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    Fishing Report Clubs

    By Rick

    Fishing Minnesota has added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who are also providing fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency to quality fishing reports provided in the club and regular forum. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If you want fishing reports around your area, I wouldn't wait, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.  
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I'm Back

MYSTERY RIVER IS giving up fish to old guys and kids who ride their bikes to the shore and toss out into the water from shore. Not many boats working the river as with the season open everyone is fishing their favorite little lake. I spent the last week in the hospital once again and I am not going to spend the time writing about it as there are other things to write about. I am back at home and I am trying to get through another set back but it seems that is all I am doing. Before I went into the hospital I did go shopping with the two daughters and we did find a new couch and a new rocking recliner chair which I gave my stamp of approval on. The wife also gave me a thumbs up on my choice so last night I slept on the couch by choice, back felt better when I woke up on it then I went to sleep so I might have found my afternoon napping spot.   While I was in the hospital we did lose a pet. Smochie the Siamese cat got sick and died. More the wife’s cat then mine but I did wake up this morning missing her chewing out her kids which she did on a regular basis every morning. I will have to add her name to the sign that rest at the edge of the pet cemetery we have here. Grass needs to get cut and I have a list of things that need to be done today. The three ten and eleven year old grand kids will be here this afternoon and they are willing to work so I am working on there own do list. Sunshine Ray is calling for thunderstorms tomorrow so the rain barrels need to be moved and lids screwed on. The three new raised beds I hope will be put in the garden and filled with dirt today and then the paths mulched. If this gets done then the butterfly garden will get planted out in front.   I am looking forward to sitting on the covered swing on the deck tomorrow and if it is a warm rain I might just stay out there all afternoon. Has to be better then sitting in a hospital room with no air movement. Of course I will be thinking of more jobs for the grand kids to do. Tobacco in the cabin was not watered so they died while I was away so no plants to plant this season. I really don’t have the time to watch them so I will just plant more vegetables in the gutter gardens this season. The two daughters are going to buy me a cement mixer as my fathers day/756 birthday present, for those of you who keep track in years that is number 63. Today is my 755th birthday which is the one that I keep track of. The cement mixer will be used for remixing all the potting soil I made last season. About a 1000 pounds which is not something I want to do in a wheelbarrow. The grandkids should have fun doing it till it becomes work. Well I have a ton of mail to go through and have to make my do list while keeping in mind that I have to work slow or get someone one else to do it for me. Sure wish I was fishing as the last week has been pretty decent weather wise here at Lake Iwanttobethere. When I do get fishing and I will I am going to take the time and enjoy every cast I make and every fish I catch will be a special one. This post is someone short but just wanted to let you know I am still around and there may be times when I can not post for a few days or several days. Life still goes on here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

2016 Walleye Opener

As has become tradition for a good friend Captain Dave, he invited me to the opener on Mille Lacs.  I think that this makes the 10th or so opener spent on the big pond. Mille Lacs has certainly had controversy lately, but that is not what this entry is about.  It is about tradition.  It is about spending time with good friends.  It is about getting out on a lake on the opener and chasing my favorite fish, the walleye.  We had to be prepared for this opener.  We almost had to alter our normal plans.  The 2016 open water season has been declared catch and release only by the DNR.  I am ok with that.  It was also originally decided not to allow live bait on the lake.  I am ok with that too, but we probably would have changed our plans.  You see, Captain Dave likes to fish with a leech under a slip bobber on a plain red hook.  Without live bait, his favorite method for fishing was out the window.  We started looking over other area lakes for a slip bobber fishable lake.  Fortunately, the DNR relented and decided to allow live bait again. The weather did not favor us this year.  After a somewhat early spring, with the spawn being complete, winter roared it's ugly head.  We woke on Saturday to a little snow on the boat tarp and 28 degrees.  If that wasn't enough, there was also the NW wind at 15, gusting to 25.  It would not be pretty out on the pond. That's ok we are Minnesotans.  We live for this stuff. We pitched a shut out in the morning and were quite disappointed.  Lots of trouble getting the anchor to hold and even more trouble getting fish interested in our baits.  It never even reached 50 degrees that day. However, the evening was a much different story.  We relocated to another part of the lake, hoping to avoid some of the wind.  We found a fishy looking spot and anchored.  While it started slow, just before dark things got busy.  We stayed out until our leeches ran out.  We took our cold bodies off the lake and cranked the heat on the pickup.  Another year of opener memories behind us.   The lake is an amazing resource.  For all of the negativity out there about Mille Lacs, my personal opinion is that the future is promising.  We caught fish from at least 3 year classes, possibly 4.  And yes, most of the fish were from 2013.  I now look forward to fishing my local lakes on much nicer days.  But the 2016 walleye hunt is under way

BringAnExtension

BringAnExtension

 

