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What ice fishing is all about

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These anglers are so eager to cast a line that they're willing to brave the bitter cold.

"This is something I grew up doing with my dad and some of my best experiences I can remember are going out when I was young enjoying fishing," said Adam Miller of Vermont Fish and Wildlife.

For Miller, his hobby turned into a career.

"Look, we're out here today, we're fishing. This is amazing, I'm getting paid right now to show people how to fish and that's awesome," Miller said.

He and Corey Hart work side by side for Vermont Fish and Wildlife teaching others how simple it is to reel in a catch.

For many Vermonters, ice fishing is alternative to hitting the slopes. These guy say anyone at any age will be hooked from the moment they cast their line.

"It's still like the best feeling ever," Hart said. "When you have that flag go up. You don't know what's on the end of it."

"I'm 30 years old and I still run like a 5-year-old to get the fish as quick as possible," Miller said.

"I like everything about it," Hart said. "Not on particular thing, just the thrill."

It all starts with drilling a hole and then eventually setting your tip up.

Today, we're catching a yellow perch and to actually do that, you have to go down about 10-12 inches of ice. And that doesn't include the extra 12 feet before the fish gets out of the water.

"It's a really simple sport to get involved with. Some people think it's complicated and it's not. It's a very easy sport to get started," Hart said.

And the department says it only gets expensive the more seriously you take the sport. For now, these guys are ready to help newcomers make a splash.

"Just how much fun it is to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends and other people. It's the most important thing," Miller said.

Officials say some people don't try the sport because they are nervous about ice conditions. Vermont Fish and Wildlife says check with the department for conditions of bodies of water across the state. Click here for more information.

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