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What's Up Outdoors: Making memories at Camp Confidence Fishing Classic

This year was the 35th year for the Camp Confidence Fishing Classic, and I can't imagine how many stories and memories have been made in that time. I know in my 10 years or so that I've met some great people and have had great days fishing, and n...

This year was the 35th year for the Camp Confidence Fishing Classic, and I can't imagine how many stories and memories have been made in that time. I know in my 10 years or so that I've met some great people and have had great days fishing, and not so great days. But if you think it's all about the fishing you are wrong. It's about seeing familiar faces in the morning, and meeting new anglers and guides. But most times the new guides end up being there year after year, it's just that much fun.

New this year was the youth division which was a huge hit and is sure to be bigger and better next year. As far as our boat this year, myself and Mandy Uhrich had a new partner this year. Joselyn Koering was joining up with us, and even though she could have fished the youth division it was go big or go home, she wanted to fish with the regular teams.

We started our day off getting our limit of bass right away, then a couple hours upgrading we were feeling good and were hoping for just one big fish to bring us up the leaderboard. But then the mother of all rain storms, with thunder and lightning, moved in and we were headed for cover. After sitting out the storm we got back out on the water and our bass bite had disappeared. So we figured a big pike would be next on our hit list. Right away Joselyn had a huge hit and it was peeling drag. I don't know who was more excited-me, her or Mandy. After finally getting a shot with the net she had a beautiful 8.6-pound pike in the boat. Within the next hour we had a bunch of northern hits, and got another 6-pounder and lost a few nicer ones. We were hoping her fish would be good enough for big fish, but it fell 6 ounces short. But that was fine, it was still a fish to remember. We knew our bass bag was a little light but it put us around 4th place.

We never put too much pressure on ourselves for this tournament, it's more about the memories, and I hope Joselyn has some great ones.

JAMIE DIETMAN, What's Up Outdoors, may be reached at 218-820-7757.

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