Friday, February 5, 2010

Go Fish!

OK. Getting ready for the weekend. Planning on going out and walking on The Lake. It's what we call it, 'The Lake'. I think it is a rather catchy nick-name.
Well the thing is about 30 miles long and ten miles wide and covers a bout 137,708 acres, which would grow a whole bunch of soybeans, but, being a lake you really can't grow soybeans there. It is full of Walleye, Northern Pike, Large & Smallmouth Bass. Muskie, Bluegill, Crappie and Lake Sturgeon. Probably some other kinds, too, but I'll be damned if I'm gonna drown a buncha worms just to find out what-not is all there. Nope. Not me. If I want some fish I will walk into a restaurant and say, "gimmee some fish... and some fries and cole slaw too!"
Well, anyway, get this! The whole damn lake freezes in winter! All of it! Yupperz! Now the funny partof all that is Wisconsin is full of Norwegians, and Polacks and Germans who were really too stupid to figure out that Wisconsin is not "Out West" and they kinda settled in here. And, hey, get this.... they were not only so stupid that they couldn't figure out that this is not "Out West".... they were also too stupid to figure out that you can just walk into a restaurant and say "gimmee some fish!", so these yokels sit on the ice ---ON THE ICE--- on little boxes, cut holes in the stuff and then try to catch Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, and all those other stupid fish. Boy! Go Figger about some folks, huh? Stupid! If you really doan wanna walk into a nice little restaurant and you really want frozen fish... gees, just go to the local market.... they sell them in the goddam freezer section. Well, enough about our inhabitants here. A real rosey bunch. They also deep fry cheese, too, but I doan wanna talk about that.

All right. Anyways. Being a sensible soul who does not sit on a box on the ice for my fish, I found my self sitting on a very comfortable bar stool at Oblio's a few days ago quaffing a very nice pint of pale ale with Billy Lang and Karl. Nice guys. They are both very intelligent and interesting and, if we forgive them both of their shared tendencies to laugh like sick horses, good company. I was bemoaning the length and severity of the current winter and generally complaining of the lack of outdoor activities available to a sensible man who does not sit upon a box on the ice when they both said... "Hard water sailing"! ? I have an inquiring mind. They elaborated.

Basically.. you stick some ice skates on some sticks, add a sale and go zipping across the ice.

Or you spend mega-bucks and buy something that looks like it belongs on Mars rather than a lake full of frozen fish.
Now, the guys tell me that some of these boats go awfully fast.

The most spectacular claim is that by John D. Buckstaff, Oshkosh, who in 1938, apparently clocked 143 mph (230 km/h), in a 72 mph wind on Lake Winnebago His craft was a stern steered "Debutante", pictured left.

Now... one, I am going NOWHERE outside in a 72mph wind and certainly not out on the ice. I have fallen on the ice right outside my own door, thank you, and I truly do not want to experience falling on ice at 143mph.
But the talk has gone down.... I have my camera charged, dug out the binoculars... and am trying to find those funny little cleats you slip on your boots so you do notslip and fall on your ass. Hey! They don't call it 'ICE' for nothing! Sean may show up, and Karl and maybe Kuks. It could be fun. And it is literally a couple of miles from home.

Now, there are worse things to do. And dumber. Like, trying to grow soybeans on a hundred thousand acres of lake...... or sitting on a box when the lake is frozen.

Yupperz. I do believe I will go look at the boats.....
.... and then possibly go to a restaurant and say...
"Gimmee some fish!"


Laura said...

I went ice fishing once.
Yeah, I'm more of a gimme some fish kinda gal.
Drinking beer and freezing my ass off are not my idea of a good time.

Deep fried cheese on the other hand.... :P


Randal Graves said...

That's the craziest thing I've ever seen. Everyone knows that Super Bowl Eve is spent preparing the chips and the store-bought French Onion dip!

Karen Zipdrive said...

Ice sailing sounds to me like sheer torture mixed with paralyzing fear.
I've only been in snow once or twice in my whole life, so the idea of trusting that a lake is actually frozen enough to support my weight, much less a whole boat full of drunk people, is asking too much.
No thanks.
I don't even like to get my shoes damp.

Unknown said...

Ice fishing and ice sailing? Sounds like you might want to try a free ice cleat. If you want anyway - your feedback would be welcomed. You can go here to look at the styles - I recommend the Lites or Originals (one has screws, one has cleats), all made in the USA. You can go here to check them out

Happy icing!

Sherry Peyton said...

HA! you demonic Wisconsiny person! Funny funny funny. I would pay cold hard cash, up to $5 at least, to see you dragged across the frozen tundra of that Western State, Wissyconsin...(sin is in your state name didn't ya know?) on one of them ice ships....

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okjimm said...

Sunshine... once is plenty, I'm sure!

Randal... you are correct.... I put a lot of care into my store bought dip!!

Ms. Zips...

//I've only been in snow once or twice in my whole life// ... hmmm...I'm supposing that in 'hot water' is a whole different story. by-the-by the ice is almost two feet thick. You can drive on it.

Sherry.... make it $5.78 and we may be talking here.

Distributorcap said...

i would love to do ice sailing if it was 80 degrees out

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