The trout weren't responsive early, but every time a quick front passed through the brookies were inclined to attack. The end result was 8 trout landed, 4 kept, and we all walked off the crystal clear ice in good order.
I thought I had the lunker award until Sheldon, a high school sophomore, took advantage of a late flag and pulled in an awesome 13.5 inch beauty which easily defeated my 12.5 inch trout. Bud took the prize for landing three trout, however I'm pretty sure Sheldon's trout might have eaten them just after Bud released his minnows.
Below are the photos of the trip which may be the most impressive ice photos I've taken in a long time, I just wish they hadn't come from my cell phone.
Cheers for the new year!
|My dad trying out the hand auger|
|One of Bud's monster trout, he threw the other two back before I could get a picture|
|My first trout in at 10 inches, but not nearly the fish I would later catch|
|Brook trout number two, a nice 12.5 inch fish|
|The reigning champion at 13.5 inches, Congratulations Sheldon... I'm gunning for you...|