I didn’t reach my goal of 2009 fish in the year 2009. I fell short at of my goal by 146 fish. It just got too cold, and too busy. I still had a great year though. I caught way more largemouth than I’ve ever caught.
I still haven’t beaten my size record, but I tied it seven times. I learned a ton of new techniques and refined some others. I gained a huge amount of confidence in some lures that I had never done well on before, like crankbaits:
I also found smallmouth.
I also started making my own lures, and the fish aren’t the only ones that are hooked.
I caught way more musky than last year, and lost many more.
I caught lakers on the fly, as well as my first splake, and a really nice brook trout.
I also caught my biggest rainbow yet.
Though I neglected the rivers this past year, I still had an amazing August afternoon full of nice cutthroat and a pasty surprise on the Logan.
I also hit my first salmon fly hatch.
I happened across some rather tasty perch and walleye in my travels as well.
After such an excellent year, it wouldn't seem that there are many more goals I could have, but I've thought of a few. For one, I really want to catch a tiger musky on a fly rod. Besides getting a nice 8wt, I've been working on some furry concoctions to turn those toothy critters' heads.
I'm also hoping to make it down to Willard this spring to take a shot at some wipers, and I really want to try tying into some big spawning walleyes this spring.
Well, as the snow flies outside, I'm dreaming of a sunny spring day out on the water. I hope it gets me through.