Canadian fishing is hard to beat

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The ability enjoy harsh weather, getting along with eight family members and friends for seven days without seeing another person, staying up very late at night and thoroughly enjoying fishing are all requirements for a seven-day Canadian, fly-in fishing trip.

Wednesday, June 21

Last night was another one of those nights where the first of us went to bed at 3:30 a.m. and the last two were still standing at 6 a.m. That may sound a bit off the wall to you, but we come here from as far away as Walker, Louisiana, and each of us knows the importance of getting every possible minute out of an experience like this.

Today is day 5 on Shultz Lake (Chimo Lodge and Outposts). Everyone will head out of camp about 11 a.m. and will return at 10:30 p.m.

Something that is tradition — and stupid, unless you are part of this gang — is doing several circles in front of camp with your boat and hooting and hollering when you come back to camp at the end of the day. If someone else is coming into camp at the same time, a friendly game of “boat wars” takes place.

Lures that catch us fish also help us win the most daily and weekly northern pike and walleye bets! The night crawler harness with a 1.5-ounce bottom bouncer or a floating jig on a bottom bouncer wins almost all eight of those bets.

For gators that can be the pretty interesting. Last year, my 16-year-old daughter, Selina, picked out a pink and white Dare Devle for her new lure. That choice caught Selina a 40-inch gator and three over 35.

This year my nephew, Trent Schuster, who is 25ish, was leading the big gator contest with a 38 5/8- inch fish with the pink and white Dare Devle.

Friday, June 23

High 59, low 47

Today was our last full day on this adventure. I fished with Selina and my brother-in-law, Dick Schuster. We traveled 7 miles by boat, hiked to another boat/lake, drove this boat to another trail and then hiked to a lake called Thunder.

As soon as we reached Thunder Lake, we could see storm clouds were brewing. Thunder Lake is known for having big northern pike. I was throwing the 2-ounce Musky Red Eye. That lure has won me the gator contest the last two years. Though it does not catch a lot of fish, big fish like to eat it.

We knew our time was limited due to the approaching bad weather, which has been the norm this week. We were doing 500-yard drifts in a bay that is about 6 to 8 feet deep. I like to fan cast the Red Eye.

A big fish hit my lure. It was close to the boat and strong. The wind pushed us hard and fast, and the big gator was under the boat. I got lucky and maneuvered the gator away from the boat and up wind.

Dick was great with the net. The gator was 41.75 inches and the true definition of obese. Just before we released it, Dick said “sorry, Trent” and life was grand in my world.

Deer Camp and Shultz Lake, the best two weeks of the year!

This column is sponsored by Dombeck Custom Cabinets.