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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Don't rock the boat

  • If you noticed, last week my corner was filled by another. For me it was all in the name of fishing. Time spent on my butt, in a boat, on the water, for long periods of time! Never before now had that happened.
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  • If you noticed, last week my corner was filled by another. For me it was all in the name of fishing. Time spent on my butt, in a boat, on the water, for long periods of time! Never before now had that happened.
    I am not one to just head to the shore and cast a line to see what my worm will catch. But last week the little critter helped me bring in an 18" Walleye and a 27 1/4" Northern from the waters of Lac Des Mille Lacs in Ontario Canada. We stayed at Open Bay Lodge which becomes the home to the group on this annual trip. Wonderful accommodations and Minnesota friendly people.
    I highly recommend it!
    Breathtaking scenery is an understatement when trying to describe the view from shore and from the water. Bald Eagles soared overhead. Loons called mates and young ones and seagulls were everywhere you looked. We didn't see any bears or moose, but we know they're around at night. Crazy enough, Sherrill even had pet Northerns right by the dock that she fed daily. Five ducks paddled close by, and Oscar and Daisy, the lodge dogs, were as friendly as could be.
    It was a good thing we packed a variety of clothing from swimsuits to sweatshirts. However, the most important thing missing was the rainsuit... Someone told me we wouldn't go out fishing if it was raining. Next time, if there is a next time, there'll be no listening to him. I should've gone with my gut reaction and just found time to go buy one. Survive I did, except for the tinge of scarism in my voice when he asked if I was OK as we skidded across the water in the "Green Machine." A legend around the lodge and on the water. Fishermen in passing boats would yell at the top of their lungs, "Hey Sputzy!" I thought I was in the company of a celebrity or something!??
    We didn't cause the other to drowned or be left on the shore of God knows where during the week together. We had a great time with our traveling companions, all 16 of us.
    The group came ashore about two each day and prepared the catch-of-the-day lunch. Delicious! It's no wonder my scale weighed heavier after I got home and bravely stepped on.
    Beyond that, you know what they say... "What happens in Canada, Stays in Canada! Don't rock the boat babe."
    Thought for the week: The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused. – Shirley MacLaine.
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