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Walleyedan: A day of firsts

Mac and Papa Eigen on Gull Lake.

What a trip! We were wondering how to keep our son busy for the rest of the summer now that baseball is over and I think we just figured it out.

I helped him scrub the little 1982 14-foot aluminum boat last night and we got the 6-horse Evinrude fired-up. We rounded up the necessary safety equipment and he grabbed his tackle box and rod and we were off to the launch, just down the road on Gull Lake. I backed him down the ramp and floated him off. He fired it up and let out a couple of "whoo, whoo's" as he motored out of my sight.

I could just feel the freedom he was feeling at that moment as I recall taking my parents boat out by myself many moons ago. It's a great feeling! It was a beautiful night and he even caught a couple of bass. And he ate his dinner out there, too - a small Rafferty's cheese pizza with sprinkles. Wow was he loving life.

This morning he couldn't wait to take his 76-year-old papa (papa Eigen) out on the water (his first guide trip). That would have been a sight to see but I was out on my own trip this morning with one of my biggest fans (Gavin from Albert Lea). It was one heck of a day today for the fishermen on Gull Lake and there were a number of firsts - my 12-year-old son Mac's first guide trip (and they caught a walleye), Dustin Erickson also had a couple of anglers out this a.m. that caught their first walleyes and Jon Larson also guided one of our customers to their first walleye this a.m.

Hopefully Mac will one day guide me to a walleye or two, and on that day I'm sure I will give out a couple of "whoo, whoo's" too!