|Pete's 40 inch Northern Pike|
|Dan's Walleye off of Dan's Hole|
pretty fussy with my boat. Usually in the fall I have Pete and Dan in my boat, both are good fisherman and both have been trained really well to wash the sand off their shoes before getting into the boat. This saves me a lot of work as sand and boat carpeting don't really go together very well. It is almost impossible to vacuum it all out and it get's everywhere, especially in the lid hinges for my compartments. Fishing out of the Ranger is pretty nice as the seats are very comfortable, there is a lot of room, we have Sirius/XM radio, an onboard baitwell for our minnows, of course my opinion is the small jester of respect shown by these guys pay huge rewards! The picture on the right is one of Dan and a nice 24 inch walleye out of one of my favorite places to fish in Tuk Bay we found 2 years ago, Dan's Hole. Now Dan uses what Pete and I refer to as a Snoopy Pole. It literally drives me crazy but Dan is pretty proficient with it catching his share of walleyes. The problem I see is that he is constantly reeling against the drag and as a result is twisting the line like crazy. Being a closed face spin casting reel, he seems to do just fine however I am really tempted to buy him a significantly better reel, something we can tighten the drag down but yet still be closed faced. Maybe the other thing that drives me crazy is that he has his closed faced reel mounted on a spinning rod that is turned upside down. Uffda is about all I can say yet he is a great guy to have in the boat, never complains about anything and is simply happy to catch fish, even doesn't mind when I make him clean his shoes off! Beyond this I have spent the last week drying out and vacuuming the sand out of my boat, getting it ready for winter. That doesn't mean that I am done fishing for the fall but time is definitely running out before deer hunting and ice fishing starts!
This week was the anniversary of the shooting that took my friend Ron Edberg's life. Ron was a great guy and all of his friends miss him dearly, it's still a good time to reflect on life. The weather is really starting to cool down a lot, I guess it's almost October already. Next week I head to the Coil Winding Show in Chicago where I plan on seeing a couple of great friends in the business and start planning our early December fishing trip off of Marco Island, Florida. That should be a perfect time depending on the when we can get out on the ice. I have to take my tires off of my Ice Cabin and get them resealed as they are leaking air, too much to do, not enough time!!!