I have to start this one out by giving a shout out to Katie for her very first fish in a boat. She will not be happy with me posting this, cuz it wasn't exactly a giant, and she didn't even want to take the picture, but I don't care, it was her first fish. Any first fish is a great first fish, and even though most of us have caught that by age 2 or 3, you have to start somewhere, so congrats. Look for this new Ranger Model to be stealing the show here very soon! She claims she is going to be landing muskies by the end of summer, so I'll keep you posted. But I have a slight suspicion that her need to succeed will get her one before the year is through.
The next Ranger Model is my mother, and we snuck out last week for a short time on the water. Man, it seems like it has been forever since she has been out with me, but her and I had to take advantage of the warmer temps and catch a few fish. This is the perfect time of the year to get everyone on the water. With the warmer temps, the panfish action can be fast and furious, and it will start getting much better in the next few days as the water warms out of the 40's.
The last few years, many of my travels have been quite random, and I just keep on looking for new species to catch to scratch my itch in the off-season. I think for myself, it is all about a good challenge and a good battle, which is why those darn rough fish have been the object of my affection with more and more regularity each season. When you throw some current and a hard fighting fish on light line, you have yourself a battle. Last week me and "da boys" hit a local river for some river bank action. Yep, we did the ol, lean the pole up and sit on the banks. The only thing that would have made it more redneck would have been if we had Beachnut chew and a 30 pack of some kind of skunky beer. But seriously, it was a great time. We pretty much had non-stop action with the carp and suckers, and landed a few dandies along the way. These are a few of the activities that I have found to help cure the walleye blues. Luckily for us, the opener is only a few days away. Boy oh Boy, am I getting excited! I will have more for y'all very soon. Until next time, Keep on Livin' the Dream!