The mention of wintertime fishing is enough to give some of us a shiver including Mr. Caswell. "I was a little leery about coming out in this cold but these guys talked me into it so here we are." These guys are Mr. Caswell's son and grandson. "This is our first time this year so we figured we'd come up and give it a shot," said Dominick Caswell, Jr.
They all prepared for the frigid weather by dressing in heavy layers. They even brought a small, portable heater with them. They also used a fuel-powered drill to cut through the ice and relied on a sonar device that detected fish activity. In some ways for them, it's more enjoyable than summertime fishing. "I think it's a lot more fun because the action is actually pretty good if you get a good day and the fish are hitting," said Mr. Caswell. His 10-year-old grandson is counting on it. Cristian Guiterrez of Scranton is all about reeling in a meal. "You really want to catch something so you can eat sometimes," said the boy,
While the fish were biting on this day, Mr. Caswell says the important thing is just being with family out on the ice. It's a sentiment Dominic, Jr. also shared by saying, "It's always good to catch fish but it's not called catching. It's called fishing." It's a little family fishing time on the ice -- sharing some laughter and making memories thanks to the freezing cold.
Experts say the ice needs to be at least four-inches thick for safe ice fishing. Mr. Caswell says they had to drill through six-inches of ice to drop a line.