Sometimes we get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Work, family and activities can cause us to lose sight of who we are and what we love. Not that the previously mentioned items aren't important, but it can cause us to forget to take time for ourselves, reflect, and appreciate all the great things we are blessed with in this life. I am extremely guilty of that myself, which is why I cherish the times that I get to spend all alone. I know this may sound selfish, but I truly feel that everyone needs to take some time to just breathe and rejuvinate themselves. Mentally and physically. While this may seem foolish to some of you, I do this by going fishing. The one on one feeling of being on the water is something that I cannot explain. I truly love fishing with all the great people that I have met over the years, but that one early morning or evening on the water alone can just fill me up inside. No cell phones, no music, and no conversation. Just me, God, nature and the fish. It doesn't get any better!
Last night I took that opportunity for myself. It wasn't a long opportunity, but after a long stretch of days filled with running every single direction and never stopping, it was much needed and incredible. I hit the water at about 7:45 for the last few minutes of daylight. The sun was setting and the weather was beyond perfect. The sounds of boat motors in the background and a few passing cars on the streets could be heard, but I was at peace. What makes this all the sweeter, is that I am totally zoned in on the fish and the elements. I find these few times each year to be some of my most rewarding trips. So much so that I am still excited to talk about it the next day, here in my journal. As the sun started to set I could just sense the greatness of the evening. After a tough stretch of days on the water I felt that I would do well and find those elusive walleyes. After snapping some epic shots of the sun setting I picked up my rod and pitched the jig into the center of the hotspot. My favorite walleye hole on the lake was full of fish. Almost like it was God's reward for my efforts, the fish started to bite. And boy did they bite! The first cast gave me a bucketmouth bass. Same result on cast number two. Cast number 3 was a beauty of an 18 inch walleye. The following was almost a carbon copy with another 18 incher. Then a hard fighting sheepshead on the next cast, followed by another 20 inch walleye. This scenario played itself out over the next 20 minutes. Simply incredible! I caught fish and released them as fast as I could. Once the sun finally set, I put the rod in the locker and slowly motored back to the dock. Not that it was a long trip, but I can tell you that I will remember it for quite some time. A one on one night is something I try to fit in whenever possible. Next time you are feeling mentally and physically drained, give yourself the experience to rejuvinate and refresh, mentally and physically. Take a walk in the woods, or jump in the boat to watch the sun set or rise. Turn the phones off, and if possible just sit in silence to reflect on how fortunate we all are, regardless of your current situations. I gaurantee you will not be dissapointed. From the walleye filled hot spot on Lake Waconia, Keep on Livin' the dream!