Billstrunner, Uncle Don and Myself went up to ol’ gooseneck bend around 4:45am Saturday morning. It was -9 degrees when we left White Bear and we got to gooseneck and I looked at the temp gauge again and she was showing -36degrees! I had to look at my mobile-look-at-device to confirm this. Luciky it was only -22 degrees actually so not bad! Just a little brisk. But sunrise at gooseneck in the winter is truly glorious.
The bend was very good to us! We got burbot almost right away after we sat down. My auger took a great big old steamy dump on my face and decided to crap out on the first poppy hole. Thank the sweet sweet Lord I had my ice saw with me. It took us a while to chip thru a foot of ice but once we got thru sawing was easy and we soon were fishin. Billy caught HIS LIFER!!!!!! And he also caught the biggest of the day, a real nice female….hooray for him!!! (that bastard)
We got just over 20 burbot top side. We kept 10 nice ones for the table. Billy caught five fish in a row on a jumbo sized red and gold Swedish pimple tipped with a piece of RAW BACON!! Shout out to MikeB. Billy even managed to catch a burbot on a piece of bacon while cooking some bacon! Which is pretty bad ass and perhaps some kind of record, maybe. I bet Hormell will send him some free pork products though!….or scold him. Who knows!
No sightings of Otto the river dog this year.
The temp was a balmy 3 degrees at 2pm which felt nice in the sun. There was little wind, just enough to keep Bill’s Vikings flag aloft. We left at dark with a bucket of burbot and some great memories. Uncle Don really enjoyed calling the burbot Lawyers. I'm not sure why but he wanted me to mention that.