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Old 02-22-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Unless you like your fish pre-tenderized!
Tenderized ? Hmmmm that's an understatement, I'm thinking "Ground" like the stuff they make cheap fish sticks out of. Now I'm wanting fish tacos for din din.
Hey MTSilvertip, if you get an ice house that has lots of elbow room you can cut a few 144 square inch square holes not too far or close together and you can spear fish really easily from the dark of the ice house. The bottom and all the fish are illuminated from the sun coming in from the large lake surface.
The large and up to the legal limit holes allow a very large view of your hunting arena below. You can also side view to some degree to see if you may be close to a better location sometimes.
It's more work cutting one square foot square holes but there are some good reasons to do it too especially for spear fishing through the ice.
Too bad they don't let us use crossbows.
I need to make another Hawaiian sling.
janab, we are a couple of miles west of Trout Creek on the highway now but we are heading back to the area between Shelby and Great Falls. We had to move back over to these parts because my wife had to have some surgeries and her surgeon is on this side.

Our area here got about a half a foot of snow in the last 24 hours and now the sun is peeking.
We will be at Conrad's Whoop Up Days this Summer for sure. ♥

Here is a photo of the Front Range. ♥ I like both sides of the Rockies.

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/_9a8nDInPVGE/TOVVuSARICI/AAAAAAAAHgM/QCPV7iFoiaQ/s512/IMG_0101-1.JPG (broken link)
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Old 02-23-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I have to admit............over 31 years in MT and I never have fished thru the ice here. As a kid back in the northern midwest (Wis/Illinois state line area), my buddies and I did a lot of it (crappie, northern & walleye).

I'm courious: may I ask: what was the size and specie of the one you caught?.....
and the one that broke your line......was it because he was quite large and simply more than your line (pound test) could handle?

We used to get up to 22" of ice on the lake where I grew up.........enough for those "Yellow Stearman Navy Training planes".... open cockpit/two seats/Biplanes.....to land on the lake occasionally. They were flying out of "Glenview Naval Air Station" about 50 miles north of Chicago (approx 1940 to about 1946)............................"the good old days"..................
Wasn't Fox Lake, by any chance? I graduated from Grant High School in the town of Fox Lake, IL. Many years later we lived in the town of Lake Geneva, WI. In between those years I was attached to Glenview NAS while finishing up my USN Reserve hitch...

By the way - we got more that 2 feet of ice, often close to 3 feet, on the lakes back in the '50's and '60's. The lakeside taverns hosted ice-chopping contests to see who could chop or drill their way to water the quickest. Winner got free beer for the afternoon.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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Wasn't Fox Lake, by any chance? I graduated from Grant High School in the town of Fox Lake, IL. Many years later we lived in the town of Lake Geneva, WI. In between those years I was attached to Glenview NAS while finishing up my USN Reserve hitch...

By the way - we got more that 2 feet of ice, often close to 3 feet, on the lakes back in the '50's and '60's. The lakeside taverns hosted ice-chopping contests to see who could chop or drill their way to water the quickest. Winner got free beer for the afternoon.
........Hey Montygarlic........

Lake County, Illinois................great place to grow up. Yea, the winters back then were far more severe than in the last 50 years. My dad built our house on the north shore of Diamond Lake in 1934/1935. We moved there in 1936.......I went to grade school and high school in Libertyville, and moved out of Illinois in 1965.

I went back to Libertyville last year for my 60th high school reunion (you can do the math......wish I could stop these years from slippin' by so fast!)

Fox Lake........yea remember it very well.....along with Gages Lake; Loon Lake; Bangs Lake and about a dozen others that I can't remember their names.

There was a lakeside tavern that we used to go to on Fox Lake, named "The Subway", and I think the "Mineola Hotel" had a bar we also went to...........

Great era to grow up in.

When I was back in that area last year, I simply could not believe how ALL
the areas that were "open country" between all those hundreds of little towns, all those areas are completely built-up. Hundreds of farms are all gone......sad, sad.
Well I guess they call it "Progress".

When did you leave Illinois?
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Old 02-24-2011, 09:18 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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and I think the "Mineola Hotel" had a bar we also went to...........
I worked for the Mineola from 1965 - 1967 mostly at the Marina. It was my main job during High School.

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Great era to grow up in.
Couldn't agree more.

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When did you leave Illinois?
The first time was in 1968 to attend the US Naval Academy. Our last permanent Illinois address was in 1987 and we first lived in Montana in 1992.


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Old 02-24-2011, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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The first time was in 1968 to attend the US Naval Academy. Our last permanent Illinois address was in 1987 and we first lived in Montana in 1992.
mg
A squid??? I should have known.

Hey, I went to "Knife Fork and Spoon School" in P-Cola. Does that count?
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Today I was trying to be lazy. I woke up at 5, fixed some grits and coffee. Curled up in my blanky and watched tv. Thought I'd catch some xtra z's. Nope. Kept peeking out the window at the white stuff drifting around. Had another cup of coffee and wrapped up even tighter. Kept peeking out the window. No xtra z's cause that white stuff was bugging me.

Finally, I got up, got dressed, put on my poopy suit and headed out to plow. It is 1 degree, the wind is blowing so there is drifting snow, but I think it's stopped snowing.

My son run up to Great Falls the day before yesterday. He's on his way back today. He text'd me and said, "Dad, it's slow going, lots of drifting snow, will be home in 5 or 6 hours." So evidentally the roads aren't very good up that way. He's driving a Ford so I know he won't get stuck.

Put on another pot of coffee, anybody want some? Cups are in the cupboard above the sink. But you are required to have some coffee cake too. This one is blueberry.

Seven is traveling so is probably stuck somewhere in the middle of North Dakota about now.

So, as the saying goes "Other then that Mrs Lincoln, how was the play?"
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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A squid??? I should have known.
Hahahahahaha. Squid - hahahahaha.

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Hey, I went to "Knife Fork and Spoon School" in P-Cola. Does that count?
It did last time I checked. But what do I know? Every unit (other than Annapolis) that I was ever assigned to has been either moth-balled or de-commissioned, so the only constant in the USN from my perspective is, "Change". (Not that I believe in much of it...)

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Old 02-24-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: NW Montana
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Today I was trying to be lazy.
At least you picked a great day for it.

Spring hath sprung
Fall hath fell
It's winter again and
It's colder than this part of February West of the Continental Divide has any business being.


But it IS supposed to be in the 40's next week. I guess we'll find out soon enough what next week thinks about that....


mg
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Hahahahahaha. Squid - hahahahaha.



It did last time I checked. But what do I know? Every unit (other than Annapolis) that I was ever assigned to has been either moth-balled or de-commissioned, so the only constant in the USN from my perspective is, "Change". (Not that I believe in much of it...)

mg
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Montana
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"You can thank, Yours truely. When I expired from the USN, they contracted me to transfer ex-navy ships, to foreign countries. I transfered 38 of those beasts, including 3 that I was attached to. We overhauled them, trained the new crews, outfitted them, and yes, we armed them."
I love our government's thinking...
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