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Posted: 1/19/2013 9:17:00 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2013 9:21:11 PM EDT by Husky79]
Today was fun bitter cold, with 45+mph gusts most of the afternoon! wind chills registered about 25 below, while the air temp hovered around 23 above. The cold was not bad, the wind kept blowing people around because there were a lot of exposed ice! Fun watching drunks trying to walk around the place! I got no fish....

This is the $150,000 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravangza that is hosted every January with 150 prizes, 25th place wins ATV, which a good friend of mine won it! With a 1.23lbs walleye (yes that a little sized wally!)







This pilot was very skilled! He flew around all day for the media


7 mile drive across lake to avoid the traffic!


At this point the wind shifted directions and was plowing my right side, which half way I would be mostly crabbing to maintain the direction I needed to go!
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:20:52 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:22:32 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul:
Looks fun.

I was born there ... and yes, I'm glad we moved. I remember the dumpster races at my father's plant. After work they'd get two fullsize roll-around dumpsters and race them across the back of the factory in the wind.

Going to be 74 degrees and sunny tomorrow a bit warmer come Monday.


Winter winds here can get powerful and fierce! I bet that was fun racing the dumpsters!

Its going to get much colder monday here. highs of -10 with lows of -35!
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:23:27 PM EDT
Fuck. That. Shit.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:28:16 PM EDT
couple more pictures!



Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:28:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:29:43 PM EDT
I have customers in Minnesota, Alaska, and... Texas.

Guess who only gets visited in the Winter?
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:30:25 PM EDT
That all seems remarkably stupid.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:30:31 PM EDT
OP's never been to Wisconsin...
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:31:29 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Paul:
Looks fun.

I was born there ... and yes, I'm glad we moved. I remember the dumpster races at my father's plant. After work they'd get two fullsize roll-around dumpsters and race them across the back of the factory in the wind.

Going to be 74 degrees and sunny tomorrow a bit warmer come Monday.

I want it to stay cold. lol
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:31:32 PM EDT
I am not excited for Monday. I can handle the cold but a high that is below zero is ridiculous. Looks like it was fun anyway.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:33:00 PM EDT
Originally Posted By optimus:
OP's never been to Wisconsin...


I have, and it can get bad I know it.

Today was not the worst weather we have experienced though. It was really nice today, never got cold, quite a easy day than i have experienced.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:34:04 PM EDT
Nice
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:34:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Husky79:
Originally Posted By optimus:
OP's never been to Wisconsin...


I have, and it can get bad I know it.

Today was not the worst weather we have experienced though. It was really nice today, never got cold, quite a easy day than i have experienced.


I was just saying you guys aren't the only ones that would be out in the cold ice fishing.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:35:19 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:36:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By optimus:
Originally Posted By Husky79:
Originally Posted By optimus:
OP's never been to Wisconsin...


I have, and it can get bad I know it.

Today was not the worst weather we have experienced though. It was really nice today, never got cold, quite a easy day than i have experienced.


I was just saying you guys aren't the only ones that would be out in the cold ice fishing.


true!
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:43:12 PM EDT
You fellas rock!
It's great to see you out having a great time and enjoying the weather. Thanks for sharing.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:44:45 PM EDT
I'm heading to the Devils lake one next weekend. I'm gonna get me a pickup.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:48:18 PM EDT
Not too bad around Duluth today. I went cross country skiing in Brule WI before the wind started. I love fishing, but ice fishing bores me. I can't sit still.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:51:56 PM EDT
I get invited every winter to go ice fishing in Minnesota. There's no fuckin way.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:52:26 PM EDT
Nope.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:54:56 PM EDT
Viking DNA keeps you warm.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 9:57:29 PM EDT
Can't be much colder than my wife's feet.
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 10:01:45 PM EDT
Cold keeps away the riff raff
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 10:06:05 PM EDT
WTF IS ALL THAT WHITE STUFF?????
Link Posted: 1/19/2013 10:08:14 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/19/2013 10:13:05 PM EDT by SEKE]
People that have never been ice fishing freak out when they see you having a bonfire on the lake.

Totally not looking forward to Monday, I hate messing with frozen shit. Everything at work is big, made of metal and lives outside. Makes for a real long work day.

BTW the first pic is fantastic.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:01:59 AM EDT
Originally Posted By SEKE:
People that have never been ice fishing freak out when they see you having a bonfire on the lake.

Totally not looking forward to Monday, I hate messing with frozen shit. Everything at work is big, made of metal and lives outside. Makes for a real long work day.

