Saturday, May 13, 2017

For the hunters...

Ok boys (and girls), I have the first couple of trail cam pics for you.
I did not get many yet, but after just a day and half, I think this is a good start.
Only one came during shooting hours, but the really good news looks like "Big Boy"
and "Pretty Boy" are back!!

I will be back at it tomorrow.

This looks like the bear we call "Big Boy"

And this is "Pretty Boy".

Monday, May 8, 2017

Enjoying our time at camp.

As per usual, our trip up to Canada was anything but quick. We ambled along 
making a few stops for fuel, food, sleep, and to just get out of the truck for a while.
The good vehicle issues, immigration, allowed us back into Canada, and 
the weather was pretty good (other than one cold morning). 

Once at camp, it was "business" as usual. Mom and Dad working like mad to 
get our cabin opened up, generator running, water system working ect, etc.
And of course we did not forget about Josie's 8th birthday and her traditional 
donut breakfast in bed. Jeremiah joined in as well. 

Even Jeremiah volunteered to help clean our cabin.

The kids even got to have their first camp fire of the season.

It does not happen much...but it sure feels good to to
 put my feet up and enjoy the view.

Even though I have not landed a lunker sized pike just yet...
I was able to get a couple of eater sized ones for my first shore 
lunch of the year. I guarantee it will not be my last!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Back at camp

 We are back at camp for another season. Lots of work yet to be done, but thankfully the weather is perfect. 60° during the day and 30s at night, with very little rain.  Unfortunately that means there's no excuse for not working all day long. However, just when I think things are getting a little too stressful… I just look out my office window and remember things could be worse.
Our Internet is up and running, so feel free to contact us at anytime with questions or comments or just to say hello. We look forward to seeing everyone again this summer. Travel safe.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Celeski Group

The Celeski crew may not be the most die hard group of fishermen that we have coming to our camp, but they are definitely one of our "funnest". I think the hardest thing about having these dudes at camp is that I seem to get less work done around camp(LOL). Between the jokes, stories, fish fries, and porch sitting at night, there is never a dull moment at camp. I guess I just need to do a better job at saying "no thank you"...especially when it comes to hanging on the front porch! It is just to hard to resist the view of the lake at sunset, which then turns into a living planetarium of stars and northern lights. Add in a good night beverage or 2 (sometimes more LOL) and bunch of fun loving guys who just truly enjoy being together and understand what Camp is all about, and you have yourself a recipe for a long night of entertainment. 

And as you can see from the pics, the boys are not rookies to Red Lake, and know how to put fish in the boat. And let's not forget about the shore lunches! Yum!

Thanks for the great memories boys! See you all in August.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Group of the Week - Repetta

No way will I be able to do this on a consistent or exact weekly time frame, so please do not chastise me for any lapse in Blogging "the group of the week". Why you ask? Because it is almost spring and that means we are soon packing up for camp, which is crazy time around the Slavich household. But, after going through thousands and thousands of pics this winter, I really want to showcase some of the truly great people that have made our camp special...and of course brag about there fishing abilities. So I promise to do my best. If anyone wishes to submit a written summary or testimonial about their group, I will be more than happy to post it and add any pics that I have of the group.

This weeks group is known as the "Repetta Group".  Art, Jim, and Joe Repetta have been guests of Black Bear Lodge for decades. They are always accompanied by numerous friends and relatives who are also regular guests. The is typically our first group of the season and they may be the most die-hard group of fishermen that I have seen. They will spend 10 -12 hours on the water in any type of weather that Red Lake chooses to through at them. As you will see from the long list of photos, not only are they some of the best Jig fishermen from our camp, but the are without a doubt the photographers when it comes to trophy fish pics. They always make sure the fish is being held correctly and that the lighting is just right. And they do it with as little stress to the fish as possible. A unique thing about this group is they do not use landing nets. They hand land every fish they catch! Makes for some cold hands when the lake temp is barely 50 degrees at times. I should also note that they are huge advocates of catch and release. Almost all of the fish in these pics are still swimming today.

Enjoy the pictures....(and this is only a small sample of what this group has caught over the years!)