so i went to my lake this morning (indian lake) to try and fish strictly for a pike or if i was really really lucky maybe a tiger muskie left over from last stocking in 98, well day didnt start right at all when i woke up at 7 with my alarm that i had set for 430 the night prior still chiming loud and clear next to my head... man im sick of working nights.. so i fall outta bed and get ready to leave in a hurry to get on the ice, by 730 i was drilling my first hole and making good time all things considering. i had planned on fishing only for pike this meant no live bait only big dead shiners ... oh and some experimental hotdogs that i was tinkering with the day before, so i started setting up my tip ups 2 with 1 shiner each, one with 2 shiners and 2 with a stinky dog. i call them stinky dogs cause they were soaking in a bag of sardine oil filled with salt and chopped garlic over night and god damn were they ripe! sitting around for an hour with no action i decided to venture out farther onto the ice and make some new holes, first new hole i drilled uncovered black ice! wow pretty cool i was thinking it would be great to be able to see my fish before i get him to the hole not thinking that they too could probably also see my fat ass standin there . so anyways baited the new holes sat around another hour or two and moved again even farther out this time. sat around for another hour and decided to bust out the jigging rod and try my luck while waiting for a mammoth beast to eat one of my hotdogs! so i got a text from the wife asking when i was coming home i use the talk to text feature on my phone so i can continue jigging with my right hand while replying back to her that id be packing up in a half hour to head home. message done i hit send and at that exact moment something starts running with the spoon on my jig rod, it felt to be decent sized and it was a rather large spoon so i know it at very least was probably a larry, after such a slow day i got a bit over excited and remember yelling something in a feminine shrilly voice along the lines of " oh my god! a fish! a f***in fish! " well in my girlish glee and excitement i suddenly forgot how to fish and rather than use my hard earned fish catching skills i just randombly yanked up on the rod and out comes.... my spoon with no fish attached... " s***! f***! whore!" were the next 3 words to leave my mouth , so i quickly dropped the spoon back in and started fluttering but he was gone and i was pissed and dissapointed. the time came to start packing up so im taking down my first 2 tip ups with my back turned to the other 3, its really cold and windy out so i was a bit numb and moving sluggishly so after about 10 minutes i turn around to head over to the last 3 tip ups and after what felt like 5 minutes but was probably closer to 5 seconds before i reacted and screamed " wholy s*** 2 flags up!! and one of em is the f***in hot dog!!" (i frequently talk to myself when im alone to pass the bordem lol) i run to the hot dog flag expecting to hook into moby friggin dick and i pull the line out with no resistance at all... hmmm... no hot dog? its gone? ok well quickly over to the next flag which happened to be 15 feet next to the previous flag and was baited with 2 big ded shiners. surely this white whale must be hooked on this rig i thought. i start pulling again no resistance, get the line out of the water to find that my shiners are totally shredded and i mean shredded! one was dam near cut in half the other getting away with just a few small rips and tears but no fish on the hook.. instant sadness and dissapointment hits as i realized what i had just missed while my back was turned packing up my other tip ups, there are no pickerel in indian lake and even without the mutilated fish corpses at my feet i could have ruled out all other fish in the lake based off the fact that 1: im using dead baits and 2: they are big dead baits so its not a perch, not a bass, not a catfish.... must have been the pike i was hunting for :( more shocking then the realization that i had missed a possible decent sized pike was the fact that one of those nasty smelling hot dogs got hit! i dont know if it got bitten off the hook and dropped or totally inhaled but it was gone none the less! looks like ill be waking up early again tomorrow to give it another try
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