Friday, September 23, 2016

Whoa is Me!

Ok so as some of you know I build tackle boxes for Muskie Fishing, I love to Fish! For the longest time I was like every other guy here in the Midwest, when I got a chance I was on a Farm Pond stalking Large Mouth Bass! Not that long ago I went fishing over 200 days straight!I got up a little early and went to my favorite Pond and wetted a line for at least an hour or so.
   Wisconsin was where I was introduced to the Esox Genius, Family vacations up in Hayward was something I looked forward to about a week after we got back! I will never forget my brother catching a 36" Pike on a yellow and black beetle spin just down from our cabin. I will also never forget my Buddy Jim and I down in Muskie Bay on Lac Corte Oreilles (/ləˈkuːdəreɪ/) the very last day of vacation catching small Northern that literally went airborne for about 2hrs. I know, I know, a whole lt of talk about Pike and even Muskie Bay but no Muskie fishing!
   I was truly introduced to Muskie one Fall whilst on Vacation again, on Cuda Ray, when a guy staying in a cabin just down from us landed a 40" Muskie off Winters Point. I had never seen anything quite like it, nor smelled anything quite like it! Well of course 2 things entered my mind. Holy crap I have been swimming and these big Muckraker's are in there! The second thought was I gotta catch me one of those!
   Enter my Friend and business partner (and former High School Teacher, Coach, Mayor...the list goes on) Bill! Come to find out his cabin was just off the lake we vacationed on all these years. Well to sum it up that next year due to the blizzard that made us leave vacation early last year the Fam decided not to go the following year, so I went to my 1st Muskie Tournament with Bill and Have been going almost every year now (Bill has been fishing it for over 35yrs). I tell you all of this to show that I do love Fishing! Everything about it Like some people it took me 10yrs to finally catch a brag worthy slob of 48.25" in Indiana (I have never been to Vermillion or St Claire so give me a break).
  So you should understand when I tell you how Disgusted I am that I can count how many times I have been fishing in the last 3yrs on 1 hand! That's right I am around Muskie Tackle almost everyday, Building the Boxes that some of you love, watching Facebook post's of Hulbert and Miller and every other dude hauling in hawgs! But I digress...I still love this sport! Ponds or lakes, Bass or Muskie it keeps me going when life gets me down and it has tried hard to get me down this last year!   The only thing my Cool Cordwood Esox Box does is display the tools of my somewhat distant past time......but I have faith!