Casey contacted me yesterday morning to see if I wanted to head out to Shediac Cape for a few hours of ice fishing. I had been out getting a shot of the sunrise when he called but he left a message and I caught him before he left.
Last time we were out it was a calm day and close to zero so it was pleasant on the open ice but yesterday was a bit windy and that can take the fun out of things pretty quick for me so I was glad we had access to a fish hut.
When we arrived at Shediac Cape there were 4 or 5 guys already drilling through the ice for some ice fishing but they didn’t stay too long once the wind started whistling. A couple of the guys had been there longer as they already had about a dozen smelts on the snow.
They didn’t last long once the wind picked up to the whistling point.
Before I was too far from shore I snapped a couple of photos of the shoreline. That’s when I noticed that our path out on the ice looked a lot like we’d been drinking or that maybe we were blindfolded and then sent out of the ice. Very staggered trail.
I don’t know about Casey but I felt like I was walking in a straight line.
Casey was hauling a small sled behind him to hold the things he wanted to bring with him. I had a big cooler that held everything I wanted plus it makes a great seat.
Had The Right Rig This Time
The last day we were out I was using a rig that had hooks that were just a little too big for these smelts and was catching zero smelt with it. Casey on the other hand was catching smelts one after the other. That was until Casey gave me one of is rigs and I started catching some smelt myself.
Yesterday we were using the same rig which Casey had setup with the smaller hooks.
Basically the rig starts with a red piece of yarn at the top with a couple of tiny baited hooks about 6 or 8 inches apart followed by another piece of red yarn at the bottom of the rig. A little bell weight was attached to the end to help the rig drop in the water and to keep the rig hanging straight down.
Clear View of The Bottom
When there were no smelt in the area we could still watch the minnows and at one point we even saw a flounder come in for a closer look. We teased him a bit but couldn’t get him interested in the bait although he was interested in the weight on the end of Casey’s rig.
Would have been nice to get him on a piece of yard so we didn’t hurt him so I could take some close up photos.
Another thing I like about being in a hut is being able to see how the smelt react to the bait and how the yarn attracts them.
By the time the action stopped we had 22 smelt and all but 2 of them were on the red yard. Never had a hook near them and they wouldn’t let go of the yard so we could lift them right out of the water and into a waiting bucket.