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I likes to do me some fishing, and why not?
Great way to unwind, forget your troubles (and we all have our lot), and deflate that balloon of stress that's been creeping up your spinal column and infiltrating your brain like some tropical viral infection.
So, me, I do a trip up to the Gunflint Trail/Boundary Waters Wilderness Area in northern Minnesota every year.
This year we decided not to camp in the canoe only Boundary Waters, but rather to stay at a cabin along the Gunflint Trail.
We was seriously stressed, and a week of packing in and paddling, portaging, fighting plauges of mosquitos and black flies was not fitting the bill.
Plus everyone knows feeze-dried pack meals suck.
Anyhow, the place we stayed was awesome. We saw plenty of wildlife (7 Moose, untold number of Loons, Beavers and Bald eagles, and a fox and an otter hanging out down by the wateredge of our cabin). This was cool.
Now the fishing. It was awsome, we caught plenty of big Smallmouth Bass, Norther Pike, and Rainbow Trout hopping around on the lakes along the trail.
But nothing compares to our last day up.
We hired a guide for a day to take us out on Saganaga Lake at the top of the trail.
Day started slow, as we fished for Lake Trout, but couldn't find a bite. I was starting to question the skills of our scraggly, sun-baked guide, Roger.
We then decided to get off the big part of the lake, as 30 mph wind gusts were coming up.
Now it got fun.
In a three hour period in a single area we picked up four walleye that were 30-31 inches (ten to eleven lbs).
Folks, those are all once in a lifetime trophy fish.
We released 'em all.
We also caught another four fish ranging from 24-27 inches, which anyone one of would have made a great day on the water.
We kept two of those "smaller" four fish, and then went to another spot where we limited out on "eating-size" fish (19 inch and under).
You really couldn't hope for a better day of walleye fishing.
All hail guide Roger the sun-bleached fishing God.
So yeah, it was a good trip.
We found out later that our guide Roger is somewhat of a living legend when it comes to guiding and commercial fishing. He's guided on Saganaga for 30+ years now, and commercial fishes in Florida during the winter months. In both places he's regarded as just about the best there is. We just stumbled onto him as he had a cancellation, and we were looking for a guide on short notice. Dumb luck. About the nicest guy you could hope to meet, and his fishing knowledge is boundless. Plus, the guy did two tours with Army Special Forces in Vietnam, and never recieved as much as a scratch.
"I'm a lucky guy, always have been."
We rode his luck and knowledge that day, worked out pretty well.