Once again we find ourselves itching like crazy to hit that frozen ice that is starting to take form across much of the state. While I am excited along with the rest of you, I want to take a little time out to look back at the great months that I shared with so many of you throughout the open water season. There were so many huge fish caught, and great laughs shared that I don't really know where to start. I have taken hundreds of pictures yet again this season, and as I look through them, I remember each and every one of them like it was yesterday. For me, it is always great to be in the outdoor world, however as I look at all of those pictures, I kinda chuckle at the friends I have made and the memories that won't ever be taken from me. After all, isn't that what it's about.
The early season started with numerous trips to area lakes and rivers and some days it seemed that we could fill bath tubs full of walleyes. Other days were not as spectacular, but they always gave us some laughs and taught me a few more details about what I was doing wrong. As the season progressed, I found a new style of fishing which left me sitting on a river in the middle of the night chasing prehistoric Flathead Catfish. That was sweet too! I had some trips up to the big pond that always seemed to coincide with a hurricane, and still we landed a few dandies.
As the summer progressed I shared an uncountable number of days on the water with great people from all over the country. For the most part, we landed that trophy of a lifetime nearly every time on the water. Some days the muskies seemed to come into the boat like it was their job. The largest number in my boat for one day this season was 8 fish, and streaks of boating fish each time were carried through more than one week at times. Each time on the water I continued to learn a new thing or two to help keep the fish coming in the boat, and the results were great. I had this "musky mojo" thing at an all time high, and the rewards were sweet. People of every age landed fish with me this season, and each one of them were great in their own way. The greatest reward for me being a guide is that I get to see that smile on a persons face when they land that fish of a lifetime, and it keeps me coming back day after day.
As the season progressed into late fall, I found myself fishing much further into the year than I had ever done before. I can't even explain how great those rewards were, as I found myself in newspaper articles and chatter throughout the state for catching some "freak of nature" giant fish on the big pond. I learned a lot in spring, summer and fall that will surely keep me progressing as a fisherman and your fishing guide. I would like to thank each and every one of you that helped to make it such a great year, but I don't think I have enough space on this website to do so. You know who you are, and I thank you.
It's a sad day that I will be putting the boat and the gear away, however it would be weird to see a guy jigging over the side of his boat through an ice hole, so I have no choice. The stories are in no way going to slow down, and Trophy Encounters will continue to be a place to ask questions and hear some of the latest and greatest from not only myself, but by all the others that are telling me their stories to share. I hope to have something new on this site every day to check out, so make sure you look at this page, and the page called "Its Their Story" to keep on finding new information.
It has been a great run yet again, and I look forward to seeing all of you again on the water in the very near future. Now its time to get the other equipment ready. Who wants to go Ice Feeeeshin??? Thanks again everybody, and as always, Keep On Livin That Dream!