Happy Birthday Chuck, and what a way to spend it. Tonight I was fortunate enough to share what Chuck described as "the best birthday ever" with this great couple. Now that is quite the feat to hear, and I feel very honored to receive such recognition, so thank you for that Chuck!. This is our second time fishing together for the season, and this time, he brought his wonderful wife Suzy with to join the fun. The first time it was 40 degrees and 30 mph wind, tonight the conditions were absolutely gorgeous. We would have to rate it as the best of the year thus far. We had little wind, and a perfect temperature with the nice sunshine. We found that the deck of the boat acts as one romantic spot to have a cup of wine and a nice dinner on your birthday. The only question that we wondered, was if we put 3 Bemidji State Beaver in one boat if the fish would run for the hills!
Suzy eliminated our worries by boating the first fish of the day, which was a very nice bass. Chuck followed and we all went back and forth several times on the ol' bucketmouths after that. "Where are the walleyes???" we all asked. It took a quite a while, and a few spots to find them, but when we found them tucked in a very small spot in 14 feet of water, it was game over for the fish, and our camera's got a huge workout. The bite was not typical for me this year, but actually more typical for normal walleye behavior. Our action occured around the last half hour of daylight, and we caught some more whoppers. Sheesh, I think Chuck is good luck on the biggins, cuz last time out we only caught big ones. Tonight we had 7 walleyes right after sunset. They ranged in literally every category. The largest was 27.5 inches, and the smallest was about 5 inches. Kinda funny to see such a huge size swing, and we had action from every specie in the lake to go with it. We through all the fish back, but took pics of some dandies including a 22 incher a 24.5 incher, and a 27.5 incher that Chuck tried viciously to knock off with the net :) A great night on the water, and as Chuck and Suzy put it, "the best birthday ever!" Thanks for the fun guys, you were great! Until next time, keep on livin the dream!