Brookline, NH Ice Fishing Derby

Once again, it is time for our town’s annual ice fishing derby. Ice fishing is pretty simple, as illustrated above. There is the ice. The fish are under the ice and (if all goes well) the fishermen (and women) are on top of the ice. To get access to the fish, the fishermen must drill a hole in the ice using an auger. This brave soul went old school when his buddy’s power auger did not work. A rig, called a “tippet”, is place on top of the ice. It dangles the hook and bait and when the fish is on the line, a little flag goes up. This allows the person who is fishing to be nice and warm inside his or her bob house until they flag goes up. (More on bob houses tomorrow.) When the flag is up, the fisherman comes out and reels in the line. Sadly, this line just had an empty hook.

Many thanks to all of the people I met today who chatted with me and let me take a photo or two. This is my favorite shoot of the year because all of the people are so friendly. An extra thank you to those who had fire barrels going so I could warm up a bit. Cheers!

15 thoughts on “Brookline, NH Ice Fishing Derby

  1. barrira

    As always, absolutely stunning to watch. Generally I’m just in awe of so much ice around haha :$ Sounds like a fun day you had there πŸ™‚ looking forward to the the details about bob house.

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Oh, thank you….There is a lot of ice and snow here…and will be for a while. It is a very fun time and the people are very nice. Tonight, I will feature the bob houses, the ice fisherman’s opportunity for self-expression.

      1. barrira

        Really? How long are your winters? People being nice is a heart warming thing πŸ™‚ I look forward to the bob house writing ❀

      2. milfordstreet Post author

        We had our first snow the end of November, and then not much until the beginning of February. In February there was really more snow than we could handle this year. We had flurries this morning. By midApril, it will all be gone.

      3. barrira

        So you get nice cold winters, that’s great but I’ve heard too much snow can be a pain too for those who have to put up with it. I wouldn’t know a thing about that πŸ™‚

      4. barrira

        My winters shouldn’t be even called winters ha. It starts getting slighltly cold during November and goes up till February at best. The days are generally always warm like 20 to 24 degrees, the night and day temperatures at lowest will go btw 15ish to 10ish. You see why I’m so in to your pics? πŸ™‚

      5. milfordstreet Post author

        I think a winter without snow would not be as fun. While snow can be difficult to deal with, just having cold and brown colors could get kind of dull. Come visit NH! =)

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      It is more of a thing to do with your buddies…or spouse, in some cases. I met people who were out there at 4 AM and another who spent the night in their bob house.

  2. Alexandra

    awww, so interesting to look at these photos πŸ™‚ the old school shot is realy fascinating as it shows how keen the fishermen are to really take part in this whole event πŸ™‚ am so looking forward to more from fishing derby!! I’m so happy you enjoyed being there and taking photos πŸ™‚

  3. milfordstreet Post author

    Thank you, Alex. I realy enjoy this shoot. Not many people use a hand auger. The only disappointment is that I was not able to be there when anyone caught a fish. But I can tell you about the one that got away =)


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