One last little story about Sam before I get to the particulars of last September’s outing. The first time we filmed together, Sam was about 14 or 15. He was just beginning to guide a little, and he had had yet to catch his first truly big walleye. Well, the first night we went, on film Sam caught his first 10-pounder! Then, after struggling a little about mounting it or not, in true Hayes fashion, ultimately, he decided to let her go. Since then, he’s guided clients to countless trophy walleyes, including two over 15 pounds on Lac Seul! And guess what? To this day he’s yet to mount a single fish.