Archive for June, 2016

A Bit of a Breather

June 28, 2016

Greetings!  Can you believe June is nearly over??  Time has flown so fast this season.  Fishing is consistent.  Folks are catching their walleye limits, enjoying good meals of fish, and getting into our “variety fishing” time of year.

As is always the case, the last week of June tends to be our first “quiet” week of the season.  We have a smaller-than-usual group this week which is fine with us.  Gruper and Murray are trying to get the metal on Cabin 2, and it is a job more easily accomplished with fewer bodies in Camp.

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Staining of cabins and painting of everything else continues as well.  The men’s side of the shower house got a fresh coat this week:

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We had only one Big Fish award last week:  Wayne released a 12.5″ perch.  I’ve not yet posted his picture (because I do not yet have it…) but I was able to add Kari’s big walleye and northern as well as Lee and Cindy’s big perch(es) to the site (www.tallpinescamp.com).

Kari’s husband Dan got into some perch during their stay:

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and some walleye:

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We’ve had tons of wildlife sightings but few pics.  Dan and Kari caught this busy beaver (could it be Winona’s, AG?) hauling a branch:

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This wildlife hauls nothing

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Mama mallard is hanging around our deck.  She and her younguns’ adopted a piece of floating land temporarily:

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While Gruper and I were FISHING (yes, this early in the season!) we saw a gorgeous deer on shore:

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Yes, Folks, we went fishing in June!  I had a very good couple of hours; my hubby, however, could not buy a walleye.  He calls that “guiding.”  He did catch one of the smallest bass(es) we’ve seen on Wabaskang:

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Besides a few walleye(s), I caught some green reflections!

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The weather is very, very mild this week.  Temps are around 70 during the day, cooling off nicely for sleeping.  We ended up with more rain this past week but fewer of the strong storms.  Here is a particularly ominous-looking sky from week before last:

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The rain has made for some low-maintenance beauty around Camp:

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Gruper shells lupine pods for me every fall.  We spread(ed) them along the wall in front of our house.  I LOVE the results!  Thank you, Honey!

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This beauty is NOT low maintenance in any way, shape or form:

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Diva.

The rain has kept water level very good for this time of year.  We have no beach!

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Mark’s been gone for over a week now.  Remember I mentioned that he’s a perch snob (only likes those 10″ and greater).  I think he said he lowered his standard to 9″ this year but I believe he and Sandy got their limit of piggies…

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Our friends from home have been gone for over a week as well:(  Jan actually changed Gruper’s diapers when he was a baby:

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That’s Jeff on the right.  He thoroughly enjoyed his first-ever trip to Canada!  Murray gave him and Annie royal treatment:

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Jan hob-nobbed with our resident construction crew as well!

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I didn’t want to say good-bye!  That’s Annie, Sheri and Amy on their last night.

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Jan joined her family for an excellent shot:

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Grinning ear-to-ear as I look at them!

 

Fun with AG and KB

June 21, 2016

Welcome to a bonus edition of the blog!  Aaron and Kevin are referred to as “my guys” because they first found TPC at a sport show while I was manning the booth.  They made several trips around the show, gathering intel and asking questions.  They chose us and have stayed with us ever since (7ish years).  These guys keep an extensive, on-going record of their annual trips and, as a result, take LOTS of photos.  I like to take my time and save my faves for blog fodder.  Let’s see how we do this year!

Aaron is FULL of energy.  All of the photos I saved of him this year end in “-ing,” e.g., Aaron hiding,

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playing,

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stealing,

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climbing,

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Somewhere in between playing and climbing he was shaving…

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There’s the AG we know and love!  Prior to a simple-fix boat malfunction he was rowing

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and being towed:

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THANK YOU TONY, JACK & LINDA!!!!

