central wisconsin hmong bass fishing tournament!

opi thao, an avid local tournament angler and fishing guide (www.wifishstalkers.com), who i'm also lucky to say is like my brother from another mother, recently hosted a central wisconsin hmong bass fishing tournament on lake wausau. within the last few years, there's been a boom within the hmong community throughout the country in regard to competitive fishing... and this was a great way to promote the sport and introduce a competitive environment for those interested in taking their fishing a step further than simply a leisure hobby, but may not yet be ready to fish a general tournament or circut.

i also think it was pretty dope he held it on our very own lake. personally, i feel like lake wausau is often overlooked because it's not as far north as the "trophy lakes," but being our home turf... i can vouch that there are some sizeable hogs residing in these parts; evident by the day's weigh-ins and moreso through my own experiences throughout the years!

sometimes, the best fisheries are those right at home; literally. and it was nice to draw in a small crowd. the turnout and support for this tournament was pretty awesome, and i really hope to see this event become an annual thing and grow! good job, boys!

a beautiful day to celebrate may!

the weather has been absolutely beautiful lately; aside from that snowthat came out of no where the other week! and newfound friends invited me over for a nice little dinner of baked adobo chicken, steamed carrots, homemade challah and a delicious tear apart spiced bread... and it was also a perfect evening to be able to be under the blue skies while enjoying a glass of pinot and a refreshing watermelontini blend. mmm.

from their sweet little porch, we were also eye-level with a dove that recently settled into the abandoned nest that sat on their tree in the front yard. definitely looking forward to seeing more of her..!

and as if all this weren't lovely enough... the hannahs also bade me farewell with the cutest little upcycled "vase" including fresh flowers from their gardens that was an absolute treat to wake up to this morning, too :) indeed, what a great way to enjoy the first day of may!