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Ice fishing and FLW Tour stop #2

Between some ice fishing around home in Sunset Country and traveling to fish the FLW Tour, it's been a busy past few weeks.  Things have been going good though, it's been fun!

I love this time of year because the weather is so nice and the fishing is so good.  Great time to be on the ice.  Here, Chip Leer and I hold a nice lake trout that we caught while filming a recent episode of Fishing with Gussy.

August with a nice walleye!  She catches everything!  

Our friend Nicole Smith with a nice walleye!

Now is the time of year to catch big pike!  This one fell for a Northland Predator Rig tipped with a large, dead cisco.  

My pal Eric Naig from Northland Fishing Tackle with a jumbo pike!  

Chip Leer with the big trout of a recent three day trip...this one was close to 20 pounds, caught on an Impulse Tube. 

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After ice fishing for a few days it was back on the road to Lewis Smith Lake, Alabama for stop #2 on the FLW Tour.  I fished a tournament at Smith Lake a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it...would love to go back again at some point!  

Smith Lake has a great spotted bass population and I decided to spend my time chasing them during the tournament.  I had a great practice and caughts several fish over four pounds, most of them on suspending jerkbaits. 

Smith also has a great population of big striped bass like this one.  They are a workout on the lighter bass tackle.  

This was a five pound spot from the last day of practice.  I ended up having a decent tournament, finishing just inside the prize money (top 60) with a 56th place finish.  Unfortunately I did not get my hands on any of these magnum spots during the tournament, but I managed to put together enough fish to cash a cheque for $10,000, so I'm happy! 

I caught just about all of my fish last week at Smith Lake on a new Jackall jerkbait called the Dowzvido 90 SP.  It's a nice bait, with a lip to help it get a little bit deeper.  It's going to be a great bait around home this summer.

Next up on the Tour schedule is a stop at Beaver Lake, Arkansas, a lake we've visited in each of the past two years.  I've had a couple of decent finishes there so I'm looking forward to going back there.  In the meantime, I'm still ice fishing around home and hoping to hit the woods in search of some shed antlers.  Always lots to do in Sunset Country! 



Trapping and a trip to Florida

It's been go-go-go for me for the past few months so I apologize for not updating my site in a while. 

Back in February before the start of the FLW Tour season down in Florida, my wife August and I took our trapping course, along with a couple of our friends.  It was a great weekend spent outside, we learned a lot!  It's something that we would like to do down the road, just another excuse to spend time outdoors and in the woods!

Our buddy Jay Kelly taught us the course, he is a great guy!  This was his trappers cabin in the woods.

Here is August and Nicole Smith with a fisher that we found in one of Jay's traps.  

After the trapping course, we hit the road for Florida to get the FLW Tour season going.  Unfortunately the tournament did not go very well for me and I ended up with a dismal 127th place finish.  I had a tough practice and that turned into a tough tournament.  Still, it was fun!  

My brother Benny came down to Florida to practice with me and we had a blast, so that was cool!  Thanks for coming bud!  

Here is a big fish that I caught prior to getting on the water at Lake Toho.  Caught it flipping on the St. Johns River.  

After the Toho FLW tournament was over I was able to hook up with my buddy Dallas Mosbeck and we fished a small tournament on Lake Istokpoga, a lake in central Florida that I have fished a few times in the past.  We caught 16 pounds and finished 4th.  A good day on the water!

Here is a shot of my new boat for 2015.  Many thanks to all of my sponsors that allow me to follow my dreams and fish for a living!   


Wolf hunting and ice fishing 

It's been a busy past month for me around home.  I spent a good part of January guiding wolf hunters and slipping in some ice fishing here and there.  It's a great time to wolf hunt in Ontario's Sunset Country Region - conditions are great right now.  Our deer population took a big hit over the past couple of harsh winters but the wolf population is still strong.  With fewer deer the wolves seem to be hitting baits a lot better than they have in the past.  Hunting was great this year, most of my guest were successful.  

Bret Amundson from Minnesota connected with a beautiful male in early January. We have to tag our wolves in the nose in Ontario. 

Jake Hoffman from Minnesota with his second wolf in two trips.  

Cory Anderson from South Dakota with his first wolf.  

We hunt our wolves over bait which we try to freeze into the ice so they can't drag it away.  I use deer and moose scraps left over from the fall hunting season for bait.  

Pete Hill from Ontario with a nice lake trout he caught on Lake of the Woods. 

Here is a nice limit of walleyes with a few perch mixed in...good eats!  A great afternoon on Lake of the Woods!

This is the biggest perch that I have ever caught...a 13.5" monster that fell for a 1/4 oz Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon while I was walleye fishing.  




Hunting in December

December was a busy month that just seemed to go by like a whirlwind.  I spent the first weekend at the St. Paul Ice Show helping out some of my sponsors - Frabill and Northland Fishing Tackle.  It was a good show as usual, good crowds and some great deals for shoppers.  If you are big into ice fishing, this show takes place every year on the first weekend in December and it's great.  All of the manufacturers are there and quite a few retail outfits set up and sell fishing gear as cheap as they will all year.  
After the St. Paul trip I spent a week moose hunting with some friends near Red Lake, Ontario.  We go every year in December, at the end of our season in Ontario.  We had a pretty good hunt this year and were able to tag two moose, a young bull and a nice cow.  

Here is the young actually dropped one of its antlers when we got up to it.  

The cow was the first moose for my buddy Darrin Tacknyk.  These animals are awesome!  They are so big, it's crazy...beautiful critters.  They are great eating also!  

We get around in moose country on snowmobiles.  Thanks to the cold start to the winter that we had we were able to even get out on some of the smaller lakes to access some of our hunting spots.  I put on about 100 kilometers per day on this trip, it was fun!  

While I was moose hunting with my buddies, my wife August went on a top-notch pheasant hunting trip to Minnesota and South Dakota with her friend Mandy Uhrich.  They had a great time and got quite a few birds...August had a great time!

I have been on the ice fishing a few times but I haven't been taking any pictures...just catching walleyes to eat!  But we'll have some fishing pictures posted on here pretty soon!   



Quiet November around home...

This past month has certainly been the quietest of the whole year so far for me.  It was nice though, I've been able to hang out around home for the most part, with a few fishing and hunting trips mixed in.  I got out in the boat in early November to film my last open water TV show of the year.  My buddy Mike Reid took me out on Lake of the Woods to fish for muskies.  Though we didn't score a lot of action, we ended up landing the biggest musky I have ever had my hands on just before dark and got a really good show done.  It was a big 30 pound plus fish.  We did not have a measuring device with us that day but we rough measured it at around 50".  BIG FISH!!! 

After that trip the temperatures really started dropping off and that was my last day in the boat.  
We did get a hunting trip in for a weekend up to Red Lake to chase moose.  August and I went with some of her family and though we didn't get to use any tags, we had a great weekend staying at Five Lakes Lodge.  We did see a bull on our last day hunting but it ended up getting away on us without an opportunity for a shot.

Here are August and I huddled around a fire, warming up while we were waiting to meet up with a couple of our hunting partners one afternoon.  I'm headed back to Red Lake for five days in mid-December just before the end of the season.  I have a bull tag that I'd love to use!  

I did manage to use my buck tag last week on this little guy.  Definitely not the biggest buck I've ever harvested but I really wanted some meat for the freezer.  I love eating venison!