Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jasper's Cup Runneth Over

January ushers in a new year of exhausting efforts to pin down a few personal bests.  You work all week, you're beat down, Saturday morning you're up at 3 am, Sunday morning you're up at 4 am and Monday you're back to work.  Press replay, it's Saturday again, you haven't caught up on sleep a bit but you dig deep, wet the lines and hate yourself for the first three hours of the day.  It's 2013, I'm 32 and while I may feel it more than I did at 21, I still haven't learned my lesson. 

There is a man from Newburgh, ME that has come down with the Pike fever; whether iced over or stacked up with white caps, he forges forth on Pike waters seeking the toothy beasts.  Saturday has become our day over the past two seasons to break bread on the ice and his numbers are headed in the right direction.

2nd Personal Best of the Season:

18lbs & 41" That'll Do

Each of his personal bests have been by 5 lbs this season.  It all began with a 13lb fish earlier in the season which wiped the floor on an 8lb fish from last season.  Yet here we stand with an 18lb fish, 5 lbs larger yet again.  23lbs next?

When a fish of this magnitude hits the ice, you enjoy an old Maine favorite.


You proceed to bleed profusely (wouldn't stop) from the encounter with the 18lb beast.


Then you ice the cake with a 15.5lb 36" fish


Serious numbers were put up this weekend, with many fish over 11lbs coming to hand.  After a day of guiding yesterday we stand at 227lbs landed and released.  This is an increase of 176lbs over the same amount of days on the ice last season....loving every exhausting minute of it.

10 comments:

Jasper Walsh said...

Kind words Brother Wik, thank you. It has been a good early season, I hope to see you boys out here shortly

Keith said...
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Keith said...

The brandy is flowin' and the pike are growin! Well done men.

Jesse Lance Robbins said...

here here! bring that mojo to the pnw

Clark Winchell said...

Way to start the New Year with a PR in on the ice! Nice fish gents!

Jesse Lance Robbins said...

i love this line:

"It's 2013, I'm 32 and while I may feel it more than I did at 21, I still haven't learned my lesson."

'Nando said...

Helluva Fish! Can't wait to get out on the ice.

BillyGas said...

So jealous right now. Missin the northern hard water. Glad to hear the season is off to a solid start. Those pike seem like they are there to stay...and getting bigger.

Lucas "Horm" Young said...
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Lucas "Horm" Young said...

That's the stuff of which true Men are made. Good work, Jasper. You gents are Mainuh to the core. It gives me great satisfaction to know such men still exist.

PS I was also wondering what Keith could've posted that he might later regret and delete, until I noticed the grievous grammar error in mine and understood...