Ice Fishing, Comic Con, and Fishing Shows
I live near St. Louis, Missouri. That means that it could be 75 degrees one day, and 20 degrees the next. That also means that fishing in the winter time blows. It is rarely cold enough for lakes and ponds to freeze thoroughly enough so that you can ice fish.
So, I drove a few hours north to my parents’ cottage, where it was cold enough for there to be eight inch thick ice on the lakes. My dad had an auger, and I bought an inexpensive ice fishing pole and some wax worms. Dad drilled the ice. We sat on buckets. We fished for hours. It was good to catch up. Dad isn’t big on phone conversations, so it was good to spend time with him. It was also 40 degrees out, so it wasn’t horribly unbearable. Unfortunately, it had been in the 20’s the day before, so I will chalk up the fact that we did not catch a damn thing to weather change. Surely, it wasn’t my lack of skill right? To be entirely fair, there were other folks ice fishing on that lake that day, and none of them were catching fish either. Still, I was outdoors, and spending time with my dad. I was pretty happy. When it was over, we went inside and watched Svengoolie. Not sure what Svengoolie is? Check this out.
I was hoping to have a few posts all about ice fishing, and how great I am becoming at it, but well, life had other plans.
I was also hoping to write several posts about how you can fish in winter, even if you are not ice fishing, but every time I went, I didn’t get so much as a nibble, so scratch that idea too. So I went to fishing shows and a comic con.
I went to two different fishing shows. They were both quite the experience, that I recommend every angler attend a fishing show at least once. Yes, all of the big and well known fishing related companies are there. Even some pros usually make appearances at the shows. And attending the shows does keep you inspired and reminded me that spring is just around the corner…
But, what I liked best about the fishing shows are the “little guys” who sell their wares at fishing shows. They guys who pour custom soft plastics in their basements, or make spinner baits in their garages. The guys whose websites don’t come up first on google when you are shopping online for lures. I bought more than a few different lures from “little guys” at both shows. I also bought some devices that are supposed to eliminate me tying knots. We shall see if they work this spring, and I will definitely be posting reviews and links on the blog in the future.
I did steer away from lamps made out of deer antlers or fishing reels. No one is going to accuse me of being Martha Stewart, but even I know that those items would not match my décor!
Lastly, even though it’s not fishing related, I went to Comic Con in St. Louis. This was my third year going. My kids and I love it! I know it’s not fishing related, but it was a great time! And it provided some great photos that I couldn’t pass up! So here are those photos too!
Spring Spawn is just a few weeks ago, and in this girl’s opinion, it can’t get here soon enough! Until then, tight lines and big smiles!