Special Guest Blogger

September 18, 2016

Greetings from Andrea first.  Gruper and I just returned from a lovely half-day of fishing!  We did very well, catching perfect 16-17″ fish at each of our stops.  We kept four (our limit) and released many!  I took the variety point with one perch; otherwise everything was walleye!

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The fall fish have started (finally)!  Last week we had a 25.5″ and at least two 23.5″ fish released!  Good friends from home are here this week and I expect great things from them (as well as more fishing for me)!

Funny note:  last week we had 3 Bobs, 2 Neals (Neil), 2 Eddies (Ed), 2 Rons (Ronnie), and 2 Jeffs in Camp.  I like it when they make it easy for us!  Please read on and enjoy an entry from our special guest!

Guess who????  Yes, it’s me Hanna for the third year in a row!

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I still hold honors as the only guest blogger Andrea has had–I think she likes me a lot!  I visited Tall Pines Camp again with Jim, Mary and Nick.  We had a good time (as always).  Mary was disappointed that the blueberries are all done–as is Andrea–but she found lots of mushrooms to photograph instead:

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Sometimes while she wandered around looking for fungi I took a nap:

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Jim and Nick caught some walleye:

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Nice one, Nick;)  I suppose this was your perch too???

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On the days Mary fishes, she tends to outdo the guys–even when they name her pole “Guppy Getter”:

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Fishing makes me so tired I sometimes take a nap when we get back to the cabin:

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Is it my imagination, or does it look like a fish is jumping out of the cloud on the right???

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These dark clouds made me so scared I hid in Nick’s coat:

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I don’t like storms one bit:(

No one shot a bear while we were at Tall Pines Camp, but I saw on Facebook (Tall Pines Camp, Ontario) that Buck shot one last week:

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Wow…I’m not sure I want to be around when a bear comes in!  I’m not afraid of eagles, though:

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or loony loons–even when their feathers are ruffled:

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While Mary takes naturey photos, I sometimes stretch my legs by doing retrieves.  Andrea loves this picture:

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Talk about exhausting…even Jim needs a nap after we play:

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Mary found some great stuff in the bush this year besides fungi:

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Doesn’t this moss look like a spider’s web???

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beaver wood!

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This stump looks hairy!

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Is it my imagination or does this stump look like Wile E. Coyote??

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We always visit some tried-and-true spots:

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Mary always takes time to enjoy the beauty around us!

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This is one of Andrea’s favorites:

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Mary is a quilter and has a dry sense of humor:

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Here’s a nice sunset:

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This hole in the sky reminded Andrea of when the Red Hats were here last month:

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which reminded her that she hadn’t posted their pictures yet!

All seven guys returned this year (Rich, #8, has apparently abandoned the group…):

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The original three (because the 4th has gone AWOL):

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Andrea was trying to scrunch down in this pic…like she’s so tall she would have blocked anyone…

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The sky was great that evening:

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with an incredible hole from those we love and miss:)

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Andrea’s friend Dawn is here this week!  This one’s for her:

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So, I was in noooo hurry to go home this year and even left my leash in our cabin.  I needed all the rest I could get at Camp because when we got home, we got this…

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It’s name is Omar and I don’t know if I like it yet:(  Until next year, this is Hanna signing off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catching Up

September 11, 2016

Greetings!  I’ve been able to go through some photos and put together a nice photo fest for us this week.  I’ve also got new blog fodder thanks to Mary and Brenda, and I know I’ll get some from Nemar this week as well.  All things considered, you’re stuck with me for at least a few more entries this season!

Last week brought a few more walleye:)  Many in the 20-22″ range were released (thanks!).  Here’s a pic from Robb:

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Bob H. (one of the two in Camp for a couple of weeks) reported that walleye are deep and scattered.  He’s working at about 28-32′.

I added an incredible pic of Brenda with a 26″ walleye to our Conservation Awards Page.  That’s an inch or two shorter than last year’s release from her!  They come for the lake trout but seem to do OK on huge walleye in my opinion!

Brad and Devin were here a month or so ago.  They had a tough start but picked up speed as the week progressed!  Here are some nice fish pics from them:

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This pic still cracks me up!  The bass on the right is nothing short of a freak!

