THE CASE OF THE SUBMERGED MINNOW BUCKET.
Jim Fogarty www.cdntrophyfishing.com
On Wednesday January 17 my buddy Irv and I went up to Lake Simcoe to set up the huts
and get ready for the ice fishing season. There is a real shortage of minnows and after a
considerable length of time trying to get minnows we succeeded. Our huts are out about 6
miles from Beaverton so did not get there until about 9 A.M. At that point we put the
minnows in the bucket and hung them down the hole while we cleaned and set up the huts.
At approx. 11 A.M. we everything ready so we pulled up the bucket and put 4 minnows on
the lines and sent the bucket back down the hole. In a few minutes a fish came along and
stole my minnow so I went to pull the bucket and the handle broke and down it went to the
bottom full of minnows. For the next 2 hours we spent trying to retrieve it and finally
gave up. At this point I went for a walk to see if anyone had a few minnows that they
could spare. I found a couple of guys who loaned us 24 minnows and I promised to return
the favour. We started fishing again and for the afternoon we had 6 hits and caught 3
fish. All were whitefish.
When I got home I proceeded to get some magnets ready, and some heavy line with large
hooks to try and get the bucket back only for the supply of minnows.
On Saturday January 20 I went back up with all the equipment prepared to do what was
necessary to retrieve the bucket. When I got there I figured I might as well put a line
down first while I got set up and maybe catch a fish. In a few minutes a fish came onto
the screen and I took my line to see if I could catch it. All of a sudden I felt a heavy
weight and guess what. YES I had hooked my bucket and brought it up full of minnows.
You may think this is strange however this is only one of many items that we have
retrieved. The list consists of two rod holders, a radio, a rod and reel, and now a full
minnow bucket. I wonder what it will be next week.
Joke of the Month... I'm sure you've heard this one
before... but if ya havent!
This guy goes ice fishing, takes out an auger and starts drilling. He hears this LOUD
VOICE FROM ABOVE: There's no fish there. Guy goes to another spot and drills. LOUD
VOICE FROM ABOVE: There's no fish there, either. Guy tries a third spot.
LOUD VOICE FROM ABOVE: Nope. Not there either. Guy, getting a
little nervous: Are you God? LOUD VOICE FROM ABOVE: No. I'm the ice rink
"If a man fishes hard, what's he going to do easy ?" - Roy