BTW the first pic is fantastic.


yes! bonfire on the lake is fun, plenty of room for everyone!
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:08:16 AM EDT
Just hell fuck no way.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:08:30 AM EDT
No houses? Yeah fuck a bunch of that.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:10:26 AM EDT
And I thought I had something to grip about concerning the weather here. Never mind.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:10:57 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:12:44 AM EDT
23 is pretty warm for January.

This coming week would have been more entertaining with temps well below zero.

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Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:14:47 AM EDT
I pretty much live to fish but, FUCK THAT!!!!! Glad I live in the south and have some occasional 50-70 degree days during winter.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:15:02 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Paul:
We would have contests to see who was "man" enough to jump into Lake Superior in the middle of July and August. That thing is cold all year round and you needed liquid courage to jump in beyond your thighs.



July and August? try in middle of winter! we have polar plunge in MN where groups raise money and jump in a hole cut out of the lake!
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:17:45 AM EDT
Growing up in Wisconsin, that brings me back...

Sturgeon spearing on Lake Winnebago, then hitting Waverly Beach for some burgers
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:19:15 AM EDT
whoa. that looks soo cool .
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:20:17 AM EDT
Yeah, it's gonna be 75 here today.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:20:58 AM EDT
Originally Posted By twonami:
Cold keeps away the riff raff


My exact line about Montana and Alaska when I go up there in the winter time for work/pleasure.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:22:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 10:24:19 AM EDT by slowkota1]
Originally Posted By optimus:
Originally Posted By Husky79:
Originally Posted By optimus:
OP's never been to Wisconsin...


I have, and it can get bad I know it.

Today was not the worst weather we have experienced though. It was really nice today, never got cold, quite a easy day than i have experienced.


I was just saying you guys aren't the only ones that would be out in the cold ice fishing.


Coldest I've fished in was -16... It sucked balls, but the bite was on!!!

It was literally soooo cold, that the fish froze almost instantly after throwing them onto the ice.

When I came home, and defrosted them in the sink... The fuckers came back to life!!!! Craziest shit I've ever witnessed!
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:24:12 AM EDT
I see a bunch of people who are too nuts to own guns or work in important jobs.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:26:15 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Viking DNA keeps you warm.


Actually it is the liquor they are drinking, not really keep them warm they are just too buzzed to care.


Fishing the sport of alcoholics everywhere....and if you aint drinking...you are just hiding from your wife.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:27:45 AM EDT
Originally Posted By lostnswv:
I see a bunch of people who are too nuts to own guns or work in important jobs.


well then you would be surprised that bunch of them were realtors, doctors, firemen, police officers, military guys.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:27:49 AM EDT
Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Viking DNA keeps you warm.


Actually it is the liquor they are drinking, not really keep them warm they are just too buzzed to care.


Fishing the sport of alcoholics everywhere....and if you aint drinking...you are just hiding from your wife.


Ummmmm... Sounds like euphoria to me!

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:30:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By lostnswv:
Originally Posted By Tim_the_enchanter:
Viking DNA keeps you warm.


Actually it is the liquor they are drinking, not really keep them warm they are just too buzzed to care.


Fishing the sport of alcoholics everywhere....and if you aint drinking...you are just hiding from your wife.


I saw a lot of beer cans get blown with the wind, I wonder how many beer cans would be found on the shoreline at the end of the wind path! Of course the Jaycees have bunch of people working after everyone leaves, to clean up all the mess. Majority of the people working there are volunteers. I need to take one year and do my part volunteering.
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:31:42 AM EDT

I love winter! Cool ice fishing pics, wish I was out there with ya!

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:32:13 AM EDT
what's the rule of thumb for temps and ice thickness to drive on it?
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:33:38 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/20/2013 10:36:46 AM EDT by Husky79]
Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
what's the rule of thumb for temps and ice thickness to drive on it?


For temps, anything under 32 degrees is freezing nothing to worry, but if it gets above its not really a big concern unless it skyrockets to 70 degrees. I have been on the ice when it was 55-60 degrees outside, sure it was slippery and wet. It all depends on how thick the ice is. Some spots could melt faster than other spots.



Link Posted: 1/20/2013 10:36:26 AM EDT
Originally Posted By armoredsaint:
what's the rule of thumb for temps and ice thickness to drive on it?


12"+ inches for an F150
you are safe as low as 8" for cars

Also FUCK YEAH NORTHWOODS
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 12:08:29 PM EDT
As soon as I saw the pics, this came to my mind.



MN
Link Posted: 1/20/2013 12:21:34 PM EDT
I grew up in ND ice fishing. Lots of fun times on the ice with Dad, Grandpa and a bottle of schnapps

Link Posted: 1/20/2013 12:38:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Slug-O:
WTF IS ALL THAT WHITE STUFF?????


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