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Hatfish – October 2015

November 4th, 2015

This October trip was short, windy rainy and temperatures were stuck in the low 40’s.  Thursday, a steady downpour was trying hard to switch over to snow. We managed to get out on the boat a few times but mostly we just lounged by the fire and enjoyed catching up.


The lake was turning over for the winter and fish were busy making travel plans but we managed to bring a few to the table. It was a Gore-Tex weekend.

Hatfish – May 2015

July 31st, 2015

Another mild spring on Strawberry with more hiking than fishing. On May 15th I record over 30,000 steps on my Fitbit.  The fish seemed to come in bunches. Plenty of action with most of them just under a pound. On one of the last laps around the lake, I picked up the hat with this modest yet beautifully colored specimen Read More...

Hatfish – May 2014

May 23rd, 2014

It was a different kind of trip. The late spring was even later up on Strawberry. Scheduling was a little off as well. We were a little earlier than usual. Scott couldn't get up there until Thursday afternoon and I had to leave Friday morning. That meant that there wasn't a time where we all fished together Read More...

Hatfish – October 2013

October 30th, 2013

It was a cold, windy, rainy, snowy week on Strawberry.  We found a pile of huge Bluegills but the big bass seemed to have flown south already. This 1 lb. 3 oz. specimen was the largest of the few bass we caught this October. Mary and I were up there over the first weekend of October. It rained a lot but the temperatures were mild Read More...

Hatfish – May 2013

July 17th, 2013

No, this isn't the actual Hatfish but it is half of the fish that caused a tie and a subsequent tie-breaker.  There were several factors at play on Strawberry this May. In contrast to last spring, this year, we felt that the lake and spring in general was about 5 weeks behind schedule. It was cold and very rainy Read More...

Hatfish – October 2012

October 30th, 2012

Where did all those big fish from last spring go? The fall trip was unusually late this year.  The wind and weather were all over place. We caught numerous bass all right around the 1 lb 3 oz area. The Hatfish weighed in at a modest 1 lb 10 oz. He fought like champ. They all do. I caught him in front of the birdhouse on a Texas rigged Berkley 7" Pumpkinseed Power Worm Read More...

Hatfish – May 2012

May 29th, 2012

The Hat comes home with this 4 pound Bass. It was caught on a Texas Rigged 7" Berkley power Worm. Pumpkinseed, of course. It was fairly shallow in front of Brooks' place in the late morning.  The mild winter and early spring had pumped up fish population. Everywhere we went there were large schools of sizable Bluegill Read More...

Hatfish – October 2011

October 15th, 2011

In a predawn expedition to the Bass Hole, Doc secures the hat with 3lbs 9oz.

Hatfish – May 2011

May 28th, 2011

I bring the hat home again with this 4lb 3oz beast

Boundary Waters – September 2002 [Part 2]

April 16th, 2011

We spent a week up in Quetico.  It wasn't until the 5th day that we finally saw another human being. A pair of kayakers wandered into our bay. They glided up the far shore then turned around and disappeared. (more…)