Week 18, 2017 September 16th- 23rd

A hearty hello from Jim and Julie’s Wabaskang Camp. Week 18 of our 19-week season is in the books and we have lots to talk about. The week started off with plenty of decent fish being caught. The walleyes are still transitioning to deeper water and our guests caught fish anywhere from 12’ to 32’, a jig and minnow or Lindy Rig and minnow were definitely the best baits to be using. Brett Langfritz was in camp again this week and he started things off by releasing a chunky 24” walleye which is small by his standards. Brett also guided his buddy Dave Harms to a 25” walleye and later in the week a 25 1/2” walleye which ended up winning lucky Dave a free hat, both walleyes were released to give another lucky angler the chance to land a trophy fish. Northern fishing was good this week with many trophy fish being caught while fishing deep water for walleyes. Some of our guests also were casting Sandcats and Red Eye Wigglers for big fish as well. Doyle Brocka released a 35 1/2” northern he caught fishing around Birch Island with a Sandcat, old timer Harlan Kruse was fishing with Doyle this week, Harlan hooked into a monster northern that he battled for what seemed like hours before the monster of the seas ripped the line into shreds and swam away, Doyle said Harlan tossed his pole onto the floor of the boat and sat down saying “I’m done”! Harlan did eventually cast for northern again but without his special Sandcat his heart just wasn’t in it. Maybe next season you should ask cousin Doyle to check your drag for you before you cast, —-just saying. Once again Brett Langfritz made Dave Harms dreams come true when he guided Dave to a 37 1/4” northern, Dave released his fish after a quick picture. Lavern Hanus caught and released a 36” northern which was no better than fourth biggest in his group. Brian Luecke did his best to get his name on the board, he released a 37” and a 38 1/2” northern which would have won him a hat if super star Paul Erickson hadn’t been in camp. Paul landed and released a 39 1/4” beauty which was his biggest since catching and mounting a 37” northern back in 1982, 35 years ago! Our bass fishing was spotty this week mainly because the bass have been moving to deep water and are harder to find. Curt Schurman, under the watchful eye of camp legend Brett Langfritz, landed and released a 18 1/2” brute he caught while walleye fishing in deep water. Curt was soon clobbered by camp “mascot” Gene Katzung, he caught a 19″ trophy bass he decided to take home to hang on the wall, great catch Gene. Only one crappie was caught this week, Roger Graney landed a 12 1/2” slab to win a free hat. Steve Irish was in camp this week, he didn’t catch anything that was board worthy but he did keep me amused, see you next season Steve! We had plenty of rain and lightning Friday night and the power was off for most of the night, our generator made sure no one was sitting in the dark here at camp, the radio phone is still not working so if you need to contact us please email us. Only one more week to go here at camp, a great season is coming to an end but we are already preparing for next season and beyond, for now this is Jim from Wabaskang.

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