The local bars and restaurants look forward to the event each year, because ice fisherman (and the very rare, but extremely popular ice-fisher-ladies) seem to be better than average drinkers. Go figure. Participants start to show up in town on Friday evening, and by 7 PM the bar stools at Flanagan's and the Timberwolf Pub are in very short supply.
|The Bullet Pond Boyz|
We also cook up a pot of chili for sale on Sunday. I would tell you this is the only reason to come to town next weekend, but I would be fibbing. We are of course very proud of what we do (and the pasta dinner is a fund raiser for the club), but when the boys and I are done cooking, we whip off our aprons and rush down to Witherbee's Carriage House.
|Witherbee's Annual Bayou Bob Crawfish Boil|
The origins of this dish are credited to one Bayou Bob, one (obviously) transplanted local who passed away a few years back. He was noted for a prodigious appetite in all things, a penchant for playing chess, and his crawfish boil. In years past Witherbee's owners, Patty and Bill Christian, would serve it out on the lake during the tournament, and local lore is that they did not bring an auger to drill their fishing holes. They just dropped a cayenne infused mudbug on the ice and it scorched a six inch wide hole, twenty four inches deep. I do not doubt this story for a moment.
The good news is that you can have it all. You can try Witherbee's "Bayou Bob" Crawfish Boil on Friday night, and stop by for our pasta dinner at the Fish & Game Club on Saturday. If you do, poke you head in the kitchen and say hi.
Witherbee's Carriage House can be found at 581 US Route 9, Schroon Lake, NY 12870.
Phone 518 532 9595
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