First off, Happy Holidays to you and yours! Secondly I am sorry for the longest drought in my journal since the creation of this site. I want to thank all of you for your patience and for continuing to watch for something new to pop up.
I should probably recap all of the events since I last updated. The muskie quest was one heck of an exciting, frustrating and rewarding time all wrapped into one. I have never spent so much effort for one big fish, but the results weren't exactly what I was hoping for. During the month of November I got my butt kicked more than once. I was persistent and patient, but that didn't prove to land the next state record. I have never seen so many November monsters as I did this season, but the 9 potential record breakers we had boatside during the several days on the water decided that this season wasn't for me. Unfortunately, most of the other 70 plus fish that we had boatside also felt the same way. I had so many great guests join the excursion as well and for that I want to say thanks. You all know who you are, and your presence made it one of the most enjoyable stretches I have had on the water yet. Watch for a new show on television in the near future as "the hook" takes shape. I am now looking forward to 2010 to do it all over again!
With the Holiday season, comes first ice. I typically update after every trip on the water, but my schedule has obviously kept me from doing so. While I haven't been updating, I have still been pounding through the ice every chance I get. The results? Pretty good. The ice has been as good, or better than I can ever remember. Thus far I have fished a few different lakes for walleyes and a few for panfish. Some days have been better than others, but limits of walleyes have been had and some very ncie picture takers to boot. We haven't landed any 10 pounders yet, but I expect that to change very soon. What else would a guy expect from the early ice season?
The next few days and weeks should be spectacular as this season is starting out with a bang. If you haven't hit the water yet, I strongly encourage you to do so. This is not a secret, but the ice is in great shape, and the fish are biting! I have caught up on several of my current responsibilities and I now will do my best to keep you informed of every outing I go on. I hope you stay tuned. From the frozen tundra of the north, keep on livin' the dream!
Check out the photo galleries to see more early ice photos!