The weather was perfect, calm, warm, and overcast with the barometric pressure around 29.50. I knew that if there were fish around, they would be biting. As I trekked in on foot over a half mile to get to the spot, I found that someone had fished this spot the day before, since there were open holes all over the place, and tracks in the snow that had fallen that morning. There was also a large area of blood on the ice where a fish had been bled out.
My friend Josh had been fishing the Harbor all morning, and never had a bite, but I knew there were Trout in there and figured my odds were better there than in the river. By 10:00, I was once again fishing, this time I set 2 Automatic Fisherman and decided to jig with a new ice fishing lure I had been sent to try out for Dynamic Lures.
At noon, Josh had enough and decided to head home. I told him that I would give it until 12:30 and then do the same. I had not yet been skunked this year for Trout, and really didn't want to tell the wife that I didn't catch a thing today! At 12:20, I glanced over to one of my Automatic Fisherman, and noticed the bobber seemed to be raised a bit higher than I had it set at. I watched it for a little while, and then decided to walk over and check it. As I began walking towards it, the bobber rose all the way up and set the Auto! It was now a mad dash to the tip up!
As I was only a step away from the Auto, I watched the rod tip go still, the fish had gotten off! I was really disappointed, as I was now 0-4 on bite on my Autos today, which is very rare! I quickly put a new spawn sac on and dropped it back down the hole. I began walking away towards my jigging hole, when I heard the unit pop again! This time I was able to get there in time and land a nice 6 pound Buck Brown Trout!