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My 3 YO son and I broke in the new permanent fish house yesterday during our first day in it. Got a late start and had our first (and only) visitor of the day at about noon.

I had spend the previous hour instructing him how to run the decoy. No that's too fast, no that's too jerky, no that's too high, no that's too low. Ok, thats just right. The fish came in 30 seconds later!

He got to see it all happen while operating the decoy, and the fact that the fish came in just as he was getting it right hopefully will reinforce that patience and process will lead to a successful day on the ice.


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Couple of pike that showed up for a photo op this morning. 

Here is a pike I got on Saturday the 20th. 39" 18.4 lbs. She tasted great out of the smoker!

Thanks. The skinny pike is my very first dark house pike. This is kind of my son's gig. He was interested so I helped him get into it. Today I got a turn with the spear I made for him a couple years a

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that is priceless there. Memories that will last him a lifetime.

Exactly! I still remember vividly the day (over 20 years ago) when my dad stuck a nice one that was about to lay the smack on our live sucker decoy.

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great stuff deadsea Gotta love the smile on his face and I always love the excitment that the kids get when the pike finally does show up

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merkman do you have any problem with fish being skittish when shoveling away the snow from the house?

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merkman do you have any problem with fish being skittish when shoveling away the snow from the house?

Yes they were very skittish today.

Even the perch were freaking out.

I am going to shovel some more snow over it tomorrow if it froze enough.

It was froze enough today to walk on but there was still water between the froze over part and the top of the ice.

Right now it is a catch 22.

You have to get the snow off so the ice will refreeze but then the fish freak out.

Ahh, the joys of spearing.

We keep seeing bull sunfish one by one marching by, a few perch today, and a spaz 6" bass that went nuts in the hole then got caught up in the weeds, but no northerns today.

I am hoping tomorrow is the day they will be moving.

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and a spaz 6" bass that went nuts in the hole then got caught up in the weeds,

That must have been funny to watch!

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merkman do you have any problem with fish being skittish when shoveling away the snow from the house?

Got a little dusting of snow today and that helped the skitishness out some.

All species of fish were moving today.

A bullhead even came up and peeke in the hole.

He was cruzin right under the ice then came up and it almost looked like he took a gulp of air then swam off.

I told my brother if he would have had the ice scoop we could have had a free decoy!!!

My brother did stick a very nice 26.5"er today.

Maybe just a tish big for an eater but a real nice fish.

He guessed it to be about a 21 incher in the hole (it looked small from the top) after we got it out and measured it, it was 26.5"

Got it all filleted up and still deciding how to prepare it.

I am thinking I want to try boiled with white sauce but I have never tried that before.

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I was going to add a photo of my fish today but it seems a little more complicated than other forums to do it.

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Nice fish Capt. Ah the days of the gunny sack fish. Now that brings me back to a better time.

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that is some CLEAR water. most lakes I've been on are dirty as all get out.

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