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August 2008

  • The Big Picture

    The Big Picture

    It's often said that making a difference in the life of another can be a very rewarding experience. So once again my husband and I are volunteering our time and fishing skills through a therapeutic and recreational program. This program that we're involved in is the "Learn to Fish" program. It's a t...

June 2008

  • No Bologna - The Old Timers Had a Great Weekend

    No Bologna - The Old Timers Had a Great Weekend

    If you haven't learned the meaning of true friendship, then you need to check out Lake Link's "Old Timer's" thread. We've been called "Old Timers" and "Old Geezers", but our friendships and our sense of humor have been a major contributing defense against aging. Nonetheless, our social roles may be ...

May 2008

  • Safe Boating

    Safe Boating

    My husband and I purchased our first boat approximately three years ago. At that time, boating was new to me, so my immediate goal was to gain a better understanding of boating. As a novice, my objective was to learn to properly operate a boat and become an informed recreational boater through educa...

April 2008

  • Fishing With Children

    Fishing With Children

    Winter is now behind us, spring has finally sprung, and fishermen are making plans to hit the water to do some fishing. While making plans, here's something to think about. Have you given any thought about setting one day aside to introduce a child to the sport of fishing? For those of you who don't...

March 2008

  • The Old Timer's Ice Fishing Classic

    The Old Timer's Ice Fishing Classic

    What brought me to Lake-Link was the "Women and Fishing" area; however, while surfing one day, I discovered another topic that also piqued my interest. With one click of the mouse it led me to the "Old Timer's" thread. Here, I met my new friend, JayLane. He told me this thread started up a few years...

February 2008

  • The Friends We Meet Along the Way

    The Friends We Meet Along the Way

    I've often said, "The fish are just a bonus". Now let me explain how I've come to this conclusion. When you think about all the fishermen that you've met through the years, and then think about the friendships that have developed through fishing, you'll have a better appreciation as to why I think t...

January 2008

  • Gearing Up For A Successful Season

    Gearing Up For A Successful Season

    I've fished all season, moving from one hot spot to the next, in search of the elusive fish. And, just when I thought I was done for the year, I find myself gearing up for 2008. My boat has been winterized and put into storage, but my thoughts are continuing on how to make this upcoming season more ...

December 2007

  • My Dream of Catching My First Musky Comes True

    My Dream of Catching My First Musky Comes True

    Legend has it that Muskies are a fish of 10,000 casts. I kept playing this thought in my mind as I prepared for my upcoming Musky trip to Webster Lake, Indiana. As an inexperienced Musky fisherman, I managed to read a few articles about these toothy critters and realized that capturing a Musky is a ...

November 2007

  • The Benefits Of Joining A Fishing Club

    The Benefits Of Joining A Fishing Club

    When I joined a fishing club in July of 2006, I didn't know what to expect; however, I can say that I've found more than I had anticipated. People join fishing clubs for several different reasons and the format of each club is different. I joined to be around people that were passionate about fishi...

October 2007

  • Learning is the Key to Your Success

    Learning is the Key to Your Success

    As a child growing up, I never went fishing; now at age 50, I'm trying to make up for lost time. I've only been fishing for 2 ½ years and I'm trying to learn all game species. It has been an "intense learning phase" for me because I have a strong desire to learn; however, I'm enjoying every moment. ...

September 2007

  • Sometimes the Fish are Just a Bonus

    Sometimes the Fish are Just a Bonus

    Fishing with your family and friends is a great way to spend quality time while making memories. Have you ever given any thought to taking an extra step and donating your time and fishing skills to individuals with disabilities or special needs? I have found the secret to life is not only doing wha...

August 2007

  • One Is Not Always the Loneliest Number

    One Is Not Always the Loneliest Number

    Fishing alone sometimes offers opportunities that don't present themselves while you're fishing with your friends. Now don't get me wrong, fishing is definitely better when shared with a friend, but sometimes silence is golden. Yesterday I fished with one of my friends and today I fished alone. Ev...

June 2007

  • I Can Have My Cake and Eat it Too

    I Can Have My Cake and Eat it Too

    Spring weather not only brings good fishing, but as it approaches I have to fight the urge to hit the lake. As a woman, and like many women, we have to balance our work and family and manage multiple roles. Being a mom and a wife can be challenging but rewarding. When our children are young we have ...

May 2007

  • Hidden Lakes Fee Fishing Resort is No Longer a Secret

    Hidden Lakes Fee Fishing Resort is No Longer a Secret

    In Northern Illinois come spring time there are many lakes that open up, but on April 1st the lake that comes to mind for me is Hidden Lakes Fee Fishing Resort. Hidden Lakes is located on Rt. #53 and Coal City Road hidden between Wilmington and Braidwood, Illinois. Many people get out on the larger ...

April 2007

  • Chasing My Dream in My New Crestliner Boat

    Chasing My Dream in My New Crestliner Boat

    Timing is everything and all things taken into consideration, my husband and I were prepared to take "the plunge" and purchase our first ever boat. I truly believe we not only made a good investment in the purchase of our new Crestliner boat, but also an investment that was going to provide us with...

March 2007

  • Lake-Link's Ice Fishing Jamboree '07

    Lake-Link's Ice Fishing Jamboree '07

    Over 400 fishermen and ice fishing enthusiasts gathered for the 8th Annual Ice Fishing Jamboree on February 3rd, at Lake Lawn Resort in Delevan, Wisconsin. Making the trip up north from Illinois, I arrived late in the day and wasn't able to register in time to fish in the event; however, I might add...

February 2007

  • It’s Not Always The Fish That Bites The Lure

    It’s Not Always The Fish That Bites The Lure

    January and February is the time of year when many fishermen will be attending numerous Outdoor Sport Shows. This "one stop shopping event" is where many anglers will gather and spend the entire day buying fishing tackle. In preparation for the big event, I've not only made my shopping list and chec...

November 2006

  • Making the Fishing Connection

    Making the Fishing Connection

    The man I adore, my husband and friend of 31 years, has once again opened my eyes to his way of thinking. We've not only made the connection, but we've made the fishing connection. I've always had a pretty good insight into the way this man thinks, but there's been a few times in our marriage when I...
  • We Don't Know What We've Been Missing Until It Arrives

    We Don't Know What We've Been Missing Until It Arrives

    As I'm approaching age 50, I've finally discovered my passion in life. I LOVE TO FISH! I guess you could say that I've always had a genetic urge to fish. As a child growing up, I always had a strong desire to fish, but was never given an opportunity to go, as only my four brothers were allowed; y...

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