When Thomas Kramin from the Elks and Sam Carlson from Mandatory Fun Outdoors have an idea there is no stopping them. There may be some bumps in the road but with a great network of people those are easily flattened out. This Wednesday, 11 veterans and their family members were treated to a little fishing vacation at the Elks Youth Camp on Pelican Lake. Eight guides donated their boat and fishing skills for the day and everyone came back at the end of the day with some smiles and fish stories.
This week I've been away from fishing, which is OK, since I have a musky tournament starting Friday and it will be 30 hours of casting and reeling. And hopefully a few fish biting, or at least seeing a few 50-inchers. Everyone says that's just musky fishing, but i really like catching more than fishing. No matter how the tournament plays out it will be a lot of work. That's all part of the game i guess.
Pretty much everyone is looking forward to the big Labor Day weekend. But the weekend we look forward to toward the end of summer was last weekend. It was the 16th annual Brainerd Lakes Area Fishing Has No Boundaries event held at Camp Confidence. For an event that may seem like it is the same year after year, a lot actually really changes. Many new faces of guides and anglers alike. Also, something that's always different year to year is if the fish and weather cooperate, and this year both were great and you couldn't have asked for a better day.
So often when talking to people, they say I really wish I could do all the things that you get to do. It's true, I have been blessed by growing up in the fishing world and definitely knowing the right people and them having faith in me.
Today while driving to the lake it really hit me—as I was going to take out the Ron Capps family for our annual fishing trip I saw some of the trees had leaves changing and, just like that, summer has flown by. This weekend is always one I look forward to, taking out the crews from Schumacher Racing. And I know they look forward to spending some time in the boat and have a day away from it all. And I'm sure the walleye fish fry we put on might have something to do with it.
What exactly would it take for me to dress up like Fred Flintstone in the boat? Well, it would take two things. First, my wife "Wilma" asking me while I was in Canada on a fishing trip; and second it would have to be for a good cause, like Camp Confidence.
You can plan a trip, double check your list and have all the reservations you want. But that doesn't mean things will go your way. Mother Nature will always have her say, and usually it's not for the good.
One thing is for sure, ok two things. I love adventures that take me places I thought I would never see, and I really despise spending 20 hours in airports and airplanes.
It's hard to believe my time here at Tazin Lake is coming to an end. I feel pretty lucky to be able to spend two weeks in this place. This place spoils you in so many ways, amazing food and too much of it, huge fish and unbelievable scenery and sunsets. You try to take everything in but you just get overwhelmed. Even though the sun only sets for a couple hours there isn't enough time in the day.
And it's that time of year again, time to head to Tazin Lake Saskatchewan. The excitement grew a little more as we traveled from airport to airport, seeing the lodge as we flew over on our float plane, we knew we had an amazing two weeks ahead of us.