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These guys were also able to score a nice sunset progression:

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Tom and Carrie were here several years ago.  They said they’d be back, and by golly they even brought kin!  Diane and Kurt joined them for a week of fishing and relaxation.  Here’s a good mixed bag:

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They were able to enjoy a good shore lunch during their visit:

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They caught one of the few moose pics for this season:

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Here’s a great eagle’s nest.  We were unable to determine if that’s another adult or an eaglet in the nest…you be the judge:

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Thanks, Guys!  We hope to see you again (and again, and again…)!

We (finally) received a pic of Mark’s 13.75″ perch.  It’s been added to the Conservation Awards Page (www.tallpinescamp.com).  I liked this “proof” picture though:

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We received our drone photos!  The quality is incredible.  I preferred the aerial shots over the frontal ones.  I’ll probably use one of my own shots for a frontal view and this one from the drone for an overhead view of the entire camp:

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Beautiful (if I do say so myself)!

I’ve had a couple of tomato harvests off my scrawny plant this year:

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Rhubarb AND cherry tomatoes–a banner year for my crops!

There’s a lovely family of toads living in our window well this year.  It’s been a long time since I’ve had them in there.  I saw a mama and seven babies!  This baby crawled onto its mama when I took their picture:

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It honestly doesn’t get much cuter than that!

Remember when an otter crawled into Skip’s fish basket to steal fish…and it drowned?  We finally got it back:

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Freya liked it a little too much and I had to put it out of her reach.  I think it was the fur.

Speaking of Skip, his buddy Mike’s dad Dean sent us a cool photo from earlier this season.  We think it could be a Lac Wabaskang Monster:

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Eek!

I attended glass class again this week!  I decided to make a trivet to match my Iowa back splash:

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It will look good in my kitchen…trust me!

Tony and Jack returned last month and brought Matthew.  Tony usually sends me big fish pics.  This trip, however, he sent me wake photos:

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and my favorite will be my closer this week:

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See you next week!  I think we’ll have a guest blogger….

 

And Suddenly…September (& Troy’s turn)

September 4, 2016

It’s so hard to believe that September has arrived!  It seems like just yesterday we were arriving for our 13th season.  Wow…time really does fly when you live in six-month increments.

Gruper and I were able to get our for my belated birthday fishing last Monday.  It was a good day to see what we could find.  We ended up doing well on walleye but it took a while to find them.  When we hit 26.5’…BAM!  We did really well from 26.5-30′.  I caught first (it was dinky, but it was first); I’d say we were tied for most (8ish each); Gruper took variety due to this:

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So, as he was reeling it in I’m all like, “It’s a perfect ceviche size!!!” and he’s like, cringing because he HATES putting them in the net, the boat, etc.  Anyway, it was 28″, 1/2″ too long to keep:(  RATS!  Not only does he get to live, but his presence scared off our walleye.  Drat.

Anyway, I digress.  Gruper also took the point for biggest, releasing this beautiful 21″ walleye:

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You’d think the least he could do for my birthday is let me catch the biggest walleye!  I’m hoping we can sneak out this week again.  Cross your fingers for us.

Our guests had to work hard for their fish again last week.  Adam and Nick win the award for perseverance.  Those two guys fished HARD, and their cabin ended up taking home their walleye limits as well as a bunch o’ perch.  The guys were dismayed, though, because them come for the perch and had to work so hard for the walleye that they didn’t fill their limits.  Mark (our June perch master) might have to share, eh Adam?

I enjoyed a little away time with two lovely ladies.  We attended an acrylic class.  I decided great-nephew Jack needed something for his walls.  He’s a Seahawks fan so I tried to do their colors:

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It was fun and relaxing.  Debbie and Anita rock:)

Our island friends were here, like, weeks ago.  We always enjoy our time with them though it goes too quickly.  They come here to relax, fish, and get away from it all.  They shared some great fishing pics this year.  Here’s Natalie with a sampler platter:

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Katelyn does her share as well:

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Nice photo bomb, Emma!  Speaking of whom, here’s Emma with some catches:

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I wonder what Jennifer can do with these perfect eaters?

