First things first - Happy 2012 to you and yours. I look back at 2011 with a smile. Once again it was a year with many fish, and many great memories. Thank you all for being a part of my journey. Whether on the water, through the web, or in passing, you encourage me to chase my dream. I am blessed to do what I do. Thank you.
Now back to business. We'll probably look back on the past 2 months and shake our head. If it wasn't for a quick cold snap in early December, we'd have no ice at all. It's been the oddest ice fishing season I've ever been a part of. It's also been one of the most rewarding. Since the start of the ice season, I've seen hundreds of walleyes swim through the hole. I've been snapping pics as fast as I can get the camera out of the bag, and 20+ fish trips have been quite common. The mild weather has kept us mobile and allowed us to fish new water. A task that isn't as easy when it's -20. Ice safety is still our top priority - luckily, we've found area's that support our effort.
Some highlight include walleyes from 11 inches to 11 pounds. My girlfriend pulled her first walleye through the ice. Mike returned from Nashville to get in on the fun. Bails grew the best beard I've ever seen, then lost it. Good friends re-united on the ice and new friendships have been made. The rest may best be told through photo's. I hope you enjoy. Blessings to you this year in your outdoor adventures!