posted by Jed on Apr 2

These days times are tough and I find myself shopping around more than ever.  As I’ve aged I do believe you get what you pay for. Now I may buy generic diapers but I refuse to cut corners on my hunting equipment.

I also have learned to avoid the big box stores for these same needs. Nothing makes me giggle more than to have a college student earning minimum wage approach me and offer his opinion on whatever it may be that I am looking at. The extent of their hunting experience was acquired from countless hours on XBOX 360 playing Cabelas Dangerous Game.

So where is this all going? To The Gun Rack of course. Let me tell you what your not going to get at this brand new gun shop. No big box here folks….just a nice cozy mom and pops type store with a friendly atmosphere. Coffee brewing for you all day long. No part time wanna be X Boxers.  From Vance, Shawn, and Ray, all professional, lifetime outdoors man with more knowledge and answers than my ex wife……just ask her! And no high prices to cover a huge over head. Very competitive with all the big boys so make sure you check sales@thegunrack.us

No opinionated arrogant salesmen telling you what you want and how to do it. This crew of guys all came together from a local chain store and decided that they had all learned the wrong way to do it and knew they could do it better…so they did.

Fortunately for them this big box had decided to downsize the gunsmith services as well which put the best custom guy in the area on the free agent list. From basic trigger jobs and scope work on rifles and shotguns,all the way to some serious hand checkering and stippling pistol work, Jesse can do it.  With the lathe  and drill press at his fingertips all he needs is your weapon and an idea to work with to create a personalized custom look.

In the works are both a sporting clays type shooting station and the ability to pick up the pistol of your choice and fire it on the range. Now where can you do that? Looking to sell or buy a used gun? Look no further as The Gun Rack will give you the most for your weapon. They know if they take care of you they have a customer for life. And don’t count out possible archery equipment and crossbows.

The Gun Rack is located north of Coldwater Michigan at 873 Marshall Rd. on the west side of Interstate 69 between Bidwell and Dayburg Roads. Adjacent to Showcase Gardens Nursery.

With small shops closing doors everyday its exciting to see one opening. Support local small businesses like The Gun Rack because the big box stores already have enough. Here you will have a name not a number.

posted by jherbert on Sep 11

Be sure to check out contributing writer Jason Herbert’s newest articles in Bow and Arrow Hunting and North American Whitetail magazines this fall.

posted by jherbert on Aug 30

Be sure to check out John and Chris Eberhart’s new book, “Bowhunting Whitetails the Eberhart Way” at Amazon.com. No matter your experience with whitetails, you’re sure to learn something new from the legendary Eberhart’s.

posted by jherbert on Jul 12

Recently while on vacation with his family, HPS contributor Jason Herbert saw this wolf. She circled downwind at about 30 yards and eventually trotted off. After sharing the encountered with several locals, Jason learned that although this was an amazing experience for his family, seeing wolves isn’t so rare in the UP these days. Every single resident he talked to about the wolves said that they are decimating the local deer herd.

 

wolf pic

 

 

wolf print

posted by Jim on Mar 4

WI-04c (450 x 600)