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Perhaps stuff them…

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Those girls don’t, like, totally unplug for the two weeks.  While at potluck they check in with the home front:

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and spend some time with the Camp hostess:

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We are always invited out (and sometimes even show up uninvited) for a quiet evening at the cabin.  Family dog Rudy DOES NOT like men.  Most men, that is:

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He was even sporting Steve’s Best Bud apparel!  Hilarious friendship there!

So, Troy does a bit o’ fishing himself:

 

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but mostly I think he and Jennifer just truly enjoy two weeks of awayness.  Here are their takes on some local scenery:

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Here are some reflection-y shots:

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Nice segue for terrific sunset shots.  This was that week of unlimited colors!

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I’ll close with, hands down, my favorite shot that Troy sent.  It kind of messes with you!  Have a great week!

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A Belated Birthday Post…

August 28, 2016

from me!  Camp owners should never have to celebrate their birthday on a Saturday!  There’s entirely too much going on and we’re extremely too tired to call it a birthday.  Luckily I celebrated a couple of times throughout the week with Kraig-the-bear-hunter, his wife Jenny, the Red Hats and the Other Hats!

Perch fishing continued to be very good.  Folks were catching their walleye but still having to work harder than expected for this time of year.  Tim released a 38″ northern and I think we had a couple of other big fish (pictures, please) to add to our Conservation Awards Page.  Cross your fingers for this week’s group.  We have mostly new guests who need to have a great week.

Kraig, Kraig, Kraig.  He got himself a dandy bear again (his 5th with us; 2nd largest of the five).

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He looks a little crazed there…Kraig that is.  Here’s a morning-after pic:

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It was a nice bear:  310 lbs. dressed out!

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That pic wouldn’t stay rotated but it looked like the bear was standing on his head!

Good job, Kraig.  Jenny, good luck finding a spot in your new house…

We have another hunter in Camp this week.  We’ve been collecting some fun trail cam shots from our camera as well as Kraig’s.  There’s a party going on out there every night!

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Wolf eye and bear eye…

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Angry bear…

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Curious bear…

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Beautiful bear!

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Brett and Karen returned with the kids a few weeks ago.  Karen always takes nice pictures.  Picking berries is a definite tradition!

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The family usually enjoys a shore lunch day with a little exploring as well:

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Fishing is their primary purpose, though!

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Tricia talked Dad into a pedal boat ride!

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She also became a duck momma’!  She had a few of them following her around Camp…even waiting for her to come out of her cabin!

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The sunsets were great during their stay:

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This one came after a particularly violent storm–the calm after perhaps?

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My fave pic from Karen this year is because she knows my tastes well…look for the reflection;)  What a cool interpretation!

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We had some guests a few weeks back who were here, like, 30 years ago!  They brought some fun pics and I scanned a few.  Cabin 2 is still standing.  The docks, however, have changed significantly!

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The scenery was a hot photo topic even back then!

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Very cool!  Thanks for sharing!

Guess what???  All of our roofs are done!  Murray finished Cabin 2 and the Bear’s Den hot tub gazebo:

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Our contractor did the Eagle’s Nest and, last but not least, our house!

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Lots of hard work…

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A guy with a drone is coming today!  We want all new photos for sports shows, Camp sale, etc.  I’ll share the good ones!

The Browns were here a couple of weeks ago.  Jim added, like, three big fish to our Conservation Page (I still would love a pic of Mark’s perch…).  I loved this panoramic photo:

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Check out the silhouette on the wake:

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They, too, caught a great sunset:

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This seems like a good stopping point for this entry.  Stay tuned and have a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie’s Turn!

August 19, 2016

Welcome to another edition of Photo Fest!  It took me a while to get through Bonnie’s pics but I have finally done so!  I have received some more blog fodder (thanks to Troy and Karen), so stay tuned in the near future for more great shots of life in paradise.

It’s been a very perchy week here.  Walleye are still quite scattered and challenging, which is unusual for this time of year.  Perch, on the other hand, are being caught by the dozens.  Our buckets were quite full this morning and have been most of the week.  I know that Mark and Joe released a 13.75″er and 13.50″er respectively.  I can’t wait to get those pics!  Tim sent his nice 24″ walleye photo this week (thank you) and I’ve posted that to our Conservation Awards page.