Cookies n Beer

YESTERDAY, ANOTHER RAIN day so it was not a fishing day so I have yet to lose a day. I should note here that I am referring to the far side of the lake where the season open last weekend. This side of the lake is still a few days away. I am moving around better and spending more time back in the den and surfing the web. I have noticed that when I leave the den chair and head to the living room that the old couch and chairs are not very comfortable. I broached the idea with the wife that perhaps it might be time to buy some new living room furniture and to my surprise the wife agreed it may be time. I started off with a nice overstuffed chair and perhaps a couch and she added a love seat to seal the deal and I surprised her by saying that was good with me as long as I got to pick the furniture. She agreed which surprised me! Got her back by in listing my oldest daughter who loves to shop and it didn’t take much for the daughter to set a date to take me furniture shopping.   I got up this afternoon to the smell of baking cookies and I should have known something was up. Double batch of oatmeal raisin cookies were cooling on the racks and I had not even asked for them. Round three or so Elmer just happen to drop by and he had a plastic bag full of pie pans. I thought he had gone to the thrift shop only to find out he was cleaning house and all the pie pans were ours that he was returning. Around four or so there was a knock on the door and here standing in the rain was Burt from Burt and Barts Barbershop. Well I invited him in and he headed for the kitchen with a paper bag in hand. I was trying to renmber if we gave him pie in pans when instead he opened the bag to reveal his haircutting cape. He told me the wife said I needed a trim and didn’t think I could get into his chair at the shop so he being a friend that just happens to be a barber came out to give me a trim at home. He then looked me over and said the wife was right, I needed a trim and then some.   Well, I sat down in the chair and did not protest too much, I could use a trim on the beard and I was not going to let the wife any where close. Another knock on the door and in comes DOC Buriem and Vic and right behind them was Chuck with a twelve pack of Hamms. Since I could not go to the barbershop it looks like the barbershop came to me. In no time the scissors were nipping away at my hair and small talk about the upcoming fishing season and small wagers over who was going to catch what were made. Hamms were cracked open and raisin oatmeal cookies eaten between sips of the beer. I did try a sip of beer and a cookie and I will tell you it is an acquired taste. With cookies and beer gone the guys left and I was looking a little better. The wife cleaned up the hair from the floor and Duncan kind of gave me a second look to make sure I was who I was. It is still raining out so another day where fishing was not going to be happening on either side of Lake Iwanttobethere

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

good n bad

GOOD NEWS, BAD news It has been a couple of weeks since I have written but things have not been quiet here at Lake Iwanttobethere. I have spent most of my time in bed and for some reason my laptop will let me read what is going on but not let me post. I have in my mind written at least a dozen stories but they did not get posted. So here is some of the topics I did kind of write about and I will now show in a very very brief format.   About a month ago I started feeling a heaviness in my left leg and about two weeks later on a Friday night the entire leg blew up and I was off to the hospital. Long story short I had developed a deep blood clot in my left thigh which kept be in the hospital for three days till I could adjust to a blood thinner. I will now be on a blood thinner for at least the next 90 days. It took me another week to find a pain killer that will let me tolerate the constant 24/7 pain from the clot. The pain feels like someone hit my thigh with a sledge hammer and it does not go away. Stairs are almost impossible to do by myself so add that to something caused by a side effect.   Good news is my kidney function has returned to almost normal and with it my blood pressure has returned as well as my heart beat has risen. This means the lightheadedness and dizzy spells have gone away ! Matter of fact I may even have to go back on pressure med to keep them in the normal range. My favorite fishing daughter has joined me as she had an mri done on her ankle and is now sporting a cast. The two of us now spent Friday nights together with our crutches and me with my walker having the wife wait on us.   Smelt season has come and gone and I never did get to make it down to the fry tent in the parking lot, although Elmer did bring me a foam plate of them which went down pretty easy.   Fishing season has of course started and I will no longer have a need for the countdown unless I start one for me and when I will wet a line. A couple of yeas ago my neighbor Chuck and his wife got rid of their horses and even though there was talk of adding some beef to the fenced in pasture nothing happen till now. No beef but Chuck is about halfway done putting in a three hole par there golf course. The trail has been widen from my place to his as he uses his lawn mower to ride the course and mow the fairways as he goes. I can of course use my mower to do the same thing once I can stand up and swing a club. Crazy weather the other ay as we hit 94 in the shade and then the thunderstorms came through dropping the temp 30 degrees in an hour. Today finds us in the fifties with a constant steady wind bending the trees. Not a good fishing day so I am not missing anything. Pain pills make me sleep a lot and I am OK with that, don’t hurt when I sleep and the next thing we are trying to cure is the tingle and numbness in my hands and feet. Makes it tuff to type and even holding a fork can be challenge. Holding on to the soap in the shower has been all but impossible. Told the wife to go to the General store and buy me some soap on the rope otherwise I am going to have to make my own! My to do list is usually about ten things long and if I get one thing done I am quite happy with myself. If I do three things I am doing to much and end up paying for it for a couple of days after. Today’s thing was to write a story to let you al know we are still here, still reading your stuff and hoping to read some good fish stories. This is the first time in forty years that I do not have rod sitting at the ready by the back door, feels really strange here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Fish in Mt.Normandale Lake

Hey guys, Just fished at Mt.Normandale Lake today and caught a few Northern and fat pre-spawn bass that were only about 2-3 pounds. I have been doing research on this lake and it was apparently popular at around 2008 and read that people have caught TROPHY bass there (6lbs+) and very large pike (35'+). I have seen a few large bass and pike there and there but I do not see or catch what they caught in 2008. I also noticed that there were people that fished the lake much more in 2010. I rarely EVER see people fish there now. Is the lake over fished? Are there still trophies in there? Any comments would help. Thank you!

hansyfishing02

hansyfishing02

 

