Last Saturday, I was a boat captain for the annual Fishing Has No Boundaries event. I have been a captain at all but one of these events and it is a gratifying experience.
The event is headquartered out of the Confidence Learning Center and pairs boat captains with anglers that have some form of disability.
I fished this year with Wayne and Andy. I have fished with Andy a number of times, but this was the first time I had met Wayne. What a great pair of fishermen, what a great day and what a great event.
The wind could have piped down a bit, but we managed to find a couple of areas that were semi-protected and holding a few hungry fish.
Andy caught the first fish and maybe the second, but Wayne picked things up and ended up landing a couple of bass and a northern. Andy gets excited when he gets a bite and has a fish on, but I can honestly say that I have never seen a more happy person fighting a fish than Wayne. He had the most contagious laugh/giggle, and with his grin, I couldn't help but do the same. It was awesome.
Because of the wind, we decided to pass up the normal lunch hour and fish right through lunch. We ended up moving off our first spot and worked our way down into Steamboat Bay on Gull Lake, where we caught another bass, a northern and a walleye. The guys were impressed when my walleye call was successful on our one and only walleye of the morning, but this day wasn't about walleye or Dan.
We already have plans to do it again next year. If you are interested in being a boat captain next year, call the Confidence Learning Center and put your name on the list. You'll be happy you did.
WALLEYEDAN Eigen may be reached at (218) 839-5598, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.walleyedan.com.
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