Brute's Bleat June 22, 2016

Thinking back on my fishing trip to Lake of the Woods I neglected to mention my brother’s latest inventions, a vertical fishing rod rack in the back of his boat; and even more important were the two removable fish filleting tables, also in the back of his boat. They made filleting walleyes for our shore lunches much simpler than finding a flat rock for a filleting board. Chuck’s in-boat tables were suspended on PVC pipes attached to floor anchors with the opposite end resting on the boat to give it solid support. We both sat on the boat’s swivel seats to make the chore comfortable and something of a breeze compared to kneeling on a rock! He also wired in a 12-volt receptacle so he could use his electric knife!
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I finally got my boat in the water Saturday morning after missing the season opener because of inclement weather and another postponement for a medical issue. Anyway, the word was to fish 9-14 feet for the sunnies so I put my spinning gear and bait in the boat along with my fly rod just in case I wanted to check out the shallow water. I tried some shallow spots that looked like they could be spawning beds with my fly rod tipped with a black knat. We, Vanna and myself, came up with 16 male sunfish off one spot before I lost the only fly I had in the boat. You guessed it, I neglected to bring my assortment of flies along in a special tackle box! I could have kicked myself, but we had 16 to clean, enough for two meals. It may be that time in my life to establish a check list for fishing!
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Daryl Hennen, his son, Adam, Jim Goelz, Tim Risbrudt, Rick Benson, and Dave Goelz made their annual fly-in fishing trip to Ontario last week and came back with great fishing. In fact, it was so good Jim said they pinched back the barbs on their hooks the final two days to make catch and release easier. He had several beat up fingers to make his point! He also commented they wore all their cold weather gear the first two days and after that the weather was great, no rain. Adam Hennen was a newcomer this year and was amazed at the size and aggressiveness of the Walleyes. He also had the group’s largest Northern, a 41-incher. Daryl said he thinks Adam is hooked on Canadian fishing! The trip wasn’t without incident and while back-trolling Daryl hit an obstruction and jammed the 4-stroke outboard’s transmission which left them without any power and about 2 miles from camp with only a canoe paddle. Their fishing camp has boats with motors in several spots on the lake for customers to use on portages to other lakes, and the Hennens found one with a 2-cycle outboard, but not enough fuel to get them very far. Daryl commented Tom Blizil told him a 2-cycle engine can be run on plain gas, rather than a gas-oil mixture, if it isn’t run too fast or gets hot. So they transferred the 2-cycle engine to their boat and took the 4-stroke back to camp. “We’re thinking about walkie-talkies for next year,” he said. He almost came home without one of his favorite fishing poles when they were casting for walleyes. It was dumb, he said, when he left his spare rod pretty much upright and he hooked an eye on his back-cast and threw the rod right into the lake. They used treble hooks, etc. to try to locate the rod by dragging the bottom without much luck. Adam added some weights to one of his lures and in the process had a Walleye bite on the makeshift outfit. They were about to give up on finding the rod when they had a giant stroke of luck and hooked it in one of the rod’s eyes to save the day. . . Another ML angler, Ed Trager, was supposed to be in Canada fishing with his brothers, but he elected to cheer on the Irish baseball team, and his son, Cole, who were playing in the State Tournament, the first in the school’s history. The Irish defeated Proctor 1-0 on Jack Seibert’s home run, but ran into a buzz saw in their next game with Belle Plaine, which they lost 6-4. They ended up in fourth place, losing to Pierz in a rain-postponed game. . . Also on the baseball front, the Maple Lake Lakers will be hosting the 2019 State Amateur Baseball Tournament. There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand, both in the years leading up to the event as well as the tournament itself, which runs from the middle of August ending on Labor Day.

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