It was indeed drama on the high seas on Sunday morning, as an invading hostile force suddenly surrounded an American fishing vessel. However, the “high sea” drama was actually a Minnesota lake and the hostile invading force was a hodgepodge of disgruntled fishing boats and pleasure crafts protesting Governor Mark Dayton’s ban on fishing for “Walleye’s” at the lake.

The hapless Democratic governor decided to take a little pleasure cruise on Lake Mille Lacs, promoting the wonders of bass fishing, when slowly one boat after another began encircling the governors craft, until at last count there were approximately 20 to 30 boats of various shapes and sizes with roughly 75-protesters (of various shapes and sizes) holding up signs protesting the governor's ban.

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Boat Rally on Mille Lacs Lake by Twin Pines Resort

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Posted by Twin Pines Resort on Sunday, July 9, 2017

The protesters were out in force and angry at the governor for instituting the ban that is crushing their livelihood.

Local resort owner Greg Thomas told Fox-9 that he has lost nearly three-quarters of his profits in recent years.

Thomas said: “This bass fishing is all about people with their beautiful ranger boats. They come up and they put nothing in our economy.”

Another resort owner Linda Eno, was one of the business owners who helped organize the protest, saying that the ban would cripple her business.

The six-plus minute video clip captures the boats slowly encircling the governor’s party boat on a beautiful Sunday morning.

The governor acknowledged that it’s been a few tough seasons at the lake stating; “I'm here to talk about what's great about Mille Lacs, fishing in Mille Lacs. Number one rated bass fishing lake in the entire country and musky fishing, huge muskees being caught here.”


Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Linval Joseph with Gov. Dayton

He continued 'It's been a very tough time for; I recognize that, it's been a very, very hard time.” He was scheduled to stay and meet with business owners at the lake, however the protest put a damper on the meeting and the governor left without meeting anyone.

Tell us in the comments below if you think the surprise protest was a smart idea by the resort owners?

Source: CBS Minnesota

 
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