• RECEIVE THE GIFTS MEMBERS SHARE WITH YOU HERE...THEN...CREATE SOMETHING TO ENCHANT OTHERS THAT YOU WANT TO SHARE

    You know what we all love...

    When you enchant people, you fill them with delight and yourself in return. Have Fun!!!

Sign in to follow this  
steffanf

Personal bit of torment...

Recommended Posts

I was hoping to share a picture with you all on this, but...

I managed to catch my personal best last Wednesday, July 2nd on Minnetonka. Everything about the moment was perfect. I was using a new lure I just got at TB the day before (that I had a feeling would work here). The spot, the weather, the time of day were perfect... even my angle of approach. The muskie hit the bait about 30 feet out and when it boiled at the surface, I knew I had something big. There was another boat nearby, so I asked them (father and son, also muskie fishing) if they had a big net (currently the only piece of Muskie gear that is absent from my boat). They said yes and I asked them if they could help net it, since I was alone. It took me some 5 minutes to wrangle this thing to the boat and I played that fish perfect (patting myself on my back some more). I estimated the fish at 4 feet long when it was in the water and I was dead on... just a hair over 48" measured. The two even had a digital camera and took my picture. It took some coercing for a minute or so, but I eventually got the fish active again until it swam away on it's own. After taking down my e-mail address, I couldn't thank the two of them enough. I offered them a beer for helping me (who cares that it's 8:30 AM... I was about to drink one myself), and for taking my picture. I was estatic... how much better could it get. My PB and first truly "legal" size muskie, all caught on my custom spinning outfit... with a good picture to boot!

Well, here is where the my torment comes in. The guy that took the picture has yet to contact me. I'm getting the feeling I will never see that picture. Maybe I messed something up with my e-mail address and maybe I should have gotten their phone number or something. I know... it's just a picture, but I really was hoping to have some momento of that moment, other than the now fully broken-in lure. The only thing I know about the guys is that they have (I think) a blue and silver 16-18' Alumacraft with a big white Suzuki or Johnson outboard on it... and they live somewhere west of the lake (Woodbury? ...heck, I don't know...). They know I live in Lakeville, but that's about all else they know about me. Somehow, I get the feeling they are not FM-ers either, but in case they are, hopefully someone can get back to me here. If anyone knows who I might be talking about, do tell them to get in touch with me. Thanks for all of you letting me rant...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Give 'em a little time, I'm sure they'll get it to you. We did the same for a guy once - by the time I got home and downloaded and sent to him was like 3 days. I had some other things to take care of and that may be the case here. When you get it make sure to post. Congrats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am still hoping that is the case. It has been a week now, but with the holidays and such, not to mention their own lives, it may take a little while...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

what kind of spinning setup do you have? I was thinking of getting one, am curious what rod you found.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My rod is custom-built by Thorne Brothers. I couldn't find a stock rod from anyone with the right length and action. The closest I found was some saltwater surf-casting stuff, all of which was too bulky, heavy and unbalanced. It uses an 8' G. Loomis SW-96 (255 Teel) Muskie rod blank with a 14" handle and one of those hourglass-shaped power grip (foregrip- I forget the real name of this special grip). It's one-of-a-kind and I paid dearly for it. I can cast lures that easily weigh 8+ ounces (including regular Bulldawgs and DCG's) with this set-up. A couple of bonuses because it is spinning gear... I can cast a country mile and it is better than any casting gear for burning bucktails!

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Me too... although, I am just about loosing all hope. The reel I use is a Shimano Sustain SA5000. Not too big, but plenty rugged...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Sounds like you guys gave her heck up there to find them. I'd be praying thanks, too if I got that one on! ☺️
    • Quick recap:   Weather was too darn “nice”!  Upper 80’s - 90’s; no wind to speak of; mostly sunny. Water temps were anywhere from 64 - 71 depending on location and day.   We looked the lake over from end to end, marking up our map and returning to some places where we saw fish either later the same day or a couple days later.  We could literally see the transition from spawn to post spawn happening during our stay.  Being new to both muskie fishing and that lake, we spent time in dead water as much as good water but feel like we got a pretty good handle on how to go about setting up a more efficient return visit.  It was a lot work and long hours but I’d go back this weekend if I could so I must’ve enjoyed it.   A few pics as hoped for:
    • big dave 2 and leech, darn good lookin meals!!!!  Dave have a good weekend!!!!
    • Ok Dave have a good weekend. Hope you get over the whole butt hurt Leech deal! Not sure where you got that I don't like folks smoking or grilling things?  I know I do enough. Have fun! 🙂  
    • Heavy rains across northwestern Wisconsin last weekend and early this week have flooded some roads and caused washouts on some highways, roads, state parks, forests and trails. According to the National Weather Service the area has received 7 to 12 inches of rain from Friday through Monday.Several park system property or portions of properties are closed due flooding. Amnicon Falls State Park, closed temporarily but has reopened, though some roads, trails and observation areas remain closed. Pattison State Park is open for camping only; all trails, observation areas, picnic and day-use areas are closed. There are washouts on the dam that forms Interfalls Lake and Highway 35 over the dam is closed. A campground and horse trail are closed at Governor Knowles State Forest and the day use areas along the river at Interstate Park are underwater.Water was roaring over Little Manitou Falls at Pattison State Park.Photo credit: Gervase ThompsonAll rivers in the region are running extremely high. The falls at both Amnicon and Pattison are roaring, but road closures mean observing the falls now is challenging. The Bois Brule and Flambeau rivers are high enough that some canoe launches and campsites are underwater. The water is making its way downstream and the Lower Wisconsin River is running very high with all sandbars submerged and canoeing and kayaking not recommended. The river is expected to crest Muscoda this weekend at 40,000 cubic feet per second. .
    • I'm still going to smoke this fatty while camping this weekend whether Leech likes it or not.....😋       See you fellers on Monday........
    • Rick didn't like all the "My Grills bigger and better then yours" posts!  😅
    • We switched to a new server. Had a glitch in our dB that lost a couple days of posts.
    • I ripped a hole in one of my favorite pairs of fishing shorts just need a decent sized patch to cover her up
    • I am not sure what happened either but we lost all of the posts last couple days not just this thread. And it looks like the same thing happened over on FM site as well. I know the site was down last night while I tried look at it.