Our steady rains and once-weekly electrical storms continue.  Murray works in between rains at shingling the Bear’s Den gazebo; Eric works in between on shingling the Eagle’s Nest (done!) and our home (nearly half done!).  I’ve been working very hard–nearly day and night–guiding.  It’s almost constant these days.  I’ve had to conduct two hunts on several occasions to accommodate our guests.  Bonnie included some blueberry shots during her stay.  This is our current hot site:

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Diane and Addison were good pickers:

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Kraig is hunting.  He passed on one bear the other night.  He was chased out by lightning last night.  Perhaps this evening…

This is Fred:

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He and Tom are brothers who most certainly enjoy spending time together.

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Fred loves to fish!

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and–apparently–to guide:

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Everything but the bass, Bonnie!  I like this good, better, best sequence:

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Fred and Bonnie helped celebrate Liam’s northern:

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He was part of the entire fleet of boats filled with Fred’s kids and grandkids:

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The grandkids kept busy with fishing, floating and swimming:

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Those clouds look nice and fluffy–as opposed to these clouds:

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These birds belong in a scene with those clouds:

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Speaking of birds here are some local favorites:

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That one can keep right on going (we’re not big fans of pelicans around here)!

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I know it’s a dragonfly but he’s nearly as big as a bird!

Here are some lovely scenery shots:

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That’s either Joe or Steve fishing with Liam I think.

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Check out the American flag in the lower right-hand corner:

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Here are a couple of beautiful sunsets (we’ve had A TON this year):

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Here’s something you don’t see every day up here:

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Oh, that too, but I meant this:

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Yes, that’s a snake.  They lost sight of it under the boat…

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NO THANK YOU.  Lady overboard if I had been with them!

How about a collection of reflection perfection to create a distraction:

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LOVED this one:

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I’ll reflect a bit today on the memory of a wonderful girl I miss.  It’s been six years today, Mackenzie, and you’re still on my heart and mind at all times.

 

 

Mini Photo Fest!

August 13, 2016

I’m ba-a-ck!  We’ve finished another week at Camp and a new batch is arriving.  So goes the cycle.  Our week was OK.  The walleye hadn’t schooled up much until late in the week.  Most folks ended up with their take-homes, and I think everyone had a few good meals of fish.  Thelma’s goal was simple:  catch and eat her first-ever walleye.  She had met her goal by Saturday evening!  She and David tackled the fishing here and did a very good job:)  David released a 22″ walleye mid-week (thank you!).   Thelma was also an incredible picker, joining me twice and picking like a pro!

Bear baiting continues.  I grabbed a couple of pics from the trail cams.  Look at the butt on this one:

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Something sure startled all the birds:

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So it’s not just birds of a feather:

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This is Tom.

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He started fishing this lake a long, long time ago.  His first trips involved tenting!  He brought his dad and brother to Wabaskang, and together they made many trips.  Tom and his wife Jan

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were joined this year by their daughter Patti and her husband Jason.  They both “landed” on our Conservation Awards page a couple of weeks ago, Patti for a huge walleye and Jason for a huge northern.  Jason has provided most of today’s blog fodder!  Here is his big northern being brought in (that’s Tom on the net):

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Reminder of what it looked like:

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I’m guessing this had something to do with it(?)

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Jason takes nice photos!  Here’s one that will be a classic:  the new roof on Cabin 2 and the old roof on our house:

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Here’s a loon with two babies:

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I liked the sunlight playing on the wake:

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Amazing that birds can figure it out and people can’t:

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We’re now entering an entire reflection collection.  Steady yourselves–some of these are unreal.  I’ll start with an eye-teaser.  I thought this was a moose or something along those lines:

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It’s ducks!  What a fantastic pic.  Here are a few more…

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I’ve not seen the cliff interpreted like this before:

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It looks like a giant munching machine…even moreso in this pic:

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I’ve saved my favorite reflection for last:

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Thanks, Tom, for inviting Patti and Jason to share in your adventure.  I’ll bet you loved having them here!

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So I Lied…

August 6, 2016

Yes, I know I promised a bonus blog entry this past week.  It was so crazy around here I simply NEVER found the time.  Please accept my apologies:)

Fishing has certainly taken a turn for the better!  We saw lots of nice eater walleyes, perch and northern throughout the week.  We saw some HUGE bass as well.  I have no photos to add to the Conservation Awards page but suffice it to say we had a camp full (campful?) of happy anglers last week.

