Subzero cold can’t stop dedicated ice fisherman
By Linda Girardi For Sun-Times Media January 28, 2014 10:20AM
Todd Fuller was ice fishing during Monday's frigid temperatures on Briarcliff Woods Lake in Montgomery. "It gets you outdoors during the winter, so you're not stuck in the house," the angler said, sporting a rabbit fur-lined hat with a headlamp.
Updated: March 3, 2014 2:09PM
While most people shun the shivering cold, ice fisherman Todd Fuller sees it as an expedition.
“There is nothing better than the thrill of catching a fish with a 20-inch rod. The fight is incredible,” the angler said.
The brutally cold weather this week has not stopped Fuller from enjoying some catch and release ice fishing. On a day off from work on Monday, he had his ice shanty set up at the northwest corner of Briarcliff Woods Lake in Montgomery.
“It gets you outdoors during the winter, so you’re not stuck in the house,” the angler said, sporting a rabbit fur-lined hat with a headlamp.
The pond is surrounded by a residential neighborhood off of Briarcliff Road near Deer Run Drive, so it didn’t come as a complete surprise when a Montgomery police officer, dispatched on a well-being check during the blustery cold temperatures, appeared outside of his blue ice shack.
Fuller, who is a service advisor in the automotive industry, said he was 45 minutes into his fishing expedition and had already caught a 15-inch bass when the police officer arrived.
“I thought it was really nice of the person who sent the concern in to check on me. It shows people really care,” the Montgomery man said.
“I was here last night, so it could have been mistaken that I had been here all night. I live less than a mile from here,” Fuller said.
He said it is easy for him to get in a little ice fishing when the mood strikes him.
“My shanty folds down like a tent and it can be pulled on and off the ice on a sled. I slip it onto the bed of my truck and drive away,” he said.
Fuller said the bitterly cold weather is not a problem if you are properly equipped for fishing on a frozen pond. Besides a warm hat, he had a down ski suit, heavily insulted snow boots with ice picks on the soles, insulted gloves, as well as the insulated ice shanty with a small propane heater to keep him warm.
“I’m OK,” he said. “There’s a nice heater inside.”