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Well, Seth described things very well in the other post. I got to his house around 7:30 this morning. Not sure what the temperature was, but somewhere in the low 20's for sure. Light flurries were falling as a result of lake effect of Lake Ontario. The forcast was for west winds switching to east winds by afternoon. Well, we saw none of that. The winds started out a very nice light breeze out of the northwest, making for an excellent drift.

We started up in a northern section of the lake, right were we left the smallies biting last weekend. I asked Seth what the water temp was, and he replied 36, and slightly climbing. It didn't climb much, as it stayed there the entire time we were in the area. On the first drift, Seth swung and missed on a couple fish, then I got the first one in the boat, right around 3 pounds


Sorry for the picture quality, my camera was set on "burst " mode, and before I could figure out how to return it to normal, I released the fish before it froze solid LOL!!

Shortly after that fish, and on a second drift, the wind really calmed down, to almost nothing. I noticed this "matted weed" looking stuff between us and shore, and soon realized it was ice forming!!! Look carefully in this picture, and you will see "stuff" collecting on the surface.



The ice was first small scattered pieces here and there. Then the pieces got more and more organized into small sheets of ice, then it became fully skimmed over from out past us, all the way to shore, nearly 75 yards out into the lake. This all happened in about a 1/2 hours time!!! We were still dragging tubes right behind the outboard (because the boat broke up the ice), but that was even becoming difficult. I caught another small 2 1/4 pounder here, and on the fight, it came up through some thicker ice. The cool part was the ice resisted the fish slightly before breaking back into the water again. It was getting thicker, even the trolling motor was starting to push sheets of broken up ice around. It was time to leave the area, even though the fish were there, and biting.


A 3/8 ounce tube jig laying o the ice, and this was out in 30-32 feet of water well off shore!!!

We headed down south to a much warmer climate. Water temp was 39 degrees, and no ice out where we wanted to fish. There was some thicker ice in the shallows that made quite a racket as well pulled in and our wake hit shore. We each had bites right away, and awhile later on that initial drift Seth lands this beauty:



Shortly after noon, we decided we were hungry and headed towards the trailer, and back to Seth's house. There, we noticed the temperature went all the way up to 26 degrees. Seeing it was so nice out, we decided to work on Seth's deck on the lakeside of the house a little.

It wasn't a numbers day (although we both missed enough strikes to make it a numbers day), but it was a day on the water, in December, when nobody else was on the lake.
 

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Awesome photos, Noel! Wish I could have been there with you guys. I was at home. Even shoveled a bit of snow off my driveway and did some stuff around the house, but I thought of you guys a whole lot......wondered if you made it. Looked like the weather was quite accomodating out there (minus the ice forming stuff - wish I could have been there to see and experience that).

Glad you guys had fun. :)

Tight Lines...
 

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If the lake stayed flat all day, and the sun didn't shine so brightly, the entire lake would be skimmed over right now. On my way home from Seth's, I noticed the entire bay in front of the "white boat house" was heavily skimmed over, with snow even sitting on the ice. That was open water first thing this morning. One more calm frigid night, and that lake is done :( ........until it's safe enough to walk on! ;)
 

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Hey Noel,

I've seen those "matted, cold weather weeds" before. :D You just have to be careful when you see that they can support the weight of seagulls.

Good job fighting the elements out there guys.
 

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John,

That was weird seeing those seagulls standing in the middle of Silver Lake this past Spring :D Seth and I brought up that little story today LOL!!!
 

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Got a job for Seth

Seems to me that Seth is just going to have to keep running up and down the lake, to keep it open. Since he lives right there and all!:D

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Ted,

We talked on the water about getting VERY large boxes of crackers, and throwing them out all over the place, so the ducks will come around and paddle around like mad eating. Thus keeping the water open :D

You talk about weird stuff when it's that cold out LOL!!!
 

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Scul, I don't know whether a couple of "old" guys like you and me can endure those kinds of elements anymore! LOL......

Noel, as always, fabulous job!!
 

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Re: not anymore....

Scully said:
John....when I was in my thirtys maybe....now "forgetabbboutit!
Come on, Scully! Don't know how old you are, but I'm in the second centrury of my life :D and I still love it.:

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Re: Re: not anymore....

jiggin-n-piggin said:
I'm in the second centrury of my life

Isn't "Centrury" like 100 years?!!?? That makes you what, 127 or something? I guess that is why you whimped out the last 2 weeks! :D You make John G look like a spring chicken!!

:D :D :D

Seth V
 

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seth and noel, you guys look cold. i'm glad i'm seeing it on the PC . but then if i were close to guys i would be out there.LOL you guys are nuts. great pic's. what's next photo's of you guys fishing from ice boats.LOL
 

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a Spring chicken, eh? LOL.......

I am 52 now, my birthday is April 2nd......

I have already "psychologically" eased into the "off season"...I have set up the barriers! LOL.....

what does help is having a million and one hobbies, so there is room for diversion so as to not dwell upon the no fishing situation.....

what also helps are little get togethers to see the guyz...

like the luncheon we have this WED, and the NYBoat show last weekend in DEC.....

seeing your fishing buddies and shooting the breeze eases the withdrawal pains.......
 

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Stop It!!

SethV said:
Isn't "Centrury" like 100 years?!!?? That makes you what, 127 or something? I guess that is why you whimped out the last 2 weeks! :D You make John G look like a spring chicken!!

:D :D :D

Seth V
You know what I mean! :D I'm on the other side of 50 and not far behind John G.

Almost every waking moment is going into my remodeling project. Better now then during the warm-weather season!

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Ted-

At least you are getting your project done....my deck is going on its 2nd "century"! Lets see some pics of your renovation!

BTW, the ice is GONE due to the wind....we may get in another weekend!

Seth V

PS John, don't feel bad, you are only twice my age.....hmmmm, make that Sir John G....:D
 

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Ted-

Lets see some pics of your renovation!

I've got pix! Been taking them, right along, as it develops. Wouldn't want to post them here....... the professionals, on this board, might laugh at me. Noel?? I'm pretty handy, but I ain't no pro.:D

C'ya on the water,
Ted
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Don't feel bad old timers

Just turned 25 and I think y'all are crazy.

There are only two kinds of snow that I like -

Snow cones and snow bunnies

Triton is asleep for the winter, so stop callin' her.

Careful though - next year I may have to roll up at one of these things

Conesus December Smallies Love Spooks!


Stay Warm,

Jason Marchioli
 
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