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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bass Snatchers Last Tournament of the Year Tomorrow

Well this year has gone a lot like last year for me in the fishing department of my life.  I got preoccupied with other things and I haven't done any fishing in the month of September.  That will change on Sunday morning when I will be fishing at the Whitefish Chain for the last Bass Snatcher Tournament of the season.  Obviously I didn't get to pre-fish with my boater, long time club member Herman W..  I fished my very first tournament in the Snatchers Club with Herman back in 2008 at Farm Island Lake.  He is quite a character and I'm sure I will have a good time whether or not we catch fish.

I need a motivation shot, because right now I could care less about doing well in the tournament.  I just want to catch a few fish, whether they be bass or pike it doesn't matter to me I'll be happy.

Update: I found my motivation.  This fish crushed it.
16.5" Jumpin Bullhead.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Skol Vikes!!!

I applaud them on the decision they have come to:



Eden Prairie, MN (September 17, 2014) – This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's news. In conversations with the NFL over the last two days, the Vikings advised the League of the team's decision to revisit the situation regarding Adrian Peterson. In response, the League informed the team of the option to place Adrian on the Exempt/Commissioner's Permission list, which will require that Adrian remain away from all team activities while allowing him to take care of his personal situation until the legal proceedings are resolved. After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian.

We are always focused on trying to make the right decision as an organization. We embrace our role - and the responsibilities that go with it – as a leader in the community, as a business partner and as an organization that can build bridges with our fans and positively impact this great region. We appreciate and value the input we have received from our fans, our partners and the community. 

While we were trying to make a balanced decision yesterday, after further reflection we have concluded that this resolution is best for the Vikings and for Adrian. We want to be clear: we have a strong stance regarding the protection and welfare of children, and we want to be sure we get this right. At the same time we want to express our support for Adrian and acknowledge his seven-plus years of outstanding commitment to this organization and this community. Adrian emphasized his desire to avoid further distraction to his teammates and coaches while focusing on his current situation; this resolution accomplishes these objectives as well.

We will support Adrian during this legal and personal process, but we firmly believe and realize this is the right decision. We hope that all of our fans can respect the process that we have gone through to reach this final decision. – Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf

Monday, September 15, 2014

AP, I'm Disappointed!

Disappointment:  That is how I feel about how Adrian Peterson chose to discipline his 4 year old child.  He apparently was totally oblivious to the fact that he crossed a line into what is clearly unacceptable corporal discipline, especially for a child that young.  However, I am not appalled by his actions precisely because I don't believe he knew what he was doing was in fact abusive.  I think Adrian is now in the process of discovering that what he did was wrong.  I have little doubt that Adrian will "Get It."

Update: When I wrote this blog I was unsure of what the Vikings would choose to do with Adrian.  I was really hoping the rumors that he might be released were not true.  I was of the opinion that whatever the team chose to do in this situation I would just have to be OK with that.  I was frankly a little surprised/stunned that they chose to let him play this week.  After thinking about it for a day, I have grudgingly come to the opinion that the Vikings have made a mistake.  I really really want to give Adrian the benefit of the doubt, but in this case there isn't much there for anyone to doubt.  He clearly did abuse his kid.  That is not acceptable and making him sit only 1 game at this point isn't enough. I believe the right thing to do would have been to deactivate him for the next 3 games, which was within the teams power to do .  I say this with with great sadness.

As far as how the team did this week vs the Pats:  In light of how things went down I'm not that surprised at the result.  I do think the D played OK, well enough to give us a shot.  It was obviously the Special Teams and O that let us down this week.   Unfortunately I don't see us winning next week in New Orleans regardless of whether or not Adrian is back.


Sunday, September 07, 2014

SKOL Vikings 2015!!!

Last year in my Skol Vikings post I listed 3 questions that needed to be answered for us to have a good season.  Needless to say they were all answered in a negative fashion.

1. AP didn't stay healthy.
2. Ponder wasn't the answer.
3. Our secondary was really really bad

At the end of last season I thought Frazier should have been given another year just like AP did. The way things have worked out with us getting Zimmer and Turner I am glad now that we didn't. I am really hopeful that Zimmer is going to turn things around.

Here are my 3 questions for this year for the Vikings to have a good year.

1.  Can Zimmer bring the defense back to respectability?  With the way our season starts with games against New England, Saints, Packers, and Atlanta we our going to need it and need it fast.  If we can force turnovers like we did this preseason then our D should be good to go.

2.  Can our O Line keep Cassel upright and give AP room to roam?  Last year O Line play was highly inconsistent.  We need Kalil to return to Pro Bowl form.

