In dazed confusion, I lift the rod upright, where it is pulled down again by the force of this mysterious beast under the ice. I have something large on the end of the line now. “What could it be?” I ask myself? Salmon is out of the question because it is winter and all. The only known species to inhabit this lake is trout. As I sit there wondering what this creature could be, I hear a snap! The line breaks, although I wasn’t letting this fish go so easily. I lunge for the line as it skids across the ice, just barely grasping it. The pull from the fish is almost too much; I then tie the line several times around a stick I use for dispatching the fish. The war was on! However how do you think I could’ve made it this far without knowing the basics of this type of fishing?
First to become an ice fisher you need patience. To be able to sit in one spot for hours on end takes a lot of effort. The second skill you need to master is finding the right lures. Like in predator calling, it all depends on location. Single hooks with salmon eggs, jigs that resemble squid or shrimp, and glow in the dark lures are just some of the attractors used. Bait is what I commonly use. There are several different types of bait: shrimp, salmon eggs, powerbait, corn, etc… Once you learn about bait, lures, and hooks, you’re one step closer to becoming an avid ice fisher.
So here I am struggling with this monster fish under the ice. My pole is useless against this beast. The 30lb test line is also inoperable, breaking against the fish’s strength. With my new found skill, this is to be my first big trophy. I am not going to let this fish get the best of me. So with my building adrenaline I pull the line to the top. The fish almost doesn’t fit through the hole. Our eyes then meet -- those big, black, glazy eyes stared deep into my soul. I have the feeling I am not going to let go of the line and lose the fish once I see the size. Thirty-four inches – an astounding size. This is definitely the Goliath of my pile of fish. A great way to end an Ice fishing experience under the stars.