Musky Madness Week, 2013

 

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Congratulations to Jay Freeburn, with his 41” musky caught on the first day of the contest.  While seven other muskies were caught, none could top the bar set by Jay.  Jay is the lucky winner of a custom made musky rod from long time guest Brad Walker at Teal River Rods, plus a hand carved trophy by Toronto artist Charles Weiss.  Jay will be the only Thunder Bay, Ontario musky hunter with a Teal River rod…..all others, be prepared to be jealous!

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Here I am presenting the rod and trophy to Jay.  Unfortunately, Jay had left camp 3 days previously!  No doubt that is why I have the “unsatisfied handshake” going on…..

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…other participants were on-site for the fabulous prizes at the Thursday night awards and pot=luck dinner.  Note the limited edition (not for sale) VBL fishing towel.  The winner chooses to remain anonymous.

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Some of the fun activities of the night included awards to the “person having the most to drink”…..well, actually, a hook out tool for Dave who released a 38 inch pike.  Use it often Dave………

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Some of the Boyes group hurl insults at the Master of Ceremonies….that’s me.  Fortunately, I was  able to calm them with a promise of some home made chocolate cake, courtesy of Brenda!  Of course, they may have been smarting from the “beating” I laid on them at the Wednesday night shuffleboard tournament at the Bay-view Hotel.  Yours truly, was the winner for the second year in a row.  Note to self:  thankfully I was able to replace that ugly fish picture next to the fireplace with a nice loon painting courtesy of Chuck Reynolds….a guest this week who drove the distance from S. Carolina.

Thanks again to everyone who participated.  Tracy at the Bayview Hotel.  Brad for the great rod and Chuck for the trophy.  Norm and Ken for the fresh sweet corn…..and the rest of the VBL gang for doing what you do best……Fishing, Relaxing and Unwinding   …..well, o.k. there was some drinking and smoking stogies going on too.   See you all next September….

6 thoughts on “Musky Madness Week, 2013

    1. Kurt,

      It is very unfortunate that you were unable to claim your 2014 VBL welcome package. They were most impressive. The professor has been known to sleep with his custom, limited edition, VBL towel. Perhaps, one day, he might be willing to part with that? There is rumor of a much larger musky caught by the professor and I am hoping that the towel might make an appearance in that phantom blog post?

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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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