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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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I Just Gotta Tell This One

Travis Frank

Possibly The Toughest Muskie Ever To Catch












I can say that I've been challenged many times, but sometimes it just seems like these fish just won't let me win.  I have taken Mr. Don Murray out several times in the past, but when he told me a few weeks ago that he wanted to get his son his first muskie, I was more than willing to take on the challenge.  I've managed to get many people their first muskie, including Don, so I didn't think to much of what laid ahead of me.  Well I probably should have I guess.  In hopes of landing one for Steve, Don booked two full days out on Minnetonka.  As it turns out, we nearly needed the full two days, which I'm not happy that it took that long, but super pumped that the fish eventually did what it was suppose to.  We fished hard the morning and evening the first day, which gave Steve several chances, but all that came out of it, was several lessons on what not to do.  It is hard at times to teach exactly what to do when you have a muskie show itself, so I guess Steve decided to try everything that shouldn't work, before testing out the right methods.  This became stressful at times, and also hilarious at times. 

Day two of our attempt to land the big one brought more of day one's luck.  You could say that Steve had some unlucky breaks, but that would be a total understatement.  I believe that we figured out of the 19 fish we saw on day two, that 17 of them made their attempts on Steve's bait.  This is exactly how we wanted it to work, except that they just didn't amount to a photo session until the last hour of our day on the water.  I think that my boat raised about 4 feet higher in the water once this fish was landed, due to all the tension that was released from our backs.  This may go down as one of the best clients that I've taken out, because of all the fun we had, and the time and effort put into landing a fish for one lucky angler.  Steve, I'm pretty sure that you've experienced 90% of things that can happen while muskie fishing, which probably makes you ready to join the Professional Musky Tournament Trail.  Thanks again, and see ya's soon.  Fishon!!