Zach got his rod back an hour later and 100′ away…no fish attached though, dangit!
Now on the opposite end of that spectrum….
I was tempted to call this the “fish grab of the year” 👀 but I feel like a dirtbag even writing that because the occasion I’m talking about was actually me 🤡 I don’t ever want to be known as the dude that toots his own horn. But anyways….
The crew at AnglingBuzz posted this episode called “Midwinter Ice Fishing Opportunities.” The video is 38:12 long, but definitely worth a watch if you’re looking to kick your feet up.
It’s loaded with all sorts of ice-fishing goodness, few highlights: Jeremy Smith and James Lindner show how they utilize Humminbird MEGA Live for roaming basin crappies. The AnglingBuzzards cover some new gear for panfish and predators. They head north to Manitoba to highlight some of its premiere fisheries. Jeremy Smith shows how he cleans and cooks burbot. And a crew of us journeyed across Lake of the Woods in search of giant burbot…and got a big, bonus surprise.
This bonus surprise is one of those memories I will never forget, and might just be the highlight of my “ice-fishing career.”
My buddy Jason Rylander was fighting a TANK. We weren’t sure if it was a burbot, walleye, pike or sturgeon (you never know on Lake of the Woods!) but we knew whatever it was, it was BIG.
The spoon’s hook had gotten stuck on the bottom of the ice so the fish couldn’t get turned up the hole. I ended up going shoulder deep – more like neck deep – and got my hands on it. This type of thing usually doesn’t pan out, but got super lucky this time and am so pumped there’s video proof of its existence!
Can watch full AnglingBuzz Ice episode here, or jump to the specific “fish grab” story I’m talking about by clicking below: