The Blog has been going for many years. It is cool to look back and see how things have changed and how things have stayed the same. Our fishing has been the constant and the service we provide has been the other. As I look through the archives, most of the faces on my Blog haven’t changed. That is great to see and it makes us feel good to be able to be a part of so many memories for so many people.
Here are a few links to some of the old blogs from years past.
We have had some great weather! The snow has melted a lot. It has also been -25C. Spring should come fast when it decides to come if things keep on the track they are on now. Hopefully Mother Nature will stay in a good mood until April.
Here are a few pictures I have taken outside recently.
A nice Pike!
3 feet of ice stood up in the ice crack and then decided to crack again.
The Ravens like to screw with Dustee. Flying right over head, and then walking right up to her when she is eating fish. It is funny to watch and then Dustee finally gets mad enough and tries to catch them. But that never happens.
What does a Commercial Fishermen do when he isn’t working on the lake? He goes fishing!
Spring is just around the corner………
February is here and the days are noticeably longer already. We are gaining 6 minutes a day and in a month or so we should start to feel spring I hope.
We had a warm spell awhile back and the ice really expanded. Sending this sheet of ice straight up 6 feet in the air. The power of the ice is extraordinary.
After the warm weather we sunk back into the deep freeze and the cracks opened up. It has been -20 to -30C and the lake has contracted a lot! We are battling 3 different cracks. Generally we can jump them but sometimes they get too wide and we have to look for a narrower place to cross or sometimes we can find a split in the crack. Occasionally the crack will go right through our line of nets and we don’t have much of a choice to cross. Crossing a 5-8 foot crack in the ice would make most people nervous! My brother and I have had some close calls over the years and sometimes have to take a chance, but experience is so valuable. This was about 5 feet and the snow along the crack was very hard so we just drove across. Fast!!
Our coyote numbers are down around here this year which is good for our recovering deer herd. I have also had some luck with Pine Martens and Fishers as well. Time to take them in for the auction $
Our Falcons team got together last weekend for a Rec hockey tournament. We were the oldest team in the tournament but still got it. We won all of our games, it was just for fun and not very serious. We had a blast. Always good to get together with the boys!
2017 is looking great and dates are filling up quickly this year. If you don’t have your date booked yet, please do not delay. Click here to inquire about dates for 2017.
As the short winter days slowly get longer but winter is still holding you in its cold grasp here is something for you to think about.
At Amik Outposts, since day one which began in the early 1990`s we have had a “No Trophy Policy” Which means an unharmed gene pool and BIGGER fish. Here are some pictures from our early days right up until now. They speak for themselves.
Rena used to catch the biggest fish while she was sleeping or reading a book!
My Dad was pissed at me this day because this was on the first cast!!
Since the early days we have had THOUSANDS of Trophy fish caught and RELEASED on our lakes!
This is just a few of the Trophy Pike that were caught and released last season. Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season so you can put yourself in these pictures.
We are piecing the puzzle together for 2017 and filling dates quick lately! If you are interested in fishing with Amik Outposts in 2017, do not delay. We have only a few spots left in May, June and July so please send us an email and we will let you know what we have available.
Here are some available dates for some awesome fishing this summer. Please click here to inquire.
Vee Lake May 25-31
Loree Lake May 26-31
Cherrington Bay May 29-June 3
Cobham River May 24-29
BlackBirch Lake June 28-July 3
Shearstone Lake June 23-28
DarkWater Lake July 24-29
Cobham River July 19-23
Winter has a firm grasp on most of us this year. We went from a beautiful warm fall into full fledged winter! We have had very cold weather in the North and at least one snow storm a week. There has been quite a bit of snow but nothing like areas further south along the border and even south of that where the snow is even deeper. With this month of cold weather we went from no ice to over 2 feet already.
The one thing about being cold is that the sun shines. Most pure Canadians don’t mind the cold as long as the sun is shining!! We are into the New Year and the days will begin to get longer soon. Fishing season is getting closer everyday.
Another great thing about the sun is that it provides me with lots of photo opportunities. And of course my pal Dustee is in most of them. She has been very happy spending lots of time out on the lake with me and my Brother.
