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Ice Fishing: Serenity at Sea

I have a friend who told me she loves to go ice fishing.

"Not my idea of a fun time - just sitting out in the freezing cold," I said. But she went on to talk about how it's a time for her to be in nature, to relax, and just "be." She said it's so peaceful, being in the middle of the ice and looking around at the whiteness around her.

Hmmm - I never thought of it like that.

Basically ice fishing involves you, some warm clothes, some tools for digging a hole in the ice, a fishing rod and sometimes a heated ice shelter (it protects you from the wind while you eat warm soup and wait for the fish to bite).

It's often a real social event, and a popular past time for many people who live in colder climates. People get together with their friends and family, and spend all day talking, helping each other, and enjoying the gorgeous winter scenery.

There 's also the danger of the ice cracking - the risk for some is a huge adrenaline rush. It's the same for people who rock climb, ice climb, or sea kayak - it's the excitement of the balance between respecting nature and conquering it.

Well, since winter is upon us (well, sort of), you've got to do all you can to embrace it.

Are you hooked yet? Check out this woman who caught a 500 lb shark while ice fishing.

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Tnkrbelli Tnkrbelli 10 years
I don't really like hunting/fishing of any kind. I think that if you don't really need to kill something than you shouldn't. Sorry! haha, I do like the serenity of camping and being with nature rather than killing it.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Usually involving beer, there is also the danger of mixing alcohol and a HOLE IN THE ICE! Haha, I just blogged about this. Wondering what the diff was between me staying at a friend's so I can drink in the city and not find a ride home and him going out with the guys to "fish" all night. As of today, I hate ice fishing. (It was never an issue before.)
JessNess JessNess 10 years
hellllllllll no! Im not going to sit on a frozen lake just to fish. I stayed the night in Gallup New Mexico and the next morning it was 7 degrees. I have never been soooooooo cold in my life
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