Fish and Games

We’ve been watching more TV than normal in our house.  It’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, and because we live in Minnesota, we love hockey.  It’s a lot of fun to watch, but I have to admit I’m looking forward to this weekend and the opening of walleye fishing on Minnesota lakes.  It will be a trip to my brother-in-law’s cabin, a whole lot of fishing, cards and games, and TV-free.

If you don’t fish or live in Minnesota, it may be difficult to understand what all the hoopla is about.  So you can angle for a particular species of fish, big deal.  Ahh, but it IS a big deal!  Walleye are the filet mignon of freshwater fish.  We love to catch them and we especially love to eat them.  Somehow we have even managed to get a non-fish-eating daughter to try it and like it.  Maybe it’s because she also takes a liking to reeling in a big wet and wild fighter.  Knowing that it could be her catch we’re eating adds a certain sense of accomplishment.

But this weekend isn’t all about fun.  We’ve spent the past week preparing for our trip.  My husband had to undo the winterizing on the boat and get that all cleaned up.  That means also checking the life jackets, tightening seats and windows, and whatever general maintenance needs to be done.  Mike has had “The African Queen” for many years, and she’s been a very good boat for us.  The old Alumacraft isn’t exactly fancy, but she is made right here in Minnesota and we love that.

Another of Mike’s duties is gathering all the fishing gear.  We had a small mishap in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness last summer when we were camping.  One of the kids lost a rod and reel in the lake.  When you’re in twenty or thirty feet of water in a canoe, you’re probably not going to jump in after it!  So off to Gander Mountain went Mike for a replacement, licenses, more hooks, and various accompaniments.  Now we are ready for another year of catching.

What were my duties during all of this?   Communications, of course.  My sister in law and I have coordinated the meals for the weekend.  We have menus, shopping lists, and know who is bringing what right down to the carmel puffcorn and cookies.  Thankfully Cub Foods had good sales this week and no one will go hungry for sure!  I have cooked, baked, and bagged-up everything on our end in preparation.  Now we are ready for three days of relaxing and drifting.

As the music floats from boat to boat in our “Redneck Yacht Club”, we will be anticipating many more weekends such as this.  Thankfully in Minnesota we are home to businesses like Alumacraft, Gander Mountain, and Cub Foods.  Knowing that I’m supporting my neighbors makes me feel good; and I patronize them as often as I can.  It makes planning and enjoying our Midwestern summers much easier.  Now if I could just find a way to catch that NHL game seven on Saturday night…


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Eric G. on May 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    A good description of the annual event! Good luck, everyone, fishermen, -women, and fish alike.


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