Professors Gone Wild 2014

While all of Canada has a bad case of Beaver Fever as a result of the visit by Jeremy Wade and his crew, the professor and I had too much work to do to be distracted. I had never visited VBL later than August and the weather was a bit unpredictable as was the fishing. We had days with frost and cool rains when parts of Canada were getting snow. This was followed by blue skies and near 80 degree F temperatures.

We enjoyed visiting with camp visitors Mark, Jeff, Joe, Jordan, Lindsey and others. Gord and Susanne were charming as always. Let’s start off with some of the bad news. We had one trip back to a place that the perchmaster dreams about nightly. We ran into some vicious bull perch which tore up Joe’s Beckman net. Clearly, these were perch that had never been ridden. Sadly, Beckman nets (made in Wisconsin) do not sell a replacement hoop. That lifetime yoke warranty is a bit of a joke eh?

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We also had a trech back to Caribou lake with Gord that ended sadly. It turns out that black bear are avid gas sniffers and tore up the only gas tank and two gas cans. No gas. A few casts to small mouth bass from the shore and back to High Rock and Clearwater. Maybe Gord can put together a post with more details and a photo of the shredded plastic cans? We suggested metal cans/tank for next year.

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Walleye fishing was a lot more challenging then we had experienced during the late summer bite. To be honest it was a bit of a mystery. Gord swears that the lake was turning over. The professor blamed it on the fish Gods and something known as the Rizzo curse. We will never know. There were some walleye to be had however.

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Fishing for Pike on several lakes was outstanding. I believe I had my personal best with a 40”+ fish weighing 20+#. No scale. No tape measure. It swims to see another day.

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There were also plenty of slot and “eater” pike and we were pleased to have Gord willing and waiting to clean our fish. Joe was the snake charmer.

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Gord notes that the checkered black and red Kenora Dinner jacket is sure to become world famous after the airing of a special t.v. show next year. Details of the show remain sketchy. The suspense is keeping the entire town of Vermilion Bay awake at night. Will the town be safe from the monsters in the bay?

The trout  and white fish cooperated very nicely and were fun to catch via jigging. Some of the new guests joined us for a trip one day.

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Be sure to ask Gord about the ‘walking billboard” discount next year. It beats the discount double check.

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Until next year….the monsters will have to wait.

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8 thoughts on “Professors Gone Wild 2014

  1. Very nice. Is it suspense keeping Vermilion Bay denizens up at night….or the trains? Walking billboard discount….Gord and I need to talk.

  2. Excellent fishing report! Unfortunate news about the net? How big was the ” Bull Perch” that was able to wreck the net? The ” pin- up” photo of the Joe lounging with a selection of dead fish is really inspiring. The large northern pike look very fiesty!

    1. I agree Chuck…..Joe looks good lounging next to a pile of dead fish. I predict that “pin-up” photo goes viral, and soon every teen age boy will have that pinned to the top of their bunk bed…!

  3. I’m inspired by Andy taking the VBL fashion scene seriously. And doesn’t he look outstanding in his salmon colored guide shirt offset by the distinctive VBL boat towel (or sauna loin cloth). His post accurately depicts that period of late September………always a challenge, but the rewards are awesome.

    1. It’s good to have hope. But these beautiful towels are no longer available. Sure glad the missus and I got ours before the supply was cleaned out. The good news is that you can make your own from a hand towel decorated with red and blue magic markers. Lots of VBL guests do this.

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