Well, the big week has come and gone and it was a huge success!! We had a full camp with a lot of great people.
We'll start with a long time guest and Penn State Professor Ken Boyer. Ken only comes to Lunge Lodge to pursue the world-class Muskies that swim in these waters. Ken fished every day all day for these beasts and reported seeing multiple Muskies every day but was unable to get one to take his bait.
Ken is also a professional photographer and was ready to capture an image at any given time. If you've been to the Lodge then you have seen his work hanging on our walls. Including a 55" Musky caught in August of 2015 that hangs on the wall here. Ken has already re-booked his trip for next year.
Warren Rhode and his Son Ben were in this week for their annual trip to Lunge Lodge. They invited Ken Boyer to join them in their boat, to chase these beasts of the Upper French River.
These guys threw some big baits and reported locating over 30 muskies that were curious but wouldn't take the bait. Warren and his Son Ben Have been returning to Lunge Lodge for many years and plan on returning again next year.
The Kallio Family from Ohio returned to Lunge Lodge after a 10-year absence. This family of 7 have not been here since 2008. They were frequent guests here from 1998 to 2008 and they plan on starting another streak of years here at Lunge Lodge.
They reported catching lots of bass and running into some pike as well. Along with their daily kayak rides and jumping off Lunge Rock to cool off, these guys sure know how to have fun. Beer pong was a nightly activity and laughing all night long was heard throughout the camp.
Ralph & Gayle Leyh and their Son Mike and his young son (my little buddy) Mason returned for their annual outing at Lunge Lodge.
Unfortunately, Terry and Stephanie didn't make the trip due to the nearby fires and the potential of smoke in the air. Turns out the fires were under control and the smoke never made an appearance here last week and they missed a beautiful week on the river. This group had a great time and caught lots of fish and already are looking forward to next years trip.
Bob Clark returned to the lodge for his third trip this year. He reported catching bass and pike during his stay. Bob also helps out here at the lodge in any way he can and reported that while cleaning the spider webs on the outside of the lodge windows, a snake decided to try and crawl up his pant leg. Never the less, Bob was out of there with the quickness!!
Bob also was in the kitchen preparing breakfast for the guests on Wednesday morning while Germaine had a couple of days off. Bob will return in October for his fourth trip to help us shut down camp and also get in some late season fishing.
The Hartle Group - Bill and his brother Darrel, and Bill's two sons - Matt and Shawn, are from Pittsburg, PA. They fished hard for 4 days and caught several nice bass and pike during their stay. This was the groups first visit to Lunge Lodge and they plan on making this place their annual fishing trip. We appreciate your business and look forward to seeing you guys next year.
The Mclean Group was in for 6 days celebrating their 40th anniversary since meeting in college in 1978. This group of guys all met in college 40 years ago and came here to Lunge Lodge to celebrate.
The group consists of Stan, Reg, Brad, and Nick. They are all from the Toronto area and have stayed good buddies for 40 years. They caught some nice walleye's and bass throughout the week and had some late nights playing cards together. Great group of guys and we hope to have you back for your 41st.
Mr. Bill Kenecht was up for his third trip this year from Stow, Ohio. Bill was accompanied by his lovely wife Denise this trip. Bill and Denise came all the way up from Ohio just to help us out here at the lodge. Bill managed the day to day operations on the grounds while Denise helped out in the kitchen with breakfast and dinner service.
These two individuals are very special people to Tiffany and I. Bill's loyalty to this lodge and his endless mechanical knowledge is an asset to us and we appreciate him and his wife for their generous hearts and help during this very busy week.
Thank you, Sir!! Ha Ha!
And thank you, Denise!
Bill plans on returning in October for his fourth trip this season to get in some fishing and also help out with the closing of camp! What a great guy!!!!
Last but not least. Jim Saric, Owner of the Musky Hunter Magazine & Television Show along with: his musky fishing buddy John Cowan - originally from Australia and now residing in Toronto, Ontario, his camera operator, Owner of Rusty Dog Films Rik Brown was in camp from Saturday to Wednesday.
Sunday, Monday and Tuesday - Jim, John and Scott fished the Upper French River chasing Muskies. The first day on the water Jim Saric caught a nice musky just before dinner near Riverview Marina.
After dinner, however, John Cowan caught a French River Giant while throwing a double 10 cowgirl black on black near Satchels Bay measuring over 51".
The second day we saw a few but was unable to hook up with one. On Tuesday after dinner, again near satchels bay, Scott was able to hook up with a musky measuring in the mid 40's again on a bucktail, this time double 8's, black and purple. The weather these three days was very hot with no wind. This makes musky fishing even more difficult than it already is but we didn't stop and stuck it out all three days.
Jim, Thank you for coming to Lunge Lodge and showcasing these world class Musky waters of the Upper French River. We were honored to have you and your crew here at our lodge. Our door will be forever open to you, John and Rik, at any time, business or pleasure.
Thanks again, and we're all looking forward to seeing Lunge Lodge showcased on your internationally programmed TV show seen all across the US and Canada.
We strive to make everybody feel at home here at Lunge Lodge and will continue the long-standing tradition of this historic Lodge as long as Tiffany and I own it.
Until next time, keep your line wet and tight!