Despite what it might look like outside momentarily winter is winding down and spring is right around the corner. That means it’s time to think about spring scouting. For anyone who is serious about regularly tagging mature bucks the few weeks between snow melt and green up are some of the most important “hunting” weeks in the entire hunting year. What you do now will set the stage for success this fall.
Reading last year’s Sign
The principle reason to scout in the spring is that last fall’s rut sign will still be visible until the woods green up. Sure, there is always the chance that the mature buck that made last year’s sign is long since dead, but if an area is good another mature buck will take his place. Terrain features determine how deer use them, not the other way around. Since you won’t be hunting for the areas you are scouting for about six months you don’t have to worry about spooking any deer, and having them change their routine to avoid your future hunting. With this in mind you can walk and inspect every inch of your hunting areas, including bedding areas, which should give you a clear understanding of how deer use your hunting property.
What to look for
The main types of sign to look for while spring scouting are the same that you would look for in the fall. My favorite hunting areas are usually combinations of a couple different things, and each property will have a unique layout. My best whitetail hunting ambush spots are almost always found near primary scrape areas. My next priority is staging areas, followed by funnels between bedding areas and transition routes between bedding and feeding areas. Generally, your best spots will be a combination of these. Beyond this I look for stand locations for every portion of the season. This means travel routes to known feeding areas for the early season, out of the way secondary locations for the October Lull, for instance lone oaks in soon to be corn fields, or singular trees along out of the way fence rows, and the locations I just mentioned for the pre-rut and rut. I also look for locations that fit special circumstances, such as dry islands in otherwise wet bedding areas, or potential locations for cattail ground blinds, just in case the fall weather conditions offer an opportunity to hunt such a location. For gun season look for escape routes, and for the late season travel routes to and from winter food sources. The main facet of spring scouting is to cover every inch of your hunting area and prepare locations for every eventuality. By doing this you are increasing your ability to adapt to ever changing deer movement, without disturbing them with untimely intrusion in the fall.
Preparing Hunting Locations
The spring is the time to get your trees prepped for fall, all of them, for every situation. Again, since you don’t have to worry about spooking deer, you can take your time and make sure every setup is perfect. This means running your steps up all your trees, setting up your Treesaddle, and clearing out all of your shooting lanes. It also means determining your entry and exit routes to your hunting destinations. If you need to cut a trail through a swamp to get to a tree, now is the time to do it. Deer are very aware of all changes within their home range and will definitely notice what you have done, but since it is spring they will have time to get used to your changes before fall. When you do this stuff in the fall you invariably leave scent and warn the deer of your intentions.
Spring Scouting Advantage
The advantage of having all your hunting spots cleared out in the spring should be obvious. With the majority of your work done now, you will be able to hunt for efficiently and effectively come fall. Your element of surprise increases dramatically when all you have to do is show up and hunt without having to hang stands. It helps tremendously to be able to adjust to any changes immediately. Taking the time to do your primary scouting in the spring will make you a more successful whitetail bowhunter.

This is a very short version of the complete spring scouting procedure. For more: www.eberhartsbowhunting.com

posted by Jim on Jan 27

!cid_1457387E-A1F0-4576-8AA7-D4CD4B85B440@local (489 x 517)

It has been a while since I sat down at the computer to write. I love to write about hunting and the outdoors, as much as, I love being out there in the elements. The fall of 2009 was fairly uneventful since I last wrote about my Colorado elk hunt. Unfortunately, I did not hunt much this year because we purchased Buck Fever Synthetics, a synthetic deer scent company. Obviously, if you have to run a company in its products peak demand, there is little time left for anything else, including hunting. What I learned due to my absence in the field was worth a lifetime of hunting. I finally learned the meaning of why I hunt and I realized the denial I felt as a diehard deer hunter. I was attacked by the dreaded Antleritis disease, but something magical happened that changed me forever.

What is antleritis? It can be defined in many ways and I am sure all of you have a story which verifies its existence even though it does not show up in any dictionary, psychological hypothesis or field documentation. I will try to attempt to make my own definition of the word which was introduced to me by my good friend Jed Speiser.

Antleritis is a disease which affects many individuals who pursue an antlered animal for the sole purpose of its trophy value and the residual praise and attention it may bring to this individual. It is known to cause loss of lifelong friendships, dismantle family relationships, and will lead to dishonest psychotic behaviors. It is the leading cause of trespassing and poaching in North America!

