Larson Boats, Little Falls, Minn., over 100 years in the business with employees that know the business. I am excited to say that I am on the Larson FX Fishing Team (along with a group of other pro fishermen and guides), and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this company. There is a new president in town as well and Rob Parmentier means business! Al Kuebelbeck, the former president of Larson was the man that started this whole fishing boat line at Larson and he has since left us for a much more peaceful place. Thank you Al!
If you like ice fishing and you like duck hunting, you ought to pack up the family Feb. 22 and head to Garrison for the 10th annual Fishing For Ducks ice fishing contest. I have not fished it because of other conflicts over the years but I am considering attending this year. I could use $20,000. I frequent Lake Mille Lacs through the year and almost always stop at Garrison Sports and get the down and dirty fishing report. If it’s good, they’ll tell you and if it’s bad they’ll tell you. I like that.
February. What in the world are we Minnesotans supposed to do in February? Go to North Dakota ice fishing? Most of you are saying, “Heck no!” But indeed that is where the “We Love It! Outdoors” crew is heading to very shortly. Cold, wind, perch, Sno Bear, deep water, right smack in the middle of the prairie pot hole region of North Dakota. That’s the plan and we will just have to report back to you and let you know how the plan panned out.
Boat show, boat show, boat show! With many of us in the “spring fever” mode, the Minneapolis Boat Show is a great place to come and visit right now! I am here now at the Larson Boats both and the doors are about ready to open for day 2. Yesterday was a good day but I think our latest bout of winter slowed the attendance as the roads were not in great shape.
Sometimes we just don’t realize how good we have it. It’s easy to complain about the weather, our jobs, etc. But after my last guide trip, I will hope to have a little more appreciation as I “press on” with the rest of my life here on earth.
As we approach the new year, we can’t help but look back at this past year and how “stuffed to the gills” it has been! Lots of things going on here, I’m sure you can just imagine, with three kids, a dog, a new kitty cat, myself and the one that keeps it all together — Shelley Rae! We are all going in different directions at different times and are pretty much tied into those little 3-inch by 4-inch pieces of technology that we can’t live without!
‘Tis the season to do some ice fishing, fa-la-la-la-la-la. What’s your style? Are you a social fisher? Or are you hardcore? Do you like tip-ups or do you just like to tip em? These days the options are many and a person can actually have the best of both worlds. The 5-gallon bucket used to be the only way to go but in the last 35 years or so, the sport of ice fishing has evolved into a real modernized sport where “anything goes.”
We are just putting the wraps on year number two of Mills Fleet Farm’s “We Love It! Outdoors” television show and it has been another awesome year in the field. The new season will air within the next couple of weeks and it will be exciting (even for me) to see the finished product. I have been there for all of it but once it hits the editors desk (Chad Koel) I’m never quite sure how all things will be melded together to make what many believe (including myself) has been an awesome show.
Our muzzleloader deer hunt at Philbrook is still open and I am very excited for my return early next week in search of a nice buck. We were over there (near Motley) Saturday through Wednesday and had a blast. It was Bruce Hudalla, his friends Anita Williams and Todd Hess, myself, camera man Kyle Peterson and camera man Brady Kangas. Anita was bow hunting only and she left early in the week get back to her salon in Grand Rapids.
Black Friday is happening right before my very eyes. I am watching many ladies (and very few guys) scurrying about at Anthropology (50th and France) down in the Twin Cities. My ladies are here, too, if you are wondering! Thanksgiving at grandmothers house and a little Black Friday shopping has become a mild tradition. And hey, guess who just stopped in? Lorna Klefsaas (famous Kermit’s wife), another northerner who is down seeing family in the cities!