Tinkers pond had a good 6-7" of ice today i was suprised. the fish were sparse. some gills and a perch were caught. nearshore was good too. but its going....not as fast as i thought though. which is good because i have to go back tomorrow because: the lesson: no matter how long your rod is sitting in the water without a bite or marks on the vex, NEVER leave a baited ice fishing rod unattended in the water! After scoping around and looking for some fish, i finally found a few and went back to my "base" and eveything was there except for my other (BRAND new) ice fishing rod. Funny thing is i had about 6 holes drilled and cant remember which one the rod was in..... now what are the odds that i didnt just blow good money on a new ice fishing rod that i used for maybe 2 hours tops.....gonna go first thing tomorrow and try to take a better look and snag it back from the abyss. grrrr.... PS it was a frabill panfish popper, they were cheap ($20) but i really like them.