Change

WHY DO WIFE'S have to change the location of furniture in the house come spring? Last night I went to go to bed and as usual I did not turn on the bedroom light. I put my hand up against the wall, took one step backwards and sat down on where the bed has been for twenty years, it was not there last night. I missed the bed by maybe six inches but planted myself firmly into the floor on my behind. Being very fall concern I fell as good as I could have hoped for. This of course brought up a heated conversation of just what a difference six inches can make.   Spring might actually show up here in the next few days as both Stormy Clearweather and Sunshine Ray are calling for sunshine and increased temperatures. I was outside for awhile yesterday as it looked good outside till you got out there and that north wind quickly changed your mind. The son in law was over and he unloaded that pallet of dirt bags that I bought and then restacked the frozen bags back on the pallet closer to the garden. Speaking of the son in law we should be seeing lot more of him this summer as the Mystery River bridge receiving funding for an up grade and the son in law is a steel worker. Looks like he will be working on the bridge till mid fall and is already talking about he and his crew will be having their own fishing contest during their lunch hours.   Duncan and I went outside and sat in the sunshine and counted bags as he unloaded the trailer and offered encouragement. Was the least I can do since I could not help and Duncan was more interested in laying on his back with his paws pointed skyward rolling in something that did not really smell all that good. Have not been writing much as I really have not had much to say. Been thinking a lot but sometimes thoughts just don’t travel well to the keyboard. On a long stretch of chemo here and side effects are catching up on me which means I have to make more adjustments. Getting old I’ll tell you and it is hard to keep up a good front and not get upset with those around me. Not there fault just the drugs talking. Good thing Duncan is usually close at hand as he seems he can never do no wrong so he does not give me a reason to yell at him. That and the fact that most of the time he is close at hand so I can reach down and tug an ear or pat his side.   Fishing countdown continues for you guys, under a month now. I am maybe looking at sometime in June but that is doubtful. Seems when I have a problem my answer is "I need to go fishing" don’t think I ever really had a bad day of fishing and time spent on the water is never wasted. Perhaps with this warmer weather arriving I will spend some time out on the deck and the sunshine and a warm breeze will give me a little better attitude. Heading to the Mayo end of the month so that is going to be a road trip. The lake for the month of May might be a little quiet as I don’t as of yet know if I have to stay down there. Hoping not I would rather be here on the shores of Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 29 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Cheeseburger Basket

MERLE HAGGARD PASSED away the other the day and I can’t say I was really a fan but I have heard of him. Pretty sure we don’t have any of his music in the jukebox at the Lodge but I am also pretty sure we do have a couple of eight tracks of his music hidden away somewhere. Back in the seventies when my buddy Chuck and I drove all over Fish County in my ¾ Chevy pickup with the bed rack that carried the 12’ Jon Boat and the 7.5 hp Clinton outboard we would stop at resorts and his music always seemed to be playing. Of course that was back in the days where just about every lake had at least one resort and sometimes two. Nothing like today where if you asked where the resort was someone would point out a vacant spot along the shoreline and say that is where it used to be.   We both worked the night shift back then which left our days and afternoons open for fishing or hunting grouse or in the best of times we could do both on a fall afternoon. Always in search of new water we would drive down good looking grouse roads to find small lakes hidden out of sight and most of the time a small resort would be at the end of the road. Usually a ma and pa place ran by a retired couple of who catered to a few locals and some repeat customers. Long before GPS and overhead mapping we would look through our well worn and tattered plot book to try and figure out where we were. Wearing tee shirts and shorts and tennis that had seen better days me with my long red hair and Chuck with his blond hair we would get a few looks when we climbed down from the truck. We would have to past inspection by the resort's dog or dogs before heading to the resort screen door which almost always open into a dark small bar with a juke box playing either Country or Western music as that was the only kind of music played out there.   We would exchange HIYA’s with the owner and he would watch us from behind the bar as we sipped on a soda or a beer depending on where the sun was in the sky that day. We would go through that feeling out process as we tried to find out if there were bass in the lake and where were the big ones. If we were getting good information we would order the cheeseburger basket and I don’t think we were ever disappointed by the size of the burger or the crispy French fries. Before you know it we would be exchanging lakes and talking of the places we had explored. The owner would talk about meaning to get around to fishing such and such lake but he was always to busy working on his own place. That is how we learned that if we ever wanted to keep fishing never buy a resort.   Some lakes we didn’t fish but a lot of them we did. The Jon boat would come off the truck rack and the gas tank put inside. Clinton tighten onto the transom and the small trolling motor attached to the bow. We would push off and go try out the spots on the lake that were pointed out but we would also hit the spots where no one ever caught any fish, funny how sometimes we did pretty good in those dead spots. Keeping an eye on the clock we would fish till we ran out of time. A lot of days we barely made it back home to clean up and get to work on time. Some lakes we return to fish a second time, some lakes I still fish today. Most of them no longer have resorts or small bars with cheeseburger baskets. Lucky for us we still have the Lodge at Lake Iwanttobethere       ><> 35 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

On the Edge

RIGHT ON THE edge here at Lake Iwanttobethere as the bass on the thermometer hanging on the wall of the cabin is pointing at forty-one degrees and it is snowing. There is a new base of snow a couple of inches deep for the snow to land on but the stuff on the roof is melting and water coming off the eves outside of the den is audible as it hits the deck. Granddaughter is coming over for a visit which means we will be watching wrastling and playing Yahatze and of course we will be served Pizza rolls and Lake Iwanttobethere Root Beer by the wife, she will of course shake her head at us, say nothing and walk away. I will suggest that perhaps a couple of apple pies should be made and the granddaughter will jump at the suggestion. Wife can’t turn down her granddaughter who is following Nana and loves to bake, might even be a couple of batches of cookies in there for me.   So this is not really typical weather here at the lake, it is usually some rain or a heavy snowfall but this mix is just a mess. Lots of moisture which is good as it will get the water level up over at Mystery River and they are over there trout fishing. I did not make the trip this year but Elmer and Chuck did. Didn’t catch a fish between them but they bragged about going fishing to me. My chemo therapy is going quite well and my doctor is pleased with his aggressive approach. Matter of fact he has dialed it back some and I hope it reduces the side effects which are more bothersome because I can ‘r really feel what is happening to the cancer. My biggest side effect is balance, actually the loss of it. I don’t go anywhere without a cane in my hand or something close to grab, funny how you take for granted a walk to the kitchen and now it can be an adventure every time I make it.   Also looks like the fishing countdown clock will keep ticking for me long after fishing season starts. I for sure am not going to be going out on opener and looking for a mid season start at best. I will have the dock to fish from and I am already making plans on riding the lawn tractor down the hill. Getting on it may be interesting but I have time to figure something or I can always ask the FELLOWS for help. The Puddle Humper is going to get a new addition as I have put to paper an idea to add a hand rail on the side of the console that will help get up on the front casting platform. Make it easier to have something to grab on to. Have not figured how I am going to get the trolling motor deployed without doing a header into the lake but I will figure something out. Like I say I will have till mid summer and I hope my balance will return by then.   Writing is taking me longer because I make so many typing mistakes. Another side effect is tingling in my fingers and typing can be chore sometimes. That and the fact I am somewhat home bound reduces the things I can write about. Once again taking rides with Duncan is something I miss and I am sure he does also. Been almost 2 months since I have driven alone and I don’t think Duncan has gone anywhere riding shotgun with the wife. He looks forward to seeing the city dogs when they come for a visit, gives him something to do. He does not even chase the robins in the yard that have appeared in the last week. Maybe because he has finally learned they can fly and he can’t or he is just welcoming some wild life in the yard that he can watch. Honey do list has been modified somewhat, if there is something that needs to be done and it is between my shoulders and my knees I can do it, nothing on the floor or over my head, the balance thing. Sitting is not a problem and the wife added to the list I should clean my desk top but my reply was "How will I find anything then" I do manage to tend to the seedling I have growing in the big window as that is in reach but I have not been in the green house as of yet, Maybe I will have the granddaughter take the video camera out there and make me a movie, got to love the video camera, it is my eyes and ears here now at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 37 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Ground Hog Week

