Brute's Bleat March 9, 2016

I listened to most of the 55-45 exciting Annandale Cardinals win over Breck game Friday which propelled them into the Boy’s State Tournament where they meet #3 seeded Esko. That game was at Williams Arena Wednesday. A Cardinal win would pit them against either Jackson County Central or Caledonia on Friday at the big barn on the University campus. If they can get by their first game the Cards would have a rematch from a year ago when Caledonia won 72-66 in the first round. Caledonia went on to play Melrose in the finals, losing 63-51. I figured Rockford would win in the Sub-section finals against Annandale, but the Cards proved me wrong and I wish them the best in the state tournament, which is their fourth stright appearance. . .
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This is the time of year when ice on the lakes begins to get a bit iffy, and being I haven’t been out for a week or so without any luck, I gave Maple a try late Saturday morning and into the afternoon. I started drilling holes at 5-6 feet of water and worked my way out to 8-10 feet before I got any bites. The ice was 12 inches thick and for the most part fairly solid. I was using wax worms, but the sunfish they attracted were small with only one coming close to being a keeper. I haven’t given up yet, but with 50-60 degree weather in the forecast the ice won’t last long, especially if we get some rainy days. I noticed some anglers down the east side of Maple who quit fishing about 1 p.m. and headed back to the access on their ATVs. There was another angler on the north side who seemed to be moving around about as much as I was. I noticed some angling going on off County Road 37 Sunday late in the afternoon and I hope they were more successful than I was. My fishing buddy, George Palmer, bailed out for a trip to Texas, a yearly event for him and his wife, Sonja. He’ll have to get back next week for late ice fishing if it lasts that long. On the other hand our Florida source, Mike Muller, has been enjoying a good run of crappie angling with he and Jessie nailing 24 recently on Lake Okeechobee. Gene Waxman commented he’s ready for fly fishing and invested in a new reel. Actually it’s an old reel, but one he figures never has been used. It came with a line attached which he removed and now is shining it up for some open water action.
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I took in the movie The Revenant at the Muller Family Theatres in Monticello Sunday night which won an Academy Award. It was R rated which I normally don’t like and I still don’t, but the movie was impressive as was the acting by Leonardo DeCaprio. There was a lot of violent fighting between the Indians and the fur trappers of that dangerous era (early 1800s) as the story unwound about a frontiersman who barely survived a mauling by a grizzly, a gruesome scene in itself. He was abandoned by his fellow trappers and left to die from his wounds. Flashbacks from his life while married and revenge for a trapper who killed his son helped him endure a severe winter and eventually find his enemy. There was a lot of scenery, mountains, forests, rivers, etc. which helped make the epic tolerable, but I’m not one to want to see it a second time! The popcorn was great!
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Saturday’s the big day, St. Patrick’s Festival, in Maple Lake with fun-packed events scheduled at different times culminating with a 1:30 p.m. parade and naming new Maple Lake Ambassadors at the high school. With the weather forecasted to be 60 degrees you can bet the streets will be lined with green clad spectators who came to watch the 100-plus unit parade or to be seen in their Irish costumes, I’m not sure which! Maple Lake’s was Wright County’s first parade of the season for many years, but Waverly has been trying to steal some of their thunder for the past five years. The Fitzpatrick Clan from Waverly was always a hit in Maple Lake, but nothing is for sure. Our loss is their gain, but a little competition never hurts!
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I’ve chosen the open prairie on Ney Park over the wooded trails which were extremely icy last time out. I should have worn my ice cleats. I think Vanna likes the change, too, as she enjoys stretching her legs running through the tall grass.

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