Ice Out 2019…

“When you are in any contest, you should work as if there were – to the very last minute – a chance to lose it.”  Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There’s only one winner in this contest.  The rest, losers”   H. Gordon Bastable 

March 22, 2019

Some might say it’s a bit harsh to categorize those who fail as “losers”.  I only use the term in the way Mother Nature intended.  A herd of deer who are overtaken by a pack of wolves would not refer to the slowest deer as “a winner”, nor be recognized for it’s “participation”.  That deer has lost, it is the loser.  Harsh but true.  Unlike the deer, your participation in this contest will not result in you being torn to shreds, physically.  Some of you may be left emotionally scarred.  That is the chance you take to aim for greatness, and for some swell VBL swag (the winner gets his / her choice of any nifty lodge fashion item…excluding our line of spandex musky fishing pantaloons).

So about now you are probably wondering how you too can win big in this contest.  Here’s how it goes.  The winner is the first person to email me the correct date that Vermilion Bay will be ice free (as judged by a panel of experts…me).  Understand this critical point.  You may pick the correct date BUT if you are not the FIRST person to send me that guess, you will not win. 

Now for the strategy.  I will be posting updates on the ice conditions.  Should you wish to bide your time, take stock of the conditions, monitor my posts, and then take a rational informed guess, that might result in victory.  However, those who throw caution to the wind may, in the end, beat you to the punch.  What to do?  Don’t ask me, I haven’t won the contest ever!

Remember all guesses are kept confidential.  Email Gord with your guess.

March 22, 2019

Now for some nonrelated fish pictures to remind us that spring is coming…..

This picture says it all…

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If you’re looking for an outstanding vacation spot for the serious fisherman or a family get away you should consider Vermillion Bay Lodge on Eagle Lake, Ontario Canada. We have stayed at many lake resorts over the years, but none offer the simple pleasures of this one. The lake is large enough and holds enough fish for the most adventuresome fisherman and yet easy for local family fishing for young children. Bring your own boat or use one of the aluminum boats (20 hp) at the lodge. Boat dockage is well protected from the wind and allows easy access to the water.

What sets this lodge apart from most others is it is always clean, well kept with lots to do including paddle boats canoes, bon fires in the evenings and a just plain friendly atmosphere.

Bruce & Sally

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