GROUND HOG WEEK here at Lake Iwanttobethere at least it sure felt that way. I had some problems heath wise in the beginning of the week and the DOC asked if I would like to take a week off from treatment as I am doing very good. I jumped at the chance and went home with a smile on my face but not till I got a bag and a half of IV fluid pumped into me. The week was spent grazing when I ate as I have no appetite and a lot of time in bed sleeping and dozing. I don’t hurt when I am sleeping as I am able to find a "Sweet Spot" and the aches and pains go awhile for awhile.   I bring up Ground Hog week as the entire last week was just blur of lite snow, wind and a few glimpses of sunshine. Wall thermometer never got over forty and it was cool enough at night that the furnace would kick on and cycle some. Small fire in the fireplace during the day and I would find myself looking into the red coals and nodding off. Duncan would lay on the couch next to me and drop a chuck of Birch on my foot when the fire would get to low. Sunday in the matter of a few hours all seven of the grand kids came to the cabin for a visit. By the time they were gone the cookie jar was empty, the snack hiding space empty and no juice boxes left in the fridge. I was given report cards to review and told of the tooth fairy making her rounds. Deck was shoveled of snow and then the push broom was taken out to finish the job.   Duncan was not alone during this as the city dogs were also here and the three of them ran the property and didn’t leave a square foot of mud or snow without a dog foot print in the center of it. Needless to say the dog biscuit box was also reduced by the time the city dogs were back on their way. Son in laws looked over the To Do List and picked a few projects to do and the daughters help their ma bake some cookies to replace the ones eaten from the cookie jar. When the cabin return to quiet I made my way out to the kitchen figuring I would sample some of the newly baked cookies only to find an empty jar. The wife had sent the daughters home with the cookies saying that she could just go ahead and bake some more when she got around to it.   Had the cabin appraised on Thursday, been many years since we have had that done and I was not to impressed. Lady came up from the cites and did it and she walked around the place and took a lot of pictures but did not ask to many questions. I gave her a fact sheet with all the updates and when I got the paper less appraisal not a single one was mentioned. Cabin description was not even close and since she didn’t bother measuring anything, her guesses were off by feet. Still came in higher then what the county is taxing me at but lower then what I think it is worth. Not going to contest it as I don’t want the taxes to go up. As I said earlier I was feeling pretty good on Wednesday and did a lot on the Do List that was in reach, not going to make that mistake this week and I am going to lay low. Hardest thing I am going to do is water my seedlings and maybe touch base with people on the phone here at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 38 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Junk Drawer

THE OTHER DAY I found myself polishing the hardware on my den desk and last night since I stayed up all night I found myself cleaning out the junk drawer which is the middle drawer. A little background on the desk here as it is well over a hundred years old. It belonged to a long time lawyer in town who was an uncle to a friend of mine. When the uncle died he willed it to my buddy who held on to it for a few years but when he moved he just didn’t have a place for it. I volunteered to give the desk a good home and so thirty some years ago it found a place in my den.   Ten years later I got one of them big monitors for my computer and the once big desk top was not big enough so I added a sheet of maple and stained it up and put it on top of the desk top. I had to shorten it a tad but it is still 4x7 feet and I tucked a file cabinet under the far corner to support it. This is the desk I talk about where Duncan goes behind and makes his hideout. If you are looking for a left shoe odds are you will find it there. There are three drawers down the right side and two drawers down the left, one of them being double high as it was built as a place to store paper files. Over the course of time all my kids received desk drawer to put their "Good Stuff" in and to this day they still have stuff in the drawers. The top right drawer is mine and the center drawer has become the "Junk Drawer"   Back several years ago when the last time we remodeled the kitchen the "Junk Drawer" was removed and replaced with second towel drawer, I have never pulled a towel out of that drawer as in my mind it is still the "Junk Drawer." Now the "Junk Drawer" in the desk has a mess of everything in it. I was going to say I cleaned it but it was more like I went through and sorted it. Nothing really made it to the garbage can as it was "All good stuff" in there. 12 inch wood rulers and a assortment of erasers won at school carnivals. Can’t remember the last time I used pencil and had to use an eraser but I know where one or ten are if I need them. Screws, washers, bolts and little hand tools used to put screws together on desk chairs and TV cabinets. Tiny plastic parts bags of parts that were bought and then did not fit. Files and markers and tiny screwdriver's kits and exato knifes. Razor blade packs missing just one blade and 9-volt smoke alarm batteries.   Seed packets with the corners clipped off but sealed with tape and of course scotch tape and paper clips and rubber bands, Band-Aids and post it notes. For some reason bottom caps with winning numbers inside long since expired. Forgotten usb cables for phones long gone and still some hard floppy disks, but hey I paid ten bucks for them! A mini flashlight that does not work and me getting sidetracked trying to get it to work. Missing dice for a game and a tattered deck of cribbage cards. Cigarette lighters and pipe cleaners and an empty box of pipe filters. Some forever stamps that I guess are still good and business cards from places long closed. The biggest thing and the one thing I found the most of were a lot of memories so I left the stuff in the "Junk Drawer" along with the memories and just closed it. I marked it down on the Honey Do List as being complete and time well spent here at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 45 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Wayne Walk

