This is what you get when you have a little lake in NE Minnesota and a kid who likes to fish. This is John Pconka, friend of Ben and Andrew Westphal who joined the brothers and their dad, Jeff on a week-long adventure at Northwind Lodge.
John caught this beauty off on dock at Northwind Lodge.
He didn’t have a landing net so he grabbed this big, honkin’ northern with his hand over the edge of the dock and lifted him out of the water.
I would say a little bit of luck with a majority of skill would be at play here with John. Heck, I don’t believe that would have ended well for me. Pretty impressive for a 17 YO kid from the Chicago area!
This fish was released quickly back into Jasper to continue to maraud and laugh at fishermen who wish they had this chance. Well done, John!
I have to chuckle. For my entire life in the resort business right here, I’ve heard countless people who won’t consider a “smaller” lake for fishing because they believe incorrectly that “there are only big fish in big lakes”. Time and again, they’ve been proven wrong.
Remember, this fish was caught “off of a boat dock”.
So, how come you aren’t coming to Northwind Lodge to cast off the docks? If you don’t fish, we also do painting classes. You can also sit at the beach, paddle a kayak, take out a canoe, paddle a paddle board, peddle a paddle boat, or just read a book – all with social distancing, no crowds, out in the woods. No masks required for playing outside. 218-365-5489 to see what is currently open in cabins.