There is a certain subset of us who take icefishing a bit more serious than anyone else. You know who you are, and I’m just like you. However today, our crew is one less. A man lost his life in Lapeer Co. when he fell through. I won’t try to make a long safety statement here. I think those of us who get on the ice nearly every day feel that risk much more than the average guy. This year I got to witness a snowmobile rider who went through and needed a rescue, now this. And yet I still feel the urge to fish. It is a strange thing.
I did not know this man, but I’m shaking as I type this. Let us all try to use good judgement as this season fades away. I still might get out and fish, but I will go North to do it.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m far from ‘religious’, but I think it’s going to be very hard for any ice-fisherman to not look up at the sky the next time we get out there.
He was a fisherman. Just like you and me. This is why we understand so much. We know why we go out there and do it. We will forever be joined by that thread. It is a very hard reminder of how fragile this thing we call life really is.
Please, please, I bet you, stay safe.