Video: When Ice Fishing Gone Wrong

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I crack up every time I watch the video, and I must have seen it 20 times now. Pro tip: Slow down to half or even quarter speed. It’s even funnier. We’re on the ice with Seth Trobec and his pal, Cody Mjolsness, on Canisteo Lake, an old trout-filled mine in northern Minnesota, not far from Grand Rapids. Mjolsness, who is going to pick up another friend on the shore with his snowmobile, says to Trobec: “I’ll be right back.

“Yeah,” Trobec said, closing what appeared to be an ammo box and settling down to continue fishing. It’s the standard ice fishing setup: folding chairs, a small propane heater, extra misfires strewn about, a radio playing, a GoPro spinning in the background. Trobec hopes to catch another lake trout, perhaps one bigger than the 30 inch he brought in a few days ago. The snow on the lake was deep that day, he told me.

“Cody probably thought he should shoot pretty well just to start.” About 38 seconds later, we hear an engine start, explode and spin like a chainsaw. Now Robec stands inside the house as he attaches a rope to its aluminum frame.

Two seconds later, the house shakes. Mjolsness obviously failed to unhook the sled from the snowmobile. “Hey!” shouts Trobec trying to alert his buddy. “HEY!” But it’s too late. The house takes off, with Trobec inside. He walks past an auger and a few other fishing rods on the snow.

Trobec quickly decides he’s seen enough and leaps headfirst into the whiteness. It’s simply epic; a ho-hum day turned upside down in the blink of an eye. But the clincher, the thing that makes it a legitimate contender for America’s Funniest Videos? It’s Trobec’s cry, a “HEYAHHHHHHHHHH!” as he jumps.

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It’s a bit like a World War II paratrooper at 10,000 feet screaming as he exits the plane over occupied France. It sounds like a man shouting what he knows is his last cry. And there’s just something about that scream that makes this video endlessly watchable. Coupled, of course, with the fact that no one was hurt.

Trobec was a bit surprised at this himself. “We didn’t even lose any equipment,” he said. “Just the lure that was in the water broke where the line was cut at the edge of the hole.” I recommend that you save this video. The days when you’re sure no one has it worse than you are a reminder that at least one guy is.

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