Ice fishing idiots
Well, after the buzz kicked in, they decided it would be fun to tow the couch around the ice (which had no snow), with 2-3 people on it, with the ATV.
they started off slowly just taking liesurely spins around, nothing out of hand. Well, anfter the discovery of alcohol, the speed increased. Best part was when they were doing roughly 25-30 MPH and the leg of the couch hit a hole in the ice. The couch stopped cold, the ATV reared back, and the guys on the couch became kites!
I almost pi$$ed myself as did the other 275 spectators!
Anyway, here come 3 kids about 16-17 years old with a dirt bike and they asked how thick the ice is. I tell them, "...anywhere from 15-18. Plenty safe." They then ask me how I cut through the ice to which I respond, "I have a gas auger. How else?"
The one kid looks at me and says, "Well, we were planning to hold the back tire of the dirt bike off the ice, rev the engine, and slowly lower it to cut a hole in the ice. It has studded tires ya know. Think that'll work" I had to hold back from laughing and said, "You go with that sunshine. Have fun." and waited for my wife. When she got to the truck, with more Captain Morgan of course, she wondered why I was giggling. She thought I was lying when I told her about the exchange.
Sometimes that means walking up and asking one of the guys there about the lake,or that particular spot....I now that there's been times I stubbornly fished all around a small lake looking for a weedbed only to find that the "community spot" was on top of basically the only place with panfish in the whole (little) lake.
Guys are usually helpful - myself included - unless they think the someone's is a seagull wouldn't bother looking for his own fish.
Sometimes it means just joining a group of anglers and drilling a few holes a respectful distance away from anyone else.