I made this image on the Boston Fish Pier last month.
This represents the rest of my images from last weeks Ice Fishing Derby. I happen to be passing by when this girl pulled a pickerel (fish) up through the ice. She was so proud. The temperatures have gone way up since Sunday, I have no idea how good the ice is now.
My wife is very patient. I always want to go down weird alleyways and explore the docks. We found this wharf during out visit to Portland, Maine. It is a working fishing wharf with some great old signs and scenes.
Perhaps the greatest form of self-expression of the ice fisherman is his (or her) bob house, the little hut dragged or wheeled onto the ice in which they can keep their gear and kep warm until a flag goes up on he tippet. So many choices: size, type of material, how to stay warm, design, color. Some people spent Friday night in their bob house to be ready on Saturday morning. Here are a few of the images from the houses out there this weekend. BTW, all bob houses have to off the ice before March 31st to avoid a bobbing bob house.
Why call it a “bob house”? According to http://www.goodtoknownewengland.com/, there are various theories. To quote, “There are various theories: they could be named for the bobsleds that some used to bring their shacks out onto the ponds, or because “bob” is an old-fashioned term for short or small (as in bobtail or bobbed hair), or because your shanty will be bobbing in the water if you leave it out on a lake too long.”
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!