Musky Guides vs Milwaukee Brown Trout
|Lake with a view of the Milwaukee sky line.|
JJ arrived a little early, it's the guide in him he's always early. I finished pouring my coffee as we discussed the day that lied ahead. JJ was talking about the upcoming musky season and what he heard the hot new lures of 2016 were going to be while I finished getting my Ice Armor on. I loaded up my gear in his truck and we started down the road headed for the McKinley Marina, in beautiful downtown Milwaukee.
We made our way around the harbor casting towards the shoreline. I told JJ that the best bait this time of year was darter head jigs with 2" Gulp minnows. He quickly pointed out that I didn't give him a Gulp minnow. He was right, I explained to him that I don't use Gulp because it always spills in my backpack. So we were using the Powerbait equivalent. Over the years I've become a believer in Berkley products. The Powerbait line just plain works and today it didn't disappoint. It wasn't long after we crossed the river mouth that my rod doubled over. The fight was over much quicker than I expected and soon I had a nice little brown trout resting comfortably in the musky sized net on the bottom of the boat.
|Brown trout come in such an amazing variety of colors.|
We fished a bit longer before deciding to call it a day. The wind had picked up it made for a fun albeit wet ride back to the launch. We had an absolute blast that day on Lake Michigan. It was the first time we both landed a fish in Milwaukee. Sometimes I forget how much fun it is to just get out on the water with the company of a good friend. Not guiding, not competing, not testing gear. Just being outdoors with somebody who gets you. Somebody that's just as excited to be in the same moment as you are. So as you can see this really was a simple story. A story of two friends who went out to catch some fish.