I was invited by an old friend to ice fish Houghton Lake last weekend. It was a lot of "shoulda been here" an hour ago, yesterday, last weekend . . . . We fished three days: Day 1 nothing; Day 2 one hammer-handle northern on a tip-up; Day 3 I finally caught 7 perch with a total nose-to-tail length of 35 inches. You do the math. I've caught bigger smelt.
I forgot my newspaper.
All that said, I still had a great weekend. I rode a snowmobile for the first time in my life. I had a long visit with an old friend. And, I FISHED!