Pat Shingleton: "Fishing Camps On-The-Ice and A Big Zap..."
We're blessed in south Louisiana to have numerous camps and "get-aways" and great weather to enjoy them. Imagine having a camp in below zero weather, exposed to the elements and unable to see the thing you're trying to catch. Here’s an old Minnesota tradition that has gone high-tech. On Lake Mille Lacs in Northern Minnesota, thousands of anglers drag their fully-equipped, four ton houses onto the lake. Resting on two-foot thick ice are generator powered homes, costing 20,000 dollars, complete with microwaves, surround-sound, satellite hook-ups and underwater cameras to locate the fish. The fishing holes are drilled indoors through carpeted, parquet floors. Years ago, there was no way of knowing where to drop your house to get the fish. Over the years, sonar fish-finders target the reefs where fish are feeding, beneath the ice. Factor in a global positioning satellite and you've found the perfect spot. Previous columns have identified 1,500 to 2,000 thunderstorms occurring around the world at any given time and lightning flashes around the globe about 125 times per second. Lightning has no season, hitting the ground 25 million times per year. On February 21, 1998, three ground personnel were moving an aircraft at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix. Lightning struck the tail of the plane and all three were injured. On February 20, 1985, lightning struck a large tree in St. George, Kansas. It formed a fireball and rolled into a house, causing phones to ring all over town. The strike was so bright that students at a school, two blocks away, thought the lights were being flipped on and off.