N-Ice Fishing

As the sun was rising

Today I went on my first ever ice fishing trip; but unfortunately it was all fishing and no catching! The fish were not biting at Eleven Mile reservoir this morning

I had only ever fished once before in my life and that was sea fishing for mackerel out of Lymington, in the Solent near the Isle of Wight as a tween. That time I was spoiled and caught plenty of fish on my many baited line.

In four hours I saw a grand total of 2 fish, granted they were big fish, but they didn’t think much of my lure at all. AND THEN to add their insult to my injury just 20 minutes before we were due to leave I came out to take some final photos and returned to my line not more than a couple of minutes later to find that my worm was gone!! Sneaky little fisheses!

At least the scenery was beautiful and once the sun came up it was a glorious day. I think I’ll probably give ice fishing one more go at Antero Reservoir and maybe try some summer fishing later in the year, when it is more comfortable to sit back and read my book, but I don’t think I have the patience to make this a hobby. I was just grateful to experience the gorgeous Colorado outdoors.

Here are some pictures from the trip.

John and Aaron when we arrived at the reservoir

Spinney Mountain

The light breaking over the mountains

John hauling the gear

John and Aaron in the hut fishing

The sun gets up

In the hut “jigging the line” and drinking hot tea

The hole (see how thick the ice was?)

John outside the hut

Me outside the hut

Mountains later in the morning

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