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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin - A week on Lake Michigan

Dave Bennett and I traveled down to Lake Michigan last week for the annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament. (  This has become an annual event for us and we always have a blast.  For the second time in the past three years, the event was a one-day shoot-out because of high winds forcing the cancellation of day two.  We had a tough day one on Saturday and reeled in 20.98 pounds for a 48th place finish.  We stuck with a plan we had confidence in and things just didn't pan out all that great for us.  Congratulations that all the teams that did well and finished in the prizes!  Here are some photos from our week on Lake Michigan.

A couple of big fish from our first day of practice.  We found'em pretty good that first day and things starting changing up on us throughout the week. 

A large walleye we caught while searching for bass...we had pretty good luck with the multi-species this year.  Walleye, whitefish, brown trout, carp, bullheads and pike, of course.  Also saw some giant musky swimming around looking to spawn in some of the shallow back bays.

We managed to catch a couple of beautiful brown trout, which we had never caught before, so that was pretty cool. 

Dave and a big brownie...

Had to get a picture with my first carp!  It was a big fish - tough fighter! 

We had a great time and will definately be going back again next year.  My new boat - a Lund 2010 Predator performed awesome in the big waters of Lake Michigan and allowed us to run to where we wanted to fish.  This may be the BEST boat on the market for Great Lakes bass anglers.  It handles the big water great and is a pleasure to fish out of!  Also, my Optima Batteries kept us powered all day.  We had plenty of trolling motor juice left, even after working it hard all day.  -Gussy


G. Loomis visit...

Last week I traveled out to the Portland, Oregon / Woodland, Washington area for a factory tour at G. Loomis and a couple days of fishing.  It was a great trip to one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  We fished on the Columbia River and caught a bunch of smallmouths as well as a few other critters. 

Alex Mei from , Bruce Holt from G. Loomis and myself during our tour of the G. Loomis factory in Woodland, Washington.  It is a totally manual process that G. Loomis goes through to make the finsest fishing rods in the World.  The most amazing thing out there was the pride that all the employees have for the brand and the products they produce.  It is top-notch.

Bruce Holt with a whooper spring-run salmon caught while bass fishing on the Columbia River

A smallmouth

A smallmouth I caught fishing right in downtown Portland

Check out this line-up of NRX rods we got to fish with.  These are by far the best fishing rods I have ever picked up - super light and tough.  -Gussy


Rigging the new boat

I got a new boat this past week and spent four days getting it ready for the water.  It is a beauty - 2011 Lund 2010 Predator.  

On the back end, a Minn Kota Talon, Mercury 225 Pro XS and a Minn Kota Vantage

Humminbird 1198c SI on the colsole and a "Bird" 958c on the bow

All powered by 4 Optima D31 batteries.  These are the best batteries on the market.  Though the initial cost is more than the average battery, they are well worth it because of their capacity and LONG LIFE.  You can expect years of use out of these batteries.  -Gussy


Shed hunting in Sunset Country

Now that ice fishing has wrapped up for another year, I have spent most of the past week in the woods, looking for deer sheds.  It's been fun and a great way to "shape-up" before another fishing season.  It wasn't the best season I have had for sheds, but my buddies and I found a bunch of nice sheds. 

Up at Silver Birch Lodge for the 1st annual Can/Am Shed Derby - Team USA (Dan Fuller, Mark Fuller, Pat McSharry, John Peterson and Steve Rankin) won it this year. 

Mark Johnson displaying part of our load last week - he went home with a few big sheds. 

Matthew Walker holds up a nice set that he found

Look at the size of this GIANT wolf track that I found in a low spot last week while I was shed hunting.  There was actually a wolf-killed deer nearby and several fresh sets of tracks around.   


Hockey/Fishing week in Kenora

Well the ice fishing season has pretty much come to an end for me this week.  I'm sure if you really wanted to get out and catch a few pike or lake trout you could get out there but the ice conditions are not great for getting on in most places.  We had a good run the last few days on the ice this week and caught some beauty trout, pike and walleyes. 

The Allan Cup Hockey Tournament was going on in Kenora this past week.  I had a few buddies in town that were playing on the Fort Frances Thunderhawks team and we spent the day on the ice on Wednesday.  Also, got hooked up with three players from the Dundas team (from the Hamilton area) and got them out fishing on Wednesday evening.  Everyone had a blast!

Back row: Derek Hansberry, Josh Meyers (Fort Frances)  Front Row: Tom Brown, Cam Watson, Paul Lawson (Dundas) 


Josh Meyers with a nice laker  

Tom Brown with a big walleye

Marty Hanson (Fort Frances) with a big whitefish