I was fishing with
two guys on a new lake in late July and we were scouting out some water to hit
hard after lunch. We went into this bar on the lake for a burger and then
planned to fish the spots we knew would hold some good Muskies. Well, 3 hours
later, they decided it was time to go fishing. Well, as you can imagine, the
rest of the day was not really fishing, just cruising through the water with
about 20 minutes of actually having baits in the water…Bummer!
When you don't have
your own boat and are at the mercy of your partner to fish and fish hard, your
trip can end with bad feelings. Friendships can be at stake, tournaments can
be lost and worst of all your personal safety can be in jeopardy. I have lost
a great fishing partner due to drinking. He turned me on to my first 20
pounder. I thought he was my mentor. Alcohol took its toll on our friendship
and our fishing.
There is a time and a
place for everything. When you only have a few weeks a year to pursue your
passion, you want to make the best of it. Please don't ruin it for the people
who really care about you. Think about the big picture. If you like to party,
that's ok. Be responsible and think of your friends. They chose you as a
fishing buddy for a reason. You both share the passion to fish for Muskies.
Some of the discussions that occur in a boat during a day of Muskie fishing
are priceless. You know what I mean. You have been there. Don't jeopardize
that camaraderie. It's a bond that could last a lifetime.