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Yellow Perch caught by Razzle Dazzle fishing in Vermont on 03/11/09

Posted by Razzle Dazzle Expert Member over 11 years ago

Yellow Perch caught by Razzle Dazzle fishing in Vermont on 03/11/09
Yellow Perch caught by Razzle Dazzle fishing on Wednesday March 11, 2009 at 10:18 near Saint Albans in Franklin County, Vermont (VT), United States North America

I had today scheduled off from work.
I wanted to jig some perch----bad. ....I figured no matter what...I was going to fish.
The weather forecast wasn't good but I was optimistic when I went to bed last night.

This morning, I woke up well before our usual wake up time of 5 am.
I could hear rain hitting the bedroom window and knew it was coming down sideways.
I muttered the "F" word, rolled over and waited for the alarm.

After hitting the snooze a few times, I got up, the wife got up and we hit the coffee. I screwed around on the internet as Cathy got ready to head off to work.
When she left, I mentioned that I'd be crazy to get on the ice with conditions like they were.
She then verbalized a list about as long as my arm "to keep me busy" she said.

I finished off the pot of coffee, thought about what she "suggested" I do, looked at the clock (7:30 a.m.), and decided it was time to fish.
I grabbed enough gear to be as light as possible, grabbed warm, waterproof clothes and headed out into the rain and wind to fish.

I headed to St Albans to pick up some bait.
I had a hard time keeping the truck straight on the road, wondering about my sanity.
The winds were horrific, steady at 21 mph and gusts up to 35. Its like 7:45 am--raining hard, very hard winds, and 37 degrees. I could just imagine what it was going to be like on the ice.

I get to the ice and I think I might be crazy.
I get all dressed up, and head out on foot. I find I can't keep my footing but I only have to go about 150 yards from shore.
Little baby steps, wind pushing me, wanting to push me over, cleats not wanting to hold, leaving involuntary scraps in the ice from my cleats.
There's an inch of water on the ice, and little white caps on it!!! Crazy I thought, just crazy.
Struggling I get to where I want to be. I get set up and start fishing......bang....bang....bang....bang....and so forth.
Perch hitting like crazy, nice ones.

A nice 9 incher comes off the hook over the ice, wind grabs it, it's gone....I mean GONE!!!
Within 2 minutes it was so far away I could no longer see it. I can't chase it, I can't leave my bucket--my bucket wants to take off in the wind.
There's an inch of water on the ice.
I can't move.

Then--the worst happens. The winds are blowing my line all over (I'm trying to protect it), I'm fishing without any swivel and my line twist gets out of hand---Oh no!!!
I can't resolve it no matter how hard I try, cold wet hands, winds unbearable, water every where.
I decide--I'm good. An hour on the ice, I've got some good fish and I head in.

I get in the shelter of my truck and can't believe how "nice it is".
Strip off messed up line, tie jig back on and look at the ice. "It's only about 150 yard I think to myself"......and head back out for another hour of torture.

I fished a total of two hours, Kept a total of 60 nice perch, 4 were just under 12" (best was 11-1/2"), a dozen better than 10" and everything brought home was decent. Threw back the dinks. A New spot for me in the inland sea.

I spent my day getting pounded by the wind, pounded by the rain, cleaning fish, and pounding a few miller lites.

I survived.

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Comments

Todd Harris

Thats a good catch and also a great story Razzle dazzle

Posted by Todd Harris Elite Member over 11 years ago

Brandon Mabrey

great story and nice perch man

Posted by Brandon Mabrey Elite Member over 11 years ago

John Wright

those are 2 nice perch and a good story

Posted by John Wright Elite Member over 11 years ago

Henry V

"I finished off the pot of coffee, thought about what she "suggested" I do, looked at the clock (7:30 a.m.), and decided it was time to fish."

Classic!

Posted by Henry V Elite Member over 11 years ago

Mike S

Oh man, great story. I love catching yellow perch. Those look really nice. I'm with you on the end of the day beer as well.

Posted by Mike S Expert Member over 11 years ago

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