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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

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.​

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The Drought Is Over....

Travis Frank

muskygrillin%20005.jpgTalk about a picture drought on this website.  It has been a few days since I have been able to post a picture of one that came in da boat and didn't manage to shake the hooks.  This morning Derek and Craig joined me for a chance at the snaggle tooth critters, and we did get the chance for a Kodak moment.  This 47 incher could not have come any sooner.  The fish have been cooperating very well the last week, but I just cannot get over the amount of fish that we have lost during the process.  Every single outing the past week or so has given us several chances at the big guys, and we have simply found ways to quickly release them without any photos.  Heck, just yesterday Derek and I were out with one of his buddies John, and he battled one almost to the boat only to watch it scream away for his life and snap the 80 pound test.  How the heck does 80 pound test snap???? Well, I am still shaking my head, and last night we did battle with 3 different muskies that slipped away from our grasp.  The first one came at the boat soooooo darn fast that keeping up with it was impossible, then it spit the hooks.  The other two we battled to the boat, and since I don't like to instantly put them in the net, while we were wearing them out, they simply just let go and the bait came right back to the boat in what seemed like slow motion.  Yes we got our fun out of them, but they don't count as a legitimate catch unless you physically release them.  We saw roughly 20 fish yesterday alone, and another 40-50 last week.  During last weeks outings, I believe this same scenario was played out at least one or two times every day.  I was beginning to wonder if we would ever photo another one.  Great fun during every outing for sure, but it just feels good to get that musky slime on the hands again. 

muskygrillin%20003.jpgI personally want to thank Seth and Destiny for the amazing fish feast that I had last Friday.  They returned from Alaska with fresher than fresh Salmon and Halibut, and they were kind enough to give me some samples.  Holy Connolly that stuff tastes amazing on the ol charcoal grill.  By far the best meal I have had all summer long.  Thanks again guys!  You Rock!

Keep On Livin The Dream Y'all!