Coyote hunt a big success

From my perch on the bar stool at Cragel's during this past week's coyote hunt, it became apparent to me that this kind of event is one that needs to happen more often.

What a great time it was. I wasn't even involved in the whole deal, but the bar ... no, the whole town was buzzin' with coyote fever. Hunters began to arrive at various times once the noon hour passed, and the common consensus was that the coyote chasin' wasn't going very good.

Most hunters that had snuggled up to Cragel's bar to have a pizza or a cold drink had thrown in the towel and acknowledged that on this day, the coyotes had won. However, with many teams still combing the countryside, I was confident we would see some good yotes come to the scales.

Sure enough, the hunters did not disappoint.

Rumors began circulating the bar that a few good ones had been taken, and as it turns out, the rumors were true. Soon teams began arriving with some good ones.

In all, a dozen coyotes were taken, including some real dandys. In fact, the winning team from Erie had two yotes that weighed 34 and 36 pounds, respectively. That's not too shabby at all.

After the weigh-in and the winners were announced, there was some fantastic weaponry raffled away, and some great-looking t-shirts commemorating the event were sold. In all, it was a great event all the way around.

The best part was that conservation police checked many of the teams during the day, and to my knowledge, not one citation was written. Good, safe, legal fun, that is what it's all about. I am looking forward to attending next year's event already.

So, now that we all know that weather relief is finally in sight, what are your plans? I have been working hard on the flathead battleship, getting her ready for the season, which for me will begin this week as I make the trip to Powerton Lake in Pekin to drift for Blue cats. I also hope to be able to access the Mighty Rock late next week.

Replacing air lines, removing scum lines, cleaning out compartments and, well, yada yada yada. Necessary for sure, but about as fun as a case of the stomach flu. But if warm temps in the forecast don't instantly boost your adrenaline, I can only ask you one thing – what the heck is wrong with you?

This past weekend I attended the Tinley Park outdoor show for the fifth straight year either as a guest or as a speaker. This show never disappoints as once again it was just flat stuffed with great products and people.

I saw some really cool stuff coming to the market this year, including the neatest anchor design for holding tight in sand and light rock bottoms. I'll share more on that later, but it really is neat.

I hope you all are pumped for better weather, and are ready to tear it up outside this year. Until next week, Go Catfish!