Friday, January 17, 2020

2019 Fishing Goals Achieved (And Not)

Goals achieved in bold green
Goals not achieved in red
Partly achieved in purple
Commentary in blue

Fishing Buddies: 
Once again in 2019 I struggled with getting out fishing with people.  I talked about doing it with several people on the list but never got it done.

1. Fish with Dad
2. Fish with Mike Thompson
3. Fish with Jim Bonin
4. Fish with  Mike "Spike" Miller
5. Fish with Jeff and Renee
6. Fish with Todd, Isabelle, and Mallory
7. Fish with Peter W.
8. Fish with Matt W.
9. Fish with Dave Lindmark
10. Fish with Steve and Devin
11. Take Corey Hicks frog fishing.
12. Fish with Kane Phongsavat
13. Fish with Rick Nichols
14. Fish with Pete
Dream Fishing Buddies:
1. Fish with Josh Douglas
2. Fish with Al Lindner
3. Fish With Nattie Up North

Bass Snatcher Goals:
Not exactly a banner year for achieving my Snatcher Goals

1.  Get "Wood" in at least one tournament. (1st-3rd Place Finish or Lunker or Co-Angler Challenge). Won the Co-Angler Challenge at Rabbit Lake and was just a few ounces out of 3rd Place.
2. Win my 1st tournament. (My best finish to date is 2nd Place.)
3. Get "Lunker" in a tournament.   (Preferably one over 5-8 to win the revolving big bass pot.)
4. Get paired with Chuck Fields.  (He usually only fishes a couple of tournaments a year so chances of it ever happening are not very good.  I may look into bribing Dennis)
5. Finish in the Top 10 at the end of the year. Finished in the 9th. 
6. Catch a limit at every tournament of the year.  Failed to catch a limit at Alexander and Gull River
7. Pre-fish with at least 3 boaters.
8. List the Rods I'm bringing for each tournament before the tournament.
9.  Win the Co-Angler Challenge at least twice Once is not twice.
10. Make the Challenge Cup Team Team Snatcher Won the Cup once again.  I think that makes the Team 4 out 5 when I am on the team.

Technique & Tackle Goals:
1. Win something in Fantasy Fishing or Facebook giveaways/contests. BBC Fantasy in May and Sept. along with various prizes in Sept. for a 3rd Place overall line up.
2. Catch a fish on % of Mystery Tackle Box Lures (Hold over from 2017)
    2a. 1st Box 100% (5 Lures, 2 Lures to go)
    2b. 2nd Box 60% (3 out of 5, only more lure and I've got this one)
3. Catch a fish on % of Lucky Tackle Box Lures (Hold over from 2017/18) The topwater bite was just to hot this spring for me to mess with the Lucky Tackle Box stuff.
   3a. 1st Box 100%  (6 Lures, 3 Lures left to go.)
   3b. 2nd Box 100% (6 Lures)
   3c.  3rd Box 75% (4 Lures)
4. Catch a bass on the Salmo Bass Bug (Hold over from 2017) Just can't get a bass on this lure.  It catches pike though.
5.  Officially Open the Tackle Warehouse this year.
6. Experiment with the Neko rig to see if it something for me. Neko rig gets a thumbs up!
7. Experiment with the Ned Rig to see if it's something for me. (Hold over from 2018)
8. Get the trolling motor fixed or replaced

1. Blog about anytime I reach a goal.
2. Record all fishing trips at Fish Swami
3. Fish at least 150 days and blog about them I found myself backlogged several times this year.  Hopefully, I'll get those trips put up sometime this winter.

Fish Goals:
1. Catch* 3,000 Fish (3,021 caught in 2018) If it weren't for the motor break down and crappy Fall weather I would have made it. 2,945 was the number for 2019.
2. Average 5 fish caught per hour. (4.07 in 2018, 3.99 in 2017, 4.08 in 2016, 3.62 in 2015, 3.55 in 2014, 4.41 in 2013, 4.31 in 2012, 2.77 in 2011) 4.4 fish per hour was the number for 2019 
3. Have a 100 fish day. Yeah baby, May 21st.

1. Catch a new personal best. (Currently 14.25")
2. Catch* over 100 this year. (Caught 306 in 2018) (I almost put the goal down to 50 crappies due to the fact that I'm not getting out ice fishing anytime soon and the uncertainty of when the ice will get off the lakes.  I could see a situation developing where I catch very few this year.) Caught 58 crappies this year.  No ice fishing and no big schools at the GOMH.

1. Win my 3rd Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship
2. Catch an MN State Record fish. (11-4  or 35" x 20")
3. Catch a new personal best.

1. Catch* over 1,000 this year. (Caught 804 in 2018) Only got 813
2. Catch a 38" or over/personal best. Did catch some nice fish though.

1. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Largemouth Yeah Baby, 6.26lber Aug 2nd on Big Sexy on 6lb Flat
2. Catch a 21plus inch or 6lb Smallmouth
3. Catch* over 1,500 bass this year. (Caught 1,281 in 2018) 1,685 for the year
4. Catch* at least 25 smallies.  (I caught 0 last year) Got 4 this year pretty disappointing for as much as I fished Eddy's in June.
5. Catch a 25lb 6 Fish Bag Just didn't put too many big sacks together this year.
6. Have a 50 bass day

1. Catch at least 50. (Caught 279 in 2018) 258 walleyes in 2019 thanks to the motor being down in June.
2. Catch 30" or new personal best. (28.5 is current PB)

It was a very good year for fishing to bad I didn't ger my motor situation straightened around sooner.

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