WELL I OVER did it the past few days working on my to do list and today I am paying for it. Both knees are stiff and sore and I had to take my time getting out of bed. Duncan was not too happy with my progress as he ran to the back door and back to me a few times trying to get me to move faster. With Duncan outside I took a look at the newly painted door and it looks good in the light of day, guess I didn’t miss any spots. Some sunshine coming through the cabin window’s and that is a surprise as Sunshine Ray did not have that in his forecast for today. The wife appeared and made breakfast and asked me what I was going to do for the day. I complained about my knees hurting and she reminded me of all the years I played football and softball and the hockey and volleyball didn’t help either. We won’t even mention the countless miles walked behind the dog’s bird hunting or fishing from a bouncing Puddle Humper in late fall damp weather, but you know I would do it all over again.   She came up with the idea maybe I should just take a rest day and maybe go up to the RESORT and visit the guys, I agreed and after breakfast I grabbed my go bag and the wife drove me up and dropped me off. I made my way into the Main Room and it was quiet, Vic was sitting in booth number one facing me and as I made my way across the floor he said "Well look who is here, John Wayne" I answered with "Who you calling John Wayne?" Vic with a smile just said "You sure have his walk" I smiled back and said " This is just how I walk when I am not trying to fall over" and I reached out to shake his hand and steady myself.   "Love what ya done to the place" and I was kidding as everything was exactly where I last remember it except for a big puzzle half together or half apart resting on the table in booth number three. Small tomato plants and pepper plants were growing on the window sills and Vic and I talked about the RESORT garden. After getting caught up Marv appeared and sat down to join us, we chatted some and he asked if I wanted to do lunch, told him I was not hungry but he got up anyway. A few minutes later he came back with a Hamms and a couple of steaming Coney’s and set them in front of me. They did look good but I only ate half of one and a few sips of the beer and was done. Vic looked at me with raised eyebrow and said " No appetite?" I nodded yes and pushed the plate over to him, he had no problem eating it and patted his belly afterwards as he dapped at his chin with a napkin.   I did after awhile make my way to the Bait Room as there was something I could do and that was make up our tackle order. Easy enough to do as I sat with the laptop at the small counter and started typing away. Did not take too long to spend our money and I was just a hundred dollars short of getting a bonus discount. Had everything pretty much covered so I decided to order a half dozen musky baits that put us over the top. The bonus discount I used to buy a mess of unpacked spoons in colorful fishermen catching colors. I already had a plan to hang them close to the door to catch guy’s eyes and give the that deer in the headlight look while we upsell them on minnows or crawler harnesses. So I am now back sitting in booth number one with a slice of apple pie that somehow I am going to choke down.. Well with maybe just a little more whipping cream, here at the RESORT at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 50 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Peanuts

JUST CAN’T GET warm here at the cabin today, it could be that the wind has been blowing what seems like a steady thirty to forty miles an hour right at the deck door that I was painting inside. I have brass kick plate on the bottom of the door and more brass along the side of the wood deck door that is mostly glass. The brass plates protect the door from the dogs as over the years they would stretch out on it when wanting to go outside and scratch the wood deep. So a lot of tape was used to make sure the paint job looked good. I painted over a few claws marks that Bud had left behind but did not fill them in, they are still there but now covered with some white paint.   Today special learning experience is do not eat Spanish peanuts and then reach into the cats treat jar with said peanuts in your hand. I discovered this when I gave Buff the cat my peanuts and found myself munches on cat treats. Cats may Meow at the treats but I had a different experience.   Feeling better this week as it is my off week from treatments. Went to work on the do list but I had a mind that said I can do this and a body that said no you can’t. Took me three hours to prep the deck door and put two coats of paint on it. Should have been a one hour job, probably why I got cold as I spent way to much time in the daft from the door. When I was done with the door I added wood to the fire and lit up a cigar, they are reserved for special occasions currently and I declared painting the deck door as a special occasion. Duncan went down and got the mail and all he brought me was junk mail and a pack of seed corn for containers that I had to special order. As I said the wind has been the thing today and even at this hour the wind chimes are banging loudly outside the den window here in the full darkness. Not going to complain to much as I hear the boys down south are gearing up for a spring winter snow storm.   I did have to send Duncan to the wood pile to bring down a few sticks of Birch, he took his sweet time as I swear he looked over the pile between each trip to find just the right size to bring back to the cabin. Guess that was a good idea to teach him how to fetch wood from the wood pile and now getting the mail has saved me that walk to the end of the drive or having to wait on the wife to do it. Might be a little harder once summer comes to get the mail from the dock as I am sure he will want to take a swim first and then get the mail second. As always the just painting the deck door is misleading as in all do lists when you open up a project you get side jobs. I did also clean the glass and polished the hardware which found me taking a rest at the den desk. I soon found myself polishing the brass drawer handles, don’t remember when I did them last but the cloth came away pretty dirty. So I added the drawer handles to the to do list and put a nice big check next to them to show the wife what I did do today here on a cool windy damp day at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 51 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Tap Beer

