Aug 24, 2006
Last winter, Aikens Lake donated a trip for the "Christmas Classic Golf Tournament" auction. Held at the TPC of Scottsdale, AZ the event benefits Phoenix Children's Hospital, First Tee of Phoenix, the Arizona Junior Golf Association, Valley Boys and Girls Clubs and the Sojourner Center. Dan Quayle, the former vice-president of the United States, was the honorary chairman and the prize up for auction was a trip for 4 to fish with the former veep at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge. The trip sold for $27,000!!! Dan was accompanied by Greg Vogel, Brian Rosener, David Rauch, and Andrew Annan. Even though it was mid-August, Drew and Dan were in the mood for some fly-fishing! Dave, our resident fly "expert", was willing to try it out even though the odds of success were low at this time of year. The three of them ended up having a fantastic time! Being used to catching 15" trout on the flies, Dan and Drew loved the fight and action of pike ranging from 24" to 36"! What was really funny was that nobody really gave them a chance at success, but they proved everyone wrong. The other three men on the trip were fishing with Pat and were jigging up big walleyes all day long! A few of them had admittedly had very little fishing experience beforehand, but this was one experience that will not be forgotten. Brian was the lucky angler who was able to reel up a trophy walleye. In all, it was a great trip for a great cause. Thanks for allowing us to host such a wonderful event and thanks to everyone who took part in it! We hope to do it again next year!