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Fireside Lodge Fishing Report 8/9 to 8/16 2008 Part 1

Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report August 9 to August 16 2008

Hello From Fireside Lodge in beautiful Northwest Ontario, Canada.

Steven Sandler from Richmond Hill, Ontario returned to Fireside Lodge for his third time and this time with brother Lawrence from Markam, Ontario, which was his first experience at Fireside Lodge.
They arrived at about 6:30 pm and were able to fish for just a little over an hour and caught a good number of Smallmouth and watched a beautiful Canadian Sunset. That makes a long days travel very worth while. First full day they had a GREAT day as they caught well over 20 good size Northern Pike, some Smallmouth Bass, and Lawrence caught his first Musky ever landing a HUGE 40-incher. Second day they had a ball catching about 16 Northern Pike along with about 6 Smallmouth Bass. Third day had them catching 18 Northern Pike all 28 to 32–inches and a few Smallmouth bass after supper. They also had a few BIG follows. Fourth and final day they had another very good fishing day catching many Northern Pike and some Smallmouth Bass. Steve told me before they left they caught 25 to 30 fish daily and a lot of quality fish. Both had a great stay and plan on returning in the near future.

Father and son Eddy and Shane Rochman from Thornhill, Ontario were fishing at Fireside Lodge for their first time. Day of arrival these two were very excited before leaving the dock and had a FABULOUS few hours of fishing as they caught more than a dozen Northern Pike between 30 to 36 inches. The magic for Eddy and Shane was anything in the tackle box with fire tiger color. First full day they caught another dozen very nice Northern Pike. The third day was a thriller right at the end of the day as Shane hooked a MOINSTER but lost is as it tore the entire treble hook off his Mepps Musky Killer Buck tail. WOW what a thrill for Shane. Also Eddy had a BIG, estimated to be 42-44 inch Musky up to the boat and lacking cradle experience Shane tried to us the landing net, but the fish would not fit and the hook got caught up in the net. The fish got off and left them both shaking and cursing. Third a final day was fabulous as they caught well over 20 nice Northern Pike and Shane again had an opportunity at a 40-inch plus Northern Pike but the fish again won the battle. Before leaving Eddy told me that they will be coming back next year and for years to come. They had great fishing, which reminded Eddy of the years when he fished with his dad, and thoroughly enjoyed their stay at Fireside Lodge.

Tom and Dave Pavlik from White Lake and Haslett, MI were experiencing Fireside Lodge for their first time. First day ever on the lake and they caught 75 Northern Pike and Tom caught an 18-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. Also Dave had a HUGE Musky follow. WOW, what a FABULOUS first day ever at Fireside Lodge. Second day was slower as they caught a few Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass. Dave and Tom could not resist going back after the previous days Musky that followed their lure, and they were somewhat successful. Dave hooked it and lost it during the fight and the estimated it to be 40-42-inches. He believes he may have hooked it a second and even third time but never saw it to validate it was the same fish. Third day was very active with toothy critter follows, seeing some very big fish, but they just could not get them to hit any of their lures. Fourth day they changed things up a bit and started out fishing for Smallmouth Bass. They caught few but found the Northern Pike very active and went with it, having a ball catching many Northern Pike. This day the magic lure was a yellow twister tail. On their fifth and final day they did great catching many Northern Pike and Tom caught an 18-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass. Both had a fabulous trip and said that the service, meals, equipment, organization and fishing far exceeded their expectations from what they have experienced fishing in Canada on past trips.