KB had a most-expressive face this year!  He was mugging all over the place–like the hotel,

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the truck,

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the cabin,

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and the boat

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Beer is a common thread among my guys’ years at TPC.  They like craft beers as well as beer beers.  They have celebration beers, certain occasion beers, traditional beers…

beeralphaking

beertoddtheaxeman

beerbourboncounty

beerhopticalillusion

beerpompeii

beersunburst

and my personal favorite…punishment beers.  This year was a ginger beer that KB had to drink for catching the worst fish:

beergingerpunishment

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Nice.

I wonder if anyone lost their shirt over that bet…

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Yes, my guys do actually fish…A LOT.  They fish all day, every day.  They explore nearly all 15,000 acres in the course of their week.

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fishingagcrappie

fishingkbbass

fishingageye

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fishingnorthernhead

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That’s a mighty big net, AG:

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They do eat some fish but they like to mix it up.  They brought ribs to potluck (a guest favorite) and managed to have steak and chicken, too:

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Meals like that are probably why KB needs this:

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The guys saw a bear this year but were unable to get a photo.  Instead they caught a deer (next to a beaver hut), an eagle and our pesky geese…

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eagle

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They always seem to get some beautiful scenery as well!

I LOVED this perspective

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and this close-up

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This was a fave as well:

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This might be the last pic of the A-frame looking like this.  Its owners will be making some changes this summer:

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These pictures sure do rock (sorry):

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Wow, I LOVE that one!

They got a shot of real glitter and one of pollen glitter:

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I posted a pic of KB shooting the same sunset as I during their stay.  Here’s his capture and one much, much later:

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Everyone awoke to a very foggy morning during their stay:

foggydock

foggynarrows

The sky stood out as a theme this year.  I always love holes in the sky.  I believe our loves ones who have passed are checking on us or checking in with us;)

skyhole

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I liked the dynamic in this pic:

skyboatridedynamic

Here’s an angry sky (we’ve seen that this week as well):

skyangry

I called this one “the incredible lightness of being…”

 

 

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Simply beautiful.

It’s time for your favorite game:  Is it my imagination or does this look like…

skyhotdogsmile

some of you said “hot dog”; others said “smile.”

I saw something on the far right side of this one:

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Yep, a flying pig.  This one was a toughie for me…

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I see splayed fingers holding a shot glass to an open mouth.  This one reminded me of swans in some way(?)

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This one reminds me of two great friends who enjoy their week together to the Nth degree!  Until next year, mes amis!

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Happy (belated) Father’s Day!

June 20, 2016

Hi there.  I started a new entry yesterday but inclement weather prevented its publishing or even saving:(  That’s OK…I think I can get ‘er done today.

Last week proved to be pretty darned good!  We saw several eater-sized walleye and I believe everyone took their limits home.  Perch and smallies were still quite shallow; the walleye are beginning to move out a bit (12-22’ were the reported depths last week).  I added four new fish to the Conservation Awards page of our website (www.tallpinescamp.com):  two walleyes, one bass and one ginormous northern!  Yes, Dave’s 48.5″ northern is the largest we’ve seen in our 12+ years (46″ was the previous best).

This is Dave (yes, Dave of the ginormous northern):

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This was his first visit to TPC.  He accompanied his cousin Joe, a long-time guest of Camp:

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I think Joe enjoyed showing Dave the ropes and playing host to his cousin!

joecooking

daveeating

They did a bit of road-tripping

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and were even able to add to the brag board in Ear Falls:

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Mostly, though, they fished:

davesbass

joesbass

joesnorthern

joeswalleye

perch

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They even landed a walleye off the dock!

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Our scenery was all new to Dave (you know how I love that)!

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peskypelicans

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The next two are my favorites!!

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Hopefully Dave was inspired enough to want to visit our little paradise again:)

John, Marie and Dora invited Beth along for her second consecutive year (she likes it here).  John added the two walleyes and Beth added the smallie to our big fish page last week.  John is a good guide and a good guy…new word possibility:  guyde?  Anyway, check out this nice variety mess:

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This fish hard and do pretty well!