Now that you know the definition of Antleritis, can you relate to a story or two which affected your life? The more I think about this, the more I can attest and verify that this is a disease of pandemic proportions. I have been affected by it in more than one way. I have been both a victim of its fury and I almost fell into its trap this past fall. I will speak to you with utmost honesty and relate a few stories which will remain a part of me for the rest of my life. Read the rest … »

posted by Jim on Sep 25

Kevin Presnell, Jim Lombardi and Guide Tim Curry

Kevin Presnell, Jim Lombardi and Guide Tim Curry

I cannot begin to say how appreciative and fortunate I am to be where I am today in the hunting industry. It has provided some great opportunities for me and my friends. Every day I have more to look forward to and unlike the jobs I performed for the automotive companies, I am rewarded everyday for my commitment and hard work. This story is an example of how giving a little of your time can reap great rewards in the end.
Last fall, I had the pleasure of meeting a very generous, good hearted man, Kevin Presnell. Kevin runs several companies, but his greatest passion is his commitment to spreading the good word of Christ in conjunction with sharing the great outdoors with the less fortunate. Kevin is the founder of the Presnell Family Foundation. He commits long hours and extensive financial donations to ensure that the handicapped, ill, or underprivileged adults and children get an opportunity to experience the outdoors. Kevin has applied many concepts to help the less fortunate forget about their handicaps and every day worries.
Last November, the Hunters Prostaff camera crew and myself, went down to do some hunting on a private piece that Kevin had leased. We were told we would be hunting and filming the property for a promotional DVD. Jed Speiser, Bryan Malone, Eddie Stanton and I were ready to hunt and film each other and all took valuable vacation time. When we arrived, there was a misunderstanding and we spent the remainder of the week filming some incredible handicapped hunters. Needless to say, we were bummed that we weren’t hunting, but in the long run volunteering our time to such a great cause has paid us far greater rewards than the hunt itself! We had a great time and made lifelong friendships. Because of this commitment, I was fortunate to land a bigger role with Kevin and his foundation, as well as, a position with his Elite hunting product, The Presnell Sporting Collection.
The Presnell Sporting Collection is like a country club membership for the Elite Sportsman. The Sporting Collection takes all the worries out of booking a hunt. Every location or venue which the Sporting Collection offers is prequalified by our staff. Every attention to detail must be met to exceed our client’s expectations. This is where I come in. Kevin made me the Director of Product Development and Prostaff of the Sporting Collection. This role is multifaceted; however, the key aspect is the review of every venue, from the hunt itself, to the food and lodging, and the proficiency of the guides. I am also responsible to determine the necessary gear required for each venue. This gear will be offered on a new website called Presnell Premier Products. All products will be high end and the ultimate gear for the elite hunter.
Now that you understand the prequalification process and the role I am playing, I can get into the guts of the hunt, literally! Kevin and I left September 11th to review a venue in Colorado. Kessler Canyon Ranch is located near DeBeque, Colorado. Kevin and I spent 5 days at the ranch. Kevin was hunting Mule Deer and I was hunting Elk. The lodge was exquisite, with a décor which cannot be explained in words alone. The artwork and furniture was extremely unique and tastefully acquainted. Lenny, our chef was amazing! He somehow, caused me to gain 2 pounds, while hiking literally miles per day up and down steep canyons. Needless to say, the food was too good to pass up!
Now, let’s get into the hunt. After a 45 minute ride from the ranch up a tight switch back to the top of the mountain, our butts were puckered and our hands were on the door handles, as we looked down the 600 ft. cliff edge. Once at the top, we were sure to get loose chasing some game. The 23,000 acre private ranch was full of free ranging animals. The first morning of our hunt, Kevin had a nice 190 class Mule Deer Buck in his scope. Unfortunately, the buck did not present a shot before heading over the canyon and onto the neighboring property. After an hour of glassing, we were entertained by hundreds of Elk moving down the mountain into an Aspen thicket. We quickly switched gears into Elk hunting mode. Our guide, Tim Curry, worked with me to do some calling. I was hunting with my Jim Belcher Custom Long Bow and was very excited to get in close to a big Rocky Mountain Bull. Tim set up above me and I had Jake Hanson, cameraman for Barrett Communications, by my side. Tim let out a high pitched bugle, representing a satellite bull. We immediately received a response from below us. The wind was right so we headed in. Jake and I set up 75 yards below Tim. Tim and I started a much orchestrated volley of cow mews. The concert was unbelievable! We mewed and the Bull’s blew up. One herd bull in particular was letting out guttural sounds which raised the hair on the back of our necks! Cows were also joining in and the sounds got closer by the minute. I had to rub some Border Crossings Elk Herd in a stick all around us on scrub oak brush because we were assured to get circled. Jake filmed me frantically running around with the Scent and rubbing it on everything I could. It worked like a charm in conjunction with our Buck Fever Synthetics Vanishing Hunter Scent Eliminator! Two smaller bulls were in our laps within minutes. I passed on a young 4 X 4 on film, as he stood directly downwind of our setup!!! Shortly after the 4×4 moved off, I passed on a nice 5X 5. Both bulls were within my 20 yard range of my long bow! The herd bull was bedded up with cows and was not in a hurry to leave his harem. We exited the set up and planned our evening hunt.