NAPS ARE NO longer a dirty word around the cabin here on Hidden Bay. I spent two days staying awake and then have been doing some serious nap time to catch up. If I could I would walk down to Lake Iwanttobethere and give her broad back a coupe of pats, she kept the Spring snow storm away from us who live on her shores. We did get a lot of rain almost, three inches last I heard. But that was better then the 6-8 icy inches of snow that fell away from the lake and then another 4 inches of snow that fell on top of that making snow removal conditions difficult at best. We did get some of the 30 - 50 mile an hour winds that came off the lake but from what I can see here in the den I did not lose any shingles and the power stayed on the whole time. The RESORT however did lose power for awhile and cabin two lost some shingles but that is on the schedule to get roofed this summer so not a big deal.   I spent time down at the Lodge on Saint Patty’s day, I am always surprised by how many Irish folk we have that show up for the quarter tap beer. Even Sammy the Tailor was sporting an Irish green cap and I am pretty sure he is not Irish. The wife drove me down and told me I could stay an hour as long as I didn’t drink and I was good. First thing I noticed was the two steps going in to the back door were gone and instead there was a small ramp with a hand hold, Nice of the guys as it meant I would not have to use the winding access at the front entrance. Next thing I noticed was a power door on the back door that not only worked the screen door but the inside door. I hit the button and watched the doors open up, dang thing cost more then what we paid for the doors.   Once inside I was greeted by Lodge members and used as an excuse for Gus to tell everyone the next round was on the house, as long as it was green beer. I was directed to go behind the bar where there was a rather large package wrapped in green foil gift wrap with a green Bolder hat perched on the top. Lodge members and the FELLOWS gather around as I put on the hat and tore the package open. I had no idea what to expect and what I found was a custom built wood bar stool. It had a seat belt on it, extended arm rests and a very cool feature. The stool had wheels so I could roll myself around behind the bar but it also had a lever. I pulled the lever up and four pegs replaced the wheels so I could not roll. The FELLOWS told me they had gotten the idea off a bass boat that they saw down at the boat show. They also told me they working on some more improvements and this was just the prototype, heck they think they may be able to sell them!   The wife of course already knew all about the present and she did not come and pick me up for several hours. The padded leather seat was also nice and in jest I mentioned if it was heated that would make it all that more sweet. Before you knew it the FELLOWS had their yellow legal pads out and with a couple of pitchers of green beer were hard at work making modification’s to the prototype. I parked myself behind the tap with the green beer and pretty much just poured free taps for the night. Yesterday was not only my birthday {753} but my neighbor’s Maple Syrup Chuck’s birthday {696} Happy Birthday buddy from all of us here at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 52 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

No Ties

HIYA FROM LAKE Iwanttobethere, was expecting to wake up to several inches of snow this morning but we never cooled off enough to make snow. Heavy rain is falling and we are pretty much drenched. Standing water in the yard and Duncan thought twice when I let him out to do his thing. He didn’t go far from the door as he made a quick trip and was back inside patiently waiting to get his feet wiped dry and a brisk rub of the towel across his back. Of course he being a lab all it took was a couple of rubs and he was dry. He then jumped up on the couch to bury himself in the covers and go back to sleep.   Sunshine Ray was forecasting 8-10 inches of snow for the day and we sure have the moisture. Schools announced last night they were already closing for the impending spring storm. They now kind of have a little egg on their face with a lot of parents who are searching for baby-sitters when their kids could be sitting in a classroom under buzzing florescent lights watching the rain fall. I think my granddaughter will be coming over today so that is something I can look forward to. Have some more seeds I want to start and she can help.   The to do list is growing here at the cabin as I am laid up but the head is working just fine. Every room that I spend time in I see things that need to get fixed or upgraded. Driving the wife crazy as I am adding things to do to the do list before she can and that has always been her job. I have stayed out of the kitchen though as I know where my boundaries are. Been spending a lot of time on the phone talking with friends and keeping in contact, a few I have not spoken to for years and it is nice to catch up and plan some time together later this summer. Fishing is the main topic and I was hoping to get out closer to opener this season and chase some northern up on the flats of a few lakes I know but looks like I will be in the big big city doing treatment and I will have to see how I respond to that. As for today I feel pretty darn good so that is a plus on wet dreary day like we are having today.   I think I have found how to spend my Monday nights that I have insomnia and that is rolling cigars. I did a couple the other night and it is a long process but it will go quicker as I learn how to have my leaf reedy for use. I still have tobacco out in the greenhouse and some more hanging in the shed that I need to bring in and make into hands and put in controlled storage. Have been searching the web for some fishing gear to and did go ahead and purchased one of those C02 inflatable life vests. Figured after all these years of not wearing a vest when I am fishing that it might be a good idea when I have these annoying dizzy smells that come out of no where. Daughter was a little upset with me as she was going to buy me one for my birthday but now she has to find something else. I guess I am a hard buy because if I need it I go buy it or already have it, I keep telling her at my age all I want is a hug and I am good with that and please no ties. So from a wet morning have a good day I am going to try to here at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 58 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Creeper

