Lake Fish Tales or is that Tails?!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 AZ Broker BR030809000

Thanks to Ray Henson and Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 for a fabulously fun August contest!  I loved remembering such fun times!

Growing up in Minnesota was pretty cool in that Minnesota has over 10,000 lakes.  My family had a lake home and a home in town and  we spent time between the two homes for years.  As teenagers and young adults we spent A LOT of time at the lake in the summer, swimming, canoeing, skiing, sailing, playing volleyball AND - fishing and swimming off the pontoon boat. Yup, you heard that right. The teens would often would fish off one end of the pontoon and swim off the other. Now who knows if we actually caught any fish and if we did they were probably little sun fish.


The serious fishing was done in the fishing boat and/or the canoe.  And that was a blast as somebody always seemed to know just where the fish were 'biting' as they called it.  But it sure wasn't me who knew! We'd end up in some little tree infested area that also had a lot of mosquitos so you had to wear bug spray (which I hated the smell). But it was better than getting bitten to death by the MN state bird.  That's a joke!  I have lots of great memories living on the lake.


It was way to cold in the winter outside when the lake was frozen over!  The 'guys' would fish out of those little huts on the frozen lake.  That was something that never intrigued me. Why on earth would I sit in this little house for hours on end fishing.  No thanks!  Instead my Dad bought us kids some snowmobiles and we had a blast driving all around the lake with friends and family.  We even wore those HUGE snowmobile suits along with a helmets. I always felt like that Michelin Guy who was so fat!  But that was my Dad's rule.  If you didn't follow the rules you lost your snowmobiling privilege.  I don't recall me ever being stupid enough to do that!


I do recall vividly one particular time when my little brother and I took the boat out water skiing. He was driving the ski boat and I was skiing.  Now grant you, we were all a bunch of showoffs on water skis. Thankfully my Dad's rule was wearing a life vest - always. We usually skied on one ski and were very good skiers (showoffs)! 


That little Sh*T of a brother purposely tried to get me to drop in the water out a ways from the dock.  I held on for quite awhile but that little sh*T kept trying and trying and he finally got me down. BUT he dropped me in the middle of August which means it was the 'dog days' of summer. Where he dropped me the plants were grown up to the top.  I had to lay flat and scream for someone to come and get me. I was smart enough to know I could have easily gotten dragged under.   What I didn't know is that my Dad was on the dock watching the whole thing. Holy smokes my little brother was in deep do da.  As he should have been!!  I miss that little sh*t to this day.  My favorite fun brother!  We always had a blast together whether it was boating, fishing, skiing or traveling or just hanging out!

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Comments (23)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Anna- it sounds like you had a wonderful childhood!!!  I love that you and your brother had so much sibling fun. 

Aug 29, 2022 05:16 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Kathy Streib it was a blast with all of them....mostly!  LOL

Sep 02, 2022 09:09 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Those little huts on the ice wouldn't intrigue me either, Anna.  I wouldn't trust the ice enough.

Aug 29, 2022 07:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Agreed Myrl Jeffcoat !  Why would I sit out on a frozen lake it this tiny hut fishing.  Made zero sense to me!!

Aug 29, 2022 08:19 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

CONGRATULATIONS Anna, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Aug 29, 2022 07:53 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks for the feature Myrl!!!

Aug 29, 2022 08:19 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing your childhood with us Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker 

Aug 29, 2022 10:45 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks for reading the stories Paul!  Always fun to remember all the fun times we had as kids.

Aug 30, 2022 09:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna loved the post and the picture those hotties did not do any fishing:) which one were you in the picture?:)Endre

Aug 29, 2022 11:19 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

LOl you're so funny Endre Barath, Jr. ! None of them....I couldn't find any picture of us girls from back then. I'd probably look like the red head!  Except jumping off the end!

Aug 30, 2022 09:22 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Thank you for sharing these lake tales... It sounds like you had a wonderful time and have lots of good memories of the lake. And I'd include the sh*t and almost getting stuck in plants good memories! :-)

Aug 30, 2022 04:56 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Have to laugh at this silly stuff Kat Palmiotti ! My little brat brother really was a good brother!  Just a brat at times!  I'd say all in all it was pretty darn fun growing up there.

Aug 30, 2022 09:24 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like your little brother was a lot of fun when you both were younger, although it sounds like he tormented you a bit, haha.

