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Winter steelhead fishing is uniquely challenging. The weather conditions alone can be overwhelming. However, these two fishermen in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, decided to spice up the quiet day in a very shocking way.
As any fisherman can tell you, often times your best chance for success means moving, moving a lot. Trolling, plunking, bank fishing – it all involves strategy, movement and sometimes a complete retreat and regroup.
In order to get the jump on the fish, one angler chose an unusual tactic. What, you ask, was his strategy? See for yourself!
Having no boat handy, he manages (most likely with assistance from the buddy filming) to break off a large sheet of ice and step on top. Next, with his pole, and one would assume a great deal of courage, he takes off down the river to catch his dinner.
Things obviously don’t go quite as planned (if there was a plan) as one can see. While the video progresses after he steps on to the iceberg, he realizes, it seems, the plan for getting off board may not have been given much thought.
His buddy, still filming from the bank, is still of no help whatsoever as you hear him chuckling.
Perhaps realizing the error of his icy ways, the fisherman steps off the ice into the water. Quickly he steps back on the ice and attempts to make his way back to his friend.
This is a great lesson – sometimes thinking outside the box can lead to unintended consequences! Definitely for the fisherman, if not the fish.
About the Author: Dominic Aiello is an avid hunter, angler, and wildlife policy expert. He is the President of the Oregon Outdoor Council, Cabela’s Prostaff, and Outdoor Writer. Follow his adventures on Instagram @daiello91 or Twitter @HunterInformant.