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Skipper Spotlight: Goosehunter82

Blog by: Tom McInerney , CO 8/20/2018
It's been a while since I've done one of these, too long. We have too many great skippers here to not keep up with this. Life gets distracting, sorry all.

This blog series highlights some of the best skipper members of our community. Those who help keep waters conditions up-to-date, approve reports, and have a helpful word on the forum. If you're interested, apply to be a skipper here. Skippers can earn a discount on FxR+.  Want to nominate a skipper for a Q&A?  Contact me...

And this time we check all those boxes and more with Goosehunter82
If you have any questions about these waters, you can contact him here, he knows his stuff.

Though many of us have gotten to personally fish with him, he answered a few questions so we could get to know him a little more as an angler. Thanks Cisco.

What's your earliest fishing memory?
My earliest memory of fishing would have to be a trip to Monarch Lake with my dad. It must have been in early winter because I remember walking in the snow and mud. When we were crossing the river below the lake dad broke through the ice and got all wet. At around five years old I though it was hilarious. I was fortunate to learn fishing at a very young age.  Dad and I still get out on the water a few times a year and always have a great time. 

Why do you fish?
I fish for fun. It doesn't matter what I'm fishing for or who I'm with, I just enjoy catching fish.  I also like to learn new stuff and teach others what I know. I've found most people that fish are pretty good people to hang out with.

What do you like to fish for? Why?
My favorite fish to fish for would probably be wipers because they fight like no other fish in Colorado. I primary troll for everything and have gotten pretty good at it over the years for most species. During the winter I'm all about lake trout fishing. I have a pretty good technique for lakers that generally puts plenty of fish on the ice. I'm happy to share my technique... on the ice!

What's you favorite species/recipe to eat/cook?
I keep my fair share of eater size fish. My wife and I eat walleye year-round. Frying it is always good but takes a while and gets messy. My favorite way to eat the eyes is to take your fillets in a tinfoil boat, put down a little olive oil on the foil. I like onions and garlic. Cut up I lay them on heavy, sprinkle on some seasoning such as Lowrys or Johnny's, a little garlic salt, and butter. Put it on the grill until the onions are cooked.  By then your fish is ready.   For the lakers or salmon I make up a killer brine and smoke them.

What's your dream fishing vacation? / What kind of fishing have you never done but want to learn?
My dream fishing vacation would be a trip to Alaska to catch the big salmon. I'm sure it will happen someday. A fish I have never caught or really tried to catch but would really like to is tiger musky. All that trolling I do limits my casts. I probably have a few thousand more to go. 

Why'd you become a skipper?
I became a lake skipper about three or four years ago. It seemed like the thing to do. I was spending quite a bit of time on the site and enjoyed helping people out. Becoming a skipper made it easier for people to contact me and gave me another level into the site. Fish Explorer has given me some wonderful opportunities to meet other people who are doing the same stuff I am.

Finally to the rest of the fishing world, tight lines to all! Get out there and fish.
Sturgeon bay white fish!
Grilled walleye and onions
Blog content © Tom McInerney
Blog Comments
Dakota Dude, 8/20/2018 9:35:10 PM
This was cool! you should make it blog staple again. Good answers goose.
bron, 8/21/2018 5:15:36 AM
My son and I have had the pleasure of fishing with Goosehunter in every environment possible. On the ice, shorefishing ponds, trolling with downriggers, tourneys, flyfishing, and more. It's always a fun time and he is great company. Look forward to the next outing! Nice write up guys--keep this going Tom.
D-Zilla, 8/21/2018 5:30:16 PM
If you've never had the pleasure of fishing with this guy, TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY! Goose is a heck of a guy!
Tom McInerney (opencage), 8/21/2018 7:27:48 PM
That's the plan guys, lots of great guys to shout out.
ColoradoRay, 8/21/2018 8:58:21 PM
Been a pleasure to have fished with goosehunter a few times. He is a pretty good fisherman and always willing to share some of his tips for success. Hope to see you out again.
skiman, 8/22/2018 7:23:31 PM
Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting up or fishing with you, I hope I can find an opportunity to change that. I really appreciate your attitude and insight on the topics you post on FX. Ski
Kev-o, 8/22/2018 8:05:20 PM
Goose is a great cat and I canít wait to meet him on the ice this season. The skipper spotlight would be a little better if Tom wasnít such a slacker lol.
Jdhusk65, 8/25/2018 8:47:57 PM
Had the pleasure of meeting and fishing with goose and his wife, very nice people. I helped him with my limited knowledge of kokanee, and he generously gave me the tips I needed to finally get into some decent size wipers, a species that has frustrated and eluded me. A good guy with a wide knowledge of fishing, equipment, and issues revolving around our shared hobby. I hope to learn more from him this upcoming ice season, a true lake skipper. Thanks cisco.