|51" Longnose Gar|
|34" Lake Trout|
In 2010 I was the first person to have earned a Master Angler pin. That requires catching 5 different species at or above the minimum length that qualifies it to be Master Class. I submitted 32 entries with 13 different species that year. In 2011 I entered 39 different fish and added another 5 species to my list.
For 2012 I decided to change how I was going to enter the program. I realized that I really did not have to enter every single Master Class fish that I caught. That is just a huge ego trip for me. I catch a lot of big fish but there is no reason I need to show off like that. I decided that I would enter only the biggest of each species that I did get. I entered 11 fish this year, including one new species- the bullhead.
I think it is a lot more responsible to be doing the Master Angler program this way. The state was sending out a certificate for each Master Class fish caught. That could get expensive and they did put in an option that you did not need to get a certificate for each fish when you entered them online. I personally opt out of this anyway. I got a pile the first year- they are very cool, but from here I will only ask for the first one of each new species I get. Starting this year they will only be sending out certificates for the first of each species entered and the largest entered by a person.
|21" Smallmouth Bass|
One thing I am very proud of so far is that all of my entries have been done on the fly. Yep, all 19 different species have been caught on the fly- including the bullhead. Pretty cool in my book!
I am looking forward to getting my pin for 2012 which I will proudly display next to my 2010 and 2011 pins. Meanwhile, check out all my entries for this year!
I do realize that it has been a bit since I have posted on here but I am going to do my best to be more regular about posting. I have a lot of big things happening this year and I really look forward to sharing it all!
|24.5" Brown Trout|
|11.5" Rock Bass|
|24" Largemouth Bass|
|26.5" Landlocked Salmon|