Jim Hudson

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Jim Hudson
<p>While he wasn&#39;t too much of a roughfisher the man did know Whitefish and he really knew the Bayfield Pennisula of Lake Superior. &nbsp;He died Saturday when his snowmachine went through the ice in the southern portion of the Apostle Islands - just north of Chequamegon Bay.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>He was a pillar of the local community and a helpful guy, &nbsp;I know that he gave me some Whitefifsh tips online, with no benefit to his guiding. &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The whole thing is eerie for me as he was barely older than I and that &nbsp;we saw his snowmachine head north that morning towards the mouth of the bay as we headed out to fish the middle of the bay.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I hope the best for his family and friends at this time. &nbsp;As much as anything take this as a reminder to be careful on the ice (if you ice fish) and remember that life is short, sometimes shorter than expected</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
Outdoors4life's picture
Never know

I was wondering if you were out near there.


The whole scenario hit me. This guy knew the area well and it was shocking. Like you said Tony Barely older than me too. I have read articles by him and I have never heard anything bad about him.  Very sad and I know some in our community have had some close calls with health and accidents in the past couple years.


Hug/Kiss your loved ones.

It is all perspective!

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TonyS's picture
Yeah at the time he went

Yeah at the time he went through I'd say we were 5 miles (maybe 6) from him. 

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This is so sad. And what I am

This is so sad. And what I am about to say may sound bad.
He has taken risks in the past. I know of a few personal stories that made this not a huge surprise to me. 
The video he shot last week was a shocker to me. He was on what they said 6-8" of ice. He was clearly on 4-6" if not less of very wet ice. 
Three men his size huddled around a fully loaded ATV Thats not safe...EVER
I was amazed when I saw this video and the next day it was done. 

The more you know a body of water the more comfortable you get and with that comes huge risks.
You never know when your time comes, but you can always know when it could.

If the mods feel this is too harsh please delete it. 

Its sad, I feel so sad for his wife. 
Her post on Facebook was "Fuc& you Icefishing" That hit me so hard.

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I know what you mean Josh, I

I know what you mean Josh, I really feel for his wife too.  I don't think I could bring myself to take on that level of risk for the thought of my wife if nothing else.


That video you saw was 2-3 miles farther inland from where he went through.  Reports are still sketchy if he went through North Channel or South Channel but both areas are places he recently reported that people should stay away from due to the ice conditions.  He likely knew the risks - unfortunately risking thin ice miles from shore, over deep water, in high current areas does not likely just send you home with a wet foot.


He was too comfortable with the lake, like you said - never a good thing.  Worse if that comfort is in a major river or a Great Lake - and Superior might be the most unforgiving b!t(# of them all.

andy's picture
very sad
I had chatted with Jim before about fishing that area on lake superior. Part of his livelihood depended on him taking risks to get him and his clients out to the deep water first, and that means taking big risks on sketchy ice. At least he died doing something he loves. rest in peace, Jim.
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I had a chance to meet Mr.

I had a chance to meet Mr. Hudson last winter around this time. He was friendly, personable, and down to earth, The group I was with didn't pay him to guide, (we rented a sleeper from him) but he still checked in with us throughout the day to see how we were doing, giving pointers, sharing spots, etc. Basically doing what you'd hope a guide would do.

If there's a silver lining here I would think with how well known he was around the bay that this accident won't be forgotten for a long time. Superior is a cold, indifferent, terrifyingly beautiful place that demands respect at all times whether you're on ice or open water. This loss will hopefully keep this fact at the fore front of everyone's mind as they venture out.

My best wishes to Mrs. Stonehouse Hudson and the rest of their friends and family.

Be safe,

be smart,

and stay on the dry side folks.