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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…)

Boundary Waters – September 2002 [Part 1]

February 17th, 2011

The story actually begins on the 4th of July. I was over at my brother-in-law Dan's house setting things on fire when my phone rang and it was Scott. He had just got off the phone with Gary. Apparently, a couple of guys had backed out of his September camp and fishing trip up to the Boundary Waters in Canada and he need two replacements Read More...

Scott’s First Trophy – 9/3/2001

January 23rd, 2011

It was Labor Day on Long Lake in Michigan and even though the calendar said that August Pike trolling season was over, we were hoping that a northern or two might have forgotten to check the date. (more…)

Farewell To Spot

January 7th, 2011

Doc's dalmatian Spot has been a fixture up at Strawberry Lake as long as I've been going up there. He was deaf. I would joke that it was because he sat too close to the fire engine siren. Doc did a great job of training him to respond to hand signals. There are lots of stories about Spot. He once swam out to the middle of the lake where Doc and I were fishing Read More...

A Farewell To Strawberry – May 12, 2001

December 4th, 2010

We left Lafayette 2 hours ahead of schedule. We were all excited about getting back to Strawberry lake for what could be the last time. It was the day of Aric's graduation from Purdue Vet School so everybody was at Aric's house doing some celebrating. I was elected as designated driver so I stayed out of the beer Read More...

Steelhead Charter With Wild Bill – March 27, 2001

December 4th, 2010

I went to bed at 11:30 Saturday night. I knew that I had to get up at 2:00 am to set out for Berrien Springs but the excitement of the next day kept me awake. Scott had arranged this. He had been up on the Steelhead run before and had brought back tales of his battles man-o e fish-o. I was apprehensive about the trip Read More...

Let’s Try Ice Fishing – February 10, 2001

December 4th, 2010

It was the second weekend of February and I went ice fishing. The location was northwest Michigan, about 2 hours north of Grand Rapids. The temperatures ranged between lows around zero to highes in the mid 20s. It was not only a fishing trip but also a test of endurance. The accommodations consisted of an early 70's camper/trailer and a wooden tool shed Read More...

My Longest Fishing Day – July 13th, 2000

December 4th, 2010

We were planning to head up to Strawberry on a Thursday night. Aric would meet us up there rather than come all the way to town. Something happened at the last moinute and Aric was going to be delayed until Friday evening. Scott and I were ready to go on Thursday night so we decided to go up to his rental on Lake James Thursday evening and do some night fishing Read More...

The Fish That Hooked Me – April 14th, 2000

December 4th, 2010

Scott and Aric  invited me back to Strawberry for ice fishing in January. Still not into the fishing "thing", I was certainly not going to freeze my butt off for it. So my next trip was in April. The weather was nice here in town. It was warm and very spring like. However, up at Strawberry, it was just getting over winter Read More...

Where It Began – October 8th, 1999

December 4th, 2010

Aric and Scott had asked me to go fishing with them before. I never did, it simply wasn't my bag baby. My fishing experience consisted of a day in a boat on the Connecticut River when I was in 8th grade with my friend Robbie Thomas and his dad. I don't even remember what kind of fish we were catching Read More...