Left Syracuse around 8am, Pello and I got on the ice around 11am. Met up with Rich and Doug over at the rock ledge. – 15 degrees out. Doug caught a real nice pike, maybe 31+ inches. See the picture! Doug was also hitting the perch pretty good; he had a ton of flags. The rest of us had a rotten slow day. Pellos truck mirror brush a tree and broke, he ordered a replacement.
It was just me and Pello at camp that night, Rich, Doug and Melissa stopped down for a drink, Melissa brought some homemade mac and cheese, it was awesome! Moms sausage and mushroom rolls were good as always. Pello broke the fridge shelf, he ordered a replacement.
Fri Jan 25
Headed out to the rock ledge again. Pretty slow again. Warmed up a bit, was a high of -2 degrees. Two loafers came out and set their shanty right up in the middle of our tip up line, Doug had some words with them and they moved (not very far). Pellos wheeler threw a flat tire, had to walk back to camp, Edwards and Donnie had arrived. Paul and Craig arrived shortly after that. Massay and DJ arrived much later.
Sat Jan 26 DERBY DAY
Started real early, on the ice around 6. Shuttled Edwards and Donnie to our spot short of deer point. There was a huge pressure crack we had to go around. Dropped them off and went and got Craig and Paul. A few flags early, Rich and Doug arrived, weather was very mild, high was about 22 degrees. Doug and Paul split the pot for pikes around 26 inches. Lots of good food, Pauls bacon by far is my favorite! Rich had some really good pulled pork. Pauls sweet and hot venison sausage was also good. Mom’s pickled cabasse was tasty. Pello had some venison in speedy sauce that was good.
Got a visit from Pellos father in laws buddy that lives across the lake, he rocks a lawnmower and a bottle of jack. Some kids on a 4 wheeler hit the pressure crack at full speed, they barley got out, would have been real bad if they went in. As the day went on the crack got bigger and weaker. Saw a cool airboat on the ice also!
Pellos auger recoil broke for no reason, he ordered a replacement. Pellos sled hit the dock and cracked the faring, he ordered a replacement. Headed to the weigh in with Dougs fish for luck of the draw. The biggest entry was 14 lbs. Pello got some cool stuff at the auction, he had to go to skiffs and hit the ATM to pay for it. We stopped at the legion for a drink, talked to a guy from shermahorn, he said it was slow there and at goose bay, but he heard Chippewa was good. Left the legion and there was an owl on the sidewalk that just took out a bird, it was 3 feet from us. It sat there a bit then flew across the street and landed on a porch, with dead bird in tow, got a picture, it was really cool!