Essex resident Paul Bruso, 77, was one of the numerous ice fishermen along Georgia Shore Road taking advantage of the milder weather Thursday. Bruso has been ice fishing for most of his life – some 55 or 60 years – and does it more frequently since retiring from General Electric in Burlington.

“I go all over the place,” he said. “I get cabin fever.”

Bruso caught about a dozen yellow perch, which he said his grandson would probably come over to clean, cook and eat as part of a deal the two have.

Thursday’s and today’s warmer temperatures may make time spent outside more enjoyable, though they also signal the start of softer, thinner ice usually found in late February. “You got to watch it,” Bruso said.