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mariewithbass

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Dora totally ignored this walleye (she prefers northern slime):

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Nice catch and release, Beth!

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They got pretty close to a loon (or maybe it was Dave…I get my pictures confused sometimes):

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The lily pads are starting to bloom

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The blooms are yellow now.  We end up with some big white flowers on them later in the summer:

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Rocks are always in pictures from John and Marie.  Here are a few:

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I like the bit o’ orange reflection in this one–NICE:

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As I mentioned the weather has been a bit testy for a couple of days.  We had a lot of rain yesterday morning, a semi-mild midday, followed by a HUGE thunderstorm including hail last evening.  Lighting hit near the campground but nothing was hurt.  Freya was so freaked out I couldn’t find her even in her best hiding places!  Today we are very, very windy.  Folks have ventured out, and I anticipate good fishing results from those who can weather the winds.  The rest of our week looks quite pleasant weather-wise.

I still owe an entry from Aaron and Kevin and will try this week to do it as a bonus.

A special shout-out to Annie, Amy, SirJeff, Sheri and Jan:  we very much enjoyed having you here last week!  We’re glad you made it home safely and miss you already!

Until next time…

A GREAT Week for Fishing!

June 14, 2016

Holy buckets!  I just finished adding 14 pics to our Conservation Awards page (www.tallpinescamp.com) and I’m waiting for a few more (you know who you are)!  The weather seems to have stabilized (cool, damp, etc.) and the fish have settled into their “usual” haunts I guess.  Walleye are hanging around 8-10′ for the most part.  Folks began perch hunting around Tuesday, i.e., “I have all my walleye for take home and now I’d like to pack some perch.”  They–the perch not the people–had been spotty all week…one here, a few there.  By about Thursday, however, we began seeing worthwhile amounts of skins in the gut buckets.  Reports were that they were still very shallow (3’ish) but beginning to school up nicely.  We’ll see how Mark does this week…we know why he’s here;)  Bass are nesting and we again have a couple we can eyeball from our deck:

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Several (very) nice bass were caught throughout the week.  Tony, Jack and Linda enjoy fishing for bass and northern.  They added a couple of nice bass photos to our page last week.  Jack reported using a Silver Reaper spoon (no longer made…and he’s down to two). For northern fishing, he used a #5 Mepps (silver).  I’m not sure what they use for walleye, but they seem to have it down to a science!  Linda released a nice 23″er:

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Tony released a 22″ and a 24″, and Jack released a 26!  Here’s the 22; you’ll have to visit the big fish page to see the others:

Jacobs 22

Tony and Jack will be back in August.  Hopefully they’ll add some more pics to our pages!

At (our first) potluck of the season we asked for a show of hands from those who had released an 18″ or greater walleye.  It was amazing how many hands were in the air!  Thank you for understanding the importance of conservation fishing!  Skip and his crew do a great job of releasing fish.  It’s come with time but it has come!  I’ve added several pics of his crew to the Big Fish page. Skip added a nice northern and a couple of smallies, William added a smallie, and Jayden added a 24.5″ walleye.  Dean released a 12.5″ perch and a 24″ walleye (on the Big Fish page).  He also caught this:

deanscrappie

We saw quite a few crappie throughout the week.  Here’s Laura’s:

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Nice,eh?  Laura and Ryan have been guests of ours for many years.  They have brought their two sons, Brayden and Parker, for two years now.  What’s funny is how hard those boys fish!  Brayden released a 38″ northern, and Parker caught his first-ever fish:

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This whole family catches fish…because they fish!!!

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The Schneider brothers returned yet again!  Dave added a 26.5″ walleye to our Big Fish page.  The guys truly enjoy each other’s company.  Shore lunch seems to be a tradition:

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They saw a LARGE loon egg…here it is next to a wallet:

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They caught a couple of good sunsets as well:

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Speaking of sunsets, KB and I had the same idea about this one:

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It was very, very beautiful:

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KB and AG (Kevin and Aaron) were here last week.  They left their camera card which I’m combing through.  I’ll do a special edition blog entry of their stuff in the near future.

