42-inch Pewaukee muksie 38.5-inch Pewaukee muskie 43.5-inch Pewaukee muskie Sam scores a legal tournament fish The Musky Meatballs

Tom's 35-inch muskie Cameron with his 42-inch muskie Jim with his 37-inch muskie Rubin with his 37-inch muskie John with his 36-inch muskie Another trolling muskie Propper hold of a muskie Pati's 41.5-inch Pewaukee muskie Mike's 37.5-inch Pewaukee muskie Mike's 39.5-inch Pewaukee muskie Tim's Pewaukee muskie Nancy's first Pewaukee muskie Nancy's second Pewaukee muskie Dan's second Pewaukee muskie Andrew's second Pewaukee muskie Bill's first Pewaukee muskie Keith's  first muskie Randy's Pewaukee walleyes Randy's first muskie Best release method for muskie Pewaukee muskie trolling Ron's Pewaukee muskie 24.75 and a 24-inch Pewaukee walleye Pewaukee trolling musky Dani's first musky It's muskie time again Joe's Pewaukee walleye Pewaukee muskie Mike gets a 37.75-inch muskie 36-inch muskie Carrie with her first muskie Carrie gets a 36-inch class muskie Pete gets 3 of the 5 muskie's caught that half day trip John's Pewaukee muskie One of 4 Pewaukee muskies Rick's Pewaukee muskie Darrell's 3rd muskie of the trip Geoff's Pewaukee muskie Hank's 27-inch Pewaukee walleye Sue's Pewaukee muskie Pewaukee muskie Pewaukee smallmouth bass Bob's 2nd Pewaukee muskie Bob's 5th Pewaukee muskie Bob's 7th Pewaukee muskie Pewaukee muskie

The 2010 Season Review

Now that the winter freeze is now upon us I can take a break from ice fishing and finish up the Season Review for the open water fishing this past 2010. As I look back through all the months fished last year I see a lot of great days and nights on the water. May started out strong with 23 muskie caught in 15 trips out on Pewaukee Lake. Not a lot of guide jobs were scheduled this past May but the ones that did book trips had outstanding results. Early May is not the best time to catch a bunch of fish because they are just getting over the stress from the spawning ritual. This past May was an exception because we had a fast warm up and the fish were very active. Multiple fish trips were common. Lots of follows all month had everyone working extra hard and doing quality boat side figure 8's or big ovals. The sucker bite was also very good this past Spring but twitch baits, spinner baits and small bucktails caught the most fish. May is not the best time to catch a bunch of muskies but it sure is fun getting them to follow and enticing them into hitting the lures or suckers. There was one guide trip toward the end of May where we had multiple chances but didn't catch a muskie. We all know that's part of fishing, but that's what makes the good days so good. For a full report of May's action click on the 2010 May link.

