As a fishing guide I get to fish more then anyone I know. On hot bites I get to net a lot of fish, slap high fives and listen to people giggle with excitement when they get a big fish on.
I generally get my Crestliner ready in April for ice off in May. This year mother nature decided to give me an early spring. When my boat was ready for delivery my wife and I decided pick it up in Minnesota. After a short 2.5 day drive and 2 days of rigging my boat with a Motorguide XI-5 and Lowrance sonars we were ready for ice off.
The day we were able to put the boat on the water it was cloudy, snowing and windy. Fishing was great. We were able to get a handle on where the fish were and what they wanted to eat.
Then winter fought back for a couple days. We had lots of snow in the boat, friends and clients were not able to make it up the mountain because of closed roads. I got to fish a couple more days. The snow did come here as well but a little preparedness goes a long way. Chains, ice suits and extra gloves got us on the water.
The weather came and left and came again. As the mail man says rain or shine we will go fishing. After a week of fishing from 545 am till 8 pm with an hour or two for lunch each day, I tend to get a little tired and punch drunk. Just the other morning while launching my boat in the per dawn darkness, I forgot to clip my rope on the trailer. When I backed the boat into the water it just kept floating off. I thought breifely about swimming after it but decided that swimming in 40 degree water would not be good for living.
We have a small group of people that fish early and late every day, a friend of mine showed up at the ramp and drove me to my boat. (After a lot of laughing, picture taking and grief).
Being a fishing guide is the greatest career/ lifestyle I could ever dream of. I always tell people if something can happen on the water or ice it will to us guides. We fish hard make mistakes and most can laugh hardily at ourselves.