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Subject: Fireside Lodge Season End Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/8 2018 Part 2  
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Fireside Lodge Season End Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/8 2018 Part 2

Fireside Lodge Season End Fishing Report 9/1 to 9/8 2018 Part 2  

Return guest since 2003 Ed Bromeier from Boone, NC returned with his wife Millie for her first time fishing at Fireside Lodge. 1st day their trolling methods did not work well so we talked at the map to develop a plan for day two. 2nd day they had a great day catching 18 Northern Pike and Millie caught her 1st, 2nd and 3rd Northern Pike ever, and had a smile ear to ear in the dinning room that evening. Also Ed lost what they estimated to be a 38-inch Northern Pike in the netting process.

3rd day was an even BIGGER success as they caught a lot of Northern Pike even bigger than the previous day. A lot of the pike were 32 to 38-inches, sometimes struggling to get the fish in the net, and Millie for it being only her 3rd day ever fishing caught some of the bigger 35 to 38 inch Northern Pike. 4th day was another good day catching larger Northern Pike using their same technique of trolling a Blue Fox Spinner, Millie again catching the larger of the Pike ranging 32 to 37 inches, and all were very heavy. They also had a special experience having a Bald Eagle swoop down only about 15 feet from their boat and snatch a fishing out of the water flying off with it’s catch. They could hardly comprehend what they just witnessed and told their story in the dinning room with excitement as they were visualizing what they had seen earlier that day.

5th day a cold front came through driving the temps down into the mid 50’s for most of the day but these two did very well catching more big Northern Pike and Ed caught his first Muskie landing a beauty of a Tiger Muskie right around 37-38-inches. This was Ed’s goal and he was thrilled to accomplish this fish feat. 6th and final day was also very good exploring new waters and catching many average size Northern Pike. Both left having a wonderful time fishing and meeting new Fireside Lodge friends in the dinning room, and Millie enjoyed herself so much she was talking about making their reservation early for 2019.   

Long time return guest Charlie McDermid from Bozeman, MT with son Bill from Niwot, CO and good friend Frank Wright from Denver, CO were very excited to arrive and start chasing Charlie’s favorite freshwater fish, Muskie.  1st day fishing they had a blast getting some follows and hunting for the big toothy critters. 2nd day was a success catching fish for all and a BIG success for both Charlie and Bill, with Bill catching a Master Anglers award Smallmouth Bass measuring 18.5-inches and Charlie landing a very large 38-inch Northern Pike. All said it was a great day fishing and the weather was just FABOUOUS.

3rd day they all had the best fishing day of their lives hunting Muskie. They had countless follows, hooked 10 and landed 4 between 30-37-inches, saw some monsters and each person landed a Muskie. They also caught 8 Northern Pike all 35 to 39-inches saying every fish was very fat and healthy looking. To date this will be the top day in the many McDermid Muskie expeditions. They definitely had a pre frontal Muskie bite as that evening a cold front surged the area driving down the temperatures into the 50’s on their 4th day with strong gusty winds. This made for some tough boat control and had them catching a half dozen Northern Pike.

5th day they were back at catching Muskie with Charlie having the hot hand landing two Muskie in one day which is something he has never done in his 80 plus years of Muskie fishing. That makes 6 Muskie landed, photographed, and released and at least another half dozen hooked and lost. They said this is undoubtedly the best Muskie fishing trip ever in the many years of McDermid Musky fishing adventures. 6th and final day the big fish just kept coming doing well on Northern Pike and Frank caught his biggest ever landing a very large 39-inch husky Northern Pike. All went home very excited about their Fireside Lodge fishing experience and were already plotting their return in 2019.  

Long time return guest Gary Johnson was back for his 3rd time this year with son Josh also with Gary’s group was other sons Pete for his 2nd time, Kevin for his 1st, and Pete’s father-in-law Steve Trafacanta for his 2nd time in 2018, all from Midlothian, IL. They were all thrilled to be back to chase fall Muskie. First day had them catching 17 fish by suppertime and Steve had the fish of the day catching a 37-inch Northern Pike. 2nd day had them catching over 20 Northern Pike. 3rd day all were excited to have another family member joining them, Musky Pete, who had to come a few days later because of work commitments of which we will blame Pete for bringing in the severe cold front that arrived just about the time he did, however Pete has to be highly commended for making a great effort to be with family even if for just a few days. The reason for name Musky Pete is that when he was here this July he landed a beautiful 52 inch Trophy Muskie, so all the cards on the table now. On this day they had a good day fishing for Northern Pike plus Kevin, Josh, and Steve got into some good size Smallmouth Bass on the Magic Pink Ned Rig.

4th day was another great day catching Northern Pike, and while in search of the BIG Muskie Gary was finding them but could not get them to hit. Gary said he saw 5-6 giant fish hoping that the last day would be the day. Steve also caught another big Northern Pike at 38.5-inches keeping him on the leader board. On the last day Pete and Steve were on a mission to have Steve catch his first Muskie ever. Steve had a few on during their last trip but lost both. That morning we were discussing tactics and locations at the tackle shop and at the end I went out on a limb telling Steve I guarantee he will catch his first Muskie ever today. Well within the first 5 minutes of fishing Steve hooked and landed his first Muskie and immediately after that Pete caught a Muskie, and that’s why we call him Musky Pete. By the end of the day they caught 5 with Steve catching his second Musky and Pete landing a HUGE 41-inch Muskie. Gary, Josh and Kevin also had a good day catching bigger Northern Pike. Gary stated at supper how he could not believe the trip went so fast, and all left making wonderful family fishing memories.  

Make sure to go to our website below to see some GREAT Fish Photos. For Fabulous Fishing Video, Wildlife Events, and Current Happenings go to our Social Sites From Our websites Below.  

Hot Lures: Rad Dog Spinner Bait Blue Fox Spinner, Mepps Muskie Giant Killer, Ned Rig, Top Prop, Zara Spook, Mepps Muskie Killer, Yo-Zuri Suspend Twitch Bait,   

Catches of The Week: 48–Inch Northern Pike, 42, 40.5, 40, several 39 and 38 Inch Northern Pike and Many 35 to 37-inches, 45-Inch Muskie 13 Muskie 32 to 39 -inches   

Well, that's it for this weeks Fireside Lodge Fishing News Report, Please stay tuned for next weeks report. Until then "Keep On Fish'n" Alan
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