He knows Minnesota is a walleye state. “But I’m completely into bluegills; I catch walleyes accidentally.’’
“I catch a lot of crappies,’’ Erbeck said. “Yesterday I caught twice as many crappies as bluegills.’’
He doesn’t use minnows. “I use a white plastic twister tail, or a couple of waxworms,’’ Erbeck said. Sometimes he jigs or casts his lure, sometimes he uses a bobber and still-fishes.
Regardless, he’s on the water about twice a week, year-round.
“I limit myself to lakes right in the Twin Cities,’’ he said. He figures he’s fished about 40 metro lakes.
“I make one exception: Lake Osakis. That’s my nirvana,’’ Erbeck said. “Just like walleye fishermen go to Mille Lacs, I go to Osakis. I know some spots and I catch some really big bluegills.
“I furnish cleaned, fileted fish for all my friends and my big extended family.’’
His advice: ‘Stay active’
Erbeck spent most of his life in Wisconsin. He was born in Superior, grew up near Green Bay and, after becoming a veterinarian, operated two small-animal hospitals and a clinic in the Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire area.
“At age 50, I felt I was getting behind what was happening in medicine, so I went back to school and got a Ph.D. in veterinary pathology, which took me to Kentucky,’’ he said.
Where he got hooked on panfish. “People there were really into crappies, and I started fishing for them and found huge bluegills,’’ Erbeck said.
He moved to Minnesota 12 years ago and did cancer research, then retired three years ago — only to go into the tackle-making business with two partners, son-in-law Stone and daughter Amy.
Erbeck is a member of the Minnesota Distance Runners Association, and ran a half-marathon this spring in 2 hours, 23 minutes. “At my age, I was happy with it,’’ he said. “I think running has helped my health and mental well-being.’’
He also has an understanding partner. “My wife, Faye, has supported my fishing and hunting all 53 years of our marriage,’’ Erbeck said. They have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
And a fledgling business.
“I’m just having fun in life, I really am,’’ Erbeck said.
His advice to retirees: “Be active, have fun … and go fishing.’’
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Guerra||2||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: B. Shaw||3|
|Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano||3||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto||6|
|Miami - LP: B. Hand||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||9|
|Washington - WP: T. Roark||10||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: K. Kendrick||3|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: D. Price||3|
|St. Louis - LP: C. Martinez||2||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta||11|
|Boston - WP: C. Buchholz||11||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: B. Peacock||0|
|Detroit - LP: J. Verlander||2||FINAL|
|Kansas City - WP: Y. Ventura||5|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||10||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood||7|
|LA Angels - WP: T. Skaggs||10||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: S. Baker||7|
|Arizona - LP: V. Nuno||4||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: M. Bumgarner||8|
|San Diego - LP: T. Ross||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: H. Ryu||1|
|Minnesota - WP: P. Hughes||13||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Anderson||5|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||4||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: C. Young||1|
|NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley||1||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: K. Gausman||3|
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