Today's weather wouldn't have deterred me from going musky fishing twenty years ago. I would have been freezing in my old boat without a care in the world. I probably would have been without a musky with today's winds, but I would have been out there.
My cold weather gear was terrible then. I wore my neoprene waders, a cheap rain jacket, a hoodie and a Filson hat worn in tandem with a knit cap. I had a pair of Simms glommits and when they got wet, oh well.
Now I have base layers, insulation layers, waterproof and windproof shells, a float suit, more gloves, mittens, balaclavas and wool hats than Cabela's. I roll with enough chemical hand warmers to melt ice caps.
Why now should I be less apt to fish when I have all of this foul weather gear? Age, of course. Enjoy your youth, kids. Revel in it. Fish in whatever and whenever you can. There will be a day when a day like today will be a day to not fish.
Tony and I were reminiscing earlier today about a Nip trip we took a few years back. The temps were in the low thirties during the first week of September. And it was taking turns raining and snowing. The wind was howling out of the north. We weren't prepared for this wintery hell, but we fished. About midday, I mentioned, "if we go in now, I'll make you a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup." Tony couldn't reel in and start the big motor fast enough. I wonder if we have some tomato soup?
Great image, John. When the lake is like what you captured, it's still not hard to imagine her violent. When you are in the violence, it's incredibly hard to imagine her ever calm again.
Keep on truckin', Larry. You won't catch any muskies if your line's not in the water
Larry...3 for 4 is awesome, no matter what size they were! Well Done!
Capt. Larry D. Jones said:
Went back to Chautauqua Lake this morning, we went 3 for 4 but all only low 30"ers.