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Then you set up all the gear that comes along with ice fishing a shack to keep out the elements, an auger to drill holes, Pat’s custom rods, bait, and a fish finder to find the fish.
“You just never really know. I could sit here all day and never have a bite and then all of a sudden they’ll just turn on and you’ll just catch them one after another. And I think that’s what I love about fishing in general is you just never know when it’s going to happen or if it’s even going to happen,” Magdaleno laughs.
In the Marquette area, there are panfish, bluegill, perch, walleye and pike that are active in the winter. But a typical rod and reel isn’t the only way to catch a fish there are also tip ups. With a tip up, a contraption drops into the water with a flag on one end that stays out of the water and a reel on the other end that holds the fishing line and bait. When a fish swims by and decides to bite, he takes the line and the tip up’s flag will raise up, alerting you that there’s a fish on the line.
“I pretty much go out every night, every other night. In the winter there’s nothing really else to do besides fishing or skiing, and I don’t get along with skiing so I just fish,” said Pat’s friend, Dylan Sharkey.
The tip up alerted Pat and his friend Dylan twice in about a two hour span, catching two pike. So if you give ice fishing a try, you just might get hooked.