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WOODS ‘N’ WATER: When it’s not wise to go with the floe

WOODS ‘N’ WATER: When it’s not wise to go with the floe


What in the H-E-double-hockey-sticks are they thinking?

I just read a press release that told of the Coast Guard rescuing 46 Icefishermen from an ice flow on western Lake Erie!

This all happened on March 9. Along with the 49 rescued from the ice flow, an estimated 100  additional people were able to rescue themselves from the ice flow either by swimming or walking on ice bridges that were still connected to the ice.

According to the release, at 8:25 on the morning of March 9, Coast Guard Station Marblehead received notification from the Ohio Department of National Resources that there were approximately 200 people stranded on an ice floe and an additional 30-40 people in the water.

The Coast Guard launched two 20-foot special-purpose airboats from the Marblehead station, two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from a station in Detroit and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters from yet another station.

Cattawanda Island Fire, Put-in-Bay Fire and Southshore Towing responded with airboats. ODNR, North-Central-EMS and Danbury-EMS also assisted in the search and rescue efforts.

Coast Guard Station Marblehead arrived on the scene around 8:50 a.m. and there were no persons in the water.

Approximately 100 people were able to walk to shore via portions of ice that were still unbroken. However, as the temperature continued to rise, the ice broke into multiple floes.

The remaining fishermen were rescued by the airboat and helicopter crews. By approximately 11:15, everyone who had been stranded on the ice had been rescued.

For all intents and purposes, it looks like the ice in our area is gone for another year, but anyone going onto ice as spring approaches should keep in mind that even thick ice starts to deteriorate as the sun gets higher and beats down on it.

This is the most dangerous time to be on the ice because it will not always crack but simply give out under the person walking on it. Please, don’t ask me how I know.

Northeast show

If you did not have a chance to hit any of the other outdoor shows, then the Northeast Fishing & Hunting Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford next weekend, March 29-31, is the place you want to go as the Opening Day of the trout season rapidly approaches.

The Hartford show is a family-friendly event for anyone who wants to learn more about outdoor adventures. Hundreds of booths will feature the latest fishing gear and merchandise by some of the nation’s top manufacturers.

Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Boat Works of South Windsor, Diamond Marine of East Haven and Atlantis Outboard Sales of Westbrook will be there, showcasing the hottest new fishing boats.

Attendees will be able to attend some 50 hours of free seminars by national and regional experts. They can speak with charter boat captains; they can watch expert fishing and casting shows.

There will also be fly-tiers and wooden plug lure-makers to demonstrate their skills, and hands-on activities for all ages.

This year’s show will feature a large kayak pond for special demonstrations, including introduction to kayak fishing by Three Belles Outfitters and 247 Lures. There will also be Float & Fly Techniques demonstration by Fishing Guide and Bait Designer T.J. DeFelice.

The ever-popular Hawg Trough Bass-Filled Tank will be there once again. Experts will host casting and fishing presentations.

Hands-on activities include live fishing at the Catch & Release Trout Pond for prizes and the Black Hawk virtual fighting fish chair simulator.

The NRA will have its Laser Shot range and Sportsmen’s Outpost will feature an indoor archery range. There will also be Tactical Airsoft CT’s shooting sport and Connecticut Bass Nation’s kid’s casting competition.

Daily live presentations include “Training Your Bird Dog to Point” by Dusty W German Shorthaired Pointers of Palmerton, Pa. and “The Principles of Duck Hunting” by the Connecticut Delta Waterfowl Association.

CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection booths will feature mounted fish and animals as well as a tank of live fish. DEEP experts will provide consumer education on numerous topics and present the latest fishing and hunting rules and regulations.

Show admission is cash only — $12 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-12. Kids under the age of 5 are free.

Saturday, March 30 is Veterans Appreciation Day. The first 200 veterans in line get in free with a military/veteran’s ID. Also on Saturday, the first 200 children in line receive a Cane Pole and Texas Roadhouse meal.

Show hours are noon-8 p.m. on Friday, March 29; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 31.

St. Jude’s Day

Tomorrow, March 23 is the big day — no, make that HUGE day — at the Meriden Rod & Gun Club on Raven’s Road in South Meriden.

The club’s St. Jude’s Day event has turned into a “Do Not Miss” event featuring open use of the firearms, archery and trap range as well as one of the largest raffles you will ever see. Add to that all the domestic and wild game food you can eat.

If you listen to WWYZ Country 92.5 FM you must have heard it advertised. The gang down at the Meriden Rod & Gun Club give it their all, so try and make it.

The event will take place rain or shine because the weather does not care if kids are suffering. Meriden Rod & Gun Club will try to make as much money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in this super event. Every single cent is donated to St. Jude and it has been the support of you readers who have made it possible.

Tickets are $10 person. This includes entry and all the food you can eat. I hope to see you all there.

See ya’ and God Bless America and the children suffering from catastrophic diseases and watch over our troops wherever they may serve.