Saturday, February 24, 2007

Fishin for Answers

Every day my wife and I walk a 4-mile loop that takes us from our house thru downtown, along the Mississippi River, past the hospital and back to our house. And every day we see at least one person fishing off of a small cement pier in the river.

In the spring/summer/fall this makes sense. As much sense as trying to catch fish just so you can throw them back can make I suppose.

But during the winter? Eh - not so much. I haven't been carrying my camera with me so I don't have an actual photo, but here's a very similar picture of what I'm talking about.

Exactly. A man sitting on a pickle pail on the ice and fishing through a hole.

Can somebody help me out here? Ok, I get the whole "ice fishing in a heated luxury ice house with a kitchen and TV set while everyone sits around drinking beer and watching DVDs" concept. That actually sounds like fun.

But somebody please help me understand the pleasure of sitting on a bucket on the ice in the freezing cold for hours while you dangle your line into the water.

And for what? For unless Halle Berry is going to pop out of that hole in a bikini I can't even imagine what the big payoff is.

But then maybe that's just me. Because I know ice fishing is a huge deal around here.

I just don't know why.

13 comments:

Sandy said...

I'm with you on this one, although the thrill of it seems to get lost when you're sitting in a 4-star ice house, doesn't it?

Mom said...

There's another way to ice fish and you can do it without sitting there dangling a line in the hole. You bring a can of peas with you---you place them all around the hole, and then sit back. When the fish comes up to take a pea--you grab it by the gills and toss him on the ice!!!

Badoozie said...

NO fish is worth that

rick said...

Sadly,the Mississippi River is too polluted to fish. But up here ice fishing is a good way to enjoy a winter day outdoors, get some fresh air, catch some sea-food, and test yourself to see if you are actually smarter than a fish. Most people aren't. By the way, that is Bills stupid joke about the peas. He just signed moms name.

Harmonica Man said...

rick - I guess that proves my point. Anyone who would sit on a bucket on the Mississippi to try to catch polluted fish they can't eat apparently is not smarter than a fish.

Kal said...

I thought the purpose of ice fishing was to get out of the house for eight hours, avoid your wife, and drink beer?

But my whole ice fishing experience comes from "Grumpy Old Men", so I could be wrong.

Dad said...

I bet the fish, water, and river ice are all unsafe!!

Karl said...

Totally don't get the appeal of ice fishing. Crazy.

But hey, I don't get the appeal of ANY fishing.

Mom Thumb said...

I never got the concept of going out on frozen lakes. Didn't anyone read "Little Women?" When we lived in Minnesota, I wouldn't even let my kids walk on frozen puddles in the parking lot.

Mooselet said...

I'm with Karl - I don't get fishing at all. But then again I'm a wussy girl who finds the idea of cleaning and gutting a fish and having fish stank on my hands just to have a meal when I can walk to the grocery store and pop something into the microwave kinda gross.

Jenny said...

Easy.

They're drunk. And possibly high.

yellojkt said...

Rent Beautiful Girls. It's all about getting drunk and impresssing Natalie Portman.

Heather said...

Um, I don't see the appeal either, but you can ask Craig I suppose. He goes ice fishing (usually only once per year). I think that Kal has it right though. I think its more about getting away with the "boys," drinking beer, farting and all that good stuff.