I had a guide trip last week that was a real classic.
I met my clients, Jeff and Glenn, at 6:30 a.m. at the Holiday station in Nisswa. I didn't stop at the bait shop because the chubs leftover from the day before were still alive in my bait tank.
Jeff and Glenn have become friends of mine and both have sent business my way. On this day they said they wanted to catch some walleyes. Last year we fished Gull in late July and had a real good trip. This year I decided to fish elsewhere because Gull continues to put out smaller walleyes and they wanted something better. Don't we always?
I had a tip from a friend who told me he had caught six nice walleyes on a different area lake, so I figured we would check it out. After a short road trip we got to the landing and launched the boat. I assessed the wind and slowly started to get the brain in motion. As a guide, you really need the brain running on all cylinders because you just never know. As this day turned out, I'm glad the brain was running a little slower than normal because I think I might have said a few things to a few people that I would have regretted later.
We checked a few spots and didn't mark anything that really excited me, so we moved on and finally marked a few nice fish. As I shut off the engine and threw out my marker buoy we noticed another boat about 200 yards away had the net out -- always a good sign. I didn't know if they were netting a walleye or a rock bass, but the net was out nonetheless.
As we started to get situated, along came Mr. Powertroller. Right by us comes this boat backtrolling very fast. They came so close I could have counted the scratches on the boat. I didn't say anything, but looked at Glenn and Jeff with a raised eye brow. I guess we must have been on his spot.
This is a situation I've seen before, but I can't recall someone coming by that close and that fast and fishing. As I was discussing it with Jeff and Glenn, here comes Mr. Powertroller again! OK, now I'm wondering what's up with this guy. We caught a few nice walleyes almost immediately. I don't know for sure if he saw us netting the fish, but if so then maybe a little jealousy was setting in.
After we netted and released another fish, along came Mr. P again. This time his boat had no rods in the water. He just came by to give us a few words and a look.
"Thanks a lot!" he shouted before hitting the throttle and motoring off. I hope his wife wasn't home.
The encounter bugged me and my partners, but we're big boys who realize it's a crazy world. After catching about 20 walleyes on that spot (we kept eight) we moved on and looked for a different school.
We dropped on another spot and caught a few pike. On to the next spot.
Oh boy, here we go again! No, Mr. Powertroller didn't return, but we encountered another guide hater, who gave us the glare as we approached spot number 3. I waved from afar as we approached but got no response. I waved again. No response again.
I shut the motor off to say good morning because there aren't a whole lot of things that bug me more than someone who doesn't wave.
My greeting was answered with, "I don't like guides."
"You should get over that," I said.
"Why?" the man said.
At this point Glenn, Jeff and I were absolutely amazed. With disbelief we discussed the situations we just encountered on one of the lakes in our beautiful "tourism" rich Brainerd lakes area.
With that I conclude Part One. Next week I'll say a few more things that I hope will give fishing guides a little better name in the "blame game."
Q: Walleyedan, if you had to refer someone to a resort in the area, which one would it be?
A: That's way too tough of a question. It all depends on what your wants and needs are. Some of our area resorts are quaint, some are rustic, some are quaint and rustic, some are famil-oriented, some cater to golfers, some have awesome beaches, some have outdoor pools, some have indoor/outdoor pools, some have restaurants on site and offer the F.A.P., some are spendier than others and some have spas. But not one has it all.
Have a great week. I'm going swimming!
"Walleyedan" Eigen can be reached at www.walleyedan.com, or 839-5598.
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