First fish since June?

Personally, I can’t get enough of Scott’s June fishing report. However, I thought I would share some video’s from my last trip in August. It was kind of the trip that wasn’t meant to be. I had a number of familiar suspects who all cancelled on this trip. What to do? My wife Pam used to fish with me, many decades ago. I had tried to convince her to go on a trip to VBL for many years, but she really didn’t want to go. She had a change of heart, and the trip exceeded her expectations. We ended up cutting the trip short a little bit for a funeral, but I will be back up with the Professor for the Musky Madness gala event. For this trip, I decided to borrow my daughter’s GoPro camera, and came up with some decent short clips. I will try a few more under-water video’s in September. It was sometimes a bit of a challenge managing both the net, my line, and the camera and may go with a rod or boat mount on the next trip. Excuse the french in a few of these videos. It was also a little nerve racking sticking the camera in the water.

For the record, the fish above was not mine. This one wore Pam out and came on a day when we caught at least two dozen nice pike. The action can be seen here:

We had a lot of wind and rain during our stay, but on this day the water was like glass. That’s a great time to go pester the trout and whitefish. On this day, the fishing was literally non-stop.
Boat and Fishing statistics:

Jigging for Lake Trout

The movie versions of jigging for trout and whitefish:

We kept Gord busy in the fish house that day.

A sink full of perch would have brought me more pleasure.

Gord attacks the pile of fish with his typical enthusiasm:

While we kept some eaters, many fish lived to swim another day…

We also had a few quick releases. Here is a good tutorial on how not to net a fish:

A little under water perspective:

The hot bait for pike (Out-fished other colors 4-1) was a clown flash tail dancer. The pike were slamming schools of perch along a  25′ drop off. When my only bait in that color broke in the net, I learned a lesson about how these baits are constructed. Shocking to say the least.

I can’t wait for September!

One thought on “First fish since June?

  1. Andy…I was shocked to learn that your wife got tired of catching nice pike. Do you think she may be suffering from iron-poor blood?

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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