Went back to NY to fish with my buddy and my dad this weekend. Did a little research the week before and we ended up fishing the south end of Saratoga Lake. Woke up early, had the mandatory coffee and Eggwich from Stewart's, and got on the ice by 7. We were looking for big bass or a pike, but we only ended up catching 2 small pickerel. The benefit of not having to check flags every 2 minutes is that you have more time to make gourmet lunches, like chili dogs (with venison hot dogs), and to drink beers.
Sunday we went to a small lake close to my house where my buddy has had good luck this year recently. This day turned out better than the day before in the first half hour! I caught my first northern pike through the ice, and 15 minutes landed a nice bass...didn't weigh it, but my guess is around 2 1/2 to 3 pounds, nice and fat. Proceeded to ice fish for the rest of the time we were there. Wrapped up around 11:30, with a few bass and several northerns ranging from 20"-30".
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