Pat Shingleton Column

"Breaking the Ice..."

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Posted: Feb 26, 2013 7:21 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 4:00 AM

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Topics: Ice Fishing, Technology

Last Tuesday morning, 20 to 30 m.p.h. winds on the Louisiana coast, with gusts to 45, certainly cancelled all fishing activities. Fishing knows no specific season and many enjoy fishing camps in below zero weather, exposed to the elements and unable to see their catch. As noted in a previous column, on Lake Mille Lacs in Northern Minnesota, anglers drag fully-equipped, four ton houses onto the lake. Resting on two-foot thick ice, these generator powered $ 20,000 homes include carpet, parquet floors, microwaves, surround-sound, and satellite hook-ups. After drilling the hole, underwater cameras spot fish. Before technology, random "house-drops" couldn't guarantee a good catch, however computers are now complimenting ice-fishing. Computers target reefs where fish feed and tapping a global positioning satellite also determines the perfect spot.

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