Sunday I was able to get out on the ice with HVAC Nick, Jan D. and Angry Mike. We got a late start because we had to get bait and other things, but we eventually made it. We were treated to a rare treat, clear ice. Most of the time the ice gets rained or snowed on. This gives the ice the white look. When it gets real cold real fast clear, black ice is made. Black ice is very strong and slick. 6 inches of it looks like 2 inches. After last year's "ice out season" I was so happy to get out. HVAC Nick was a first timer on the ice, so we brought the tip-ups along to give him the experince. He got and experince for sure, but we only got two fish. Check out the Video Ice Fishing Video
The first lesson in sea duck hunting is to be on the "X". Setting up your decoys in the area they are feeding will result in the fastest limit of ducks to be had. Yes, sea ducks react great to decoys of their own species. You can set up anywhere and take a few birds, but you will only take a few birds. I was able to witness the "X" on yesterdays hunt. Unfortunately, I was not on it.