Archive for June, 2017

Time for A Breather

June 24, 2017

Hi there.

We finished up another busy week at Camp and now enter a few weeks of slower-paced living.  Mark has been wonderful during the busy times and should be able to manage things while we take a day and go to town (perhaps even having a lunch date).

The cold weather continues.  Highs are in the mid-60’s for the most part.  We had a lot of rain and wind last week.  I think we pumped boats at least three times during the week.  This week looks less rainy but still unseasonably cool.

The cool temps have walleye reports staying in the 8-12′ range.  Dave and Co. limited out every day last week!  They told me they use jiggin’ spoons, 2″ grubs and crawlers.  They locate from the top so as not to scatter the fish, then get ‘er done.  These guys are pretty impressive for every-two-year dudes.

Wayne A. released a couple of pig smallies.  I’ll get them added to the Big Fish page soon.  Pat released a 23″ walleye (picture, please), and Ron V. released a 36″ northern (picture, please).  Wayne M. also released a big smallie:)  We continued to see nice perch and a few crappies as well.

Potluck was two deep-fried turkeys.  I had about a handful left!  The hit dish was a cooked cabbage dish from Eric and Company!  The secret:  LOTS of butter;)  Eric and his wife were celebrating their 25th anniversary, and Garrett had a birthday as well.

My Guys were here a few weeks ago.  I miss them as soon as they’re gone!  Their traditions are as fun as they are:)  A few traditions include beers and their glasses,

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(keep an eye on their various fishing ensembles as well),

and food

(don’t forget the almost-world-famous ribs for potluck either).

Aaron’s beard and its removal seem to be working their way into tradition mode as well

thank goodness (just sayin’).

I enjoyed a couple of the novelty shots from their photo collection this year…those are fishing lures and flies in the toilet seat

They saw a swimming yearling moose early in the week.  Once the mommas have this year’s calf, they send last year’s calf out on their own.  We often see them sort of wandering aimlessly.  This one chose to wander by water.

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We went on our annual adventure and saw Momma Bear and twin cubs!

They saw a funky bug-spider and, well, a snake really close up!

Remember when Fred and Bonnie had a snake in their boat last year???

I liked this scary sky the guys caught

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and really liked this hole in the sky…I’m so sure someone’s peeking down

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Is it my imagination or does this cloud look like an animated frog???

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Do you see a fish in this reflection???

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We have some nice scenery shots

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even from the comfort of their cabin:)

They have nicknames for many places on the lake, as do lots of our guests.  I can only imagine what they call this:

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I wonder what Kevin’s knee sees??

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So….do they ever fish?  Yes, my friends, they do!  They are pretty good at it, too!  Here’s Kevin with a great walleye:

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and Aaron with a nice whitefish (he had to drink a punishment beer later that evening).

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Here’s KB with another nice ‘eye

 

and Aaron with a great perch!

 

Kevin…walleye

 

Aaron…clam (we had three caught that week!)

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Alright…Aaron catches the occasional acceptable fish

and Kevin wins the booby prize sometimes.

One thing’s for sure:  at the end of the day they never go hungry…

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I’ll close with a couple of nice sunset shots from My Guys.  Thanks for the great blog fodder!  See you next year…The Other AG

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Fall in June…

June 19, 2017

Hi there.  It is soooo cold here!  I can’t recall having a mid-June with temperature highs in the mid-60’s.  Brrrrr.  Needless to say, sweatshirt sales are up;)  It’s been gray for a few days as well but tomorrow promises a bit o’ sun along with the cool temps.  My solar battery is fading fast.

Last week was another good one for us!  I added a nice 24″ walleye from Dongot to the Big Fish page.  It’s such a good pic I need to see it again:

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Beautiful!  And the fish ain’t bad either;)  It is always a pleasure to have our Bartlett contingent in Camp!  They have been here all 14 of our seasons:)

Fishing reports were all over the board!  Crawlers and minnows both seemed to be doing the job.  Walleye depths were reported at 8-17′.  Mike’s group were “jig and a minnow” guys who did well out on 2nd.  Dongot’s group prefers crawlers and also did well.  Mark…well he was here for the perch (again) and took home his and Sandy’s limits!  I believe his criteria is nothing less than 10″.  He caught many within sight of Camp–which was good because the weather was quite crappy!  I had a couple of folks catching their walleye nearby as well, but I’ve promised to keep their secret safe.

I added a couple of smallies to the Big Fish list and will share photos upon arrival.  Skip and Co. have been sending pics from their trip two weeks ago.  Skip sure loves a good northern…

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and a bass

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His son William released a couple of piggies

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Aaron released a HUGE bass and shared a couple of beautiful scenery shots:

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Thanks, Guys!  See you again next year…same week, same cabins!

Last week’s potluck was another biggie.  I did a giant venison loaf and a lovely cherry cobbler thanks to Wayne and Shirley:

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The biggest hit at potluck was the storm!  Holy buckets did it pour, blow and–a potluck first–hail!  Lucky for us it was a quick storm but it was sure nasty for a few minutes!

This week brings us a lot of newbies.  Eric and Laura are here for their 25th wedding anniversary!  Eric’s folks have figured things out pretty darned quickly!

