Ice fishing in ice cold temperatures

(WTNH/Tina Detelj)

NORTH STONINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Believe it or not, some people are excited about the frigid temperatures outside today. News 8’s Tina Detelj says that it is a great day to go ice fishing.

If you think you are cold, try being out on the ice. Ice fisherman George Tazzini would not have it any other way.

“That one’s in about twenty feet of water,” he said.

The serenity of this North Stonington pond is broken up only by the sound of an auger cutting through the thick ice.

Tazzini first drilled a test hole near the shore.

“I mean, I had ten inches of ice there and it will typically defrost closer to shore quick… sooner,” he said.

Despite the thaw last weekend, Long Pond still has more than enough ice to keep this fisherman above water.

“And he’ll go down and find you dinner,” he said.

It did not take long for the fish to start biting.

“It’s a good way to start the day,” he said.

On most days and many nights this is where you may find George Tazzini catching his first Walleye and enjoying the tranquil experience of ice fishing. The season ends on Friday.

“Which is unfortunate, because we have such good ice now,” he said.

Believe it or not, this is how he keeps warm. It is called jigging and yes he would like to do this for as long as the ice will allow.


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