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Which One are You?

I watch a lot of guys on the ice every winter.  Often I wonder what they are doing.  The other day I watched one unload, walk to his favorite spot, drill three holes, set up his pull-over, fish for an hour, pack up his stuff, walk back to shore and leave.  I am sure he caught his limit:

For the record, I retired the tipups that I had since 1995.

But you gotta laugh, tipup guys all do the same thing when you yell “FLAG”.  They are kind of jumpy that way.


In Nebraska we usually do not have the ice castle guy.  But, you could substitute someone else with a smaller, less permanent shelter, but all tricked-out.  However, there was this one time I watched some guys trying to push a permanent shelter down the ramp and onto the ice on a Nebraska reservoir.  It was quite the shelter.  In fact, the tractor they were using couldn’t even move it onto the ice!

Any kind of shelter is nice because it provides protection from the wind.  However, I am pretty sure the biggest reason for using a hub shelter or flip-over either one is to keep other anglers from seeing what you are doing.

Because all fishermen ARE liars.

Have a good weekend!  Get out there, make up some lies!


About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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