Monday, 6 March 2017

Run and Gun Short Form

3:30 AM wake up ..... Check!
2 hour drive ....... Check!
Sled out a mile and a half from shore and drill some holes before the sun is up ..... Check!
Don't catch fish ........ Check!
Watch insanely beautiful sunrise ..... Check!
Don't catch fish ....... Check!
Realize upon daylight that you are surrounded by commercial nets in every direction ....... Check!
Commence running and gunning ....... Check!
Catch fish .......... Check!
Continue running and gunning ......... Check!
Pass piles of pike left on the ice to waste ....... Check!
Catch more fish ......... Check!
Release pike back to the water because leaving them on the ice to rot is just plain ignorant .... Check!
Lose fish ......... Check!
Miss fish ......... Check!
Run and gun some more ...... Check!
Watch wind pick up and fog roll in ........ Check!
Hunker down and set up a base camp ......... Check!
Miss a bite ........ Check!
Set up tip ups ....... Check!
Wait for a flag while waiting for a bite ....... Check!
Land a few eater walleye ......... Check!
Miss a good bite ......... Check!
Get a flag seconds after missing a bite and pull up a 25 inch walleye ....... Check!
Let tip up walleye go to hopefully avoid other anglers/nets until spring for the spawn ...... Check!
Spook a few fish with the wrong jigging cadence ....... Check!
Call it a day earlier than we should have due to long drive home and busy week ahead .... Check!
Navigate safely back to the access point before dark ..... Check!
See 6 hawks within 10 miles on the drive home and think to myself "that seems rather early" ....... Check!

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