During freeze-up we had high humidity when the lake froze and it got very cold, very fast and created this Hoar frost on the lake.
We also had a ton of gale forced winds during freeze up which made for mine fields of ice and slow travelling.
My Brother and I are some of the few Commercial fishermen left fishing on Lake Manitoba on the ice. Since a flood of our lake in 2011 we have had an infestation of Pike. We normally chase the higher priced Walleye but since 2011 it has become increasingly difficult to catch Walleye as our nets are plugged right full of Pike. The pike came from small lakes surrounding the big lake and had never had access to such abundant feed. They are thriving but also consuming more and more Perch, Walleye, and literally anything they can fit in their mouths. We can sell the Pike but the price and labor involved make for long days filled with swear words. We do it because we love it as our family has for 3 generations.
The wind molds the landscape. Here are some Coyote tracks that were left behind after a storm.
With winter late in getting here it has slowed me down from trapping much this year but I have been able find a few coyotes. The fur is in great shape this winter. Hopefully the prices will be too!
2017 is shaping up to be a great year. Please let us know if you would like some dates for next season. We would love to show you a great fishing vacation.
Winter finally showed up! We just had our first snowstorm of the year and it looks like we have had snow for a month. Dustee is finally comfortable since the humidity has gone down and the dry snow is finally here to stay. I will be out on Lake Manitoba tomorrow to begin our commercial fishing season.
There is only one week left to cast your vote for your favorite in our 2016 photo contest. Please click here to view the contest and “Like” your favorite. The winner will be chosen on December 15th and announced on our Blog shortly after. Good Luck and thank you to all of our guests who submitted photos.
It has been a great fall here in Canada. It should shorten our winter nicely. The temperatures are just starting to stay around freezing for the first time and we haven’t had snow yet, just some flurries. It has made for great weather to get stuff done outside. Stuff out side meaning hunting!! I hope everyone else is doing the same thing.
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This years newsletter will contain the link to our 2016 Photo Contest. We have sorted through the thousands of pictures shared with us by our guests to show you the best. Please “Like” us on our Facebook Page to cast your vote for your favorite photo.
Another season is over. It is always bitter sweet to see another season come to a close. But as the weather changes into winter, Mother Nature is pushing us out the door. The Otter will be put away for a much deserved break this week and Rena and I will be back on the Prairies soon. 2016 was a great year, Thank you to all of our awesome guests who made the trip up to Red Lake this summer. If you do not receive our newsletter, please sign up by clicking here. We will be sending out our end of season newsletter soon.
Moose Hunting 2016
Hunting moose is no easy undertaking. 2016 was no different. We tried to delay our hunt to coincide with the moon cycles to be closer to the rut and stay away from some of the warmer windy weather we sometimes have during an early moose hunt. There was lots of moose action right from the first night of the hunt. I have moose hunted for 23 years and have seen many different things, the rut seems to be hard and fast or long and drawn out. This year it was long and drawn out. The moose would rut 2-3 days a week, depending on weather, You had to be in the right place at the right time, and had to make the right calls at the right time. I believe the rut is still going on and the cows were not receptive to the bulls until we were done our hunt. I always say, “These damn moose don’t go by the calendar!!!!
During the first week we had only 2 guided hunts taking place and on the first night one of our hunters got his opportunity(which during moose hunting, sometimes that’s all you get) A big bull came right to the call but it was a difficult shot and he missed. Then the rain came….. for 3 days. It was brutal rain and wind that never seemed to end. After that it went quiet for the rest of the week.
The guy I was guiding had been with us before and had opportunities on his last trip but came up empty. This time Mike was determined and patient, which was difficult during the 3 days of rain and getting wet each day. We were diligent. I know that you just need to keep going. There has been many times that the last day is the day. You just need to stay focused and be ready all the time. Mike was definitely mentally prepared as we headed towards the last day of the hunt.
On the last morning of the hunt, it was perfect! We were heading to our spot, sneaking in slowly to a spot where we had seen a cow moose alone a couple of days prior in the hopes that a bull was nearby. This was the sunrise on our way in.
As we were quietly getting up on the rock to get set up I heard a grunt. We turned around and Mike said, “There is a moose!”
