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Jim W

On about an hour of sleep, we pulled into the Iron Range about 5:30 am Saturday morning. Sarge and I decided on having a warm breakfast before continuing on. After waiting only five minutes,we were greeted by an apologetic waitress who gave us a free breakfast.( we are still in a dream state while all of this is happening).

After our short break we headed North to Lake Vermilion for our day on the water with the Guideman. "False Dawn" and a 3/4 moon lit our way on Highway 169. As if to welcome us a bright "aqua" colored shooting star lit up our forward vision. We accepted it as a "good sign"!
As darkness faded, we both wondered, questioning the extra brightness on the ground. "It must be a hard frost", I announced, when moments later, Sarge questioned, "Is that snow"? Yes! 1-2 inches had fallen on the morning of October 6, 2001! We looked at each other and kept driving!

We arrived at Ace's Guide Service, walking the snow covered dock.
Spending a day on the Canada shield Lake Vermilion, cold or hot, fish or no fish to describe is something hard to put into print.

After spending a day dodging snow squalls, catching fish, we layed our over tired bodies down for a short hibernation.
Upon awaking, we made our way to the North Shore along Lake Superior, to Two Harbors.
The scenery from Lake Vermilion to Lake Superior can be overwhelming! So much beauty that our sensory glands were overloaded! To little time!!!
Salmon bending hooks, breaking swivels and screaming our drag systems!! Just not enough time!!
Fall up North has become a tradition of mine. Even if it is only for a weekend at a time, you must try it, you'll like it!!
What ever you do, don't forget your fishing rod!! There is a very good chance it will be bending up North.

Jim W

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Jim W

Can't resist!!
After witnessing the aerial displays last weekend on the shores of Lake Superior, My wife and I are headed back up this weekend to try our luck once more!
I'm hoping to get a good photo!!
All I can say is, If you ain't huntin' you better darn well be fishin'!!!!

Keep the rods bendin'!!!

Jim W

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Well Jim, I can't let you beat me back up there, can't let you have all the fun!! SO Leah and I are going also.

I think I'm gonna bring heavy duty saltwater gear this time. Don't want to lose another.

We are going to the same places, so lets meet up. If not good luck!!!!!!

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    • kelly-p
      Sure. The good thing is if you have too many cocktails and fall off the dock you will not have to worry about drowning.  People are going to have a long walk to go swimming out of the Waskish beach. Hard to believe that 3 years ago the dock floated up off the support poles so we had to put in a few longer ones. The dock was right up to the predator guard below the wood duck houses. 
    • CTfish
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    • Cliff Wagenbach
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      Hey Kelly can I fish of your dock opener
    • jkrash
      Your Right! after clicking on the picture a couple times and zooming in you can see the big white head of the male hooded mergaser.
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      According to the Army Corp of Engineers weather station here in Waskish we have had a grand total of  1.29 inches of precipitation so far in 2018.  When we were burning the grass of there was still about 30% snow cover. The flames were hitting 10 feet high.
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      Wow great job!! Looks like a nice young generation of care takers of the land. Thank you all for your efforts! Sure a nice day today.
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      I see one of my hot spots   Nice job JC and kids!