Our day in Minnesota
started at 12:01AM as we continued our drive eastward from our RV
disaster in North Dakota.
We arrived at Lake Vermillion
around 1AM and proceeded to try to find our beds. If you
recall, 8 hours
earlier we were preparing to disembark our motor home for a
and we had turned every box in the RV upside down trying to find the
essentials we would need to carry on. As described yesterday,
able to get our RV going again and so we had not tackled the arduous
task of re-organizing
the RV again.
I awoke at 5AM as Minnesota
had received a cold front and the temperature inside was in the
lay in bed trying to get warm for the better part of the next hour
alarm went off at 6AM - 4 hours sleep. I was
was pretty beat too.
We met our guide Musky Tom Wehler at
7AM at the Hoodoo
Point Campground boat launch and we were off to try our hands at
elusive Musky. These predator fish get big – with
some approaching four
feet in length and weighing 30-50 pounds.
We had never fished for Musky and were
first intrigued by
the huge lures we would catapult into the water with our rods and reels
looked like they would be more at home on a deep sea fishing charter
boat. Many of these lures were larger than half the fish
we’ve caught so
far – and when we would send them 200 feet toward shore their
splash was sure
to get the attention of every Musky in 50 feet.
Although we were again rain free (32
States in a row) the
wind was brutal. We were easily fishing in 30 mile per hour
winds and by
the time we headed for home the lake was a sea of white caps.
Taylor had one 3 footer follow his lure to
the boat but in all we
only made a down payment on what is needed to catch “the fish
of 10,000 casts”.
We estimate in our four hours that we made a solid 500 casts between
the two of
us – so we now have 5% of the casts necessary to catch our
By 11AM my right arm, shoulder and lower back was done.
It’s no wonder
you see fishermen trolling for musky in the afternoons – they
sling another 1 pound lure another time.
We were back in the RV at noon and
spent the next hour
trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. At 1PM we
were off to Wisconsin
to try our had at some St. Croix
smallies tomorrow morning.