Here is a few of the May highlights that I took from the May reports."By Monday the 10th it was time to game plan my milk run and see what the after work evening hours would produce. My first spot was a shallower east end spot that produced a low thirty's muskie in the first hour. I finished that area and headed over to the next spot I was very excited to hit again because it was one of my big fish areas. Not ten minutes into the run I had a 42.5 inch muskie on the other end of my line pulling like a mule. This fish was crazy from the hook set all the way to the boat. Getting her in the net by myself was another task that was not easy. She pulled, rolled, spun, dove and even tried to jump while I was working her to the boat. Very exciting to say the least and I am glad I won that battle. A quick picture and she was released to fight again with another lucky fisherman. Since I only had a couple hours to fish that night I headed back to the launch and called it a day. Two muskies in two hours is a great day in my opinion." Two days later I got back out with a friend Adam"We started out working the area I got my first fish on Monday afternoon. This was an ideal spot with the consistent wind helping make it even better than Mondays conditions. Adam and I casted half way through the area before I had a three foot long muskie slam my minnow bait as I twitched it over the weeds. Adam was quick to grab the net and was happy to scoop the muskie. I showed him the safe way to deal with the hooks and a unhappy fish. A quick picture and she was back swimming where she came from. The next spot we hit was a wind swept point that had current pushing lots of weeds and debris past it. I explained that this area might be hard to cast but it will be loaded with all kinds of fish. Not long after we got started I had a hard strike just as I was going into my oval. I never saw the fish coming but she hit with authority and gave me all I could handle with only a foot of line out. I had her under control shortly and Adam was net man once again. A quick picture of this upper thirty's fish and she was back in her environment wondering what just happened. As I was answering a phone call only minutes after I released the fish Adam yelled "there's one" followed by a grunt and a "got her". How cool to see him hooked up with a muskie before I could even take another cast. Phone call was my tournament partner and I was on my head set so he got to listen to all the action as Adam worked the upper thirty's muskie back to the boat. A quick picture and Adams muskie was swimming free again. Since it was almost dark we fished that spot till dark and called it a night. How cool was that to get three muskies in less than two hours? I thought Monday was good with two muskies in two hours. Thursday I was able to get out from 5pm till 8pm and catch two more fish. Sam and I planned on hitting the water Friday morning at 6am to pre fish for Saturdays tournament. At 6:15am we left Smokey's Muskie Shop and decided to test my tournament spots with every intention of pulling the baits away from any muskie that follows our lures to the boat. That way we will know the patterns they are after and the spots to fish. Well the first fish crushed Sam's bait out from the boat before he could get his bait away from the fish. "lets get out of this spot" I told him as I pulled up the trolling motor and laughed because the first spot produced a 37.5-inch stocky muskie at 6:30am, only 15 minutes after we started that morning. Not wanting to burn anymore fish there we checked out the next spot we were going to fish. The first drift didn't show any muskies so I made an adjustment and set up another drift to see if they moved deeper. Not ten casts later I get a 43.5-inch muskie that t-boned my minnow bait before I could pull it away from her. Now we got two good muskies in an hour and a half. We need to stop doing this I explained to Sam because these are fish we could be catching in the tournament tomorrow. We then decided to fish only the popular community spots until 11am when we were going to get off the water. This produced only a few follows but a great confidence boost for us going into the WMT tournament the next morning."Well I guess I have to add Saturdays tournament results to this also"Saturday was tournament time and Sam and I were pumped up to get our two fish as early as we did the day before. But with the weather change from cold and windy to calm and sunny I knew it would not be exactly the same patterns as I was dialed into all week. The first spot we hit was void of all the bait fish that were stacked up for days, the second spot had multiple boats working it when we got there, the third spot was the sweet spot because we had 3 fish going after our baits in the first ten minutes of casting that area. We worked multiple baits over, down and through the weeds getting multiple follows every drift. Finally a legal muskie smashed Sam's glide bait and the first fish was on it's way to be registered. Getting back to our way points was not easy because one of the local guides slipped into our spot when we registered our first fish. I took me a little while to get back on our run and back on fish. The delay was during the prime major and best chance for a big fish. Not much we could do but keep fishing and work our was back into our run. Long story short we only caught that one fish. We had over 25 follows, 12 were over 40-inches and 4 were in the mid forty range. One was a upper 40's that we had going a few times. It's hard to think how close we were to winning that tournament. Fridays two fish in two hours would have won it and took big fish but that's another day. I have to say that as long as we had fish going we had lots of chances to repeat Fridays success. One hit from any of the big fish we had going would have gave us the win. We needed a fish over 44.25 to win it and take big fish. We knew that by noon and had multiple fish following that could have sealed the deal for us but that's tournament fishing. Getting them to chase baits is only half the battle, getting them to eat and catching them is the other half. All in all it was a great day on the water and a fun tournament. The big fish of the day was a 42. First place, second and third place caught two fish. The rest of the teams that registered fish just caught one like us. I am not sure who took 1st and 2nd but a local team took 3rd place."

