by Alan McGuckin
Q: The thing you like most about Muskegon Lake?
Ike: Diversity, and it has tons of industrial stuff – like iron pilings – city fishing kinda stuff like I love and grew up on. Plus, docks, vegetation, humps, largemouth, smallmouth. It’s got it all, man.
KVD: It’s a really diverse little fishery.
Swindle: I like the fact that this lake is small enough for me to actually see my competition. I feel like a free safety in football keeping my eye on the offense.
Q: The one song you can’t get out of your head?
Ike: Music from the Octonauts cartoons my kids watch.
KVD: Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” because they played it live for Mariano Rivera in a retirement ceremony at Yankeee Stadium this week. That was cool and classy, and it’s always been one of my favorite songs.
Swindle: Sonny Bama’s “The Bottom” – it’s about life in southern Alabama.
Q: The biggest concern you have about the fishing in Muskegon Lake?
Q: Two lures you won’t leave the dock without on Friday morning?
Ike: Trying to catch one over 3-pounds. It’s loaded with 2-pounders, but to do well, you’re going to have to get the bigger, quality bites.
KVD: Making sure I execute. Catching what bites. Fishing mistake free.
Swindle: Not jerking too fast when I get a bite.
Ike: Shaky Head and a vibrating jig from Molix Lures we call “The Lover.”
KVD: politely declined to answer, with a wink and a grin.
Swindle: I’m going old skool with a jig and a War Eagle spinnerbait.
Q: The best meal you’ve eaten in Muskegon?
Ike: A lobster sandwich at Lake House Waterfront Gille. It was awesome! It was on a toasted bun, and came with a side of sweet potato fries.
KVD: The beef tips and mashed potatoes at the Shoreline Inn.
Swindle: Shrimp stuffed with crabmeat on a bed of mashed potatoes.