24 August 2011
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20 August 2011
Mudhole is where Cody and I shop for 97% of our rod-building supplies. Last year, while the rod-building gang was into building a completely black rod, I changed my scheme a little. I built a TFO Professional 6# rod whose name is Checkmate! (yes, all of my rods that I build are named), so obviously its color scheme is black and white. Cody builds my handles making them perfectly sized for my hand, smoothe, and unique--for this rod I wanted a checkerboard handle.
I did not get the fancy butt-section wrap completed before we left (because I had changed it three times), but the reel seat section looked wonderful. Checkmate!'s maiden voyage was on the North River, just off the Unalakleet River. Its first fish was a Coho Salmon; its second was a Chum. We had moved in to Butch's Cove, and were fishing for Grayling and Dolly Vardens, so Checkmate! was taking a rest. Cody snapped its photo, I submitted Cody's photo to Mudhole way back in May, and the rest is history! Can't wait to see where the photo ends up in the calendar!
|One of 12 2012 Mudhole Calendar Winning Photos!|
17 August 2011
Rich Waldner guided Cody and I the first day, and we loved it. Rich likes oyster beds, and if a site wasn't producing, we picked up and moved to the next spot. We fished our way east all the way to Isle Grande Terre, where we encountered a rather nasty oil spill--not BP's oil, but rig lubricant oil; either way, it was nasty and stinky. Cody ended up catching nine, beautiful Redfish. I caught a new species, a Black Drum, for my first fish. My second fish of the day had me catching my trip goal--a 15lb. Bull Red. Rich spotted that fella 150 feet away, turned the boat nicely, and put me right on that fish. He tugged, pulled, and fought spectacularly on my 7# rod, WHOOP! I caught the last fish of the day, for a total of three fish, but I had met my goal, so everything else was just fishing.
16 August 2011
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