Ice ice fishing baby!

activities, fishing
One of the most favorit activities in this freezing country, at winter time is: ice fishing.

Sounds silly right?

When spring starts on the north side of the Arctic Circle, it’s finally time to enjoy those fun activities.

Why now? Well, because sun starts to shine and below the zero weather turns on the warmer side.

Mornings and nights are still cold (-15C°) but on the bright side, days are getting warmer. (+5C°) because of the sun.
Ice drill
There is one pretty important tool, in this operation and it’s the ice drill.
In Finland it’s called “kaira” don’t know why.

There is a Finnish word for drill “pora” but for some reason “kaira” is the word used.

There was about 1 meter of ice, before it’s trough the ice.

Under the ice water is not so deep, about 1 meter if you are close to the beach.

Fishing like this is quite interesting.
House fly maggots
Mainly as a bait, I use normal house fly maggots.

Earthworms are also good, but more expensive and you can’t go digging because of the frozen ground.

Looks like fishes didn’t like these red worms today, but I had fun trying.
Cold drinks
Remember to hydrate when having outdoor activities.

My choice has always been red wine, but if you like to drink your wine cold, you have to think something else.

No need to explain myself when I’m fishing like this.
Wine needs something on the side.

My choice is salted meat.
Salted and air dried
“Jerky”
There is traditional way of making this dried meat in here Lapland.
My recipe is different, but method is same.

First I buy cows hearts about 40 kilos and clean them.
Then traditional way of salting.
There is two different styles to do it, saltwater and dry salted.

I’m using the old faithful saltwater method.

Recipe:
40 kg cows heart
0.8% saltwater
23 hours


After this I’m sinking everything in the spice sauce.

Last step is to cut the pieces smaller, installing the hanging ropes and leave the meats outside hanging for a 3-4 weeks.

It’s hard to describe how it tastes, but if you like beef jerky, this tastes little bit like that.

I have secret recipe for the spicy sauce and it has been hard to adjust, because you can try it once a year.

Took something like 6 years to adjust the sauce in to the perfectly balanced.

This dried cows heart and red wine are perfect match.

Works well also with beer, but this meat is not a meal because it’s so salty.
Mainly I use this snack when I want to get thirsty.

Like said, this time I did not have any catch, but suntanning on my face reminds me for the perfect afternoon.

Yours. “Fisherman’s friend” Jay

P.S

This video is for you brother!
(Finnish audio)
(BroCam) -introduce version
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