SATURDAY MOTHER NATURE gave us a tease of what is to come. Wind was coming off the lake and it was cold as it crossed the ice and made its way on shore. Around noon the wind shifted and went the other way. I sat on the deck and watched as the red needle on the jumping bass thermometer crept up on sixty and then stopped. Sun was already shinning in a cloudless sky and with the wind shift it was soon tee shirt weather sitting on the deck. Today it is back to being overcast and damp and there is a chill that I can’t seem to shake.   Granddaughter spent the night on Saturday and we were busy as we sat at the desk in the den and juggled watching wrestling, hockey and playing Yahtzee. The grand daughter has a little killer instinct in her as in one game she got two Yahtzees and made a big deal out of where o where would she put her second score. Sunday morning she went back home and I was left alone licking my wounds. Next door my neighbor Chuck had a birthday party for his son CJ and a bunch of his high school buddies were over and they did Coney’s, a 110 of them to be exact. Teenagers can sure fill up on free Coney’s just like Uncle John does shots at a free wedding bar.   Speaking of Chuck he is full blown Maple Syrup making mode and it busy. The smell that rolls out of his garage from time to time makes its way to my place and the smell mixed in with the fresh mud means spring can’t be to far off, except when Mother Nature teases us with a nice day then comes back with a week of damp cold weather. Drs. Office in the big city this morning, got some good lab numbers and he is happy with my progress, if he is happy then I am happy. Back home this afternoon to shred some more tobacco for taste testing. The first batch I made is already gone as I gave away free samples to get opinions on how it smokes. So far a thumbs up so I am going to shred some more and maybe do a little blending. Did not get around to rolling any cigars on Sunday but am going to try and do that tonight.   We drove through town on the way back to the cabin and the streets have been cleaned. County came through with the big city street cleaners and all the business owners along Main Street were busy with push brooms cleaning their sidewalks into the street before it was too late. Big Earl was the first to get his done but then this time of the year then he is always standing outside his door with a broom in hand. Since I have not been driving I don’t buy gas and we stopped at the Gas-N-Go and I was surprised to see we are just under two dollars a gallon. Slowly creeping up and I am hoping it does not go much higher. I still have a few fishing trips that I want to go on this summer.   With the good lab numbers of this morning I am trying to convince the wife that I should get, no I deserve some home made potato pancakes for supper tonight. So far she has not committed either way but I am working on her. Monday nights are my stay up all night so I will more then likely have more to say later today from here at Lake Iwanttobethere. ><> 60 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Toes

SUNSHINE IS POURING through the den window here at Lake Iwanttobethere. I have window cracked open and every once in a while I get whiff of fresh mud from the snow free flower bed outside of the window. Almost on cue several crows flew by and their cawing might be a signal to others that Spring is in the air. Sunshine Ray is forecasting a high of fifty-five where as Stormy Clearweather is it is only going to hit fifty. I am no weatherman but I like my chances of calling for a high of Sixty!   Yesterday I didn’t get much done as I had nothing really planned and it was of those bad days for me. This morning I woke up feeling better then when I went to bed which is the way it should be. I laid in bed for awhile planning my day out, if I am lucky I will get half of what I want to do get done, done. First off I was hankering for some chili so I got the fixings out and tried out my new chopper that I got for Christmas. I wanted it for dicing onions for Coney’s and it works good for it. This morning I did all my celery, onions and peppers, worked slick just like it was seen on TV. With Chili in the crock pot I moved on to other things, Shelf here in the den was cleared off so when the granddaughter comes over to visit tomorrow we will start some tobacco seed and peppers along with a few different tomatoes. The last pot of hot peppers were harvested with some going into the crock pot and the rest to the freezer. The plant and pot went outside and looks kind of strange with the pepper plant sitting green against the snow bank that rests up against the greenhouse   This afternoon's project is to shred some tobacco for cigarettes and I am going to roll a couple of cigars. The cigarette tobacco is dried enough to be used but I may be pushing the cigar leaf. It has been drying/curing now for seven months. I figure I will roll a few and let them age in the humidor. One of my buddies who grew leaf last year wants to see how it came out so I will let him be the tester. If he likes it he says he will grow more and we will split it. I will shred up a 50/50 blend of Burley and Virginia for the cigarettes. The cigars will be rolled out of Connecticut broad leaf and Dominican leaf. I will try a few different blends and see what it turns out like. That should take up a chunk of time.   With the warm weather the rag box for Duncan was put by the deck door. He patiently waits by the door to get his paws wiped off when he comes in. I think he goes out of his way to see how much mud he can get in between his toes and he sure does seem to like the attention he gets when I clean them out. The smell of chili is in the air and I have already turned it a few times. This batch should be better then the last batch that was made as the wife mislabeled peppers for the freezer. Instead a mix of green peppers and big hot peppers it was all hot peppers and almost uneatable. We just invited Elmer over for dinner and he had three bowls and took the left overs back to his place. He has a thing for hot foods. Well I just checked the temp and it is only forty-five out, needs to warm up fifteen more degrees to reach my prediction, But then again I never really said I was a weatherman, here at Lake Iwanttobethere ><> 63 <><

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Early Morning

UP EARLY FOR me this morning but that has now been kind of normal. The granddaughter once said that I was solar powered and she may have been on to something there. No real plans for the day but that just means something will find me and need to get done. Some lite snow fell overnight but it is already melting off the roof. I am going to put down snow removal on my today to do list and check it off. I will see if I can get over to my neighbor Chuck’s sometime today I could smell the wood smoke coming from his garage as it is Maple Syrup making time. His trees here are dripping but not so much at the stand of trees up at the RESORT.   My legs are getting back under me slowly but surely, come Saturday I am going to be back to driving and regain some of my lost freedom. A trip to Amy’s Bakery for pie is first thing on the list as I will not be having the wife drive me round like she has been. We have driven right past the bakery several times as the wife would make comments about my high sugar and held the idea of pie like a carrot to a mule as a reward for when I am able to drive and get my sugars back down. Don’t get me wrong the wife has been a champ taking care of me and them marriage vows are coming back to haunt her, the sickness and in health one. I am just to worried that she is enjoying driving my Tahoe to much and she has changed my radio stations, moved my seat and mirrors and I am finding fast food bags stuck under the front seat, I guess her surges are doing just fine.   The smell of gun oil still lingers in the den and it is a fine smell to have in the den. Looking around I already found something to do as I think I may just clear the desk top off and clean the wood desk with some oil and dust off all the stuff and put it back on. The desk top is a 4x6 foot of Maple and it could use a little attention. Last night I finally finish going through all my snail mail and the paper shredder was working overtime eating up offers and junk mail and hospital stuff. I did get one piece of mail from a big city funeral home which made me scratch my head. They must have an inside guy at the hospital feeding them names of perspective clients, sorry I disappointed them this time.   I already have a list of places I need to go to, The Lodge of course and Gus has already dropped off a shoe boxes of pink messages for me to go through, they pretty much all went up in smoke in the fireplace as they were past having any action needed. Masterbaiters to visit with Vicki, kind of up in the air if I will be able to watch the place when she goes on vacation but I think I can con the wife that it would be a good thing for me to spend a few hours a day down there looking at racks and racks of fishing lures and the listening to the bubbling of the minnow tanks. Which reminds me it is about time to order tackle for our own BAIT ROOM at the RESORT. Nice getting back in to the swing of getting ready for open water fishing. I did talk to Vic yesterday he was saying that he and Elmer have been working on tying up some Christmas trees that the FELLOWS hauled up to the RESORT, They will be timely placed on the ice out front of the docks within casting distance of the old guys to fall through the ice and make crappie condos. Duncan just now finally decided to get up and he is at my side demanding a good back scratching before I let him outside. I let him out and he took a couple of steps, found the rabbit tracks on the deck and took off at a gallop to check his property for the intruder. Things are slowly getting back to normal, at least they are for me here at Lake Iwanttobethere 64><>

