Friday, January 15, 2010
Shaking the January Blues
Traditionally January weighs heavy on me. Faced to come to terms with our seasons demise and forced to deal with winters cold reality my spirits typically tumble to a yearly low.
Others find distraction in winter activities such as skiing or ice fishing but I can't seem to muster up the interest. Last winter was different. We took a chance and committed to hiring a guide on the Muskegon River for a winter steelheading escape.
It was so much fun that we decided to make it an annual tradition. Today Norland and I embarked on our second trip in as many years and returned to the Mighty Mo for another round of Jet Boat Winter Steelheading with Jeff Stuhan.
The 14-day weather model was predicting unseasonably high temps. We took advantage of the bump and booked a day on the river with Jeff. We met up at his place early and made the short trek to the launch.
It was hovering above 0 C and the ramp sure looked icy but that was not going to stop our host from backing the Jet Sled into the river. However, it was going to stop him from pulling the Jeep and empty trailer out until the chains went on the tires.
Before we knew it we were working our way up to the first run. From what I had researched the MO had been fishing rather slow this winter so I wasn't really sure what that would equate to for our method of fishing.
After the first hour of the morning we were all pleasantly surprised with our results. I won't bore everyone with the play by play but essentially we put a few fish in the boat. Norland found his MI groove today and coaxed a number of pretty ladies to the net.
It was nice to see him gain his confidence on that system. I was also nice to witness him come out of the closet and verbally pronounce his love for the Michigan fishery. I knew he was there but like the Pink Worms and Jigs I had to beat him into submission.
Damn he is a stubborn POS. As can be expected we shared lots of laughs at each of our expense. We saw a great deal of wild life in the form of turkey's, a pair of swans, and a very close encounter with a Bald Eagle.
It was another stellar day on the Muskegon for us and a great way to shake the January Blues.