Ya the 14 hr trip is long especially on this old butt. I hope to make 2 trips a year when I retire, mid June and mid September are great, big fish, fishing times. This year if I net a giant I'm going to get the measurements and have a wooden one made. We never kill the big fish and to my knowledge never have. Occasionally smaller ones get hooked down deep and eagles get a treat. Really getting stoked up for the trip as if you couldn't tell. Giant Pike vs nice buck, equal value experience for me. I use 1/2oz Bass Pro Lazer Eye spinner baits with double willow leaf blades. The bigger the blades the better the strikes, lots of flash and lots of noise. Last year my biggest fish took a top water prop spinner bait coming out of the water about two feet! I'm ready to leave right now.