One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…

Looks like the wing of angel

Did you ever read that Dr. Seuss book as a child?  Or did you read it to your own children?  One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.  It’s so catchy that you remember the title 20 or 30 or 40 years later, don’t you?

It’s still so popular that you can Google those words and come 12,500,000 responses.  No kidding.  (This blog will now be 12,500,001.)

I am here to finish up the saga of our Ice Fishing Adventure on the Keweenaw Bay of Lake Superior on Wednesday. Please read yesterday’s post if you want more background information.  Today’s post shall answer the magic question of yesterday.

How many darn fish did we catch anyway?

What a day on the Keweenaw Bay

I won’t tease you any more.  Here is the answer.

Mike caught three keepers (one of ’em pretty big.  I can’t remember all the statistics about size and weight and my husband isn’t available at this moment with exact information, sorry to say.)  Nancy caught three keepers.

Barry pulled up one undersized runt and threw it back down the hole.  And Kathy…caught…nothing.

But that’s OK!

I had two or three nibbles.  Just haven’t mastered learning when to pull.  The fish never grabbed on to the bait with ferocity.  It was more like a tiny nibble.  Then a second tiny nibble.  I was supposed to jerk the wire (to set the hook) with the second nibble, but didn’t.  Alas.

An artistic moment on ice (Nancy in the bobbing stick)

Barry isn’t having the greatest year ice fishing.  The last two years have not been stellar for him.  Before the last two years, he was catching ’em like crazy.  Our freezer always held at least a dozen bags of lake trout, I swear.  Lately, we’re buying tilapia at the grocery store.

Mike's lake trout--it's a keeper

He did bring home one fish today.  Two fish tomorrow?  And red-meat fish are great–that means they are lean fish and not “fats”.  You don’t eat the white-meat lake trouts.  They are oily and not as appealing.  As for blue fish…hmmm….don’t know how that might fit in at all!

Fish tail

The fish are a bit bloody from the hook when they come up from 240-250 feet of water.  Not the greatest of photographic subjects.  I decided to focus on fins and tails.  Don’t they look pretty?

Lake trout fin

When you pull up a fish you throw your bobbing stick on the ice and pull up the wire in big loops.  The wire loops in a big pile.  After you take the hook out, you slowly send the wire (freshly baited) down the hole.  Down, down, down it goes.  If you don’t step on the wire, you’re safe.  It really doesn’t tangle.  The loops come off gracefully, almost in a rhythmic motion.

Fish wire on ice. It's really not tangled up, honest.

Barry invited me ice fishing again this morning but I really, really, wanted this weekend to catch up on all sorts of loose ends.  It was a lovely day.  He went off fishing and I now feel truly more relaxed and organized.  Shoveled most of the deck.  Caught up on bookwork.  Read.

And thoroughly enjoyed the 52 degree sunny day!  Can you believe it?  The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is experiencing a 52 degree day in March!!  I love it.  (The ice fishermen are grumbling…they know what the warm temps will do to their ice.  Goodbye Ice…)

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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25 Responses to One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish…

  1. Angelique says:

    Such a beautiful blog. While I was out on my hike today I got your reply to my blog on my phone by email. It really cheered me up. Thanks!

    • Kathy says:

      Angelique, so happy you were cheered up. I love it when we can keep gifting one another with our comments and blessings. (Your comment here made my heart soar, too.)

  2. Scott says:

    Hi Kathy,

    Just wanted to thank you for checking my newly founded blog out as well as your warm, heartfelt comments. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops and you know…I’ll have to ask M, my lower world guide, about that trial question. I should probably ask him within the context of my being a lawyer because I feel like I’ve gone through one long drawn out trial lately.

    I hope you don’t mind if I share another website of mine when it comes online in about a month.


    • Kathy says:

      Oh good, Scott, glad to hear you’ll pursue that line of questioning with your guide. Of course, feel free to share your new website with me. And thanks for visiting.

  3. It was 50 degrees here in Maine when I looked at my thermometer. It may have been warmer at some point. Amazing for March. Kathy, bluefish are salt water fish. When I lived in New York, they’d school with great ferocity, boiling the the surface of the shallow water near the beaches as they hunted smaller fish. Good catching and eating for the fishermen. I didn’t fish. I bought bluefish in the fish market, probably caught in deeper waters. I like the picture of the fishing line.

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Birthday Girl, first of all–happy birthday, again! Thank you for solving the mystery of “bluefish”. Had no idea there were actually blue fish in the world. You never know with Dr. Seuss. Now will have to try a bluefish one of these days…maybe when visiting Kiah in New York. Enjoy your warm weather!

  4. Sue says:

    But Kathy! You caught all of the fish with your camera and your words! That’s much better than hauling them up from the bottom, ’cause you got to share those fish with all of us. 🙂

    I loved the pictures today…..and yes, I did wish that I was there on the ice with you. ~*~

    • Kathy says:

      Sue…phew!…you saved the day. I caught the fish with the camera and words. Such a relief… laughing… You’ll have to come up to visit some time during ice fishing season next year.

  5. Gerry says:

    Cool fishwire, cool fins, and warm sun. Works for me.

  6. I was outside and thinking of you today. Just put a slideshow on my website.
    Love the fish tails. Please be careful on the ice. Love, S

    • Kathy says:

      Suzi, your slideshow is fantastic. Just wrote in your comments, it would be cool to learn how to put together a slide show–one of these days. Will be careful on the ice, promise. Probably won’t be out there again this season.

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  8. Fountainpen says:

    Kathy: I had no idea the “fishing line” was WIRE…
    and that it went down 240-250 feet to the BOTTOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Goodness, what I learn from this blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I still do not want to ice fish…


    • Kathy says:

      Fountainpen, I am grinning. Glad to teach you about deep Lake Superior ice fishing. (A newby teaching a newby, funny!) Apparently they need that wire to haul up the heavy fish from way way down there in the dark underwater world.

  9. lesdaprez says:

    I never went fishing before in my life.. I keep saying I’m going to try it.. Thanks for the insight…

  10. Cindy Lou says:

    Your photo of the Keweenaw Bay sky is phenomenal! What a gorgemous weekend, hey? All melty and drippy and sunny…. 🙂 The fish – when one takes the time to look closely – are beautiful also. Another of “Life Lessons From Nature” – we all must take the time to stop and peer closely at all that is around us. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      You like the sky photo, Cindy? I love your word “gorgemous”. Loved this whole weekend, as well. Great reminder of Life Lessons from nature.

  11. Marianne says:

    Enjoyed the post! Great pictures and very informative. Thanks for sharing.

  12. LOVE the pic of the fish fin, and the wire!!! So refreshing, and pretty–just like your blog!!! By the way, I am adding your blog to my blogroll.

  13. Glad you caught some fish … LOVE the photos … especially the second one! So creative and unique. As for the 5000 hits in a day … methinks I’d be exhausted … seriously. I can barely keep up with the folks who drop by as is.
    Hugs and blessings,

    • Kathy says:

      And you have a lot of people stop by! Yes, it really was exhausting. It wouldn’t have been…if I could have stayed away from the computer. LOL. It’s been nice to have a relaxing weekend. Glad you like the photos. 🙂

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