Several years ago, I received a call from a man that wanted to join our group going to Canada. Little did I know that would be a great help to our Sportsman’s Club, but a great friendship. Carl Lund of Tiskilwa had been going with some other fishermen who decided they couldn’t go any more, but he still wanted to go. I was happy to get another fisherman to join our group.
With his experience, he was a great help to our kids. He would take one or two kids fishing with him, and due to his experience, would show them how to fish in Canada.
Carl started out as a kid in Galva. He and some buddies would go to some ponds and catch bluegills. Later, he moved to Spring Valley where his range of fishing broadened. He learned how to river fish. Then he joined Rawson’s where he caught catfish, bass, bluegill and crappie.
About 15 years later, he got a chance to go to Ear Falls, Ontario. This was a great experience for him. He and his wife, Suzie, spent some great times together. During one of their trips, he manage to land a 54-inch, 29-pound northern pike. If he wasn’t hooked before, he certainly was now. Suzie helped him get the monster in the boat.
After he retired is when he contacted me. He joined up and really liked his stay at Black Bear Lodge. He then took his two nephews on his next trip. They had only caught bluegills before in Bureau County, so when he put them on pike and walleyes, they were thrilled. He told me that he got a great thrill just to see their faces when they landed some big fish. He also took some our high school kids out and put them on fish. He also likes to ice fish. He took Scott Hilmes and Brad Kloepping to Minnesota where they had great luck. He also helped our Sportsman’s Club on an ice fishing trip to Mautino.
His other great love is cooking the catch. Over the years, he has become a pretty dog-gone good cook. He just loves crappie and walleye fillets.
Our association with Carl has been a very positive one. For your association with our kids, Carl, we certainly thank you.
• The 115th annual Grand American trap shoot will be held Aug. 6-16 in Sparta. For those of you who have never been to one, it is amazing. Trap shooters from all over the United States will be there to test their skills. In addition to Americans, about 10 percent of the total field will come from around the world.
The competition includes singles and doubles for the 11 days. Competitors shoot at 100 or 200 clay pigeons to see how many they can break. Many times, the winner will shoot 100 out of 100 targets. Eric Paull and I traveled to Sparta a couple of years ago and we were amazed at their accuracy.
Princeton will again will be represented by Wayne Hassler, a man who truly loves the sport. He has been shooting in trap competition around the United States for years. During his years of competition, he has shot several 100s. He told me several years ago that he hopes for a 100 because a 99 just won’t do it.
If you get a chance to run down to Sparta, don’t pass it up. It is truly a great event.
• Finally, it won’t be long before hunting season rolls around. If your son or daughter needs to get a hunters’ safety course, there will be one in August. I will put times and location in my next article.
Lee Wahlgren is the BCR Outdoor Columnist. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.