.
For the past month my husband has been checking the weather, hoping for below freezing temperatures. He got so excited when he noticed the forecast for this past week, negatives, he couldn’t wait to use his new ice shanty and get in some ice fishing. I’m paranoid about falling through the ice, but he assured me that there was over 8 inches of ice, so the boys and I decided to stop by for a few.
Once I got to the lake I noticed a number of people fishing, skating, and even a few four wheelers. Seeing the four wheelers made me feel a little better. I was amazed how warm it got inside the ice shanty, you could even take off your jacket even though it was negative 5 outside.
Tyler takes after his daddy and loves to fish, he got a kick out of hanging inside the shanty and fishing while Jacob preferred to “skate” on the ice. Looks like we’ll have to get out our ice skates this week, Jacob and I can skate while Daddy and Ty fish.
Have you ever been ice fishing?
This was my first time and I’m sure it would be my last. I’m hoping that after a few times my fear of falling through the ice will subside, at least a little bit.