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The Fisherman's Prayer
God grant that I may fish until my dying day;
And when at last I come to rest, I'll then humbly pray;
When in His landing net I lie in final sleep;
That in His Mercy I'll be judged as good enough to keep!
Many sympathies to the entire Kiel family. Jim was the definition of good sportsmanship. Watching him fish through August was something I will not forget, it was a lesson to us all to keep fighting!
Rick Grates, MTT angler.
My condolences to Jim's family. He was a winner.
It is an understattment to say we lost a good one here. Jim and his family have been part of the Lake Mille Lacs fishing scene for over 60 years.
In the early years, from at least the early '60's through the early '90s, the Keil name was known for big northerns on cane poles at the big lake. No one family has spent more time chasing big gators on Lake Mille Lacs. Jim's dad, mother and family were true pioneers on the gator front here. Mom Keil and a boat load of 24 ft. cane pole toting Keils would be seen from day break until dark on the calm side of the lake all of July, August and September --everyday--for many years!
And no one was a better trapper of fox and coyotes than Jim Keil. For years, he covered 100's of square miles daily tending to his fox traps in late fall and winter.
But most of all, he was a good guy and the best dad and friend one could have. Early on, before most knew, he told me he had the cancer. We were both in our boats waiting to load them at Liberty Beach. We both balled like babies, boats pulled together, as we talked of all the good times chasing northerns 40 plus years earlier. He vowed that day to fish every minute he could until the end. To say the least....he accomplished his goal.
What a loss for many...but at the same time, many of us feel very lucky to have known such a great guy.
Thanks for the memories Jim.......I for one will miss you dearly!
Mille Lacs guide Brad Hawthorne
Contact Info: www.millelacslakeguide.com
Phone: Cell# 651-271-8600 Office# 320-676-8004
Class act all the way will miss seeing him on the big pond!!!
My deepest sympathy to Pam and the rest of his family. Jim was a mainstay at all the MTT tournies. He was a great stick and was more than happy to talk about where he got em! He will be deeply missed.