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265 S Oak St
Waconia, MN
United States

612-382-6927

Travis Frank and Trophy Encounters Guide Service specializes in fully-guided fishing trips for Muskie, Walleye, Bass, Northern Pike and Panfish on Lake Minnetonka, Lake Waconia, Lake Mille Lacs and other Metro Minnesota Waters.​

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This One's For The Girls...

Travis Frank

This title is from a country music song written by Martina McBride.  I find it fitting because last night I was joined by another country music star.  The lovely and talented Jenn Bostic made her debut in my boat last night.  Jenn lives in Nashville, TN and her passion lies in writing and singing music. For myself and her boyfriend Mike, our passion lies in catching huge fish.  She wanted to jump in the boat to see what all this muskie fuss was about.  This evening was intended to be all about her.

As any trip with a newcomer, you always wish for the best.  You wish for a huge fish to strike, but more importantly you wish for it to strike their line.  This was our goal last night, and as we set out just before the sun hit the trees, we had hopes that Jenn would see her first muskie.  It was a short stint to say the least, but it was better than nothing.   We skipped the introductory lessons to muskie fishing and started immediately with the fishing.  Not a typical approach, but when you only have an hour you just get down to business.

As the sun hit the trees and the darkness started to set in, Jenn's boyfriend Mike let out the most beautiful words in the entire world.  "Got one!"  A few screams from Jenn and a surfacing muskie revealed that he was correct.  As I reached for the net I was reminded that I left it at home.  Ooops.  It was a hand to hand combat to the fullest extent.  Mike got the fish close and I stuck the ol' mitt in the water.  A few seconds later we posed for our catch and the fish was on its way.  It wasn't until the dust settled that Mike and I turned to each other and realized that we totally hogged the show.  During the chaos of the battle, lack of net and a few other factors, Jenn was all but taken out of the equation.  She was happy to take the pictures, but we wanted that fish to be hers.  I guess it now makes this title a little ironic, huh?  Sorry Jenn.  If anything it means that we get to try it over again.  It was an unforgettable night on the water with two of my favorite people.  Short, but oh so sweet.  Until next time, keep on chasing your dream!