Aug 30, 2022 06:56 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

OMG Brian England he was the life of any group till the day he died.  One of the nicest, smartest guys I knew.  Everybody loved Pete - everybody!

Aug 30, 2022 09:25 AM
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, years go by but memories never fade away. You certainly had a great childhood. Thank you for sharing your memories!

Aug 30, 2022 09:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

It was years ago Beth Atalay but lots of fun memories remain!  Especially after reading so many other fish tale stories for this months contest.  Such a fun contest!  Thanks for featuring my contest entry!  Fun!

Aug 30, 2022 02:08 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

Reading this post reminded me of all the fun times we had water skiing.  One ski show offs indeed.  

Your brother deserved to be in deep do dah. 

Aug 30, 2022 03:15 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Water skiing was a lot of fun Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist !   I'm sure you've got some good stories too!  Yes we were show offs but we were really good naturally spending summers skiing!  Totally agreed on deep do dah - I don't remember what his consequence was but he sure felt stupid for doing what he did.

Aug 30, 2022 03:59 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Anna, for sharing some of your memories.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Aug 31, 2022 05:39 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks for stopping by my fish stories Roy!  You are a great day as well!

Aug 31, 2022 10:25 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Anna - I have water skied but not as much as you did.  So I guess you had to get back to the dock.  Did you hold onto the skis or let them stay out there?

Sep 01, 2022 04:25 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Grant Schneider you drop the ski  closer to dock and then boat driver either picks you up or goes out themself to get ski if needed. Often times it was so smooth that wasn't needed. Skier could simply get it.  Our neighbor had a really powerful boat/motor that we once got 7 skiers up (all on two skies as drag was too much).  But we actually all made it up and went around the whole lake with all 7 of us.  It took a few tries as a couple folks were new skiers.  That was fun!

Sep 01, 2022 10:16 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - Growing up in Chicago, I heard rumors about how lucky we were because even though mosquitoes were biting in summer, especially by the Northern Lakes we visited often, they were nothing like the big MN State Bird!!!

I always knew MN was famous for its thousand lakes. And the people I knew who lived in MN always enjoyed telling me stories such as you have about the great opportunities that awaits people in MN living by the many, many lakes. Anna, your stories are the great American stories I love to hear from people who lived in different states than me. And when it comes to siblings, your transparency reminds me of my siblings and cousins too. Family stories are the best and you are too!

Sep 01, 2022 11:51 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

LOl Patricia!  The MN State Bird!!  MN has over 10,000 Lakes!!   What family of siblings doesn't do stupid kid stuff!!  I had 5 brothers and 2 sisters so there were all a lot of kids around and then add in the neighbors in town and at the lake. Never a dull moment for sure!  Thanks sweetie!! 

Sep 01, 2022 04:30 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Anna.

You always have fun stories to tell. I can relate to my brother's siblings growing up. 

I love water sports but didn't have the opportunity to water ski as a kid. We learned how to row and steer a boat which led me to try and enjoy kayaking and canoeing.  

I enjoyed reading your story. Fun! 😆

Sep 02, 2022 09:10 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Aura Alex oh my I have so many fun stories from those earlier days! It is an art learning how to steer and row a boat!  LOL on your brother stories!Mostly mind were all good stories.  My older brother saved me one time from hitting my head on a brick wall when I was 4 or 5 - still remember that too and have a little scar left from that ordeal!  Playing hide and seek could be deadly LOL!

Sep 02, 2022 09:51 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna just stopping by to wish you and Gary a HAPPY LABOR DAY, and I hope it is a very relaxing and enjoyable one for the two of you!!!

Sep 05, 2022 01:01 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Hi George Souto thanks!  We had a small group over last night for a BBQ and it was laid back and perfect!  Our neighbors are coming over to swim and relax this evening.  Hope you're enjoying your day as well!!

Sep 05, 2022 01:54 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing how my older sister feels about me Anna 🙂

Sep 06, 2022 09:53 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!

LOL, Paul!

Sep 09, 2022 06:08 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate Brokered by Real - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

You were such an adventurer! That is part of why you have been successful through life, taking a NO FEAR approach to business but also knowing when to avoid a tragedy, Anna! Thank you for this post, it felt like I was there.

Sep 09, 2022 06:10 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Warm memories.  I can tell from your *?!##'s that your were actually feeling the moment when writing.  Nice.  M

Sep 15, 2022 04:28 PM