Yesterday Casey and I checked out the ice on Shediac Bay to see if it was ready for some ice fishing. It was a beautiful day and there was no water or snow on the ice so we headed back today for a little ice fishing to catch some for supper.
The temperature was about 2C and foggy but no wind to speak of so it was fairly comfortable sitting out on the ice. I had a big cooler to sit on. I like taking it because it allows me to just drag all my stuff out there instead of carrying it all.
Here is a picture of what it looked like yesterday.
Today It Was A Foggy Day
Straight out from where these guys are ice fishing is land. I think it’s a couple of Kilometers away but quite visible on a clear day. Parts of today it was mostly visible and then in a matter of minutes it would disappear again.
A couple of times it got so foggy we could barely see the shoreline behind us. Of course we were never in any danger of getting lost.
During the fog we learned something we never knew which is the fact there is an island before the shore on the opposite side. When the fog rolled in thicker and thicker we saw the main land start to vanish but there was still a chuck of land that wasn’t fogged in. That was pretty cool.
Here is a picture of the island. If you look close you can still see the other side just a little darker than the fog.. There is also a group of seagulls sitting on the ice making plans to steal our smelt once we had enough to satisfy them all.
Well we used Casey’s auger to drill the hole we would fish through. I drilled my about 6 feet away from his so that we could talk without yelling as sound carries for a long way across the ice. We could hear guys talking but we could barely see them outside their fish hut.
We rigged up for smelt and started fishing. Casey started with two at once and then one after the other while I was doing nothing. Had a couple of strikes but didn’t stay on. Casey gave me one of his rigs and when I checked it against mine I noticed the one I bought had hooks twice the size of those he had. Finally I caught a smelt.
There was a group of guys fishing a short distance away and they had so many holes drilled in the ice we half expected the whole bunch of them to drop in the drink.
Seriously though the ice was plenty thick enough for all the holes they had. They’ve been doing this for their entire lives and live right there. In a cartoon they would have gone down I’m sure.
When we got back to Moncton the fog had lifted but the taller buildings and the NBTel Tower still had their heads in the fog. I tried to get a shot of it but the way we came into Moncton there was always something in front of it.