The fishing was great once again. Had a great time with the 7 other guys that went to the camp with us. Got to spend some quality time with my uncle Norm, Adam, Dale, Ryder, Jerry Aldridge, Dick Murphy, and my dad. Normally we catch mostly walleye, but this year was a little different. We still caught plenty of walleye, but northern pike seemed to be the fish that were the most hungry, or willing to strike. I didn't mind, being that a large northern gives up a better fight than most walleye. My best pike fishing was Tuesday afternoon when Dale and I decided to try fishing the river between Wine Lake and Wabauskang Lake. We caught 53 northern in one afternoon. It was rare for us to make a cast and not get a hit, or have a fish follow the lure to the boat. We ate fish every day, if not twice a day. I think I've had my fill of walleye for a while now. In all, we ended up roughly catching 300+ northern pike, 200+ walleye, a couple dozen smallmouth bass, and a couple dozen jumbo perch.
I got to celebrate dad's 59th birthday with him in a special way. He and I took the boat over the rapids and fished one of the adjoining lakes (Wine Lake) the whole afternoon. We saw an eagle take a fish off the surface of the water. We've done the Wine Lake trip before, but it was the best fishing we've ever had there. The highlight of the trip might be the fish that we didn't catch. I was reeling in a 16 inch walleye only to be surprised that once I got it up to the boat a northern pike over 45 inches was stalking my walleye. My dad tried to net the northern, but there was no way it was going to fit in our net. It was a moment that reminded me of the line in Jaws where they say, "We're going to need a bigger boat!" It was easily the largest pike I have ever seen.
My biggest fear about going on this trip was that I might be contacted by SJPS in regards to applying for a teaching position. Being out of the country I couldn't check my phone messages. Well, it happened. I was contacted by one of the principals who wanted to set up an interview. When we started our drive home I checked my voice messages immediately after we had passed through customs. I contacted the principal and was fortunate enough to still set up an interview. To make a long story short my first interview was a very positive experience. So many friends and family have been praying about this... THANK YOU! It sounds like I will be hearing back from the principal in about a week and will know more then. It would be a joy and a blessing to be able to work at SJPS, but I am trying not to get my hopes up. I am constantly reminded that this is all in God's hands. He will work things out more perfectly than I could ever imagine.
22 inch walleye at Lost Lake
Fishing at the "Hotel"