I feel like I could just put this picture up here and it would speak for itself. What you are looking at is the exact reason that I love what I do. This morning I was joined on the water by two of the most excited fisherman I have had in my boat in quite some time. The phone conversation the day before with their father revealed that the kids were likely not to sleep due to their excitement. They had been looking at pictures on this website for some time and have been getting extremely excited to catch their very own muskie. As I looked at the forecast for our morning of fishing I had a big lump in my throat because it wasn't looking like one of those days that would give us a lot of chances. Talk about pressure!
This morning I hit the water with David and two young fishing buddies excited to land their first muskie. Their names were Alex and Adam, and they were ten years old. Our first spot of the day proved that even with the hot, calm and sunny weather that we were going to have our chances. Shortly into the outing Alex had a muskie surface behind his topwater lure. A close call, but not what we were hoping. Shortly after, the boys were taking a break when I decided to cast to a hopeful fish. Sure enough, it tried its darndest to eat boatside, but again left us wondering what could have been. This time, Alex got a close-up view of their target for the day. "That thing was huge," he said, and pretty much sealed the deal for him. He was going to land a muskie if it was the last thing he was to do!
As sure as the sun rising in the east, about an hour later the strongest battle of young Alex's life was full on. Man vs. beast became a reality and Alex was the victor. An accomplishment that this young fisherman will likely never forget, and one heck of a first muskie. Ahh, the glories of muskie fishing. Does it get any better than that? I think not! The only problem is that I do believe dad will now have to become a muskie fisherman to keep these boys entertained! There is nothing more rewarding than seeing young fisherman get so excited to fish, and when I can get them hooked into a big muskie, that makes my year. Just awesome! Congrats on the great fish Alex, may there be many more! Until next time, keep on living the muskie dream!