ROCKPORT RESERVOIR -- Eight-year-old Conner Davis sat in a folding chair, distracted from the day's objective by a handheld video game.
A few yards away, his short ice-fishing rod sat propped over a hole in the ice, as still as can be. Davis and his grandpa Ben had arisen before dawn on a recent Saturday to try their luck at catching tagged trout to redeem for prizes as part of an ongoing contest at Rockport.
While grandpa had caught a couple of small rainbows that morning and let his grandson pull them through the ice, Conner wanted to hook one on his own pole. However, it was nearly lunchtime, and he hadn't so much as a bite despite trying different jigs, baits and depths.