Sunday, December 29, 2019

2019 Anglers Kingdom Review updates camp

While we were waiting for the MNR approval to repair our portage after the fire Hayden stepped up again and we did repairs on the main dock and extended our boardwalk all the way to cabin 1. So now we have a boardwalk from one end to the other. We also did some repairs to the dock in front of cabin 2.  It is hard to recognize but we removed about 30 stumps and a dozen trees from the front of cabin 1 and 2. 
 We might be recovering from fires in 2018 and 2019. I might be extremely sick the past 15 years. And we don’t have anyplace to accommodate workers. But whenever we get an opportunity we still manage to make improvements every year. I have to admit it is very rewarding working with Hayden on projects like this I just wish we didn’t have to rebuild everything we just built. Next summer we hope to finish the railing on cabin 2 deck. Hayden and I completed dozens of smaller projects this spring and summer. Our guests notice our efforts and appreciate them. 

2019 Anglers Kingdom Review portage repairs

24 hours miracle.

We were plenty busy recovering from 2018 fire and the forest fire in July of 2019 only upped the anti further. Hayden once again stepped up and we loaded our excavator which we purchased in the fall of 2018 to clean up last years fire mess. Now it was floating once again across Nungesser Lake.
And once again we had mere days to get the job done. The MNR did not want us to start repairs until they approved the work permits. We were like runners on the starting blocks as we waited for the paperwork. We made certain to cover all the bases and all the environmental impact protocols. Learned a lot once again. It is still very much a work in progress but we were moving our guests and gear across the portage in less than 24 hours.

Unfortunately pushing myself that hard left me in pretty rough shape. I put it off as long as possible but by late August I was in the emergency room and being medicated to Thunder Bay for test on my heart.

This was our 24 foot pontoon boat. It was very difficult to find flat bottom pontoons. They ride up out of the water like a Jon boat. So much more efficient than round pontoons. Took me years to find a 24 footer.

All the improvements we made thru the recession. All the work and money we scratched together to keep improving our infrastructure. For some reason the fires keep attacking our infrastructure.
Another HUGE project to get our boardwalk rebuilt.
Huge project just to clean up the mess.
Really getting tired of these set backs.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019 review

Merry Christmas to everypone.

Here is a photo from the bottom of the hill showing  our lights on the house.

It is getting close to the end of the year, Time to write reviews of the 2019 season.
I will try to get a few done each day over the next few weeks.

Anglers Kingdom Review

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Red Lake Ontario Canada fishing report Anglers Kingdom biggest ever

Mike Proska  and Eric returned for their 6th time with a few “not yet believers” . It only took a few days. Evenafter a major cold front took temperatures from 85 to 40. A 32 inch walleye a bunch of 24-28 inches and a 45 inch pike  along with hundreds more fish of less stature and they are true believers in the outstanding fishery of Nungesser Lake. “Never would have believed I could catch so many walleye in one day” “ it made me a better fisherman simply with the amount of practice I was able to get.”

Why do THEY always catch the biggest fish at Anglers Kingdom

Children and Grandchildren accompanying their parents and grandparents are creating lifelong memories and gaining valuable life lessons with out even realizing it. So are the adults! I have always said how rewarding it is to see my guests catch the largest pike or largest walleye of their lives while fishing at Anglers Kingdom. It is even more meaningful seeing the look on the face of a young person holding that fish of a lifetime. Many people fish elsewhere for 20 or  30 years and never catch a true trophy size Pike or Walleye. 
But the question of why the youngsters always seem to catch the biggest fish of the group? Well the old saying goes “ its how you hold your mouth”

Precious Memories fishing with Grand daughter

Quincy with her Grampa Matt.  “ it’s becoming a tradition” and more grandkids are joining the group.
Jack Beavers started visiting Anglers Kingdom the second year we opened. Then sons and daughters joined in. Now we have granddaughters and grandsons.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Fish are back on the bite after major cold front.

Fishing was great June 1 - 8. Ken Graber and his group had outstanding fishing. “Better than ever” was his comment.

Seemed like everyone in camp told me they caught the “biggest fish of their lives”. We had a serious cold front come thru June 8th temperature went from the 80s down to 50s and wind stayed out of the north for the whole week.  As a result the fish went deeper and were very slow on the bite. Had to leave your jig actually motionless on the bottom to get any nibbles. The guests still caught plenty of fish and “their largest walleye ever.”

 Even Jack Beavers group has been saying this week that they are catching more big walleye than ever. They have all caught huge walleye here over their past 12 years visiting so it’s not so easy for them to catch “their largest fish ever”. But both of the new members of the group caught “their largest fish ever”

Mike Proska caught another 32 inch walleye and a “bunch of 28-30”  but 32 inch only ties his 32 in her from his first trip 7 years ago.  Everyone in his group are having excellent fishing.

Still lots of stuff to haul in. But the excavator helps with lots of work.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

And the Season Starts May 31

We didn’t book any Anglers before May 31st. Didn’t want to worry about a late ice out. ( turned out the ice was gone May 11.)
Our first group and Jasons first day of his first trip and he had caught his latest pike ever.
A beautiful thick healthy trophy Pike.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

First fish of 2019

Well we finally got out for an hour to see what all the fuss is about regarding fishing.
And YES it is awesome. Debs first fish was this beauty.

Hayden has been busy upgrading all the fishing machines.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Late April hauling materials across ice

Hayden and I spent most of March and April hauling material for the water tower, generator shed, board walk etc.
This photo was when we started hauling gas March 10. It was nice to have the excavator to clear out some walking paths and help unload some things.

Here we are later in March, still lots of snow. We were using our truck with tracks. Unfortunately we had trouble with one track and we not able to get much hauled in.

Hayden doing repairs to the track on our truck. We removed it, took it to town, repaired the bearings and brought it back up and reinstalled the track. But buy then ice conditions were not ideal for hauling 20,000 lb loads. So we switched to tracked UTVs

We made only 2 trips with our John deer gator on tracks and had mechanical problems with he gators engine. Hayden replaced the starter and the water pump / seals but there was still coolant in the engine. So we went with our Polaris ranger on tracks and back o the old tried and true method o o skidoo’s.

We used trailers to get thru the bush trail because the snow was gone and sleighs wouldn’t work well anymore.
We could have switched to sleighs on the lake but would have to transfer loads and had enough hard labor .  

By April 30 we were done with hauling. The ice  was not safe. We could have hauled small loads with snow machine but we had plenty of work to keep us busy waiting for the ice to go out.

We made one last trip hauling the skidoo’s out to the road. Then Hayden started installing the New honda 60s.

Hayden continued to install other motors like the 130 for our 20 foot work boat that we hauled in using the truck with tracks. This will be a great addition to our fleet of transport boats. We bought another one for a guest fishing boat so we are up to six 20 ft boats. 3 of which are guests fishing boats. Guests feel very safe and comfortable in these big stable roomy boats.

The excavator has made removing and installing motors much much easier. What used to be an all day job can be done in hours now. Hayden is busy cleaning up all the little things not he boats. So will be all ready for guest Sweeney you arrive. Our Lund Outfitters and PRO Vs are not longer brand new and  the maintenance will never end but we believe we have the finest fleet of guest operated boats at any remote camp in Canada. The nBrand new 2019 Honda 60 has are so sweet. They troll down to almost nothing. So no need for trolling motors. Plus they jump up on step and cruise at 33 miles per hour. So what snot to like. I will post a video so you can see how quiet and smooth the are.