Gotta blame it on something! I got the SnoBear stuck for the first time ever, and let me tell you, I've had it in a lot of crazy situations! I was on the second of back-to-back full-day guide trips with Scott and Jim, two guys that road-tripped here from our neighboring state of Wisconsin. Scott had booked the trip because he wanted to see the SnoBear in action and do some run-and-gun fishing.
Where did ya catch 'em? In the lake, in the lip or maybe on some lake that wasn't even the lake you were on. These answers are answers you can get out of a fisherman that spends a lot of time on the water and who might be reluctant to answer that age old question. I've been fishing for quite some time now and I will now answer that question with honesty, if someone is so bold to ask! Was it always like that? Nope.
What in the world is next? It seems that everyday it's a new, news story. Local, national, international, you name it. I'm sure you have gathered over the years that I am a person that believes in God, and that He is the one and only. With that being said, I believe that no matter what unfolds, it is all under His thumb. So, let's get on with life right? Well, it's not that easy. Let's just keep our new president and his family, cabinet and all others on his team in our prayers. As I enter into my 49th year on this earth, say it's time to try and dial things in.
I'm here at the airport in Las Vegas, Nev., waiting for the "red eye" to take me to MSP. It's been another one of those whirlwind trips. I spent today at the Shot Show, the big gun show in Vegas. So many guns and so many other things related to the shooting and hunting industry. One day is not long enough to cover all the ground and see all there is to see, but I tried. All these companies showcasing their new product for the upcoming year.
Friday the 13th and the moon is full.Ttake it for what it's worth, but if some seriously strange things happen you'll know why—it's the moon! I'm running on a few hours of sleep after taking a bonsai trip to St. Paul to promote Larson FX fishing boats at the Sportsmen's Show. Thursday was a quiet day, but I'm thinking the weekend will pack them in.
I'm fresh off of my second trip of the year to the big lake to the east—Mille Lacs. Mille Lacs is the second largest lake in the state at over 132,000 acres and it has had a lot of press over the years. I've always really enjoyed fishing the big lake to the east of Brainerd. It has an allure unlike any other lake that I've been on. It can be nasty and it can be nice. Fishing can be really good and fishing can be really tough.
What a year. Let me back up and begin by saying thank you! Thank you for reading my column, from wherever you are and whoever you are. I don't know how many years it has been that I've been writing to you, but it's obvious from the comments that I receive that some of you are loyal readers.
Merry Christmas! We celebrate the birth of Jesus at this time of year, not knowing when his actual birth date is. And why does that matter anyway? Shouldn't we celebrate everyday, knowing that He is the ruler of heaven and earth?
My first trip to the ice was cold. I had the itch, figured the ice was good enough (3 ¾ inch), so I ventured out on the north end of Gull Lake. I was solo, and this trip to the ice brought back memories when I did a lot of fishing by myself. All I had was my auger, and a bucket of goods. My handheld GPS was not functioning properly, so I went out there not totally full of confidence.
Going out fishing this weekend? I don't think I will either, but there will be plenty of people out there doing it. Fishing on the ice that is. I'm slowly preparing for the ice fishing season, but I'm still in pursuit of the white-tailed deer. It's a fun time to be in the woods. Sure it's cold, but it's a cool feeling to be dressed with the right gear and knowing that you have the woods to yourself. It's quiet, it's peaceful, it's beautiful and it's a great time to put some meat on the table.