Day Two of fishing was looking promising. We were on pace to get on the water earlier than we did on Day One. We got to the gas station where I had planned to take our friend, Adam Alexander Photo's advice of, "F the pop tarts. Eat a hot breakfast, and be happy." He also recommended the biscuits and gravy, and mentioned the cheap prices of the diner, but I had a slight problem - I couldn't find my drivers license or debit card.
After quickly doubling back to our campsite, and returning, we were able to get on the water before anyone else, and about the same time, as the day before. I also, opted out of getting the hot breakfast. Bummer.
On the water, I had a follow from a micro-ski 15 minutes into our float. Then I had a mid to upper 20's musky follow out from some cover. Funny thing about this musky is he gave me 3 follows the day before, but he kept on letting me down.
Then in a spot about 10 yards from that musky, I had a low to mid 30's musky come out HOT and take a swipe at my fly, but missed. Then it just watched as I went into the figure 8, before it slowly swam off into the deep hole behind me. Was never able to get that fish to come back a second time. Damn.
The rest of the day went as follows:
Casting, figure 8, casting, casting, figure 8, beer, cast, chips, cast, figure 8, beer, more casting, and a whole lot of nothing.
Hey Dave, anything? ....Nope.
Hey Chris, anything? ....Nope.
|Let 'er rip!|
After some leisurely floating, drinking beer, and taking pictures of Chris and Dave, I decided to wet a fly. Soon after, I hooked up with a decent smallie who put up a heck of a fight.
|When you're the only one catching fish, your friends use sign language to say congrats. Birds everywhere!|
Catch. Picture. Release.
That was the end of the final day of fishing. Few follows for myself and Dave, and Chris, yet again, did not see anything. I was really hoping he would get at least 1 follow, but that's musky fishing. No matter what region you're in.
Before heading over to the Park Theater in downtown McMinnville for dinner and awards, we had to make a quick pit stop a few blocks away and check out the musky mural that we've only seen in pictures. Pretty damn cool!
Dinner was outstanding! Todd had catered out to a local BBQ joint, and they provided some fantastic meal that I'm sure everyone had seconds of. Costa Del Mar had Jungle Fish playing on the big screen, and the same as the night before...the beer was flowing and musky was the topic of conversation.
I'd like to say congratulations to Katie Blizzard for winning biggest fish with a 42 3/4 inch musky that she worked her tail off for.
I would also like to say congratulations to the winning team who boated 3 musky - Blane Chocklett, Mike Schultz, and Chris Willen. Blane had a 40, and Mike hooked up with 2 musky - 41 3/4, and a 36 incher. What a day!!
Such an honor to be on the board and help put my team in contention. I'm just super stoked to have gone to Tennessee and hook up with a musky, and be apart of this outstanding event. I'm not the only guy from Illinois that hooked up. Our buddy Adam Alexander Photo (Mike Allen on the sheet) hooked up with a gorgeous 32 inch musky on Day One, as well.
Another great thing about this event, is that I was able to meet and chat with so many awesome people. Some of those whom I follow on Social media, and some who follow me. It's good to put faces to screen names.
It was great meeting all of you!!
(I apologize if I have forgotten to list you below)
Mike Allen, Kurt Nelson, Mark Messer, Austin Green, Katie Blizzard, Josh-Dave-Brent, Drew Cook, Nate Hensley, Kyle Burnette, Matt (From Greg's Boat), and Steve Tatarchuk of Monic Fly Fishing.
Greg Morgan - The Most Interesting Man in the World! Hands down one of the nicest and coolest dudes you'll ever meet. If you're looking for a guide in Georgia, Greg, is most definitely your man - G.R. Morgan Outdoors. I've never fished with him, but I can promise you, that you'll have a lot of fun.
|The Most Interesting Man In The World - Greg Morgan.|
Hats off to Todd Gregory (owner of Towee Boats) and the Towee Boats crew for all that they do to organize such an awesome event, and for wrangling in such great sponsors like Patagonia, Monic Fly Fishing, Costa Del Mar, Flood Tide Co., Temple Fork Outfitters - TFO, and Flymen Fishing Company, and the city of McMinnville.
|Team U-Turn. Left to right - Me, Chris, Dave.|
Thanks again, Todd!
|Sweet Home Chicago.|
Looking forward to next year!!!!
Hopefully, fishing from a boat.