Gruper and I went fishing Monday for a spell.  We returned with one walleye (I caught none).  Vertical jigging was not working.  Our guests concurred:  trolling or drifting with harnesses was the secret to successful angling.  I heard about Rattletraps, etc. a bunch!  We’re just glad something was working after that awful slow spell.  Depths were still a bit sketchy…9-27′ was probably the range for walleye.  Perch were hanging around 8-9′ in weed beds for the most part.

Bear baiting is officially underway!  Trail cams are catching a bit of the action out there.  As we know, it’s not just bears interested in the bounty:

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We have a couple of nice bears sniffing around as well:

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This one has a mouthful of something:

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This one is smart…visiting just after dark according to the time stamp.  That might explain why he’s so big:

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Stay tuned for more fun with trail cams!

Bruce and Jean visited a couple of weeks ago.  I have incredible blog fodder from their family’s visit!  Bruce loves to fish and catches quite the variety:

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I think Jean enjoys reading, sunshine and just being on the lake more than the actual fishing…

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She is a kindergarten teacher (God bless them, every one).  I’m not sure but I’ll wager that this is something she’s doing for her classroom:

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Bruce and Jean and a good aunt and uncle:)  They helped out with their six nieces and nephews during their week at TPC:

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So Jean teaches kindergarten and Bruce teaches middle school math (oy).  I wonder which one sees more of this in any given school year…

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I’ll bet this was exciting…

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I loved this glittery ride shot:

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as well as Tom’s sailboat in the distance…

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We had lovely sunsets during their visit.  It was hard to choose a favorite so I chose a couple:)

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I’ll make no promises about bonus blogs this week.  That way it will be a surprise if I do one!  Until next time…

 

 

 

 

Looking up!

July 31, 2016

Hi all!

As we near July’s close things are definitely looking up at TPC!  Fishing has improved markedly with each passing day.  Let’s hope some warm temps don’t scare the fish off this week.

Rumor has it that a 32″ walleye was released yesterday.  Stay alert for that addition to our Conservation Awards page.  A beautiful 27.25″er was released by Patti last week!  I’ve added her pic and also put her on our fb page (tallpinescamp, ontario).  She hadn’t fished Wabaskang for 30+ years.  What a way to come back!  Her husband Jason released a 38.5″ northern as well!  Her cousin Steve released a 25″ walleye, too!  I’ll get their  pics added yet today (bandwidth permitting).

Well, it’s that time of year again:

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We have another incredible crop!  I have three gallons in the freezer already!  I’ve been guiding A LOT…exhausting!  Last week I guided Jen and Ellie three times:)  They are seasoned raspberry pickers who took quickly to the blueberries.  I’m guiding twice today, stopping long enough to do a blog entry and take nourishment.  I still have a few pieces of Wednesday’s rhubarb-blueberry upside-down cake.  Maybe that will strengthen me:

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I did a double recipe–good thing, too!  Speaking of potluck, we had just fewer than 50 people last week.  It was a two-turkey kind of week!

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It was a perfectly lovely feed!  We had many new guests, many used guests, and good friends to enjoy the evening with us.

New guests Jim/Jean, Joe/Vicky and Joey had a blast!  They had kind words for Camp and their experience:)  We like it when that happens!  The were quite successful in the angling scheme of things due in part to a neat app from Navionics.com.  Jim had a cool topo-like map of Wabaskang on his phone.  He and Joe used that tool to scope out fishing spots, not get lost, etc.  Stay tuned for more info.

Our guys in Cabin 3 took a few days to find their footing.  Terry’s coming back in a few weeks and was hoping for a head start;)  As the week progressed so did their catches!

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Nice!  They had some PIGGIES for perch–fatties!  I wish I could give you a consistent depth for walleye but we are getting mixed reports…anywhere from 9′ to 20′.  Oy, so it goes.  Anyway, we were just thrilled to see the fishing getting back to normal.

My seester Becky headed home last Sunday.  I don’t think I shared our button art pieces:

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I have blueberries on the brain in case you couldn’t tell!  Three guests visited Helen’s on the Lake and created beautiful work this week.  It’s a great mid-week diversion for those not wanting to fish 24/7!