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Good job!  I heard something about Lindy rigs, and I know they’ve been getting minnows.  Hopefully they’ll continue to enjoy the cold weather;)

I’ve been sorting through My Guys’ pictures.  I think I’ll commit to a bonus blog entry yet this week.  Stay tuned!

3rd Week’s A Charm!

June 12, 2017

Hi there!  We just came off a phenomenal week at Tall Pines Camp!  We had a large group of almost-all-used guests!  We were a very social camp, a very busy camp and a very happy camp!  I added three walleyes to the Big Fish page (www.tallpinescamp.com):  Lee, Skip and Brock, as well as a great piggy perch from William!  EVERYONE caught walleye all week!  Perch were also ripe for the picking.  Now that guests have seen how well Mark cleans northern, many of them were kept as well:)  The species we’ve seen more of this year than in all past years combined:  crappie.

Our first official potluck of the season was a huge success!  All food groups were well represented.  I did Carolina pulled pork and a rhubarb-blueberry struesel.  My guys were here and brought Aaron’s nearly-world-famous ribs.  We had salads, taters, desserts and more!  Of course, Lee can only come to potluck if he makes his fantastic onion rings!  I got the very first one of the season:)

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I will have a ton of pics from My Guys and from Brad & Co., a new foursome who had a great time (thanks, in part, to My Guys).  I’ll comb through their pics as time allows and put together some bonus entries/photo fests.

Skip & Co. returned for their billionth trip.  They had a great year of fishing and traditions, one of which finds our other Aaron and William hitting the lake.  It’s a bit easier than in some years as the lake is around 70 degrees already.

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Is it my imagination or does that dragonfly look freakishly large?  Anyway, yes the lake is warm but the fish are still shallow.  Most folks were getting them around 8′.  We had a good rain yesterday so maybe the water temp will hold or even drop a bit.

Two of our male guests had visited before and deemed us good enough to return with their wives!  Mark brought Nancy for her first visit.  Poor Nancy was the lone female in a good-sized group of males.  She did just fine, though.

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The weather was great all week–nice enough for a shore lunch

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and to enjoy a nice goose family out on the lake (I like them as long as they stay on the water):

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Eric and his parents were here Week 2.  The guys fish hard, hard, hard.  June fishes pretty hard and bakes bread:)  They found some crappie during their visit:

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Eric and Gary had a double or two…

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The fish counter is strictly for walleyes (117 and counting):

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They, too, enjoy a traditional shore lunch!

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as does Eldon, seen here in front of Cabin 2:

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Eric said this pic does not do the double rainbow justice but I still think it’s nice!

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This week finds us busy again, with mostly used guests.  We started with big wind on Saturday, a good downpour yesterday, and cooler temps today.  We’ll see what else the weather has in store!

Until next time…

 

Ups & Downs

June 5, 2017

Greetings!

Week 2 of the 2017 season is already behind us–where does the time go?  Our week was a mixture of new and used guests, and most everyone had a good time and caught some good fish!  Eric added a 24″ walleye to the Big Fish page, and Frank and Chris each added a lake trout!

Since Wednesday was still officially May, we opted for a social hour instead of a potluck.  Gruper said it’s hard to tell the difference…

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We had a just-right variety of hot, cold, sweet, salty (the food that is, not the people)!  I think we were mostly celebrating the end of four days of foulness!  It was rainy, windy and cold until Wednesday afternoon:(  I was as dark as I get and was so happy to see Thursday’s sunshine!  I got to wear shorts and break out some new footwear!

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Our anglers were troopers for the most part, though, and fished in way-less-than-desirable conditions.  Chris had some eye-catching and appropriate footwear of her own:
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She and her husband Frank hung out with Brent and fished for lakers.  Success!

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Charley and Nancy brought Ryan back for a second year!  Those people fished all day, every day!  Charley catches all the crappie he wants back in Missouri but was thrilled when they caught one clear up here!  As a matter of fact, we saw and/or heard of probably a half-dozen crappie last week.  I’ll post some of Eric’s pics next week.

John and Nate were new to us.  The weather was certainly not a welcoming factor but they proved to be pretty hearty as well.  Here they are watching the northerns get fed:

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Oh, hang on:  looks like they got things figured out pretty well for first timers:

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Good job guys!

Speaking of pets…we’re up to at least three so far this year

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Speaking of pets…Freya continues to not like it here.  She now lays in a box lid on a chair under the table when she’s wanting attention

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I mentioned one day that I’d never seen a smallie small enough to be kept this time of year (13.75″ or less until July 1).  All of them we see are 16″+.  Bless John’s heart.  He caught one and brought it in!

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Such a tiny little thing!  Speaking of John, we all know he makes beautiful things.  Here is my new opener (thank you).  The handle is a pineapple design:

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This week promises to be great!  We have many used guests as well as a smattering of newbies!  Skip and company had a glorious first day (one of his best ever, and he’s been coming for a long, long time):

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So that’s the ups for last week!  We had only one down but it was a doozie!  Frank’s last day was Friday.  Everyone, meet Mark!

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Mark comes to us from Dryden and has relevant experience!  He will offer fish cleaning services as well.  Please give him a hearty welcome when you visit!

See you next week!