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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States


Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.‚Äč

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Just One Of Those Days.......

Travis Frank

m 002.jpgI'm not really sure where to start here, but I'll give it my best shot. 

Yesterday Kevin and I hit the water early and had nothing but fish, after fish, after fish slam our lures.  It was his first time out for muskies and it pretty much was far and above his expectations.  The only problem was that as many fish as we had hit our baits, we just couldn't fight them all the way to the net.  m 006.jpgIt was the weirdest thing, but we would have them devour our baits only to watch them skyrocket and spit the lure, or somehow shake the bait, not to mention the countless others that came out of the water and threw our lures forward.  I would say frustrating is an understatement, but our excitement was pretty much at an all time high. 

m 008.jpgThe highlight, and probably something that i'll never forget is watching an honest to god 50 pound muskie go airborn with Kevin's bait.  I know, I know, 50 pounds sounds big, but I really am not exxagerating, and I wouldn't have believed it unless I would have seen it with my own eyes.  This GIANT is seriously pushing state record, and I know this for a fact.  I've seen many 40lb class fish, heck, even caught a few, but this was like a freak of nature.   Before yesterday I probably would have said that the state record couldn't come out of Tonka, but I seriously have to reconsider my opinion.  We had two encounters with this beast, and both times she came out of the water and knocked the bait away with the side of her gigantic mouth.  Her nickname is Jaws, and I hope to be posting pictures of her soon.

m 010.jpgToday the fish were just as active for Seth, Nate, Greg and myself, however we did manage to land a few of them instead of watching them all "houdini like" get rid of our hooks in their mouth.  In grand total we boated 6 muskies today.  This sounds impressive, however when you look back at the last two days, We have raised in the range of 70 muskies, putting hooks into close to 35, and only boating 6.  I still can't quite figure out how, or why they keep getting off, but I've never seen anything like it, and it's not something that we are doing wrong necessarily, they are just getting insane.  The explosions and high flying leaps have been crazy.  Oh yeah, out of the 70 or so sightings, I can count on two hands how many of them were follows, which means they are attacking. 

m 011.jpgThis exciting action today gave us a 47", 46", 45", 43", 39" &39"ers.  It's been great guys thanks for the fun.  ( hey Nate, hope you can sleep after that).  shhhhh....The Fish Are Biting!