Saturday, February 21, 2015

The ice and the eagle.

The sun was shining, the air was crisp and the fish were calling. It had been far too long since I had gne fishing so I took the opportunity this morning to wet a line.
My destination was Cobb lake again, since I have been having success through the ice at this lake. Today was no different. I was only there for a couple of hours but managed a few rainbows and a nice brook trout. Bait of choice was once again pro cured shrimp dangled down a rather lengthy tunnel of ice into the depths below. I was only fishing in about 10 feet of water but the ice was nearly three feet thick!  My auger was only just long enough to drill through.
The action started with some small rainbows, switched to a bit bigger brookie and then finished off with another little rainbow. The sky was blue and the sun was bright and I had the lake to myself,  for most of the time. Until an noble guest decided to check out what I was doing. A healthy, large bald eagle turned up after I pulled out a fish and decided to bonk it. I decided to give the eagle the free meal it was looking for so I gutted the fish and took off the head wondering if I could get the bird to come down and pick it up on camera. Only problem was I only had my cell phone for a camera today as I left my gopro at home.
I propped my phone up in the snow and placed the fish entrails and head away from where I was fishing. The big eagle knew what I had and he wanted it. After setting my phone to record video I backed away and sat down to watch as I continued to fish. It didnt take long and the eagle swooped down and flew off with his free meal. I did end up getting some cool video but was cursing not having my gopro. Ah well, there's always next time.

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