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David Churbuck
12-14-2005, 07:42 AM
Dunno about you, but waking up to zero temperatures this morning started the little wheel in my head turning:
"Dare I dream of ice fishing this weekend?"

So I thought I'd issue the annual reminder about saving our collective skins.

First off, the annual ice-thickness reminder (http://www.almanac.com/edpicks/safeicethickness.html)
Second, a good FAQ on ice fishing safety (http://hickorytech.net/%7Ejbusby/safety.htm)
And finally, a response by Bill Downing to the question I once asked:
"How long does it take for safe ice to form?" (http://www.reel-time.com/forum/showpost.php?p=72824&postcount=5)

Bottom line in my opinion:
1. I don't think Cape ice is safe yet.
2. If I went to find out, I'd start on a very shallow beach area and drill some test holes
3. Calling the local fire department is an idea.
4. If it isn't six inches thick I don't want to be on it.

SamRiley
12-14-2005, 09:16 AM
Especially with the fresh snow pack. I'm not going to try it until 06.

Slappy
12-14-2005, 11:39 AM
Better to be on the safe side. There is plenty of open water left. Why not catch a few more stripers or some freshwater fish before you have to drill holes!

If you picked the right spots this month, you would have found very good fishing! ;)

When it warms back up to 30, the bite should still be there.

bdowning
12-18-2005, 03:48 PM
I saw a group of ice fishermen today at the A-1 site (a popular pond in Westboro). I haven't test drilled the ice yet, but I'd be surprised if there were more than 4 inches of hard black ice. (Bob P, maybe you can confirm?). That would be the minimum before I'd even think of venturing out, even on a pond as shallow and popular as that one.

I'll check some other ice-fishing sites and see if I can get some ice thickenesses to report back.

-bd

bdowning
12-18-2005, 04:09 PM
Saw three reports on another site from people who got out on the ice this weekend. One in the Connecticut river valley, one in north metro west, and one between Worcester and Springfield. I'm not giving specifics, because I don't feel like getting sued for someone's else's lack of common sense :rolleyes:. With the possible exception of the Conn River valley report, none of the reports indicated to me that any of these guys should have been out on the ice yet. My advice is the same as Dave's and Slappy's: fish open water for now and give it at least another good week or so of subfreezing temps before venturing out on the hard stuff. And even then, do so cautiously.

-bd

DAQ
12-18-2005, 07:28 PM
I saw a guy on an Eastern Mass reservoir today and all I could think was that he is nuts. I fished the reservoir last weekend and it was 90% open water and this week it still had a good amount of open water in the middle.

D

StrBender
12-18-2005, 07:50 PM
I don't ice fish. BUT I do remove ice from my fly rod often though! (#$119) Were I live they have been skating on the meadow that is a flooded field about 5' deep at the most. To be honest I was real surprised seeing them skating.

Be Safe

Bob Parsons
12-18-2005, 10:25 PM
I purposely left my ice fishing gear in storage to force me to stay off the ice off cape. I need a couple more duck hunting trips, if I can get the 6" of ice out of my duck boat.

Speaking of icefishing, Someone I fished with used wooden rod holders with short rods rather than ice tip-ups, (Slappy that you?) Could you post a picture? Thanks.

Codfisher
12-20-2005, 12:37 PM
If I was on the Cape I would head over to Brewster pronto...some nice fish are being taken in open water in the Park.

Ray
12-21-2005, 07:40 AM
5 days of temps near or above 40F ahead.

Watch that ice carefully!!

Markymark
12-21-2005, 11:47 AM
If I see a Winnabago out there, --125-3 ,then I know it's safe! --127-3-

teflon_jones
12-21-2005, 12:36 PM
And watch out for this:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3079292442372535727