June started out great and only got better. I got out 21 times in June and landed 33 fish for clients, friends or myself. June is always a great month for action casting and even trolling. This past June was one of the warmest June's I can remember. We had water temperatures in the high 70's by mid June and by the end of June it was pushing into the 80's. The casting bite in June was very good but the trolling bite got extremely good. I will add a few of the better June highlights."The group called "The Musky Meatballs" were scheduled to hit the water on Friday evening at 5pm. Since their was 6 of them I got another boat to work with me and split up the group but fished close enough for them to share the experiences they each had. The "Commish" Tom W Jr was the first one to catch a muskie out of the group. His 36.5-inch musky was a welcome sight since they all have not caught a muskie before this trip. Tom's son also named Tom caught a 35-inch fish on a bucktail shortly after his dad got his. Now we got 2 muskies in the boat just hours into this trip. Steve G was top dog for only a few minutes with his 37.5-inch muskie that also hit a top water bait. Steve was finishing his cast and his muskie followed the bait back to the boat, I yelled "you got one ready to hit, speed it up" and the muskie smashed the lure at boat side. Steve had his hands full with this upper thirty's muskie but with Steve keeping a tight line and my quick net job she was ours for a quick picture to preserve the memory. The funny part was Steve holding his 37.5-inch fish up and yelling "37 and a half" to his son Cameron in the other boat to express him now having the largest muskie of the trip. His son Cameron yelled back "42-incher" as he held up his fish that was being caught as we were taking pictures of our fish. We all laughed for a bit and finished up the night shortly after that since it was now dark and the 6am start time was going to come very fast for this group. Cameron was the king of the night with a 42-inch muskie that he caught on a top water bait as the burning orange sun was setting into the trees. All in all the boys all had multiple chances on other fish and actually lost 3 fish that hit lures but got off before getting to the boat. I think most of the fish were hitting lures that night, we only had 4 or 5 follows that didn't hit. So out of the 6 guys that were fishing 4 of them caught fish and one of them actually had two hit but they got off. Great night for the boys.

I can think of a bunch of good nights but this is getting long already. One trip we had a late start but it turned out to be very good. "The next night I was out with a friend working some sweet casting spots. I had lots to do after work so we didn't get on the water until after 7pm. By 8pm we were on fish and working to get the follows converted to strikes. At 8:17pm I got my first muskie on a lungen tail, at 8:34pm I got the second fish to eat at the boat on the oval, at 8:41pm I got my third muskie to hammer my buck tail for the third muskie in 24 minutes. After that half hour my boat partner Adam was ready for some action himself. I was fishing from the back of the boat just like I was doing a guide job so he had first water. Not being one to complain Adam just kept casting because he knew his fish was only a matter of time. From 9pm to 10:30pm we only had a few follows until Adam hooked up with the one he was looking for. After a good battle I got her in the net and took a great picture of a happy muskie man. Four muskies in less than 4 hours casting by two people is good fishing in anyone's book. The muskies we caught were 37.5, 37.75, 39.25 and 39.5 that night. Now that's how fishing is supposed to be all the time. LOL.

Now we are into the month of July. This was a hard month as a guide because of the guide jobs I had to cancel. The water temperatures got into the 80's and it was unsafe to target most of the fish because of the delayed mortality or even dying fish as they were being released. I targeted some walleye action the first week of July and had great action. Lots of walleyes in the low to mid twenty's that were caught and either released or consumed. The bad part is the mortality of the bigger fish in the 24 to 26 1/2 inch range that could not be released. Most of the muskies that were caught in July were water released with out pictures. The walleye bite seems to get very good around mid to late July every year. This year the muskies and the walleyes were just going nuts in July but I couldn't take full advantage of the action with the high water temps. Over 40 muskies were caught and released from my boat in July out of 20 muskie trips. I did some strictly walleye trips when the bite was on and that produced walleyes up to 26 1/2 inches. Most of the females were 22 to 24-inches. The males were 18 to 19 on the average. Water releases were the rule with the muskies and most of the walleyes. Some of the walleyes didn't release so they were taken home and made great fish fry's.

August started out just like July with water temps in the 80 to 82 degree range. A cold front came through on the 14th of August and cooled the water down enough for me to get back into the muskie guiding. High 70's is perfect for fast action and as long as you release them fast they will be ok. The second half of August was very good most days but the calm days were hard to catch fish. With most of the fish living in deep water it was hard to catch them unless you target the deep water fish. The deep water patterns I have will catch you fish but its very hard on them and releasing them safely. I didn't target them at all this year because of the heat. Knowing most of the bigger fish were out in deep water was very frustrating because I know how to catch them. Waiting for them to move back in was hard. By late August the muskies started to move back in and the start of the best fishing was just getting going. The end of August started some good trolling and casting patterns. Lots of fish were now moving back in as the days were getting shorter and the water was now cooling into the 70's.

September was extremely good for multiple fish trips with 42 muskies boated in 18 trips on the water. This was typical for September but the bigger fish didn't seem to come back in like they usually do. This year had it's challenges with the high water temperatures, lack of weeds early in the season and major weeds at the end of the summer. The weeds on the east and far west end grew so much that a lot of the usual spots we always fished in Fall was so weed choked that I targeted other areas. Not that it's a bad thing to change patterns because you always keep learning new patterns each year. Adapting to changing conditions just make you a better fisherman.