Dengot, brother of Dongot, finally sent me his fish pics from a few weeks ago.  He made a nice collage!  His walleye was 24″ and his smallie was 18″:

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Tom and Carol returned and brought Carol’s brother Chris for his first visit.  Tom finds fish no matter when he is here.  He’ll be back in Sept. with our home boys as well.  Here he is with a walleye:

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and his bride Carol with one as well

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and her brother Chris with a fat bass!

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Speaking of bass, I mailed Doc M’s phone back to him and he found a couple of non-bass photos on it!

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I think it looks like the one on top is singing:)

I received a ton of blog fodder yesterday!  Plus, I need to show you Cabin 2 with its pretty new roof.  Plus, plus weather permitting, Gruper and I are fishing this week:)  I think all of that adds up to regularly-scheduled blog entries again!  I think I can, I think I can…

Time to hit the fields…again!

 

Just Checking In

July 21, 2016

I know, I know…it’s been a while.  This is typically our “r & r” time of the season and this year is no different.  We’ve had fewer people in Camp, I made a quick trip home (Iowa, that is), and fishing has been very tough!  Add all that up and we get fewer pictures and/or blog fodder, ergo the increased gap between entries.  I’m sure you understand:)

I’ve always been bewildered by the misnomer “may”flies.  I have yet to see one in May.  When we see them it tends to be mid to late-June.  This year, however, we could easily call them Julyflies.  We have seen small amounts of them for over three weeks now.  I would much rather awake to a giant hatch covering the entire 15,000 acres of Wabaskang than to a handful every day for weeks!

We continue to experience one big electrical storm per week.  This week’s was last night (thank goodness, though, because we could cut the humidity with a knife yesterday).  We believe that these storms do not help the fishing situation.  The fronts seem to stir up and/or confuse the fish in my opinion.

Our Arkansas guys in the Bear’s Den last week actually did pretty well on eater walleye.  They were fishing super shallow for this time of year (8’ish) and pitching their crawler and bouncing it back among rocks.  It worked for them.  Gruper and I gave it a go Tuesday (yes, our 2nd time out together this year!).  We picked up a couple of walleye.  Mine was a good 15-16” eater; Gruper’s was smaller.  He will be quick to point out, though, that he had first, most and variety.  I caught one of the world’s smallest northern:

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I think this moth was bigger:

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I enjoyed the walleye for breakfast the following morning.  I’ve also been enjoying my other favorite breakfast meat:  salmon!

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This week’s group have all fished Wabaskang in the past.  Everyone has picked up a few walleye but they are working for them.  Rod and family have been playing with northern and doing well!  He liked yesterday’s horrid humidity and south wind, so he headed to a favorite bay on 2nd Lake.  Son Corey caught a nice 28″er:

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Big sister Melanie was not about to be outdone!  She beat him by a hair with this 28.5″er:

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but then really kicked it in with this fat 33″er!

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Dad did a good job of showing proper release method as well:)

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Gruper caught a small smallie the other day–part of his “variety” win.  The Matzen brothers from a few weeks ago added four nice pics to our Conservation Awards page.  Their largest smallie;) was 19.5″!  They had several 18″ or greater and had a great time together.  Here are a couple of extra photos from them (thank you!):

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Scott was here nearly a month ago!  He released this beautiful 23.5″ walleye.  I told him he should have squeezed the tail!  Apparently the extrinsic motivation of a Master Angler pin could not persuade him to lie!

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I mentioned that I ran home for a few days.  Everything is fine.  It was an errand-running trip.  I returned to Camp exhausted!!  But, boy, did I get a good dose of love while I was there!  Jamie and Gavin were very happy to see me!

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Mya and Mackayla played at the park

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with Alysha and Emma

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Kay and I had a breakfast (and she had some slime)

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Sal and I got in a couple of good walks!  Rudy, Patty and I enjoyed a phenomenal shrimp boil

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hosted by a most lovely matriarch:)

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Some of you totally understand the value of good friends and family:

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Until next time…

 

 

 

Short but Sweet

July 7, 2016

Aloha!  That’s me giving a shout out to one of this week’s guests, Frank!  He and Dave are here after a couple-year hiatus.  It’s good to have them back.  At potluck last night, Dave reported returning a 21″ walleye.  Thank you!