Jim, Jake Hanson and Tim Curry

Jim, Jake Hanson and Tim Curry

On the evening hunt, we set up above the Aspen thicket on drainage leading to a watering hole. Cows, calves and small bulls were below us less than 100 yards. Bulls were screaming approximately 600 yards from our view and then he came out. A complete stud, covered in black mud from his antlers to his big fat butt! He was a huge 6 X 6 bull in the 350 inch range. I turned to the guide and Jake and said let’s go! We need to get above that bull and in between him and the cows. Tim advised if we were patient he would be below us at the watering hole shortly. It never happened. I am a true believer that when the bulls are this horny, you get in their bedroom. This night we waited and it was a show with no go!

The following morning we hit the same canyon. Bulls were blowing up everywhere! I grabbed the long bow and we started in. There were bulls to the left and below and bulls to the right. The wind was better for the herd to the left, but we were closer to the ones to the right. Tim asked me to hunt with the muzzleloader because we could get the herd bull to the right killed now! (Kessler Canyon is in the Colorado Fish and Game Ranching for Wildlife Program. Because of this program, hunters are allowed to hunt with any legal weapon during the full season. Therefore, I was able to go in with my Ultimate Firearms Muzzleloader. Truly, the Ultimate is the premier muzzleloader of the industry, able to shoot 500 yards with 1”MOA!!) Tim was convinced that we were on the same bull from the night before. We set up across the canyon where the herd was filtering down the mountain. They were pouring out from an Aspen thicket directly across from our perch. Tim took out his range finder and advised the cows were at 375 yards. He asked “Jim. Are you comfortable shooting a muzzleloader at that range? Are you stable?” I replied, “I am pretty solid and the gun will do it!” I turned the turret on my Leupold Mark 4 Tactical Scope to 375 yards and locked the gun to my shoulder. We watched bulls filter out with cows. The herd bull was screaming from above as he made his way through the Aspens. Out came the last 3 cows and a huge bodied bull hooking the last cow with his horns. Tim advised it was the herd bull. “He is a good bull! Get on him.” I was reluctant, but I could see his rack from the distance and the white tips looked good. I did not put the scope on his horns, as I tracked him chasing the cows down the draw. He made one loop back up and stopped quartering away up the mountain. Tim advised “364 yards dead on. Are you steady?” I replied yes. I took a long deep breath, locking my arm to steady the shooting stick, and squeezed the 2 lb. trigger. The gun went off and I did not feel the 275 grain bullet, exploding out of the barrel with 200 grains of Triple Seven powder behind it! The crosshairs were locked on my spot, on the back side of his rib cage, as I imagined the opposite shoulders position. A good bow hunter always thinks of the exit hole! The same holds true with the bullet! Needless to say, the bullet hit and the bulls 750+ pound body took the punch. Tim advised you hit him, dead center of the chest! The bull walked stiff legged, about 10 yards, looked up at the cows and looked as though he was going to bugle; he turned and fell down the mountainside. He’s down! He’s down! Tim was impressed with the shot. Was it the gun? Was it the shooter? Was it luck? I believe it is a combination of everything that brings a hunter success. I was elated with joy and gave Tim a big man hug and started the high fives with Jake and Kevin. It was a great hunt!

