BIG things for 2017

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Well, it has been a LONG time since I wrote a blog, and there is lots to talk about. In March, we had the opportunity to purchase Mo Fisch Charters, after the unexpected passing of Captain Bob Orsua.  I got my start at Mo Fisch, and Bob got his start at A Able with Shorty Goggins, A Ables Founder.  A LOT of people see this as an almost destined merger, I certainly do.  I also see this as a major chapter in the entire charter/guided fishing business in Montana.

In 2016, I took on a new guide that would be responsible for guiding anglers across almost all the waters worth fishing in Montana, East of the continental divide.  Jason Mundel is a multi time Montana Walleye Angler of the Year, multi time tournament winner in the Walleyes Unlimited of Montana tournament circuit, and one of the best multi species angler I know. Jason and I won the $10,000 first prize at this years NAIFC tournament at West Yellowstone in February.  He is a good friend and we obviously work well together.

During our initial process of getting him established over in the Fort Peck area, Jason introduced me to Eddie Mindt, who along with his wife Carrie, and their family, had just purchased the Lakeridge Motel in Fort Peck.  As far as I am concerned, there is no better place to base a fishing charter business on Fort Peck, then right from the historic town of Fort Peck.  Lodging, gas, bait, tackle AND guided fishing, all from the one location RIGHT ON the lake?  Pinch me, I must be dreaming!  So, before the year was out, we had an agreement that would see Eddie and his two sons, Justin and Taylor guiding Fort Peck anglers from the NEW “Lakeridge Lodging and Bait Shop” year round, with Jason operating full time from there June through August.  Eddie has made the Chinook Salmon his specialty, but he and the boys are experts on all the species in the lake, as well as ice fishing in the winter.  More on that in future blogs.

Then in February, when we learned of Bob’s illness and sudden passing, I volunteered to help the Mo Fisch operation by being the outfitter of record until such time as the sale could be completed, and a new outfitter could step in and continue operations.  When the sale fell through and the opportunity to purchase the business came my way, I didn’t need to give it a second thought.  Combining the two busiest charter outfits on Flathead Lake made not just good business sense, it make sense personally. So here we are…

Mo Fisch Charters will continue to operate out of the Lakeside Marina, with Matt McComb, Tom Cobianco and new guide Junior Garrison.  Howe’s Fishing/A Able Charters will continue to operate from Marina Cay Resort in Bigfork with Clay Anderson, Pat Campanella and Chris Mischke. We have a couple other guides that we will be mentoring and utilizing part time during our busiest months, much like every one of us did when we got our starts.  Couple this with our Eastern Montana opportunities and I think it is safe to say, we are now one of, if not THE largest freshwater fishing charter operations in the West.  Our corporate partnerships ensure that we will have the best equipment on the water, and our knowledge base and network will ensure that YOU the client will experience the best fishing opportunities available in the entire state.  Captain Bob and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Welcome aboard, now let’s GO fishing!