So I guess I could add a couple of the highlights from September. This first one was Pete and Carrie West from Chicago. Pete is no stranger to my boat because he comes up quite a bit each year. This was his first trip up with his wife Carrie."Pete and his wife Carrie were scheduled to come up from IL to get them Carries first muskie. Pete has been up fishing with me multiple times a seasons through the years and always seems to have great trips with me. I was hopping his luck would only get better when his wife joined us with some lady luck mojo. We set out on an afternoon trip on the 16th for a half day of fishing. The weather was perfect because the clouds were rolling through and a nice chop was on the water. I started setting up one rod at a time while the boat was working down an outside edges of a big weed flat. As I started to set up the 3rd rod I quickly yelled "Fish On" because the first rod I had set up was already stripping line out. I grabbed the rod with my only free hand and offered it to Carrie. She grabbed the rod with a big smile and started working on catching her first muskie. Carrie got the hang of it quickly and had the low 30's muskie to the back of the boat before long. A muskie, quick picture, release, and a few high 5's were just what we needed to get this trip started out. Soon the rods were all set back up and we were working exactly where I wanted to be. "Rip Rip Rip" sounds off like an alarm clock 5 minutes after we set back up. Now it's Pete who is all over the chance to catch himself a muskie because Carrie already caught one. This one was pushing 40-inches and Pete was enjoying the extra crazy boat side antics bigger muskies make when they see the boat. After a good battle Pete steered the muskie into net range and I sealed the deal with a text book scoop. A couple good pictures and Pete released his first muskie of the night. So now it's only been a half hour and we got two muskies caught with only about ten minutes of actual trolling. That's a great start and a solid trolling pattern to work with. We gave that area another couple passes before we ventured to new water. It was not a half hour longer after we moved on before the third hit came and Carrie was into her second muskie of the night. This one was a sneaky 36-incher that only loaded up the rod but never took out any drag. I noticed the rod was loaded up so I checked it and felt the weight. Carrie handled this one with ease and a cool picture was took for her to show off her first "Legal" muskie. Now it's Pete who is up again and patiently waited for his second fish of the night. I think we missed a rip or two before Pete had the chance to grab a rod and stick it to another Pewaukee Lake muskie. This is now the 4th fish to be caught by the West's and Pete's second. A healthy three foot muskie was quickly released and we were back to trolling looking for that big girl we knew would be showing up soon one of these rips. Another bad luck rip rip rip and gone was heard before we finally got the 5th fish to hook up just as the trip was coming to an end. What a perfect way to end the night with another Pewaukee muskie. 8 hits and 5 boated fish made this afternoon half day trip one they will remember for a while. I was glad to be a part of Carrie and Pete's quality time together on the water. I can tell you that this is what most muskie fishermen's dream of, to spend "Quality Time" on the water. I know the quality time topic comes up plenty in my house hold and my wife has spent some fun nights on the water with me."

