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I Got A Pic in the 2012 NH Fish & Game Rulebook!

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Last summer the Union Leader ran a fish pic contest and I entered a shot from the 2011 winni derby. The winner was going to get his pic in the 2012 digest, or something, Moments after I uploaded my pic I promptly forgot the whole thing. There were hundreds of entries.

 

So a few weeks ago I gathered my gear and drove it all north for this year's Ice fishing derby. My buddies throw a huge shindig out on the ice every year - our host owns a chalet on the water in Moultonborough

 

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- and since I had to go in to work a few hours we didn't get there til 8 friday night, just in time for shrimp cocktail and jaeger shots. We dumped our gear in the bunkhouse and went around front to the fire ring and as I walked up to the group they said "Hey! there's the guy who made us famous!"

 

"Huh?" I replied.

 

After forcing the obligatory liquor down my throat they said "Haven't you seen the new rulebook? Have you been to the NH Fish and Game website lately?"

 

"(cough) Nope..."

 

"Well, one of your pics is all over it! We've even heard it's in the Conway Mt Washington Valley Book!"

 

"The WHAT?"

 

"The 2011 Digest!"

 

Things sort of blurred together after that. I do recall bombing around the ice at midnight in a souped-up golf cart painted in patriots colors with police flashers and a siren. There was wild turkey 101 too.

 

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The 20-somethings in the group amused themselves.

 

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We set up a house and a kitchen on the ice.

 

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They were sliding a bottle around too. It was rather odd.

 

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Us old farts worked the traps

 

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Took a few rainbows, Saturday

 

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And sunday as I drove home the guys still on the ice called me on my cell. They told me to stop by the Board in Meredith because the radio'd just said I won $100 in a drawing. Sure enough, the check was waiting,

 

As for the F&G pics...I didn't win the Union leader contest on votes but they used my 2011 shot anyway:

 

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The NH F&G homepage (screenshot):

 

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Heh. Good weekend. I was almost back to normal by the following Thursday.

 

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True celebrity.



 



These things happen for a reason. you are destined for greatness.



 



 



On another note I am damn glad to see Pabst Blue Ribbons coming back into vogue.  We drank em in college.  Not because it was cheap, there were cheaper beers.  Not because it was good-PBR is one of those beers that tastes better out of the can than the bottle cause the tin taste masks a lot of the yuck.



 



You drink PBR cause it has the coolest looking logo in all of Americana.


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True celebrity.

 

These things happen for a reason. you are destined for greatness.

 

 

On another note I am damn glad to see Pabst Blue Ribbons coming back into vogue.  We drank em in college.  Not because it was cheap, there were cheaper beers.  Not because it was good-PBR is one of those beers that tastes better out of the can than the bottle cause the tin taste masks a lot of the yuck.

 

You drink PBR cause it has the coolest looking logo in all of Americana.

 

Thx, but one pic making the rounds in Concord does not a celebrity make. However it did enhance my standing in the group nicely. As for PBR - I've always liked it when I'm looking for a light beverage. We do this Winni Derby thing every year and it started out with a core group of men who all went to high school together (myself and a few others). Then kids came along and we started to get old. Now we all have teens and a few 20-somethings (college-aged) and they're coming to the derby too. The 20-somethings drink the PBR's. Saturday night most of them were in the bunkhouse asleep by 8pm. My buddies and I tipple lightly but the grown kids party hearty.

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congrats on making the digest !!!!!!!!!!!! I did not realize that was you. never got to meet you at Alton last year but things are looking great for the April 1st opener, boats are ready and plans are made. hope we can hook up for some good fishing and lies this year. congrats again and hope to meet you sometime.

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congrats on making the digest !!!!!!!!!!!! I did not realize that was you. never got to meet you at Alton last year but things are looking great for the April 1st opener, boats are ready and plans are made. hope we can hook up for some good fishing and lies this year. congrats again and hope to meet you sometime.

 

April 01, Sunday, first light, Alton Bay on the bridge. Seeya there! :)

 

P.S. I'll be in my lucky Brown Cabela's Cap

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i think ill be in the boat. not sure if ill fish alton or meridith. still gotta finalize the location and which one of my boats ill be using. if ice is out or if there is a lot of open water il be running my starcraft islander, if not ill be in my 15 ft skiff.

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