Photo Credit - Wayne Gustaveson
BIG ON POWELL --Ty Mannion, Grand Junction Co, caught a personal best, this 4 pound 9 ounce largemouth, near Hite on Lake Powell.
Relatedly, J.J. McMahon of Scottsdale, Ariz., confirms the "big ones" at Powell in his letter of thanks: "I wanted to thank both Danny and Kyran of 'This Side of That" guide service for providing us an experience of a lifetime and a reaffirmation that Lake Powell is one of the most wonderful vacation destinations in the world! www.wayneswords.com/pictures/TyMannion.jpg
Kudos To ‘This Side Of That’
Dear Editor (Carol):
My name is J.J. McMahon and I live in Scottsdale, AZ. I’m writing to you in regards to my recent experience with a few of the local business owners in Page, Ariz. (This Side of That - guide service).
I do not work for, nor am I being paid for my comments; I just know that we often hear when things are bad, but rarely about exceptional service.
As a native of Arizona, a lifelong angler, and former “small business” owner, I felt compelled to offer my gratitude on the level of service that we received. I wanted to give their company some form of appropriate recognition.
If your publication isn’t that appropriate publication, can you please suggest where I might post or submit my comments? (I could also provide appropriate pictures if needed.)
Thank you for your time in advance!
**Keep-up the terrific work & cheers!
A Letter Of Thanks
Just when I thought that Silver Salmon fishing, in Alaska, couldn’t be topped, there I was, standing on the bow of the agile POA, gazing into a livewell with 20 “whopper” bass.
POA is the pride and joy of owner and captain Danny Woods (POA: Power of Abby is named after his precious baby daughter who passed away in 2008) who, along with fellow captain and business partner Kyran Keisling (Page, Ariz. native), is one of the fine boats in the fleet that make-up This Side of That guide service.
Though I had fished on Lake Powell several times, while growing-up in Flagstaff, I had never experienced anything like this. My good buddy Mike — who is a seasoned angler in his own right, having had great success fishing all over Arizona — had made the quick four-hour jaunt north with me from Phoenix.
(This was his first Lake Powell experience and one that he keeps bragging about.)
Both Danny and Kyran had the uncanny ability to find fish in every cove or canyon that we drifted into. They could read the water like some aquatic crystal ball, finding different structure (both submerged and any brush protruding from the lake), and then anticipating where the beds would be — suggesting what lures/colors we should throw.
Mike was on fire — and grinning from ear to ear — during the morning run, catching at least 10 brilliantly colored largemouth bass. By noon, we had caught a combined 30 fish (not counting those we couldn’t set) and they ranged between 1-3 ½ pounds.
A wonderful lunch was then provided as we sat on the deck listening to many wonderful “fishing stories” as well as the history of the lake and local flora and fauna.
The action after lunch was equally productive, and there was a point at which we were catching fish every few casts. Both Danny and Kyran informed us that Lake Powell fishing is a very tricky, and that Mother Nature can quickly be as stubborn as she is gracious — though we had a hard time believing this!
Our day ended with a spectacular sunset cruise into the marina, a stringer full for the evening’s “fish fry,” new and enduring friendships and those wonderful memories that only experience can provide!
I wanted to thank both Danny and Kyran for providing us an experience of a lifetime and a reaffirmation that Lake Powell is one of the most wonderful vacation destinations in the World!
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