Kevin and Jim

Kevin and Jim


We were on to get Kevin his buck. Should be easy right? Unfortunately, the bucks we were seeking were slipping out of range every day. After four days of chasing up and down canyons, glassing until our heads were pounding from the strain and experiencing several evenings sitting in thunderstorms, we got it done! Kevin could have taken the easy way out. But Nooooooooooooo! He had to be a persistent, aggressive animal and he dragged Tim and me along with the camera. Up and down, in the rain, barefoot in snow, uphill both ways, climbing, hand over foot, crawling through cactus thickets naked….Just kidding. I am getting carried away. It truly was a challenge because it wasn’t until the last hour, of the last day that Kevin harvested a beautiful 170+” mule deer buck. He made a clean, one shot kill, with the Holland and Holland 7MM piece of artwork. The buck was at 250 yards and he set him down in his tracks! Great job Kevin!
I set out on the hunt to do a few things. I was looking for a 6 X 6 Bull in the 300 class range and I wanted him close enough for the long bow. I wanted to get Kevin on a 200+ inch Mule deer. I wanted to have a great time and experience new challenges. I wanted to meet some exceptional people. I may not have achieved my animal score goals, but I exceeded my expectations everywhere else! I am very proud of this bull and I am very proud of the confidence I have in my Ultimate Firearms Muzzleloader. I am equally proud in Kevin’s persistence to shoot a great buck. Both animals are great trophies in anyone’s portfolio. The hunt was a true success and a true pleasure to be among some great colleagues. Thank you, Kevin Presnell for the hunt and opportunity to work with you in this position. Thank you, Tim Curry and Mark Kessler for the great hunt, hospitality, guiding and beautiful property. Thank you, Jake Hanson, (Cameron Mann), the camera man extraordinaire, who chased us up and down canyons with 50+ pounds of equipment and was eager to assist in the hunt, as well. Thanks for the camera pointers. Great job to all and an experience I will never forget.

posted by Jim on Jul 27

cody-turkey-031-600-x-450

I didn’t plan on writing today but I received this email from a business associate at the Outside Hub. I had just been going through some of my pictures and I was planning on my next article being about our commitment to promoting the great outdoors to our children. It was very ironic that I was in deep thought of how the world is changing and values and ethics are literally thrown out the window by most of our politicians. I am not one to speak politics but every day I cannot help to be sickened by our government! I was thinking about the article and how I could reflect on how being in the outdoors can take your mind away from all of the corruption in this world. Then, I clicked on this email and I thought to myself; “Am I am promoting something that our government plans on taking away from our children? Are they going to steal from the hearts of this country’s sportsmen, sportswomen, and children? I do not believe we would ever see the day, but articles like this remind me that we need to get involved and we need to have a very powerful voice in this country. I would hate to see this child’s smile wiped from his face because of a person like Cass Sunstein. Read on to see how nuts our government can be…If this guy is appointed by Obama, Cody doesn’t get to hunt and the turkey he shot might have it’s own legal rights? HMMMMMMM! Read this and do your part to support Senator John Cornyn (R- TX)!

7/23/09

Senator John Cornyn (R- TX) has blocked President Obama’s choice for a powerful regulatory position in the White House because of the nominee’s support for animal rights. He’s done his part, now sportsmen need to do theirs. Your support is needed to make sure the block, known technically as a “hold,” stays in place.

Cass Sunstein, the president’s pick to head the powerful Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has been an advocate for the animal rights movement and is an anti-hunter. As a part of the federal budget office, OIRA has extensive authority to block rules, including those that protect hunting and conservation.
Sunstein claims that, “we might ban hunting altogether, at least if it’s sole purpose is human recreation.” He also supports allowing lawsuits on behalf of animals, a right currently only extended to human beings.