Then I said, “There is another one!”
A bull was following the cow out into the lake about 300 yards away. Then the adrenaline kicks in. Mike trying to find a good rest in a hurry as the moose moved closer to us, trying to determine which was the bull and which was the cow as they came from the shadows into the sun. At about 250 yards the bull presented a good shot. Boom! Miss, but they just stood there. I could hear Mike breathing hard and I am sure he was shaking like a leaf! I told him to take his time, take some deep breaths. Boom! That one hit! My next words are always the same! “Keep Going!” Then the shooting gallery began. 2 more shots all hitting the moose at 230-225 yards! The bull moved up to the shoreline and disappeared!!!! Neither one of us saw him go down as we were trying to find bullets to reload.
The next 45 minutes were excruciating! Waiting to see if he was still on his feet, listening intently, we never heard a sound. We figured he went down but could not say for sure. Once we waited long enough we went over to have a look, ready for him to stand up…
Last day moose!!! Patience, persistence paid off. 13 days of hunting and Mike finally got the opportunity he had been waiting for. And he finally got to wear the fabled moose hat!
And of course Inside Loins for supper!! Along with a little Jagermeister!
The second week of our hunt proved to be just as difficult but provided multiple opportunities. We had 4 groups of hunters out and the action happened early in the week on some lakes and all week on others.
Our hunters on Findlay lake were first time moose hunters and were excited as school boys on the way in. Nick, who knows Findlay well checked out his first spot for sign. As he got into the bush, he gave out his first moose call ever… Then he heard a grunt and sticks break about 80 yards away! He could make a out a huge bull moving through the bush towards him. Let the leg shaking begin!!! He called again and the bull kept grunting and moving closer, Nick said he was shaking so much he could hardly stand it. The bull moved within 30 yards of him and stopped behind some thick cover so he waited….. He never heard the moose again. He was gone like ghost. It is hard to believe how they can do that but believe me it happens.
They had more action the next morning in the same spot seeing a bull moving in the bush but never fully showing himself to get a shot. As well during the week they were close to more moose, coming back to the boat after hunting all day and seeing fresh moose tracks right by the boat that were not there when they went in. They learned a lot and I think they have the bug, they will be back to hunt those black monsters again!
Our unguided hunters at Shearstone Lake had been with us 2 years ago and were successful in harvesting a big bull. They were back for more. This year it was Nate’s turn. Early in the week he was hunting near the cabin, walking in the burn he called all day. As evening approached and he had not had any answers yet, he grunted very aggressively a few times. He was right beside a moose. A grunt and a few thrashes and he stuck his head out down wind from him….. Just enough to get a shot. He went down and Nate thought he had a looong haul out but realized he had walked in a half moon and was near the main lake so it turned out to be not so bad. Here is a beautiful bull.
I guided Janet whom I guided 3 years ago and had an opportunity that didn’t pan out so she was back for more. This year was tough. We heard moose pretty much every day, from 20 minutes of grunting and not moving any closer to one to three grunts as well as a few cows calling. One day we had something right beside us moving within a couple hundred yards but would never call back or move any closer. Like I said earlier it was a long drawn out rut and the moose were in no rush to come out in to the open. The weather was very warm which also drags out the rut. Janet is alrady making plans to come back next year to chase the wiley moose once again!
It was a great hunt, all our hunters were happy to spend time in the bush. Moose hunting is tough but so rewarding when you get one.
Here are a few pictures I took from the past couple of weeks in the bush.
My group wanted to thank you for a great time and trip to Cobham River. The fish didn’t quite cooperate but a great time none the less. As the saying goes; “the worst day of fishing is always better than the best day at work!”.
The largest fish caught were: 27 ½” walleye; 39” Northern.
I have attached a couple photos for the competition. They are of the same fish but a worthy entry. I had caught this 30” pike and only after getting it into the boat noted that it had a mouth full of my spoon as well as a 20+” (estimated) pike hanging out. It is always amazing to me how they Pike is the apex predator and seems to only live to eat.
We were also treated to a run in with a family of otters, out in the West end. That was exciting to see and watch.
Thank you again for all of your hospitality.