Sunday, December 26, 2010

First trip onto the ice. Full disclosure I did not catch any fish. We walked out.

Chequamegon Bay Smallmouth Bass. This picture was taken with my cellphone camera. I left the 7D home. The ice is about 10" thick. It is a little slushy on top 2-3".  No one is driving from any of the landings including 1st and 2nd landing.  The first 1/4 to 1/2 mile of 1st and 2nd landing is push ice and is tough going. We were marking fish at 1-2 feet off the bottom in 25 ft of water. The smallmouth above was caught on a tip up. After a couple of quick photos and a test of my new Christmas present a BogaGrip Model 130 the smallmouth was released.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

How about a virtual ride through Ashland?

This site has regular readers, including our family and friends from the east coast, friends from the "sunshine state", friends and family on the west coast and Hawaii. European, middle and far east visitors occasionally stop by as well. And of course my Wisconsin and Minnesota family and friends.

I would imagine many of them are in the military. And any opportunity to see home is always welcome.  Some may have lived in Ashland and now live elsewhere.

So for all my family, friends and casual visitors.... here is my small Christmas gift for you. Both of these videos were shot in HD video.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

This is the short 2:00 minute teaser version. Buckle your seat belt.

This is the longer 8:55 minute version.  The get a cup of coffee, a coke or a glass of wine version. The put up your feet and enjoy version.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bayfield WI. Elevated views.

Ferry, Madeline Island, Lake Superior open water (over Madeline) and Michigan (on the horizon).

Mount Ashwabay ski area from WI Hwy 13.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Through the kitchen window (ttkw).

This is the first time we have seen this female Cardinal at this feeder. My guess is all of the other feeders have 6"- 8" of snow on them. The male Cardinal is close by. I have seen him several times over the last few days. Hopefully he will get close enough and sit long enough so I can get his picture.

Monday, December 20, 2010

A little Christmas HO! HO! HO!.

We joined friends and their kids for a little outdoor Christmas spirt. A story reading by Carol Seago for the youngsters. Campfire, hot chocolate, cookies and a couple of choruses of Jingle Bells. Hot coffee and cookies for the adults.

How about a little Jingle Bells.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Yup, you're right, at this time of the year I have a one track mind.... ice fishing. Fishing, for me, starts next week.

This time of year is always long and boring for me. Open water fishing has been done for 6-8 weeks. Ice fishing doesn't happen, for me at least, until the ice is safe. Say 6 inches. Six inches means that, except for a few exceptions, the ice is safe everywhere. The time from "safe" ice to great ice is from 6 inches to 12 inches.

Four to six inches is not safe enough to drive the truck on so the approach is different. Without a four wheeler or snowmobile the only alternative is walking out while pulling your gear.

The first few trips are the early shakedown trips. Bringing to much gear or not enough. To much gear means dragging lots of unnecessary weight. To little gear and you might need to make a trip back to shore for....say the ice auger.

Once the ice is "safe" to drive I fish with one simple gear related rule "bring it all, use what you need and take it all home for tomorrow".

Tomorrow, in this case, will be get the gear ready day. Find it all, sort through it all, check it all, start what needs to started, charge what needs to be charge, fix what needs to be fixed, fresh batteries all around and of course pack the early ice gear sled. Now lets see....where did I put those jigging rods?

Videos from on the ice coming right up. Hopefully videos from on the ice with fish. One step at a time... WHERE ARE those jigging rods?

This photo was shot from the S curve looking SSE toward Ashland.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It was a day to stay inside.

These photos were taken out of our kitchen window.

These photos were taken out of our kitchen window.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

At least for the day there is ice on the bay.

Colder weather and light winds help make ice on the bay.  

Colder weather and no winds will help keep the ice on the bay.

Now we need some extended cold weather to make more ice.

This research vessel is settled in it's winter berth on the west side of the oredock.

The campground is also in winter mode.

The boats are up on land and on their cradles.

These two visitors to the bay I think have seen enough ice for the day.  Maybe if I were from West Palm Beach Florida I would feel the same way.  I invited them to stay and try ice fishing.  No takers.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

For two loyal viewers. Hizzoner and the Mrs. Today's wildlife.

Remember click on any photo to see a larger version.

Adult Bald Eagle.

Adult Bald Eagle.

Juvenile Bald Eagle.

This video was taken today along Highway 63 south of Mason WI. The Eagles in this video and the photos above were watching a deer carcass along the shoulder of the road. In total there are four individual birds. Three adults and one juvenile. The last 25 seconds of video show an eagle's nest which is located along Hwy 63 south of the location where the video was taken. Note the first 66 seconds of the video has no audio. I cut it because the noise of a chainsaw in the background was annoying.

These I hope will bring you 'home again' for a minute or two.