Views such as this raise serious concern about the agenda Sunstein will carry with him into this position if he is confirmed by the Senate. This is why it is crucial that the block remains in place.

If calling your Senator’s office, remember these key points:

The OIRA can block or overturn regulations that protect hunting and conservation
Sunstein has a long history of supporting animal rights and expressing opposition to hunting
These radical views do not reflect the majority beliefs of Americans
Sportsmen are the nations #1 conservationists who pay for programs through the taxes paid of outdoor equipment

posted by Jim on Jun 28

hpg_patch_logo-327-x-204

First and foremost, I want to apologize to all of the Hunters Prostaff faithful readers out there who are expecting fresh blogs and entertaining articles to read. Unfortunately, we have been preoccupied building a new website for all of you to benefit from. Hunters Prostaff is not going to be replaced by the “new” website. As a matter of fact, the two sites will complement each other and they will both be at the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Hunters Prostaff turned 3 years old on June 1, 2009. We have made numerous improvements and tried to entertain over 10,000 faithful visitors per month, however, we knew something was missing because although we are seeing growth in visitors and hits, we were not seeing growth in the one thing that funds the site, our on-line store. So, we set out on a mission to see how the other guys are doing it and we found several things that had to fall in place to be successful as an e-commerce website. We documented what we loved and hated about on-line purchasing, and from the collective data, we made sure all the pros were included and all the cons were omitted, and the result is Hunters Pro Gear.

Hunters Pro Gear is an e-commerce site like no other. Why? Because, we knew we needed to be different to join a very crowded industry, in a very poor economy. We have features on our website which will benefit our direct customers, manufactures and other retailers across the country. You see, there are a lot of “mom and pop” shops going out of business for many reasons; however, the key reason for a local archery shop or ski shops success is moving inventory. Unfortunately, these specialty shops or pro shops are falling prey to the internet and “Big Box Stores”. I know because I personally have a very good friend who owns two great archery shops in the Detroit suburbs. As a matter of fact, they are the last two standing shops from over 20 shops which existed in the area. I also have a very good friend who ran a fantastic Ski, Snowboard and Bike shop, who recently shut his doors for good. We need these shops and their knowledge, but they cannot stay alive on archery leagues and good advice alone! They need to move products. Hunters Pro Gear is providing a place for these shops and manufactures, as well, to get off of their older, slow-selling, or discontinued products. These products will be sold at great discounts in the “Hot Buy Now” section of the site. Everyone benefits! The manufacturers and retailers are moving product and getting some cash flow, where it may be stagnant. The end consumer who purchases from the “Hot Buy Now” store will get great products at very low prices, and Hunters Pro Gear will put it all together.

In addition to the great “Hot Buy Now “category, Hunters Pro Gear will retail over 15,000 products in our initial opening and we plan to add over 50,000 new products by December 2009. We will have a great assortment of outdoor related products, which will include some very specialized and custom made products, which are exclusive to Hunters Pro Gear. Furthermore, we will be introducing our own line of products in the near future. Hunters Pro Gear will sell everything from hunting and fishing gear to Mountain Bikes and Kayaks to Snow and Water Skis, Wakeboards and Snow Boards and everything in between! In case the current Hunters Prostaff members were wondering, the Lifetime membership discount will be honored in the new Hunters Pro Gear retail store. As a matter of fact, Hunters Pro Gear will now be the official store for Hunters Prostaff, so your current 10% discount will now apply to thousands of products. We will still offer the buying club membership for $20.00 and it will still include our great DVD and a decal. So, please spread the word because we feel it is still the best deal in the business! We will also offer gift certificates which can be mailed or emailed to the recipient. A great way to send a gift to someone out of town! All of this and more will be offered in the most secure checkout process in the industry. Multiple payment options will offered through Authorized.Net, Chase Paymentech and Paypal. Our shipping options and procedures will be the most unique in the industry as well, so our customers can choose and pay proper shipping costs, based on the origin and destination of each product. No gouging our customers to make extra money on shipping and handling fees! All these features are what will benefit our consumers and set us apart from the competition!