I mentioned potluck a bit earlier.  We had a lovely evening and a great turnout!  I served venison loaf.  Gruper took a couple of pics:

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potluck

Can you believe no one here had heard of a Veggetti???  I told them about mine.  I’m sure everyone will now go purchase one.  Some of you may be asking yourself, “What is a Veggetti?”  It turns a zucchini into a Veggetti spaghetti!!  So, when Gruper has beef (thank you Sandra and Eldon)

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Andrea has this:

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and we are equally delighted:)

Oh, say, crappie wasn’t the only odd fish caught last week!  Bill released this:

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Yep…another musky (37.5″)!  He also released a nice 34″ northern:

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He and Jay have visited us several times.  Their buddies Mike and Denny were new to us.  Mike added a beautiful walleye to our Big Fish page.  Jay released a beauty, too!

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Cindy caught an odd fish too…

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Well that sucks;)

Throughout the week odd things were happening outside my window.  Ronan took a rather cool dip (I hope he made some money on the deal).

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An island floated by.  Murray thinks maybe a couple of retirees were set out to sea:

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Wow!  That was a pretty meaty blog entry.  I can close by saying it rocks!

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Anniversary Edition!!

June 6, 2016

Happy Week, All!

No, it’s not our anniversary; however, we had FOUR anniversaries in Camp last week!  It gets better:  the fewest years of marriage celebrated by any of these couples was 36–WOW!

Charley and Nancy were celebrating 36 years of marital bliss!  They brought their son-in-law Ryan along with them.  They have always said they knew Ryan would love this place and indeed he did.

Brian and Judy were celebrating 40 years together!  They have fished Wabaskang many times and had a perfectly lovely week.  They had a great time and seemed to especially enjoy smallmouth fishing.  They each released at least one smallie 18″ or greater (photos to be posted if they send me pics)!

Frank and Chris were celebrating 41 years of marriage.  They and their buddy Brent were not new to Wabaskang either.  Brent was not the best travelling companion, though.  He made the Conservation Awards page not once, but twice!  He released 26.5″ and 30″ walleyes during the week!  Incredible. He reported using a #7 suspending rapala in 8-12′ of water.  He said he caught pretty much any/all species on that lure.

All three of the anglers certainly had a good time.  Here’s a bit o’ evidence:

Frank & Chris Both 2

Frank & Chris Both 3

Frank & Chris Both

Frank Both

The last pic hints at a bit of last week’s weather.  It was pretty rainy all week and downright chilly until Friday.  Water temps dropped nearly 10 degrees (we’re around 58 now).  Fair weather anglers were not happy with the conditions.  Here’s a fairly typical view:

Cloudy day

An eagle on North Bay didn’t seem to mind:

North Bay Eagle 2

North Bay Eagle

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The swans seemed fine as well:

Swans

Friday brought some nicer weather.  The sun’s been shining a little more…at least off and on.  Today is WINDY but sunny.  Folks are milling about getting ready to brave the high seas.  I’ve heard rumor of a couple of nice fish releases thus far.

Speaking of which…John and Marie celebrated 45 years of marriage yesterday.  Marie decided to be outfished as a way of celebrating.  Her sister Beth released a 22″ walleye and John released a 24″er!  Marie and I both know that she will come behind in this race!

Every year I tell you that John makes beautiful things.  He did not disappoint this year.  check out this sleigh bell (a ball bearing gives it its “jingle”):

sleigh bell

I, too, make things.  Mine are not so beautiful though;)  Here are a couple of driveway signs:

keep right

slow

It is time for me to get to work! I’ll share Brent, Chris and Frank’s lovely sunset pics from last week:

Late Sunset

Tall Pines Sunset