Three For The Books

With the fish safely returned to its home, we glided back to the landing over smooth water with big grins and a timeless memory. Preparing for the season to come also brings time to reflect on the season that was.  The 2014 open water fishing season came on the heels of our second consecutive brutal…

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Chasing The King

Tarpon fight.  I mean fight.  There is no other way to say it.  They jump. They run. They dive.  They are magnificent! In 2010, I made my first trip to what is widely known as the “Sportfishing Capitol of The World”.  Islamorada, FL consists of five islands in the Florida Keys sandwiched between Key Largo…

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Swimming With Goliath

There’s a spiritual connection among men in moments like this, and maybe it’s right that only those who were there can tell the tale to anyone who will listen.   Take the heaviest rod and reel you have, wrap the line around the hitch of your truck, have your buddy (or better yet your wife)…

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2013 Summer/Fall Wrap Up

What happened to our fishing season???  The change of seasons is one of many benefits to living in the north country, but the transition from fall to winter is always a difficult one for me.  It literally feels like yesterday we were driving around on opening weekend looking for any open water we could slip…

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  Even though they can become very spread out at this time, there are still fish to be caught near easily accessible shallower structures, and you don’t need to incorporate complicated techniques and technology to catch them. The 2013 fishing season definitely got off to a strange start with many of the Lakes in northern…

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Muskies In The Corn Belt

This was no longer the post spawn situation we had prepared for.  The game had now changed, and we needed to re-think our approach. Musky fishing is about the journey, not the destination.  At least that’s the philosophy any die hard musky angler needs to have in order to pursue these evasive predators that show…

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A Day With Don

Despite having every reason to give up and cash in his chips, he has chosen to find meaning and purpose.  What would be considered a burden too large for most to bear has become a cause for the celebration of life, family, and friends.  Expressions like “it’s a small world” can be overused.  When Steve…

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Keep Your Options Open This Spring

Long time friend and legendary Hayward, Wisconsin fishing guide Terry Peterson instilled the value of an open minded approach in me years ago.   KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN With snow and ice turning our lakes into frozen freshwater aquariums, I find myself reflecting on the past open water season.  Trophies landed, mistakes made, opportunities missed,…

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Grandma Doris

My childhood was full of distinct memories of my grandmother, and my connection to her will come as no surprise to anyone who knows me, FISHING!  Grandma loved to fish. Doris Elaine Meacham (August 16, 1925 – November 26, 2011) Matthew 4:18-23 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers;…

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Fishing With Legends

Then it hit me, I would be fishing in the same boat with two icons in their respective industries and professions.  Now my thoughts went from “this will be a slam dunk” to “I hope I don’t screw this up!”.   When Steve Toriseva from Babe Winkelman Productions contacted me in 2011 to schedule an…

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