We all have had bad fishing days and good fishing days, but when you sit down at the end of it do you ever think that banana cursed you or maybe you had a good day because of your lucky hat? My dad and I are not very superstitious, but here’s a few of my do bring for luck and don’t brings.
This hat helped me win the 2013 IMTT Youth Division Championship
When we go fishing, something that we all wear is our hat. I think the fishing hat is one of the most lucky things in the fishing world. It is always on your head when you catch your greatest fish. And it also protects you from dangerously close hooks which I have experienced too many times. Also just think about all the great fish you have caught and what is in every fishermans photo? That’s right, their hat. And if you have ever went fishing without your hat which I have done a few times, the whole entire time you are on the water you feel like a part of your body is missing. Am I right?
Somthing that I get every year for good luck is a necklace. I would pick one up at small shops up in Wisconsin and wear it the whole fishing season. And I think that is one of my most lucky things I do. Sometimes my dad and I will joke about the necklace once I get it and we will say were going to catch a big one now because we have that necklace. And I do feel that the necklace has somthing to do with my luck because its always with me when I get big fish.
I think we have all heard about the unlucky banana. Which led me to wonder what makes the banana so unlucky. I did some research and here is what I found. In the late 17th century sailors who brought people to different countries often stopped at near by islands for supplies. And the people on the boat would often buy crates of bananas that had bugs such as spiders, rats, cockroaches, etc. And when they brought them on board the vermon would run out of the crates and multiply. And these vermon would infest the ship and get people sick. So in an attempt to get people to stop buying these crates of bananas the captains of these ships said they were unlucky and it worked. So in reality, bananas are not unlucky, but would I fish with them in my boat? No.
Last but not least how about red skies in the morning, sailors take warning. This one I do belive in. When you watch the sun come up and its red it almost as if the sky is warning you that somthing terrible is going to happen. Even though nothing terrible has happened to me when I see red skies but it just seems creepy. But then one thing I have to admit about red skies is, as creepy as they are, they are just so pretty too.
So there are a few of my lucky and unlucky things. But if you have any, feel free to tell me them. I enjoy hearing from you guys. Besides I need more luck this season.
Cam was crazy to fish for muskie but we still fished bass a bunch. My buddy Jim’s thing is to point at the fish when he’s in a picture. Here Cam points at his fish. Those smiles say it all.
So many times during a day we take a moment to enjoy nature as it surrounds us. Here Cam shot this eagle as it finally felt we were getting too close.
On another day this loon family hung around us for awhile.
On this day we caught 4 muskies and got absolutely soaked. But the highlight was getting this picture of a double rainbow.
Besides fishing Cam just loves guns. Jim does some hunting and was nice enough to take Cam out for some shooting practice.
I told Cam someday I would get him into a school of hybrids and he’d love it. He wasn’t sold until we caught 20 or more one day last spring in about 90 minutes. You should have heard the whooping and hollering!
You don’t always catch the fish your targeting. After a 15 minute battle this ugly beast came aboard for a photo!
I love this pic because it was from a trip to emiquon. Cam and I whacked them and had a blast doing it. What also made it memorable was we blew a trailer tire on the way home which turned it into quite an adventure.
Our final trip north was on a long weekend in October. Fishing was tough and it looked like we were going to take the skunk. Cam decided to slow roll a slopmaster spinnerbait along the edge of a steep breakline. Jim and I were throwing more traditional deep running lures and didn’t think a spinnerbait was the way to go. This 37 incher took his bait boatside and saved the trip.
This photo is a favorite because it reminds me of our trip to Tennessee and Milton Hill. Cam really loved being out with Billy Davis, our guide. Does that smile say it all?
One day in August we talked Emma into coming with us. This was noteable because she does not like to get up early. The first pic is me and Emma with one of the 3 muskies we caught that day. The second is one she took of me battling one of the fish.
I had to save the best for last. This is a picture of Cam as we’re getting ready to launch the boat up north. We repeated this scene over and over all summer long. The racket in his lap isn’t for tennis. Its a bug zapper. There is no way I can explain how bad the mosquitoes were up north. Usually within 30 seconds of leaving the car you were swarmed. They were so thick you would breath them in! Cam would attack with the zapper which made us laugh more than I can explain. The sound, along with their smoldering carcasses made us feel a little bit better about venturing out.
With only a week until the calendar turns to March, it won’t be long until week start loading the camera with 2014 pics. It can’t come soon enough.
When you muskie fish as much as I do, it is normal to generate favorites. When I started fishing bigger lures my dad gave me one of his bulky outfits. Over time I soon realized that it was going to be important that I get outfits that fit me as a 14 teen year old if I was going to cast all day. Through some trial and error I now have a couple outfits I use a lot and like. It has made muskie fishing even more fun.
My favorite musky rod and real combo is a 7’6’,’ fast action, heavy Shimano Compre rod, with an Ambassador Record 50 with a 6:2:1 gear ratio. The reason this is my favorite set up is because it really can throw all my baits and it fits me as a 14 year old. When you’re a teen musky guy there are two main things to consider. One, does it fit me and two will it wear me out over an extended period of time. This rod and reel set up fits me in both these ways. I can throw this rod all day, every day and be just fine. It has taken me awhile to find equipment like this. Another benefit is I can troll all my plugs with this rod. The other really good factor about this set up is that it is rugged. I have been fishing this set up for a little less than a year in all seasons and it has had no issues (crossing my fingers) so far.
I have come to the conclusion that it’s possible one of the main reasons there are not a lot of teen musky guys is because the equipment that they try with at first makes them very tired. One way to keep this from happening would be to take them shopping for their own set up. There are many options out there that are lighter and smaller than a full grown man might use. Now you may be thinking its pricey, but if you get a teen the right combo you might have a partner to fish with for a long time. If they do stop fishing you will then have another outfit that you can fish. My dad can use and likes all my gear. This is one of the many ways to maybe get a teen musky fishing.
I had so much fun learning from your guys on my last post about your favorite musky plug that I’m going to ask you this, what is your favorite musky combo?