9:30 a.m., Jan. 17)
fishing enthusiasts brave the elements
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
it comes to the winter past time of ice fishing, there
is a fine line between enthusiast and fanatic and it can
usually be found on a thermometer at about -20.
to r) Friends James Henry, Summer Malcolm,
Evan Fleck and Kayla Howard brave the elements
to try their hand at ice fishing on Monday.
The four friends drove all the way from Kanata
for the experience. Fred Sherwin/Photo
with the thermometer dipping to -25 on a crisp Sunday
morning on the weekend there was a strong contingent of
fishing veterans at Petrie Island along with a slew of
newbies experiencing ice fishing for the first time.
through the ice fishing village just off the shore form
the Oziles Marina and Tackle Shop on Petrie Island it’s
easy to identify those are trying the sport out for the
first time from those who have seen their share of winters
with a line or two in the ice.
buddies and I love fishing all summer so we wanted to
try catching fish through the ice,” said rookie ice angler,
Joe Guapo and Al Pogi went through the process of renting
a shack equipped with a wood stove, firewood, and a table
and chairs before officially starting their ice fishing
adventure with their two allotted lines in the water.
a lot different than our regular fishing which we do from
a boat and are able to move around if we want, plus its
cold but we are liking it,” Tisoy explained.
and company were basing their decision on the number of
fish they were able to reel in during the day which according
to the veterans in the bunch is the wrong approach or
attitude to have when it comes to enjoying the “experience”.
Soucie and buddy Alex Jolin are quick to explain that
ice fishing is about embracing the laid back, outdoor
lifestyle that is offered at Petrie Island.
their words, it’s not about catching fish but rather the
attraction or appeal of getting away from the hubbub of
the city, traffic and uptight neighbours.
on the ice so peaceful and relaxing, it’s my winter paradise,”
the week, the 22-year-old Orléans resident has a hectic
lifestyle as a construction contractor so when the weekend
rolls around he heads straight to his ice fishing shack
which is comfortably equipped with a wood stove, queen
size bed and stereo which runs courtesy of a solar panel
on the side of his unit.
can get to Petrie Island in no time, I look forward to
Friday night in my shack so all my friends can meet up,
socialize, play cards and have a few beers.” Soucie admitted.
“In the morning, I might make some bacon and eggs then
put some lines in the water and wait for the fish to bite.
The time passes by because all my fishing neighbours are
always having a good time together talking and laughing.”
about 120 shacks there are rules and regulations to follow
plus a $50 membership fee to join the Petrie Island Ice
Fisherman’s Association (PIIFA). For more information
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