Hunters Pro Gear will be live by July 1, 2009 and our commercials will be seen by over 30 million households on 4 outdoor related networks. Currently, we are advertising on three very entertaining TV shows; My Outdoor Zone’s “Own the Zone TV”; Arctic Cats, “Outdoors Management Makeover TV”, and Hunting Lease Television Magazine. These shows offer a very different mix of content and they will capture different crowds in all parts of North America. Our advertising campaign will have many benefits as we hope to drive people to the site and provide our retailers a new customer who may have never walked in their shops front door. The advertising should help to build our client base in our retail store as well, and allow us to expand our product lines in the near future.
Lastly, we would like to thank all of our faithful members and guests who have been with us the last 3 years. We look forward to your constructive feedback! We may have some growing pains but we will strive to continuously improve both websites. Most of all, we look forward to helping you “GET THE MOST OUT OF THE OUTDOORS”!
Thank you,
Jim Lombardi
Blake Wollenberg

posted by Jim on May 12

dustins-grampa-fishing-744-x-992

I had done a few chores around the house, and then the bug bit me. The Fishing Bug!!! I knew that if I didn’t leave the house and throw a line in some water, I was going to be consumed by the thought of monster fish for the entire afternoon. So with the sink still full of dishes, I packed up the fishing gear and headed out.
Instead of fishing alone, I decided to go get Dustin, a buddy of mine, to leave work early and fish-bum it with me on this awesome Colorado afternoon. I showed up during the lunch hour and told him that we were going fishing. As soon as I told him what we were doing, he mentioned that his grandfather, Harold, was in town and might like to go with us. I was excited at the idea of having a partner in crime, but even more excited at the thought of taking his grandfather to catch some fish. We loaded into my truck and headed to Wal-mart to buy them fishing licenses.
Although I had excitement coursing through my veins, I now felt a little under the gun. If Dustin and I got skunked when fishing, then so be it. But if grandpa didn’t catch anything, I was going to feel like I should just hang up my rod and quit for the season. We drove to a little pond about half a mile away to begin the afternoon of fishing. I set up our three rods with different lures, crossed my fingers and began to cast. No one was getting and action, not even the slightest nibble. I was changing lures about every five minutes, hoping to pull some sort luck out of my hat! A few other fishermen walked by and we exchanged the usual hubbub about what works well for this lake. I changed lures accordingly and still we weren’t getting anywhere. About an hour or so into the game of “Lake-1, Fishermen-0” we were stopped by the local game warden. She asked to see our licenses, which we promptly showed her. I asked her if she knew of any other close lakes that might provide better luck. We discussed another lake just down the road, and she told me of a few spots to work were she had seen people catching fish.
Now at our second lake, I was squirming in my shorts. I wanted Harold to catch a fish more than I wanted to catch one myself. We walked over to a honey hole that I hoped would change our luck. I changed all our set-ups to some spinners that I had used in this lake last year with some success. Once again, I crossed my fingers and the three of us casted out our lines. Then I felt it, my rod tip bent towards the water and I set the hook. I reeled in a decent 14 inch rainbow trout. As the excitement arose, I still felt the need to produce fish for my partners in crime. I managed to hook a few more, and Dustin hooked a couple, but the success that we were both looking for hadn’t come yet. Grandpa hadn’t caught one!
About fifteen minutes later, I heard that familiar whizz of a fish on the reel. As I turned to my right, my blood rushing, I noticed Harold’s rod tip curved like a beautiful rainbow. Now it was on!!! The three of us began to catch fish like it was going out of style. They weren’t the largest of fish, but they were making us enjoy every second of life. As I sit here and recall this afternoon’s adventure, I still cannot wipe the smile off my face. Then I remember…the sink full of dishes. So I must end this story before my wife returns from work to find the dishes undone.
Please remember, this was not one of those monster fish days, but it is one of the best days I have ever had fishing!!

©2007 HuntersProstaff.com