I had the opportunity last Thursday and Friday to get involved with the “Trolling for the Troops” event held at Camp Ripley and I am thankful that I did.
I was asked by the Lindner Media crew to help out and it turned out to be a life changing event. I not only got to rub elbows with some of the finest fisherman in the world as well as former Vikings coach Bud Grant and our DNR Commissioner, but I got to hang out with a group of men and women that should be heroes to all of us.
There were soldiers and veterans present that deserve gratitude from all of us. You didn’t need to hear the stories, you could sense and see from just being in that room that these people have “been there.” There really wasn’t any need for explanation, I think all of the fishermen/guides/pros knew why we were there, and it was to show appreciation for these people that have helped give us the freedom that some of us have taken for granted.
After the event on Thursday night and the day of fishing on Friday with Brian Ray and Nick Decker, I felt like I had a better grasp on life and a whole lot more respect for those people that have “been there” for us. Taking time to get these guys on the water was well worth it and to see the excitement of Brian and Nick setting into some real horses (big walleyes and bass) was awesome too.
P.s. Mille Lacs is still the place to be for walleyes (and bass). We all won out on this one.
P.s.s. The 29th annual Confidence Learning Center Fishing Classic is this weekend. Come out to Maddens Resort and watch the weigh-in at 2 p.m. It’s in the lagoon.