AND THE GREAT WHITE NORTH
Hello to all our friends and valued guests. It is not as white as usual for this time of year. The lake finally froze completely November 6th. Still not much snow so it looks like winter won't arrive until well maybe actually winter.
SO WHAT'S NEW? Well this letter may get a bit lengthy so I've put some headings in it. First of all let me apologize to those who did not receive last year's news letter. I'm still not great at this email stuff and tried sending out email's in groups and the end result is some guests never received it. So if you don't get this letter let me know LOL. ( just kidding) Actually I will post it on our blog and hopefully at some point you will read it and please get in touch with me so you will know that I haven't forgot you most likely just lost your address. If you contact me I can get current with everyone's emails. Also here is the link to our blog - I will post this letter along with the photos that go with the stories. I can't put the photos in with this email because I've learned that many spam filters will just reject the whole email.
WEATHER We had a great summer especially late summer. Fall was spectacular. The fishing was just as exceptional as the weather. What do you know - great fishing and great weather nice combo aye? We beat the 50 inch mark again for Pike. A guest from southern Ontario caught a beautiful thick fat, healthy - fifty and one half inch Pike in July. It was an awesome fish and a truly trophy pike. The fish of a lifetime. And we have at least 8 Walleye over 30 inches. Bruce and his son from Chicago ???topped 32 inches.
FISHING Late August and September had outstanding fishing and lots of big pike with many over 44-48 inches. Rick and ___ each caught their personal best (46 &48) off Walleye Point trolling ciscoe imitating crank baits. Jack beaver and almost all of the Gannon builders group caught their largest pike ever (in the 43 - 46 inch range) trolling similar cranks around Ferret Islands and around Windy Point. Debra and Seanna had a double Debs was a 48 inch pike Seannas was a 291/2 inch walleye.
Dennis Kelner was up for another 10 week visit.
Dan Mohr was able to visit
Bruce and Laura
Denny burns, another old friend that was able to visit for almost the entire summer. I immensely enjoyed our conversations and the redevelopment of our old friendship. Denny helped me a lot in getting my head turned in the right direction while battling my ailment. I credit Denny for a big part of my recovery. I was thrilled when Dennies grandaughters caugght their largest pike ever - a double on big pike. Actually I had a third big pike on at the same time. Feeding frenzy on pike attacking walleye.
Denny, Dennis and I had a triple header on big walleye.
150- 200 fish afternoons were common.
Must have had
HEALTH Many of you have known that I have been battling some kind of illness for the past 9 years. I've had what I can only describe as the feeling of a broom handle stuck thru the top of my head and down thru the left side of my neck. With the left half of my face numb and the right side hurting like heck. My neck and right side hurting like (heck). An indescribable amount of pain that no pills could even take the edge off . And thru it all an unrelenting, all encompassing fatigue. Many days I simply could not even stand up. As a result there were times that I was unable to carry on even simple conversations and many guests began to feel that I was not interested in them or the camp. If I had a steel plate in my head or two broken legs my disability or limitations would have been obvious. But my ailment was every bit as debilitating and as it worsened this spring I contemplated closing the camp and going on permanent disability. I'll never sell the camp as I bought it for Seanna and Hayden. When they grow up they can decide what they want to do with it.
AND NOW I'M BACK Thru a combination of homeopathic therapies from local practitioner Crystal Trull, some much appreciated help from friends like Dan Mohr and Denny Burns along with an amazingly simple diet supplement that I miraculously found by accident I have started on the path to renewed health. I'm hoping that I will continue on that path to a full recovery. Time will tell. The immediate results are less pain, more energy , better memory and the ability to focus once again. This has lead to more communication with everyone, friends, guests, family and me spending more time on the water.
NEW DISCOVERIES More time on the water has lead to finding more new fishing spots and I found some dandies. I caught 4 walleye over 30 inches in the last half of August. People fishing with me caught dozens of 27 - 29 inch walleye. I can recall SIX 29 inch walleye. We found other areas swarming with thousands of nice 18 - 20 inch walleye with 150 - 200 fish days common.
Nungesser's unique "open water" pike swarms occur more often than I first realized. I've discovered rock shelf's where pike lay similar to how they lay in a weed bed. And I've found many more areas where we can trigger dramatically more pike attacks on walleye on your line.
Just as a few years ago we discovered how good North Bay is. This year we discovered how good South Bay, Lunker bay, No Fish Bay and Travers Bay area. It goes back to what I've been saying for the past few years. "The more you fish Nungesser the better you like it."
And all of this was shared with guests at camp because the old me was back (almost). I had the energy needed to do what used to come so naturally. Several guest commented on the new (old) me. I know being able to have meaningful conversations with my friends and guests was much more enjoyable for me and it was gratifying to see it show once again on their faces.
FAMILY Seanna and Hayden are doing well - busy as you would expect. (got to brag on em a bit here) Seanna was in the local newspaper 9 weeks straight last spring. Everything from Chess tournaments ( they both qualified for the nationals) to winning regional science fairs. She won gold medals at zone and regional skating competitions and on and on. Hayden is right in there as well. Winning games and scoring goals playing hockey. Including the final goat on the final shot in an overtime shootout for the tournament championship. Not many kids (or adults) get to take that shot and score. Needless to say I was completely thrilled for him - sent chills down my spine. A few weeks ago his team won the Dryden tournament winning 6 games straight. Defeating teams from Thunder Bay, Fort Frances, Dryden, Kenora etc. Debra is busy of course.
What's new at Camp
LODGE Well we finally got the roof on the lodge/ dining room. I still don't know when I will have the ability to finish the lodge. It will be a great addition to the camp. However the financial reality will dictate the completion date. I know I will be doing as much work to it myself as possible. I can do the wiring and insulation and I have most of the windows. However I don't know when I will have the money for the pine to finish the inside. We will see how things develop.
WATER The water was so low by the time I closed camp I could only get boats to the very end of the docks - the floating docks. Which were not actually floating much anymore. So it looks like I may be building a bunch of new docks next spring.
BOARDWALK We completed about 150 feet of the boardwalk
BOOK YOUR TRIP FOR 2012 Please consider booking your fishing vacation with us for 2012. I am confident you will find a much improved operation in every aspect. My improved health will be very healthy for Angler's Kingdom. I promise only positive improvement now and in the future. We've worked extremely hard thru the crushing effects of the recession and although shaken are back on more solid footing. And I begin with renewed enthusiasm for a great 2012. I have always known how important this one week (one for most) is to all of you. And the "Canada trip" has become even more important for many of the reasons just talked about. I recall a great comment from Pete Leonovitz last year when three generations of them returned for their second visit of the season. "A second Canada trip. It's like getting an extra year added to your life". For many looking back on life the years are counted by memories of those trips to Canada. I would sincerely appreciate being part of those memories. I look forward to continuing to develop friendships. Debra, Seanna and Hayden have also developed some great close friendships.
I've said for years that a 4 day trip is not enough - but better than no trip at all. Even a week is too quick. With the advent of more modern and comfortable facilities one of the nice added attractions is that many women have discovered that Angler's Kingdom is a pretty nice place to visit. Now more savvy (some retired) men have realized they may be able to parlay this into 2, 3 or even 6 week visits. NOW we're talking. I have had more couples coming for 2- 6 weeks visits and they love it. A more relaxed less frantic pace. They don't worry if the weather is bad because they don't have to squeeze in every minute like a shorter trip. They spend more time just exploring, looking at wildlife, picking blueberries or ? The net result is they enjoy the entire experience much more.