More “Back in the Day”………

by Gord on December 9, 2013


Aboard the “Rowdy”…Bill Balcom’s rig.  The only boat I ever fished in back then with a full stereo system.  I probably have written about fishing with John (red shirt).  He was often enraged when his reel would backlash and had the unique distinction of fighting a musky while being half submerged.   If you can picture the bottom of two shoes hooked on the edge of the boat, you’ve pretty much figured it out.


Well, just more fish pictures.  This was back when my waist size was 34.  Apparently something happened between then and now.  I still have that yellow floater coat……at least it still fits!

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Another John and Bill photo.  We only ever musky fished and hardly ever kept any fish.  Not sure why we decided to keep these pike (I’m sure they would all be in the slot, and illegal, today).


I include the above photo of Bernice and Tom (Jacobs) only because I’ve never seen anyone who could sport a hat like Tom, and get away with it.  Another musky angler from North Shore Lodge days.

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I’m not sure what this photo is about, but it looks like someone (me?) is getting towed home by fellow guide Albert Skye.  I know some might find it hard to believe, but hitting rocks back then was not out of my realm of possibility.


My favorite lure back in the day was a Suick…..and I wasn’t as “gun shy” about hooks as I am now (note my hand and all those hooks!!….crazy!) 


One more shot of the entire “Hamm” group from Minneapolis.  Over the years I’ve run into the odd member at sport shows.  They were a pretty wild group and I often wonder what became of them.  Maybe they will see this.

Anyways, it was fun reminiscing over some of these classics.  Interesting to note that some of these same boats that I rode around in way back then are now serving time at VBL.   A testament to  the quality of Alumarine boats……..if only they could talk!

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