I’ve not reported on potlucks much, have I?  We had venison loaf last night with a well-rounded assortment of good food.  I made a key lime dessert.  I’ve been in dessert mode this year.  Here’s a pic of a rhubarb-blueberry upside down cake from last week:

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It was a hit!  The previous week I made a fresh cherry and blueberry cobbler.  That baby was delicious if I do say so myself!  The cherries were compliments of Wayne and Shirley.  There were here celebrating their 47th wedding anniversary:)  That’s a long time!  Wayne added a bass and a perch to our Conservation Awards page (www.tallpinescamp.com).  I love this bass angle:

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The found a few reflections for me as well (thanks!):

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Lovely!  I liked this sky shot as well–inspirational:

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There were, of course, some rains during their stay…leading to this:

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There’s the slightest hint of a double there…do you see it?

They saw a loon on a nest and a merganser swimming near a funky den-ish thing:

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I finally received a couple of nice bass pics from Brian and Judy!  They were new to us this year and have decided to return in 2017!  One for the money,

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two for the show!

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Last week Addie and Bennett got busy inuk-shuking during Social Hour:

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I love the one on the left.  It’s a big rock with two small inuk-shuks atop.  I believe I saw a very cool inuk-shuk on my deck yesterday.  I’ll take its picture and share in a later post (thank you, Evan).

This week’s fishing has been a bit tough.  Mayflies are still here and there which doesn’t help.  Duane, Jan and Will have released some decent walleye (23″ and 20″ for sure).  We’re seeing some eater-sized fish in the buckets daily (all species).  We figured we’d have a tough couple of days given the storm we had Monday night…holy cow.  It was one of the biggest we’ve seen in our 12+ seasons.  I have promised a couple of nice boys a slightly embellished version.  Here goes:

It was a lovely Monday afternoon.  I invited Erika of Cabin 3 to go on a blueberry-scouting hike with me.  Since  her hubby Doug and his nephew Austin had not returned from fishing we took Evan and Warren (ages 11 and 9) along on the journey.  We took a bumpy, dusty road to the base of one of my favorite early-season blueberry spots.  We parked the Envoy and embarked on our hiking adventure.  Along the way, young Warren spotted actual blueberries on our path.  I explained that a bear had probably been scouting there as well.  We saw many wonderful pieces of my Canadian world:  a garter snake, bear poop, moose poop and wolf poop to name a few.

We had hiked quite a ways and I decided we should also check a raspberry patch not much farther ahead.  Indeed, both raspberries and blueberries are promising a super season, probably due to the steady rainfalls we’ve experienced this season:

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When we turned to begin our descent, we were greeted by a very ominous-looking sky.  It was BLACK and foreboding.  It wasn’t long before thunder and lightning greeted us.  We hastened our pace toward the still-not-in-sight Envoy.  Suddenly the wind picked up drastically, causing the temperature to drop about 10 degrees and removing all humidity from the air.  Warren suggested we jog; Erika and I increased our walking pace and kept chatting about random subjects.

We were still a good distance from the vehicle when the first raindrops found us.  Warren once again suggested a jog and we agreed.  As the Envoy came into sight the rain turned to sleet, pelting us painfully!  I had slowed back to a rapid walk but the punishing sleet had turned to hail and I fell into a trot again.  By the time we reached our chariot, hail the size of peas (and then marbles) was bouncing off all sides of the Envoy!  A curtain of rain prohibited easy navigation–as, again, we were a bit off the beaten path.  Slowly, steadily we worked our way back to Camp.  After I delivered the sweet family back to their cabin I joined Gruper in the shed and watched as the torrential downpour pounded everything in its wake.  The driveway was a big pond.  We couldn’t see but a few feet in front of our faces for some time.  I took these pics in between downpours and boat-pumping:

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It will go down in my memory as one of the worst storms I’ve experienced up here.

I was reminded of a poem written by a young lady, Alex S., whose entire week one season was filled with powerful rains.  She entitled it “Storms in Canada.”  I’ll have to see if I can locate that to share.

Until next time…