Like any hunter, I just wanted a powerhouse Lab that'd burn a roostertail across sheet water while breaking skim ice
. With dozens of field trial victories in her British lineage, she is exactly that (ColMorg Kennels, if you need--and can handle--a bad-ass retrieving machine).
Jigs like the Custom Jigs & Spins 3/32ounce Glazba are capable of punching through skim ice
so you don't have to scoop it out.
A couple years ago, one poor man in my town lost his shorthair in a creek just a few feet wide after it fell through a layer of skim ice
, couldn't get out, and drowned.
As of yesterday, there was skim ice
on some small ponds and thin sheets floating on some parts of larger ponds.
Winter in South Africa is chilly at night with occasional skim ice
in the morning and 55-degree afternoons with bright sun.
This goes for all of the season, but can become a matter of life and death when you're dealing with skim ice
or water that is a few degrees from freezing.
Some past seasons have brought temperatures that created skim ice and he had constructed the deep hole to attenuate those conditions.
The mud holds the sun's heat so even when the rest of the impoundment has thin skim ice, we still have a place next to the blind that ducks will seek out because it has open water.
After the entire water column reaches 4[degrees]C (file temperature when water is at its greatest density), cold air eventually cools less dense surface water to the freezing point or below, resulting in the formation of plate-like crystals that freeze together to form skim ice
.* This process occurs on calm, still waters and is quite different from the way ice forms on rivers or wind-blown waters.
After evenly distributing the weight from the tools of our trade across the bottom of my boat, I backed my rig through the landing's skim ice
and into the black water.
As we busted the skim ice
and set the decoys, Kevin commented, "Guys, I don't know what to expect from the ducks this morning considering the ice, clouds and cold, but I guess we'll find out."
The bird kept trying to surface to no avail as it ran out of air, and Bybee finally dispatched it right through the skim ice
. I will also never forget cleaning our two-day possession limit of 24 ducks from that weekend, along with some bonus mergansers.