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Sunday, January 22, 2006

Fishin' Accomplished





Any doubts I harboured about Ontarians having ice fishing completely figured out were put to rest this afternoon when I had pizza delivered to my ice fishing shack out on the lake today.

I finally went on my first fishin’ trip since moving to Ontario. I went about 90 minutes north of Toronto, on Lake Simcoe. Jody, Rue Morgue’s ad guy (in the orange G.I. Joe-like get-up), Gary, our head designer (gray coat, armed with a fish), and myself rented a shack for the day and jigged for perch. Previously ice fishing trips in Alberta usually meant a cold day sitting on a bucket over a hole, or in a tiny one-man tent. But here little shanty towns spring up on the lakes as soon as it’s safe enough to go out on the ice. Ours was 7’ x 7’ and has a propane burner (ringed by roaches – not the kind that crawl) in it that keeps it toasty. Each side is lined with a bench, and there’s a hole about 2’ x 3’ in the middle that allows for a big window into the lake.

Upon arrival there was a big jack hanging around the bottom, and later we saw a sucker fish cruise by. The perch were around all day, but it was slooow, and they were small (dig that monster I'm holding up). You know when they say the fish aren’t biting? Well this was today. We could see ‘em dart over to our hooks, stare at ‘em for awhile, and then be all like, “Naw, fuck that” and swim away like they had something better to do. It was a bit frustrating, but we managed to get maybe 30 or 40 between us; nothing nearly big enough to keep.

At least the beers we brought out were regulation-size, and damn if they company we rented from didn’t bring warm pizza right to the door. I could get used to this. The next hut I rent better have a fold-down massage table, PS2 and a goddamned crepe station.

10 Comments:

Anonymous eun said...

Uh, is it just me, or does your head designer look kinda like Ricky from Trailer Park Boys? Maybe it's just the photo...

3:56 PM

 
Blogger Dave said...

It's hilarious that you say that because I was gonna go as Julian for Halloween and he was gonna go as Ricky. Sadly, it didn't work out. He loooves the TPB and much otherwise productive office time is spent doing impersonations of the show's characters; plus we're gonna see Randy and Lahey next weekend in T.O.

Now where are my Jalapeno chips?

4:11 PM

 
Blogger Superdude said...

I know Mr. Lahey. I see him all the time because he's the owner of the only theatre and film extra company in Halifax, and because he was part of the anti-VLT lobby here. Ricky lives in the North end of Halifax here, too, but I haven't seen him.
FUnniest part: Mr. Lahey isn't really acting. That's what he's like.

10:59 AM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zesty Mordant.

4:25 PM

 
Blogger Superdude said...

I hate perch. They taste like slough.

7:07 PM

 
Blogger Mel from B.U. said...

yeah, perch is not a preferred fish on my list to eat, but if I'm hungry enough.....

10:21 PM

 
Anonymous collin said...

Maybe I'm all confident because of the election, but the perch seems like a fag fish, a symbol of middle canadian mediocrity, fat guys with mullets and Ti-cats jersies brushing Labatt's Blue out of their unkempt moustaches before drywalling beckons them to Etobicoke.
Tough news about Nice Guy Eddie, however.
--Mr. Purple

2:52 AM

 
Blogger Dave said...

"Maybe I'm all confident because of the election, but the perch seems like a fag fish, a symbol of middle canadian mediocrity, fat guys with mullets and Ti-cats jersies brushing Labatt's Blue out of their unkempt moustaches before drywalling beckons them to Etobicoke."

Er, what???

Also, you only need to worry about the taste of Perch if you actually catch any large enough to eat -- not a problem I had. Nope, they just don't grow as big as those crude-fed swamp sharks in Oilberta.

11:41 AM

 
Anonymous collin said...

Yeah, oil makes them grow, just like Alberta's outrage. Sorry, Tuesday was my Friday, I got a little rowdy, though I stand by my Etobicoke argument.

2:36 PM

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's wrong with perch??? Wow - the anti-perch defamation league will be contacting Collin any day now.

Dave, here's an awesome fish recipe in the event that you catch some legal ones...Chris' grandma does it with Jack and perch...Cube your fillets, boil the heck out of them, then dip the chunks in garlic butter as you eat them. Super good.

It does seem like they do ice fishing much better in Ontario. Very 'Grumpy Old Men'ish.

Lori A.

2:57 PM

 

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