Greg Benton returned to Fireside Lodge for his fourth time with friends and second time guests John McDonough, Jerry and Michael Sears and Randy and Dane Genord all from Grand Blanc, MI. This group targets toothy critters and father and son Randy and Dane set the pace before supper on day of arrival as Dane caught a nice 31-inch Northern Pike and Randy landed a large 38-inch Musky. First day had Jerry and Mike Sears catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass, and Mike came up with a large Master Anglers award Smallie measuring 18-inches. I found out from Jerry that a trophy is on the line for the boat that catches the most inches of fish for the week. What’s interesting is that Jerry and Mike are Smallmouth fishers and the other two boats target toothy critters. Similar to the old tortoise and the hare theory. Randy and Dane did it again in the toothy critter department as Dane caught a few nice Pike, largest being 35-inches and his dad Randy caught a BIG 42-inch Musky. Second day found Jerry and Mike catching a lot of Smallmouth Bass with Jerry landing an 18-inch Master Anglers Award Smallie. Dane again came up with another BIG fish landing a 40-inch Master Anglers Award Northern Pike on the same lure purchased form my tackle shop. Randy caught a nice 35-inch Northern Pike. To no surprise Greg and John continued on the Big fish hunt and had plenty of follows, one 40-inches or better and another that was a Giant estimated at least 50-inches. At the end of two days the Smallmouth fishers Jerry and Mike found themselves in the lead by over 200-inches. Third day was another big day working toward the trophy for Gerry and Mike as the caught a bunch of Smallmouth accumulating another 250-inches. The rest of the group did well catching a lot of Northern Pike. After supper Randy and Dane visited my tackle shop and Randy bought another lure from me just like the one Dane caught his big fish with. Dane also purchased a Pop-R for Smallmouth. Both produced as Randy caught a BIG 34-inch Musky on his purchased lure. As for Dane his intent was to catch Smallmouth on the Pop-R he purchased, however on his very first cast with the lure a big Musky came out of the water after it and cut Dane’s line. Bad news Dane only got one cast from his new lure, good news it was very exciting and the lure was lost on a BIG Musky. Dane purchased another Pop-R on the next morning. Next day Randy and Dane had another good day catching toothy critters and again it was the same lure producing. Dane caught his first Muskie ever and also landed a Master Anglers Award Smallmouth Bass measuring 18-inches. With this catch it put Dane in the position to catch a Master Anglers Award fish in all three categories of Smallmouth Bass, Northern, Pike and Muskie. With just the Musky left you know where him and his dad’s efforts will be put. Jerry and Mike had a good day catching Smallmouth Bass and Mike caught the largest being 17.5-inches. Jerry had an absolute GIANT Smallmouth on estimated at 21-22-inches, but it ran behind a rock and shook Gerry’s lure loose. Mike also had a great experience, as two perch were pecking at his jig a Big Smallmouth came from under a bolder and grabbed the bigger perch a took off. Greg and John had a lot of follows, some in the 40-inch range, and caught some nice fish. Fifth and final day they had a great finish with a lot of fish being caught some in the toothy critter category and many in the Smallmouth Bass category. They caught a lot of Big Smallies as both Jerry and Michael each caught a 19.5-inch and 19-inch Master Anglers Award Smallmouth and Dane also landed one measuring 18.5-inches. It was a GREAT finish to a FABUOUS fishing trip with many long lasting memories made between family and friends, and all said they would return in 2009.

Returning for their fourth time were Bob and Ron Ramsey from Leavenworth, KS and Sewanee, TN. First day Bob and Ron had a great time catching some Northern Pike and enjoying a beautiful day on the water together. Next day was fast action for Northern Pike. One of the fish Ron had hooked, never seen, fought in such a way that it felt like a very big toothy critter. They had a great day enjoying mid 70 degree weather with a slight breeze. Third day had them fishing for Musky but mostly exploring new waters, of which sometime is not done enough by fishers. They went through the effort of finding different structure and depths that will benefit them in the future. They also caught a few nice Northern Pike and had Musky follows. Fourth day they left early and had a fabulous day catching some Northern Pike, and enjoying the wildlife and everything that goes with fishing in the Wilderness. Fifth day was just as beautiful as the previous five days giving these two a perfect weather fishing vacation. Bob and Ron have never had such stable and perfect conditions and on previous trips had cold, rain. and windy conditions so they were really soaking up the good weather. They caught some good size Northern Pike and Ron landed a beauty of a Tiger Muskie, which was also a perfect way to end their trip. They made another wonderful set of father and son memories fishing at Fireside Lodge and will return to add to their memory log.

Make sure to go to our website listed below to see the 2008 Photos

Hot Lures of The Week: 6-inch Crane Bait, Blue Fox Spinner, Tubes, Cisco Kid, Tubes, Twister Tail, Live Leeches, Gulp Alive, Pop-R, Chug Bug, X-Rap, Tint Torpedos

Flies: Popper, Gartside Gurgler-Chartruse and White

Catches of the Week: 42, 38-inch Musky, 40-inch Tiger Muskie, 20, 19.5,19,18.5,18-inch Smallmouth Bass, 40-inch Northern Pike
48 Master Anglers Award Smallmouth were caught with the qualifying size being 18-inches

Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan
8-29-2008 06:40#1
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