• Video of the week: big brown trout caught ice-fishing

    by  • November 24, 2012 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    If you thought ice-fishing was all about serious drinking, and occasionally catching very small fish if you can be bothered, take a look at this video. The angler here (who appears fairly inexperienced) lands a very big brown trout while ice fishing on Lake Michigan. It’s a fish you’d be ecstatic on a fly: hell, you’d be pleased to land it however you were fishing – though a big fish like that falling to an ice fisherman seems somehow, wrong. My first experience of ice-fishing was in Oulu, Finland, where I accidentally entered a 48-hour marathon team ice-fishing contest – on my own. I had no hut, no heater,m and gave up about 11pm befor eI turned into an ice sculpture, and drank vodka in the organisers’ caravan, while watching the teams catch thousands of  ruffe. As I recall, the winning team had something like 56 kilos of them, and around 300 kilos of ruffe were caught, killed and sent off to the local hospital. Lucky old patients.


    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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