It has been very busy here at camp over the last couple of weeks and being behind on the blog is just the tip of the iceberg. So with that in mind, and with the new plan of trying to stay on top of posting the blog on time, I, Colin McKeen, a Canadian, am going to take my first stab at writing a blog. I'll try to keep the "eh's" out of it but that also means there won't be any "y'all's" present either so just bare with me.
As far as Saturday mornings go here at Wine Lake, I believe July 15, 2017 may go down in history. The last of the Barbera group pulled out of here Friday morning which left us ample time to get ALL the cabins cleaned on Friday and still have time for some Trout fishing...cough cough..I caught a 38-inch Laker..cough cough... But anyways, that means that the usual Saturday morning cabin turnover was nowhere in sight which allowed Brenden and I to go to the landing with Nick to give the grass a good haircut and the Eagles Nest a good makeover.
The Lookingland's, Kincaid's, and Heap's really worked well together at the portage and pulled all 8 of their boats over themselves. Great job guys! The Baer's were a little behind schedule so Nick stayed behind at the landing to wait for them and help them portage and they arrived safely and happily into camp in the early afternoon. Everyone quickly got back out on the water for a nice afternoon/evening of fishing to cap of that first day. Samantha DelPrincipe's first fish of the week was a 29" Walleye on her very first drop in of her lure. With that catch she is now tied for the biggest Walleye caught so far this year. But that wouldn't turn out to be the most exciting thing that would happen to her this week...
Sunday July 16, 2017 will forever be a very special day for Chase Kincaid and Sam DelPrincipe as they got engaged out on "The Nursery"!!! And there's the biggest catch of the year! All of the Wine Lake staff and I'm sure many more are very happy for you two! Congratulations!
The wind decided to book a visit with us this week and boy did it get its monies worth. I don't think there was a calm day on the water all week but that didn't keep anyone off the water or the fish from biting their lures. It wasn't just the wind that came for a visit this week. A couple of pelicans decided to be honorary seagulls one morning and designated the swimming rock as theirs. Jody was able to get snap some great pictures.
As the summer progresses and the families here spend most of their time out on the water it allows us to start chipping away at that previously mentioned iceberg. We were able to cut some trees down to be used as firewood or for fixing boat ramps. Nick and Beezy were able to repair a float-away section of the dock, and Nick also re-leveled the back porch.
The one thing that Nick refuses to work on however is this habit he has of wearing his socks and sandals at the same time.Unfortunately for us, he found some fellow members of the socks-with-sandals club and they only furthered his feelings that he should continue this trend. Thanks a lot guys!!
Tournament day was a family battle as the 3 boats of Kincaid's and the 4 boats of the Lookingland's competed against each other and their own families. JoAnna and Mike Lookingland were the tournament champions not only because of their 18", 17.75" and 17.5" Walleyes but because they also caught two rare species. They reeled in a stringer and a net from the bottom of Wine!! Well don't you guys just have all the luck!! On a side note, the Lookingland children got into the tournament spirit with matching outfits and won the best dressed award!! "Looking" good guys.
The Baer's were a big help to us that day as well and put their muscles to great use to help us churn the ice cream!
Fishing is not the only way to enjoy your week long stay here. Bryan and Karen Heap are one couple that really enjoys the beauty of Wine Lake. And by that I mean that they prefer to look out at this beautiful lake from the deck of their cabin rather than from their boat! They take their relaxation vacation seriously and really soak up the sun rays and fresh air here on "the rock." When they would be heading out to fish at 5pm(for the first time that day) people would ask them, "how has the fishing been today?" Bryan happily responded, "well, we're about to find out!" But that paid off for them when they went out for a nice dinner and sunset watch one evening and got to see a Bull swimming in the lake and then a Cow doing the same thing about an hour later!
There were a lot of broodstock Walleyes caught this week as well as some good trophy fish in each category and the staff here were very happy to see that everyone respected Wine's Catch and Release policy! The remote lakes got some great use as well as everyone enjoyed the Small Mouth fishing and caught some great ones.
Just a heads up to all of you that are coming soon- rain has been at a premium and the falls as well as all the lakes are low so plan on portaging all the boats as we cannot run the falls and will have to take your time going in and out of all the lakes.
I hope you all have enjoyed my first attempt at blog writing which I have come to realize is harder than I had expected but really fun nonetheless. Life truly is amazing here on this beautiful rock that is filled weekly with amazing people that have awesome stories about the unique history of this place and some of the great times they have had along the way. We're doing our best to make sure that everyone has a fantastic week while they're here because relaxing, enjoying the sights and catching a whole lot of fish is exactly what this place is all about, "eh?"