Xmas (horses, fishes, fire)

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Jason E.
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Xmas (horses, fishes, fire)
<p>I was kind of torn as far as where to post this.&nbsp; Since the majority of it is NOT about fishing, I put it in &quot;off topic.&quot;&nbsp; Just thought I&#39;d share a little bit about my fun Christmas.&nbsp; Watching old movies, eating lots of food, unwrapping gifts, or attending religious services are viable traditions.&nbsp; With my wife&#39;s family, however, we also aggressively pursue a more active, outdoors experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>I began our Christmas time with some ice fishing.&nbsp; The creek on my in-laws&#39; property has gobs of creek chubs in it.&nbsp; A few nice sized ones too.&nbsp; The cannibal in my hand was caught by using half of a smaller creek chub as bait.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/SUNP0162.JPG" style="width: 420px; height: 336px;" /></p> <p>My main goal was accumulating cut-bait for the upcoming pout gathering, however.&nbsp; As you can see, I succeeded admirably.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/SUNP0163.JPG" style="width: 420px; height: 336px;" /></p> <p>The next day, we prepared our sled and draft horse team for a classic Christmas experience.&nbsp; Cody and Ben, the two Percherons, behaved like gentlemen and hauled all 11 of us around with ease.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/SUNP0165.JPG" style="width: 420px; height: 336px;" /></p> <p>The view from the &quot;cockpit&quot;</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/SUNP0167.JPG" style="width: 420px; height: 336px;" /></p> <p>Then, I helped get the bonfire ready to help people warm up.</p> <p><img alt="" src="http://www.roughfish.com/~roughfis/sites/default/files/firepeters.jpg" style="width: 448px; height: 336px;" /></p> <p>It was a touch cold outside, so we had to place the hay bales a bit close to the fire.&nbsp; A few cups of hot chocolate later, we were all warmed up and ready for more fun.&nbsp; Later on, we pulled people on sleds and skis with the gator (a six wheeled vehicle somewhat similar to a four wheeler) and fed the cows and calves some hay.&nbsp; My wife&#39;s 101 year old grandma came by that night (she lives at home, takes no medicines, and climbed the stairs in my in-law&#39;s house with relative ease).&nbsp; We said our prayers, ate a great meal, and all unwrapped gifts together.&nbsp; All in all, a pretty sweet Christmas.</p>
Corey
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Awesome!

Just cool, thanks for sharing.

Love the horse-drawn sleigh.

I don't think I've seen anyone write about fishing creek chubs through the ice - pretty neat!

Eli
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Thats pretty cool. I can see

Thats pretty cool. I can see those big chub being fun on a light setup.

Eli

 

 

Cast_and_Blast
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Wormhunter,

Wormhunter,

 

The only way to make it more fun would be to cut a big hole in the ice and get under a darkhouse and sight fish them chubs.  I call it fish tv.  It's very therapeutic.

Jason E.
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The creek is literally 2-4

The creek is literally 2-4 feet deep, so it's simply a matter of dropping your bait down and lifting out the fish.  They were so hungry you could dangle bait just below the ice and watch the chubs come up to get it.  Pretty cool to watch fish feed that way while ice fishing.  A few 10 inchers in there.  My father-in-law pulled out a 12 incher a few years back.

Bubbajoe
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Chubs through the ice AND

Chubs through the ice AND Percherons!


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