Thursday, September 30, 2010
At 7:00 it was time to find a shallow reef and check out the post sunset bite. A 4 mile run to the shallows in front of Fisher's we trolled for about an hour and decided we should have stayed in the deeper water. The waves were significantly higher and the fish were no where to be found. Heading back we loaded the boat and made a beeline to my friend Mark's ice house for the night. Our plan was to catch supper, get a good nights sleep and head home in the morning. Located at Fisherman's Wharf, we stopped at the resort restaurant to eat before cleaning our walleyes. The nights special was pot roast with all the trimmings for $10, a fabulous deal considering how much food we got. A short ride to our quarters found a nice surprise, Mark had decided to drive up and stay the weekend. After cleaning nice batch of walleyes, we proceeded to solve the world's problems, something that that took till 4 in the morning. Admittedly we only scratched the surface! Here is another nice walleye we nailed. If you notice the pictures are once more lacking quality. Being too excited at the landing, I again left my camera in the car. I bought an extra camera to keep in the boat especially for my forgetful streaks however that camera was also in my car. So much for that plan! Steve took these with his fancy smart phone, not bad as I had little choice.
It is going to be hard to get out this weekend with a wedding on Saturday and a surprise anniversary party on Sunday. The weather forecast is predicting a hard frost for Saturday night and things are drying out nicely. With Indian Summer scheduled for next week, the fall rush to get those last minute chores done has started.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Being out on the water presents the opportunity to view Mother Nature at her finest. I experience once of a lifetime experience as we moved down the shore, casting for fish. On a dock was a mass of fur that was undulating back and forth in a nervous fashion. As we cruised closer to investigate, to my surprise it was a family of otters, 5 in all. It was like watching the Discovery Channel. I have never seen otters in the wild and it was an exciting experience. They allowed us to get fairly close before entering the safety of the lake, one by one. Watching them swim as a group along the shoreline was amazing. Sticking their heads up out of the water looking back at us they may have seen us as an oddity of nature from their point of view. The trip ended at the boat landing when a huge bald eagle swooped down from a large tree to snag a fish right in front of us. Often when fishing, the fish are simply a bonus. Off to Mille Lacs later to try the remnants of the September full moon bite with my brother Steve. It looks like a lot of wind which can be good and bad. Maybe I'll finally get something to replace my picture with.
Friday, September 17, 2010
The rest of the week in review was kind of interesting. I had the chance to go to my 4th Twins game at the new Target Field with my good friend Lory Brasel. Watching the Twins complete a series sweep of Kansas City was a perfect way to spend a night. To my surprise my sweetheart Ellie Taylor was also at the game celebrating her 84th birthday. Ellie is like a mom to me and we always have a great time together. Her son Jack called me as we were going to the game and discovered the whole family was going. The stars were aligned that night as Ellie sat in the section just below where we were allowing me to spend some quality time on her birthday. Happy Birthday Ellie! On Sunday I snuck on the river to wet a line for a few hours. The fishing was horrible as the grass floating down the river was preventing a good presentation. Nailing a 10 inch smallie was about all I could muster up before the grass made my crankbait useless. There will be more chances. Launching at my neighbors, Blair and his wife help me load up the boat. A quick discussion about me taking my motorcycle road test prompted Blair to volunteer his 125CC Yamaha Zuma for the test. Assuring me that I would have difficulty with my bike, we went to Anoka and practiced on the test course painted in the parking lot of the Drivers License Bureau. He was right. Monday I rode his scooter to work, then to my appointment where I wa the first of 5 guys to take the test. I did pass and was glad that Blair intervened. I don't know but I am sure the 2 guys behind me had some issues. On Tuesday I headed for Cleveland Ohio for 2 days of meetings. As usual my return flights from Chicago O'Hare were jinxed and after a 3 hour delay I finally got home around 1:00AM. Off to our annual fishing trip to Lake Wapogasset, near Amery Wisconsin with Andrew and Jason. Hopefully I will have a great report.