Ice-fishing requires superior patience, knowledge of winter climates, and the ability to coax an ice cube onto a fishhook. Overcome the elements with today’s Groupon: for $129, you get a four-hour guided ice-fishing trip with a chef-prepared meal for two from Charter The Berkshires in Great Barrington (a $500 value).
Adept angler Paul Tawczynski guides groups of up to 20 fishermen over frozen lakes, relying on an intimate knowledge of the area, nature’s telltale signs, and his own innate sonar to locate the most likely spots for fish snatching. Troops traverse frozen lakes as Tawczynski demonstrates how he set up a modern ice shanty and used age-old techniques for drilling a hole with antique equipment, a skill that's useful for infiltrating the Fortress of Solitude if Superman locks his keys inside. When fledgling fishermen arrive, they gather ’round to cast exploratory lines beneath the ice and whittle away the four hours with shared stories. Brief bouts of tug of war indicate that bated breaths have been rewarded as lines return laden with salmon, trout, bass, or perhaps even the Christmas elves charged with swimming up plumbing and leaving toys under the sink.
After a day spent combing the slushy undersides of frozen surfaces, fishers hand over their catch to Chef James Kennefick for a gourmet transformation. Meals arrive accompanied by locally grown vegetables and take the form of lunch or dinner creations, depending on the time of the excursion. Purveyors of this Groupon also garner discounts of 20% on any of the hotels listed here, and clicking here provides more information and answers to frequently asked questions about this deal and about training fish to conceal their superpowers.
Charter The Berkshires
His breath puffing visibly in the freezing air, Paul Tawczynski, the host of TV's Guiding Ice, ventures out onto the ice with fishing gear in tow. Paul and his crew of expert guides lead groups of all ages and fishing experience out onto frozen bodies of water during ice-fishing expeditions. He teaches fishing teams how to drill holes through the up to 30 inches of ice supporting them and how to set up lines to catch the slow-drifting winter fish. Paul will also lead groups on bass-fishing trips during warmer weather.