Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring at Last!

I can't believe it has been so long since I last posted, but as the old adage goes, time flies when you are having fun!

Brook Trout, Coyotes, Deer and lot's of snow removal have filled in my time since I last posted.  There will be lots of action to come in the near future as well, with sun filled afternoons finally starting to make a dent in the four feet of snow currently on the ground and Open Water fishing is officially open if you can find any.  For those of you looking to wet a line I can confirm that the Mud to Cross Lake thoroughfare is flowing freely, but I would expect it to need a rise in water levels to get fish moving.  If you are really itching to wet a line that might be your only option for another week or two!  I have muskie on the brain and will let you know as soon as there is a fishable locale!  I have also put a really nice pair of Chippewa boots through their paces during one of the harshest winters we have had lately and they have perfumed beautifully.  I will be writing to tell you about them shortly!

A weekend on Madawaska Lake produced some frying pan brookies, but no monsters were iced.  A real nice fish made a big run out to deep water, but managed to spit the hook before we could put eyes on him.  It was a nice day despite trudging through the knee deep fluff and bottoming out the auger with 3' of ice!

Tim Cyr did his part to help the deer herd by taking out this big male coyote.

Lot's of action planned in the near future as we start catching fish and chasing long beards!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ice Fishing…Nice Start to Season 2014

I was able to get my feet on a little hard water this past weekend and do some exploring.  A friend of mine Tim Cyr invited me (OK maybe I invited myself) to fish a body of water that was new to me.  Always intrigued by the unknown I readily accepted and plans were made for some fishing action.  As my feet left the sure footing of land and started onto the solid sheet of ice, the first rays of sunshine began to break over the ridge to my right and a smile crept into the corner of my mouth as the anticipation built.  The sound of our plastic tote sleds sliding along the ice sounded deafening in the early morning quiet and somewhere down the lake, augers broke the silence with their unmistakable drone.  Picturing what the bottom structure of the lake looked like beneath it's icy surface, we picked our "perfect spots" and each grabbed our augers to drill down into the depths.

A couple hits of the primer bulb and on the second pull the Jiffy roared to life and the Stealth blades made quick work of the 13" of ice and I was soon rewarded with a geyser of water from the auger bit.  I had only set two traps when the first bright orange flag leapt skyward signaling line being pulled from the reel.  A quick battle revealed a beautiful 14" brook trout still brightly colored from the fall spawn.  Since it was so early into the fishing trip I left him in the water and gently removed the hook from his lip before watching him slip back to the cobble bottom and dart away.  Tim was soon rewarded with his first brookie of the day and from there the action was steady for the first couple of hours.  A beautiful female salmon around 23 inches gave Tim a run for his money when she tangled around a stick and he had to pull the stick and all through the hole before landing the fish which after a quick admiration was released to spawn another day.  The same tip-up an hour later produced a male salmon that pushed the 25" mark with a large hooked jaw and beautiful coloration.  This fish was also released after a quick measure.  After releasing this fish, I decided if I was fortunate enough to catch a similar fish I might keep it for a mount as it would be my personal best salmon.

I was not disappointed when a short time later my flag went up and I landed a beautiful 12" brook trout.  I decided this one would become table fare and reset my trap.  As I headed back to where I was jigging I decided to check the bait on a trap on the way by.  The bait was a little lower than I preferred so I reeled in a couple more turns on the spool and set the trap back down.  I had no sooner set the trap down than the flag bounced up and the reel started screaming out line.  As soon as I gave a tug on the line I knew I had a good fish on and when I finally got him to the hole, my thoughts were confirmed as his massive outline went by the hole.  After an extended tug-of-war I finally got his massive head started up through the hole and Tim was ready to grab him behind the gill plate to finish pulling him out.  The head of the fish grabbed my attention as we flopped him onto the ice.  The deformation that male salmon go through during the spawn is amazing and this one had thoroughly deformed his head structure.  A massive hook protruded from his lower jaw and his upper jaw was rounded to fit perfectly.  This was an awesome catch and I want to thank Tim for taking me to his "secret spot" on ******** Lake (Also thanks to Mado for rearranging your plans to accommodate me!) so that I could catch my best ever salmon.

I also have some video footage of that day coming up so stay tuned!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Seasons Efforts

I just thought I would share a picture of my fur that I was fortunate enough to catch this year.  It was the best year I have had on the water thus far with 2 mink, 3 otter, 10 beaver and 33 rats.  The marten numbers were brutally low.  Everyone I spoke with said they weren't seeing any pine marten sign anywhere.  I think these little fellers have been hit hard the last couple of years, due to the higher prices.  As I stopped in to Ben's Trading Post on Friday to drop off my fur, the number of trappers lined up surprised me.  In talking with Ben, the number of trappers was way up, but the number of furs each trapper brought in were down.  I am sure this is typical of most years following high prices at the auctions as it gets lots of people excited to get out and catch fur and adds quite a bit of competition.  I have to say that while the money is nice, it is the love of it that keeps pulling me back year after year!

White Spot on a Beaver

Stay tuned for some upcoming ice fishing!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Deer Season Synopsis

 There were quite a few hunters who were fortunate to hang their tag on a whitetail deer, with some real beauties being taken.  I have a few pictures from friends and other hunters who were among these fortunate ones with deer that I wanted to share.  I am short on time at the moment, but these deer have some good stories that I will try to get up in the next week or two as well, but for now enjoy the pictures!

Tim Cyr's 6 Point - 162lbs.

Nick Pelletier's 8 Point - 150lbs.

My Dad - Tom Huston's 8 Point (with busted brow tines) - 172 pounds

Ked Coffin's 10 Point - 180lbs.

Shane Lizotte's 10 point - Beautiful Rack!

A Real Monster from Southern Maine

261lbs. Monster! - Awesome Rack!

1965 Thick Racked 214lbs. - Amazing Mass!

Stay tuned for updates!  I will be wrapping up my trapping season in the next couple of weeks and I will be posting my "End of the Season" picture.  I also won the opportunity to try out and review a pair of Chippewa Boots, so stay tuned for how they hold up with some use and abuse!  As I right this, the mercury dips back below 0 degrees where it has been most of the time the past week, which should make lots of ice for the ice fishing opener on the first of January.  Stay tuned as we begin our hard water exploration adventures!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Quick Update...

As I write this I just walked in the door from the last waning hours of 2013 rifle season on deer.  No deer in the books for me yet.  I might still dig out the old smoke pole for the last week.  Since the last post we have gotten a little snow and temperatures have dropped quite a bit, so I am hopeful that will get the fur moving and produce some catches.  I also have a couple of deer stories with pictures to come.  My dad was fortunate enough to take a buck today, and a couple of my friends tagged deer this week so I will get some pictures and stories posted for everyone.  In the mean time here a couple shots on the trapline...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trapping Update

So I apologize for my absence, but you can rest assured it is for good reason!  I have been catching some fur and that keeps me busy in the fur shed.  Enjoy a few pictures in the mean time (Few due to the fact that a lot of recent trapping activities have been after dark and the camera doesn't do well).  I did have a special partner for a few hours last weekend and he is sure to be a future trapper.  Thanks for coming along Tanner!  Stay tuned for lot's more to come I hope!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Trapping Update ... Hopefully Many More to Come!

Just thought I would share a picture of my first otter of the season.  I love seeing those tapered tails!  I had to work a little for this one, but they are always worth it.

Big plans for this weekend to extend the fisher/marten line to hopefully connect with a few more of our furry friends so stay tuned for updates!