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

The Gift

A VERY PRODUCTIVE day today here at the cabin on Hidden Bay. Some light rain fell which is helping with the snow melt and no dripping from the eves as the snow is all gone along with the little ice dams there were on the out buildings roofs. My son in law's birthday today and along with his wife, my daughter I set up a surprise present. Since I know that I am not going to make eighty and even seventy may be a reach I am working on gifting my rifles and shotguns away. I want to keep things in the family and I know the son in law has to borrow a gun for deer hunting. My thought for his thirty fifth birthday was to gift him a thirty-five year old 30-30 with scope and hard case.   So this morning I got it out from the gun cabinet and clean it up, oiled and before you know it the smell in the den was rich with gun cleaning solvent and wipe clothes. I ended up cleaning all the guns and can mark it off my Spring cleaning do list. I brought the rife over to the son in law's house with a story that his wife had given me the OK to store a gun there for a couple of weeks. I brought the gun over and he didn’t think twice about it and we did some cake and then I gave him fat little card. He opened the card to find two keys for the case and I told him what was inside was actually his present. He open it up looked at me and shook my hand and just said thank you. Just the response I was looking for, he then picked it up and checked the rifle out and shook my hand again.   Back at the cabin after doing a little car shopping at Reed’s Auto Place. Am looking to trade off the wife’s Jeep for something else. Getting to point where it needs more work then I want to put it in so I am looking to dump it off in a trade, which surprising the wife approved. But then again for the last month she has been driving the Tahoe while I have been laid up and is getting a little too comfortable in it if you know what I mean. So I get back to the cabin and find out that one of my sons had been by and cleaned all the carpet while I was out with the wife at the son in laws. I did have to put furniture back but I got clean carpets. So I am sitting in the den with the smell of gun oil still hanging in the air and Duncan lying at my feet under the desk. Got a lot done today compared to a typical day the last few months. Am feeling pretty good as a matter of fact. I also am feeling good about making the son in law's day and mine also. Lots of stuff that I no longer need but have here. Hate to see it just given away, I like the idea of doing some gifting and filling some other relative's fishing boxes with the forty some years of fishing tackle that I have in the Puddle Humper and in storage. I always buy to much and you know that as I give fishing tackle away then I will have open slots in my tackle boxes. No sense in telling the wife I will probable be in need for some new fishing tackle here at Lake Iwanttobethere

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

A Vistor

FIRST OFF I believe that nothing is impossible but a lot of things are highly improbable, Having made that statement I believe in ghosts. During my long stay in the hospital any kind of really good sleep was next to impossible to get. With the drugs I was taking I had more than a few wild dreams interrupted. Most dreams were quickly forgotten but one has hung with me now for more then a week, I was in my hospital bed and the room door was ajar. The bathroom door was open a crack with the light on. The sliver of light from the bathroom that fell into the room was just enough for the nurses and lab people to check on me, It was past two in the morning when I woke up. I didn't open my eyes all the way as I was expecting a nurse was going to be the reason I woke up. Instead I got the impression someone was in my room but I did not see anyone, I rolled on to my side and looked through the side rail of the bed to see my old dog Bud looking back at me.   White face and his sweet old tired eyes looked back at me and his tail was slowly waging with a purpose brushing the curtain that hangs from the ceiling in front of the door. I blinked my eyes trying to get them in focus. He stood looking at me like he had been there for awhile. Bud took a few steps closer to the bed and was in reach of my hand that I had stuck through the side rail, I heard him whine his familiar whine and he leaned forward to lick my hand, just once, I asked him if he wanted me to follow him but instead he turned away from the bed and walked to the curtain. He looked over his broad brown back and me and gave me a soft little ruff growl that sounded like a no. Then he walked into the curtain and was gone. The dream is the only one of many that I had, but it is the only one I remember, I think he was telling me that Bud and his brother Barney are not yet ready to show me their new hunting grounds. Was it a dream or was it Buds ghost checking on me, I want to think it was his ghost. Here at Lake Iwanttobethere anything can be possible.

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass

 

Got a smile

I am beaming here at Lake Iwanttobethere, just back from the DOC’s office where we discussed the current treatment plan. The good news is that my unplanned stay at the hospital last week was a success as my blood work came back today and I am back inside limits on several tests that were way out of bounds and were getting into the critical stages. I did gain 25 pounds in water weight but have already shed it all in the past three days. Let me tell you walking around with all that made balance and blood pressure tough to control. I see some stories coming so you might want to grab a can of Hamm’s when I start posting them...

Bobby Bass

Bobby Bass