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NEWPORT, VT - Scott Britch and his son Justin call it a day of ice fishing¬†on South Bay on Lake Memphremagog.¬†Scott said he started fishing when he was five years old ‚Äď over 40 years ago.¬†
"My grandfather use to fish off the Long Bridge," he recalls.¬†
The pair are fishing for perch and at some point during the season will fish for Northern Pike.¬†
Ice conditions were¬†not as good Saturday as they were three weeks ago, according to Scott, "There was 1 1/2 inches of black ice.¬†It was better than it is now.¬†There's 4 inches of ice now, but it's bad, white ice, it's not safe."¬†
An attempt by another party¬†to drag an ice shanty onto South Bay on Saturday resulted in a shortened day for Scott and Justin.¬†The shanty cracked the ice and flooded the area where the they were fishing.
"There's a couple of inches of water on top of the ice; you get nervous," admits Britch.¬†"You have to know when it's safe to put a shack on the ice."