Central Get Together 1999
|I finally made it and I had a blast!
Thanks everyone! I'll be back next
As soon as I got to Huron I started seeing
boats in the parking lots at the Gull Hotel and the Quality Inn. But, first
I had to go look at the "Big Pond". Having never seen Lake Erie I
wanted to look it over and I gotta tell ya, to a Colorado Boy that is some
||Friday morning we went fishing. Cindy, Juls
and I got lucky and hitched a ride on Thumpers boat for that day. There
were some pretty good waves out there. I'd say around 3-4 feet minimum.
He drove that boat like a submarine, but we caught 7 walleyes, a couple
white bass and had a great time. Thanks Capt. Ron.
It was a new experience for me. We had the
big skis out with stinger spoons for the most part. We did use some cranks
later that day, but the spoons really did the trick. That's me and
Capt Ron with a nice eater for the fish fry.
The girls were helping out too. Here's Cindy
Golden and WC Juls with another one for the fry. I'll give you one guess
who gets to do all the fish cleaning when we get back to the Gull Hotel.
Most of the rigging was done by myself and Capt Ron, the girls were the
dedicated reelers and netters. They did a great job, we never lost a fish.
Thanks for helping out Cindy and Juls.
||Friday night was the fish fry, and what a
feed that was. Here's Bigfoot (Rick LaCourse) and some of the gang helping
out. I gotta tell ya, these guys have done this before. Thanks fellas,
that was the best walleye I've had in quite some time, and I fancy myself
as a pretty good cook.
I don't know how many people showed up to
eat, but the place was crowded inside to say the least.
|Here's Bob Keeney. Just Looking was Just
Cooking friday night. We all had some cold beverages and hung around the
cooks, that is where the eating gets started. I was making sure I didn't
get shut out. Hot fried walleye caught and cooked that day. Man that was
tongue slapping, belly rubbing good!
|Now it's tourney time. I went out with Mark
Brumbaugh on Saturday. What a great guy! We joked around, trolled endless
amounts of water and caught 2 walleyes. It was a great day. I don't have
to catch fish to have fun, but it does help :-) Mark is a Reef Runner addict.
After a couple of hours of trolling I asked him if he had any Shad Raps
or Thundersticks, but guess what, all he had with him was Reef Runners.
Lots of them, every color, every size and everywhere. That is one hot lure
in Erie. Just seemed like a hotter lure on Sunday than Saturday for some
||Dave Kidds tourney for St. Judes Children
Hospital was a great thing to do. Here's Mark Brumbaugh and Scott
Stecher (Reef Runner) with a winning weight of fish. See what I mean about
Sunday? Get me out of the boat and win money...hmmmm (I have to think about
that for a little while) Congrats fellas.
||Walleye Centrals' Juls Davis was on stage.
She was fishing with Rick LaCourse and his partner. Bigfoot
can catch 'em that's for sure. That's Jim O'Rourke from In-Fish doing the Microphone
duty. That guy is the best, he could talk the horns off a goat if he wanted
I've got more photos and some video that I'll
share with you also. The video is hilarious!
I have to say "Thank You" to Rick LaCourse.
He is the one that put this all together and made it happen. We love ya
Rick and we all owe ya a huge Walleye Central debt of gratitude. You da
Let's do it again next year. Bigger, better
and if possible more fun. So start making plans 'cause it's gonna happen
for sure. Thanks to everyone for a great time. It was our honeymoon (Isn't
that wife of mine a trooper?) and it was unforgettable. All of you made
us feel right at home and we appreciate it. See ya online!