Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It wasn't the kind of start they were hoping for, but the Huskies were in good hands.
"Thirty–eight years I've been charter fishing," said "Happy Hooker" captain John Dahl
Even with a few rookies on board, Dahl couldn't imagine doing anything else.
"Every day's different out here for one thing," he said. "You never know what you're going to catch."
And neither did the Huskies until their poles started pulling.
Even though their ball players, the guys admit the toughest part was reeling the fish in from hundreds of feet away.
"Your arm gets tired after a while," said Huskies outfielder Dominic Brugnoni. "Trying to hold the pole up and reel them in, it gets tiring."
"I think I found my new forearm workout after trying to reel one of these in," said catcher Nolan Johnson.
"All that stuff we do lifting weight and doing curls and arms and like that, but there's nothing like it," said infielder Keach Ballard. "It's fun because you're out here enjoying it and also you're getting a workout in."
The guys were working out away from the diamond for the first time since the end of May.
"Definitely nice to be away from the baseball field for once," said pitcher Kevin Peters.
"On an off day, you know, it's kind of nice to do something you've never done before instead of just lying around in bed," Johnson said.
And with just a few simples rules, the Huskies brought in four good–sized lake trout. With some fishing success comes bragging rights for Johnson.
"Well, I do have the biggest fish out of the four players so I don't know what that means," he said.
That doesn't include host parent Ted Kiefat, though, who's king salmon was the catch of the day.
"Lakers are good, but the king and the Coho are the treasures so I think I did out-fish the boys just a little bit," Kiefat said.
For now, Kiefat will leave the Huskies to do their catching on the diamond.