Bob's wife and kids wanted to give Bob a Fathers Day gift guide trip and I promised to make it a trip he would enjoy. Here is the story"The best trip of the last two weeks was Bob's Fathers Day Gift trip his wife and kids got him way back in Spring. Bob wanted to wait until the Fall to catch some big fish so we scheduled his two half day trips at the end of September. Bob and I started out casting big bucktails down some choice weed points and outside weed lines that had multiple muskies holding on them. I set Bob up in the front of my boat so he could work the first water as I do for all my clients. Usually the first lure through an area will get the follow or strike. To me this is how a guide should treat his clients. I just can't figure out why I still see some guides casting from the front of their boats with the clients casting after them. In my boat the clients always come first. Since Bob and I started out at 5pm we planned to cast until dark then maybe troll some. I wanted Bob to learn as much as possible about Pewaukee Lake because he planned on fishing it more. We casted some of my sweet spots on the eastern half of Pewaukee with a good amount of success but no fish caught. 4 follows, one missed hit at the boat and a few flashes is what we raised casting. Not a bad 2.5 hours but still no fish. As dark approached we decided to try and troll up some muskies if I could while explaining weed line and break line trolling. We started out trolling the break lines first and had a hit not ten minuted after we started. A good battle in the dark gave way to a respectable 38-inch muskie in the net. Bob was amazed at how quick we scored a fish after all that casting. I explained to him it was just the rite bait at the correct depth that got the fish to eat. Running the crank bait at the same depth the muskie is at just makes it easy for them to feed. It also allows them to feed at the depth they are comfortable at. So after a quick picture and release we were back to trolling. I explained the do's and don't of trolling as we worked the structure and flats looking for bait and muskies. Before long one of the high set rods was stripping drag and Bob was into his second muskie of the night. This one came from the flats and was suspended half way down holding close to a school of blue gills. A crank bait trolled through the school of bait scatters the bait and then the crank bait is the only one that keeps going past the school, this makes an easy target for a waiting muskie. Now Bob is holding his second muskie of the night, a 36-inch after dark muskie. Now we are on a roll with two fish in an hour after casting for almost three hours. I quickly set up the rods again and started to work down the other side of the lake looking for bait fish and muskies. We trolled as close to the weeds as we could using my Humminbird Side Imaging graph and ended up catching the third muskie of the night just as we were about to call it quits. Perfect way to end a great night with another fish, it's always hard to stop fishing when your having fun and catching fish. Bob and I shook hands at the launch and said "see ya in 19 hours" with a laugh. Now it's Wednesday and Bob and I met at Smokey's Muskie Shop again at 5pm looking to see if we could better the yesterdays action. We talked about our options with suckers, casting or trolling and Bob decided he wanted to try the trolling thing the whole half day this trip. This way I could explain all the great spots as we trolled by them. We started out working deeper water this afternoon because of the clear sky's and high pressure. I explained that the conditions we were dealing with will push the fish down deeper into the water column and trolling will produce for us. Well it took a while but we stuck our first fish just as it was getting dark. A healthy 37-incher was the first muskie to be held for a picture and soon we were all set back up and working the same pattern. It was not long before the second fish hit one of our crank baits and Bob was all over the chance to battle his second muskie of the night. This was a little bigger fish and gave us some exciting action at the back of the boat while trying to net her. With some skilled rod movement by a muskie veteran Bob fought the muskie into net range and I sealed the deal with a scoop. This muskie was pushing 40-inches but was just a little short. A nice picture and she was back into the water to grow up to be a trophy in the years to come. You guessed it, back on that same pattern and looking for more action. RIP, RIP, RIP and Bob was back on the rod sticking his 3rd muskie of this half day trip. This fish acted bigger than he was but a chunky 36-incher was CPR'd (caught-photo-released) about as fast as we could so we could keep the lures going looking for "The One". Now the last two hours gave up three fish just like the night before so we expected another fish before the trip was over. Bob's 4 fish came just as our trip was ending and what a nice way to finish out his 2nd half day trip. The last fish was the biggest of his 7 muskies he caught with me on the two half day afternoon trips. The last muskie was not "The One" but it was a nice quality 40-inch class muskie that gave us a thrill at the end of his Fathers Day Gift Trip. All in all Bob had follows from fish casting, we had muskies follow suckers at the boat and ended up catching 7 muskies on a full day gift trip his wife and kids gave him. What a cool deal for Bob to get this gift and catch 7 muskie from 35 to 40-inches in less than 9 hours of fishing.

So now we are into October and I didn't do a report for this month. It was not from lack of action on the water because October was extremely good for casting and trolling action on Pewaukee Lake. I only schedule guide trips until mid October due to my love for the woods and bow hunting. By mid October the evenings are just getting too short for my 5pm till 10pm trips and the water temperatures drop into the 50's so the night bite is not as productive. Some big fish and numbers still can be caught in late October after dark but the conditions are usually not that great. Cold, windy and wet is what you have to prepare for once the fall dew sets in after the sun goes down. But this is the time when you can catch some very nice fish casting and trolling. I can think of a few very good trips but Pete's trip with his friends was a blast. Pete, Jeremy and Jerry booked a trip October 7th from 5pm to 10pm. We started out casting for a while but didn't get any to hit our lures. Once it got dark we decided to troll for a while and see what happens. Just before 8pm we got a 37-inch muskie and Jerry was on the board with his first Pewaukee muskie. It was not that long before a rod doubled over and Jeremy was into his first Pewaukee muskie. This was a low thirty's fish and it was quickly released to grow up some more. The third fish came so quick that Jeremy got to take that one too. This muskie was around the three foot mark and Jeremy was very happy to have his hands slimed again. Now Pete was looking to get his hands on a good muskie and he had to wait almost an hour before his low forty's muskie hit one of my crank baits trolled over some suspended bait. "This is sounds like a good fish" I said to Pete as he grabbed the rod while drag was still singing out from the reel. I knew by the way the fish hit it was going to be the biggest of the night. A mad solid twenty pound plus muskie was giving Pete just what he was looking for on this trip. So now this twenty pounder plus muskie is just going nuts and not letting Pete get him into net range for me to seal the deal. Pete's on the water experience showed because he patiently worked the fish, enjoys the battle until it was time for me to scoop him up with the Frabil and get a nice picture to remember the catch. Nice job Pete and what a fun night out with your crew. Four muskies in 5 hours is a good time on any lake with good friends and a few cold ones. October fishing after dark is not for everyone but I personally love it because the lake is usually just about empty shortly after dark and by the time we finish up at 10pm we are always the last boat off the lake. That's why I call my service Mike's Extreme Guide Service, I do what most people will not, plus we will be catching fish doing it.

