What do you do for that special someone in your life to celebrate a milestone birthday or anniversary? How about a guided fishing trip or hunting trip!

Avid outdoors persons may have all the gear and equipment they need to pursue their chosen sport, but a guided fishing or hunting trip for that special someone adds special memories that last forever.

For a special occasion, a trip such as this adds a truly blessed moment in your lives that will burn in your memory for years to come.

Kathy and Chuck Smick with a pair of fall slabs caught on crankbaits while on a special trip to celebrate Kathy’s birthday.

Granted, this person needs to have a love of fishing or hunting (or both) as much as you do, but is well worth the time and expense.

My favorite fishing partner, who is my beautiful wife Kathy, loves to fish as much as I do! I wanted to give her an unusual gift that I knew she would enjoy and cherish for a long time.

We were celebrating her 60th birthday, and decided that a guided fishing trip would be just the ticket for this occasion.

We decided to fish our home reservoir with our good friend, Capt. Doug Wynn, of crappie-gills-n-more guide service. Our hectic work schedules and Doug’s schedule worked out so we could book a trip with him in the early fall.

Doug is an outstanding and gracious guide, and is also a very gifted taxidermist. We both enjoyed Doug’s company and our time on the water with him during this trip.

The late September morning proved to be a chilly ride across the lake. A strong east wind made the lake choppy, and Kathy and I both regretted not having a jacket!

We arrived at one of Doug’s favorite bays on the lake and started putting out baits with the rods and reels, which Doug provided for the trip.

We were fishing with small (1.5 to 2 inch) medium and deep-diving crank baits that mimicked the forage fish that the crappie ate in the lake.

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