FRAMINGHAM, MA - With the temperature below freezing for the past week, many people look for warm, comfortable, indoor activities to pass the time on a New England Sunday afternoon, but Jim Richards would rather do something he's done for the past 40 or so winters... go fishing!
Richards, a custodian at the McCarthy School, packs his rig-- a handmade wooden box with ski like runners, and heads out on the frozen surface of Learned Pond for a day of ice-fishing.
To pass the time Jim listens to a battery operated police/fire scanner, and talks with friends who stop by to see if the fish are biting.
Using a hand auger, Richards set five traps in the 5-6" thick ice, (he noted that five was the the legal limit, and that you must also have a valid fishing license to ice-fish).
When the ice gets much thicker he uses a gas powered auger.