Another good trip was Geoff and Darrell just two days later on the 9th of October. Darrell got to catch three muskies and Geoff got the last one. Geoff was the nice guy on this trip and let Darrell catch the first 3 muskies(36, 38 and 35-inches). Geoff got the last one of the trip but the most aerobatic with multiple jumps and crazy boat side antics. They had plenty of action that day from follows and missed sucker chances. I think this whole year only a hand full of swings on sucker fish came up empty. My sucker rigs have proven to be 90% or better when they get hit. This is not letting the fish take it and waiting either. If the fish picks up a sucker and the line is going out I will instantly set the hooks. The only wait I will do is to get the rod out of the holder and into a clients hands. Setting the hooks asap is must in my boat and with my rigs. Three trebles are not something I want any muskie to swallow. If they have it in their mouth they will get hooks in them. Those of you who have experienced the sucker bite know what I am talking about. Quick strike rigs are named that way for a reason. I would rather set the hooks as soon as the fish hits the sucker instead of waiting for them to swallow it or drop it. Either way waiting is not something I like to see done with quick strike rigs. I see lots of people doing it while I am on the water and plenty of them are working on getting the hooks out of the fishes throat most of the time because they wanted to make sure they caught it. I hate to see this but with crappy quick strike rigs people miss fish and they think waiting longer increases their chance to catch the fish. Yes it does but it also kills plenty of fish that get beat up while being working on trying getting large treble hooks out from deep down. Quality quick strike rigs, sharp hooks and using the correct size hooks for the size sucker is very important. Big suckers need bigger hooks, smaller suckers need smaller hooks. I like to use a treble hook that is the size of the suckers head or just a bit smaller. Too big of hooks will weight a sucker down to much and too small of hooks will not get the job done all the time.

November and December were mostly deer hunting and my time on the water. The ice came early and we enjoyed lots of muskies caught through the ice using very small treble hooks on light line fished in deep water. The walleyes and muskies were hanging out very close to each other and some very fun battles were enjoyed before it got dark and after dark we got to catch some fresh walleyes for the table at home and in the ice shanty. For those of you who think we were hurting the muskies catching them through the ice I can tell you we were using number 10 mustad trebles that you can pinch flat between two fingers. They are the size of your pinky fingernail and most of the muskies were caught with the treble still in their mouth. Light wire hooks are very sticky and don't require hard hook sets unlike big heavy hooks that require hard hook sets. Those of you who know me well enough have learned that thin hooks are very sticky, razor sharp and work very well hooking fish. Also you have to fight the fish with extra care because thin hooks will bend or fail if you over power the fish with light equipment. Your set ups will have to match the way you fish. If your a home run swinger hook set type of guys I suggest heavy stuff. I personally enjoy the fight with equipment that is big enough to handle the fish I am after but not so big that I can over power them straight to the hole.

Well this is about all the typing I can do and this is by far enough babbling from me to boar most from finishing what I have all typed up on this end of the season report. I would like to thank all my clients who I have became friends with, new clients, faithful followers who keep up with my reports and the people who are thinking about setting up a trip with me. I hope my reports and story's have influenced some of you to get on the water with friends, family or maybe even a guide. If you have any questions about anything I would be happy to help anyone out. Please e-mail me with questions or concerns at rockinranger620@aol.com. I know 2011 will be better than the 2010 season as long as the floods, extreme heat or any other adverse conditions do not inter fear with us getting on the water. See all of you on the water!!!