3. Can AP stay healthy and win another rushing title?  I know Norv wants to spread the ball around and get AP involved in the passing game, so maybe a rushing title is asking for a bit much;  But you can't put anything past what AP can do if he's healthy.   Whatever happens as long as AP is getting the rock a lot, I'm OK with it.

Prediction for the year:  I think we win at least 7 games minimum and possibly 11 if everything falls our way. If we can start 2-0 then everybody in our division better be on notice.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

MN Pro Seth Feider Qualifies for the Elite Series

His 32nd Place finish at Lake St.Clair Bassmaster Northern Open should be more than enough to get him the Tour invitation for next year.

Congratulations Seth!!!

Here is the Final Standings:

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Congratulations Rich And the MN Team!!!

Bass Fishing Blogger Rich Lindgren was the top angler from MN in the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional.  Rich will thus represent MN at the B.A.S.S. Nation National at Lake Ouachita later this Fall with a birth to the Bassmaster Classic on the line.

Congratulations Rich and Good Luck!!!

And the MN Team took top honors for the 2nd year in a row.

Joe Stolski from Baxter MN Wins TBF Junior Championship (11-14 age)

Congratulations Joe, Well Done!!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bass Snatcher Blind Tournament at Fish Trap Lake

If I can catch a limit tomorrow I am virtually guaranteed my best finish of the year to date;  We've only got 10 boats fishing.  I drew Guy Henkensiefken for the second year in a row for the blind tournament and he's always given me a fair shot in his boat.  He has won both of the tournaments I fished with him.  Last year my heart just wasn't in it at Cullen Chain; I got my limit and checked out.  I'm going into this one just hoping to get a limit, and maybe if I'm lucky I can at least make a top 10 this year.

Fish Trap has clear water and it's supposed to be cloudy with a chance of rain, so the fish should be biting.  Winds are supposed to be light so I'm hoping topwater will play.  I didn't have to switch much gear around from Pelican.  I basically dropped the Yabbies and added Horny Toads and a couple of Snagproof frogs otherwise all the baits I'm carrying our the same.  I switched out a couple of rods and one reel.

I guess we will see what's up in the morning.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Skunked at the GOMH this Morning

Conditions: Sunny, cool, with a bit of a breeze out of the NE

I wanted to check some things at Platte/Sullivan just in case that is the lake picked for our blind tournament this week.  We find out what lake it will be tomorrow when the lakes go off limits to pre-fishing.  Water is definitely up and flowing at the Grumpy Old Man Hole.  No sign of fish though.  I almost lost a Yabbie to a snag that shouldn't have been there.  Some idiot must have thrown a pretty good sized rock off the bridge.  I did have what I assume was a pike bite off one of the legs of my Horny Toad at one of my other shore spots and I had another pike bite there as well.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Pelican Lake Tournament Quick Report

I was to tired after the tournament yesterday to get around to giving my quick report then.  My partner prepared me for the mind set I should have going in that I probably would not get a lot of bites, but the one's I'd get would probably be good one's.  Unfortunately I lost a really good bass that threw my KVD Sexy Dawg back at me first thing in the morning.  Had I caught that fish, I'd feel good about my day, but I didn't so I don't.  I only caught 4 bass for the day and I got 1 pike on a crankbait. I believe I tied my best weight of the season at  10-1.

I'll see about getting out the full story later this week along with the Leech Lake tournament report at well.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Bass Snatcher Pelican Lake Preview

It's going to be a beautiful sunny day tomorrow, which means the lake will be full of recreational boat traffic.  That doesn't really bother me.  The fish should be used to it.  My boater has been catching quality sized fish, but not a whole lot of them.  Hopefully that will work out better for me than it did on Leech Lake, where on tournament day the fish just wouldn't bite for me.

I'm hoping maybe I can get a few topwater bites right away as winds are supposed to be light.  Also for the 1st time in a Snatcher Tournament, and maybe in a tournament ever for me, I'm going to have a Carolina Rig Rod actually rigged with a Carolina Rig.

Well, I better start getting my tackle organized.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

What's Up With B.P..!

I haven't been feeling very well since last Friday night.  I have been running a low fever off and on and been spending most of my time sleeping. I'm still planning on fishing my Bass Snatcher Tournament on Pelican Lake on Saturday.  I was bummed out I didn't feel well enough to pre-fish with my boater on Tuesday.  And I didn't go with Dad on a launch trip on Mille Lacs on Sunday night.  Oh well, that's life.

I fished 10 days in July catching just a disappointing 45 fish total.  I believe I have blogged all of my outings for July at the Log Blog, except for the Leech Lake Tournament  

Vikings Training Camp opened!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Package In the Mail from FLW Today

Winner! Winner!
Don't know which league they are talking about.  Don't know when I'll have occasion to throw a 6XD, but I'll take it none the less.