The wind is relentless, 20 mph every day, the effort and torque required to control the boat with the push pole, well, I no longer wait till I’m home to apply the Ben-Gay, just keep it slathered on all day. There are times lately when I can’t even pole from the tower, just not enough leverage, I have to stand on the aft gunwale just to get enough bearing to keep the boat from sliding backwards between each stroke. But we will not relent either, we’re going to that back corner of Bitch Lake, no matter what, that narrow window under the mangroves where the wind is finally calm, Don’t Screw Up! We’ve had some hilarious moments and some awesome opportunities. Despite the difficulty, over the past few days, we’ve hooked the Hog Mama Snook several times and lost it every time. It’s incredibly hard work, for your guide and for the angler in the wind, but if you have the ‘nads for it, it’s incredible fun. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is my favorite TV show and the Ultimate Fishing Challenge is my favorite obsession. Many thanks to Randy Lane, Greg Mentzer, Craig Masterman, Dr. Larry Knight and Bob Milgram, these are guys that enjoy every minute, no matter what, no matter how difficult the challenge.