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Trail Camera Deer - Round one

Here is the first batch of trail camera deer pictures.  We have been seeing some beauties, we just need to get them a little more active during the day!  The weather in Sunset Country has been awesome the past few weeks though, it has been a lot of fun to be in the woods.  The colder, nastier weather this week will get them moving a little more. 

This is a deer that I have had pictures of for 4 years in a row now.  He gets bigger every year. 

This is a new one that just showed up this week.

Another new one

A nice ten pointer

Some fighters... 

A nice one with some junk.

There is more to come in a few days, this is just a sample.



Fall musky action!!!!

Here is Sunset Country, we are always doing something fun outside...this past weekend we spent a few hours trolling for musky on Lake of the Woods and caught a couple of nice fish.  My buddy Mike Reid from Sioux Narrows was the driver and did a good job putting us on some fish! 


Brittany Lundy with a beauty musky!

August - waiting patiently for a hit. 




Fall crappie action

Though the open-water fishing season is coming to an end, the awesome weather we have been experiencing lately in Sunset Country has made it tough not to get in a few more days on the water!  We have been doing really well for crappies as well as smallmouths, largemouths and walleyes.  It's tough to beat the fall fishing when the weather is nice! 

I'm also working hard getting ready for the upcoming deer season...look for some new trail cam photos in the next week or so.

We have been getting the crappies on a variety of artificial baits including small jigging spoons like the Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon, small horizontal jigging baits like the Jigging Rap and Northland Puppet Minnow, as well as a variety of TriggerX and Slurpies plastics tipped on jigs.  Fall time is crappie time! 



Tough showing at the B1

I spent the past week fishing on Lake St. Francis prefishing and taking part in the Berkley B1 Bass Tournament that ran out of Valleyfield, Quebec.  This place is known for GIANT smallmouths which is the reason I travelled across Ontario to fish there.  For those of you that are not famaliar with the water it is basically a chunk of the St. Lawrence River so there is a strong current throughout much of the system.

Our practice started out pretty good, the first fish that my partner Derek Strub caught was a 6.5 pound smallie.  We also had a couple other 4.5 pound fish that first day and figured we had things on the right track.  Over the course of the week the weather was very challenging and that made it difficult for us to get anything really solid figured out.  We were catching some deep fish in the shipping channel and a few shallow fish on the flats.  We were catching nearly all our fish on tubes and a few drop-shotting.  There is a lot of largemouths in the lake as well and we were able to catch good numbers of them but did not catch a lot of big ones and choose to stick to the smallmouths in the tournament. 

We only caught one smallmouth on Saturday during day one of the event for 3.69 pounds and ended up missing the cut to fish on day two.  We stuck with our plan to try to get big fish and just flamed out.  That's tournament fishing, it happens to everybody.  The worst part of the day was that when we were pulling up to the dock to weigh-in, I dropped my phone in the lake.  So that capped off an awesome day for me! 

The tournament itself was very well-run and provided the anglers with a great deal of exposure.  The tournament water was very interesting, it just got the better of us.  I would love to go back and try again! 

On Sunday, since we missed the cut at the tournament, Strubby took me out on Lake Ontario, out of Kingston, where he won the Canadian Open Tournament this summer and $40,000.  It was one of the BEST smallmouth outings I have ever been on.  We caught a number of fish over 5 pounds and really good numbers.  So that made the whole trip for me. 



Shoal Lake Last Chance - 2nd Place Again!!!

The Shoal Lake Last Chance tournament took place this past weekend (Sept.25/26) and Dennis Favreau and I had a good tournament, finishing second with a two day weight of 38.43 pounds. 

First place went to the Kenora team of Trevor Guderyan and Dean Tacknyk who had a total weight of 38.57 pounds.  They had a 20.28 pound catch on day one. 

This was our third 2nd place finish in a row in this tournament and we usually focus on largemouths but this year we could not get the big ones going so we choose to target smalllmouths for the most part and that is what we weighed in.  Our two bags came in at 19.28 and 19.15 pounds so we were consistent.  We did not get any big kicker fish, just 5 really good ones. 

We caught them on a variety of smelt imitation baits.  The two best ones for us were 1/4 and 3/8 ounce Northland Mimic Minnow Jigs tipped with a variety of jerk shad bodies, including 5 inch Trigger-X Minnows and Slurpies Jerk Shads.  Any of the white, shad colors were good.  We also caught a few big ones on #14 Rapala Husky Jerks. 

1: Trevor Guderyan / Dean Tacknyk - 38.57 lbs.

2: Jeff Gustafson / Dennis Favreau - 38.43 lbs.

3: John Guzej / Marc Guzej - 37.90 lbs.

4: Wayne Wagner / Darrell Keszler - 37.57 lbs.

5: Alex Keszler / Darrell Keszler - 37.42 lbs.

6: Matt Rydberg / Brian McNanney - 37.24 lbs.

7: Dean Smith / Pat James -  37.07 lbs.

8: Joe Pritchett / Hiram Archibald - 36.83 lbs.

9: Mark Libitka / Bart Stebnitsky - 36.80 lbs.

10: Troy Norman / Jay Samsal - 36.25 lbs.

Brian McNanney displays part of his and Matt Rydberg's 20.57 pound day-two catch.  (The biggest of the day)

Tournament winners Otis and Tack after they recieved their checks. 

Thanks to the folks at Shoal Lake for putting on two great tournaments this season.  All the anglers love to fish out there!