Tim Handley is many things. Among them, he is a man who obviously knew that beards were coming into style before anyone else. He is also a generous guy as since we have been fishing together over the past couple of years he has let his father Ken, his awesome lady Annie, and his two sons Lucas and Lawson all catch bigger muskies than he has and despite living in the heart of Kawartha musky country and fishing every week ALL the families best muskies have come on trips to the Ottawa River. Of course they have because that is what we are famous for here.
This past fall Tim returned with his new musky partner Annie. Annie had spent literally hundreds of hours casting her Tranx and burning blades and only had one fish to show for it. Musky fishing is by no means a ‘fair’ sport and that is certainly a very unfair result. No matter, over three days at the end of September Annie was about to get her just rewards. She caught no less than three PBs (personal bests) that got progressively bigger every day. Oh and the bearded wonder caught his PB as well and had two nice ones in 20 minutes at the end of the trip too. Can’t wait to see what next year holds in store!
Earlier in the summer the Handley’s and I had an amazing encounter with two Golden Eagles who let us within feet of them with no fear and no flight and we all felt very special indeed. One of the big bonuses about being out on the Ottawa River is the chance to see our amazing eagles. There are more Ospreys, Bald Eagles, and Golden Eagles on the river than I have ever seen now. Other wildlife highlights included opening my front door to over 30 baby turkeys this past August and having guests see one of the moose that lives in the forest just up the road from my house. In the past decade I have had three encounters with moose where I was within 20 feet of them.
Next up are the boys from Belleville. You can tell that Benny is happy with#musky. That giant smile is a first musky smile and also because Benny was confident that his fish was already good to take the bets he had made with his buddies. He was right. And what’s better than catching a nice musky? Posting it and sending it to all your friends while they are at work.
Finally we have pics of one of my favourite muskies of the year. Regis and Ed have been hunting muskies on famed Chataqua Lake on the NY/PA border and elsewhere in a serious way for over 60 years. (Did you know that the Ottawa River was once stocked with #muskies from Chataqua and the imprint of their genetics can still be found in our muskies today). Catching a LPB (lifetime personal best) CASTING when you are nicely into your 70s has to be an amazing feeling. These guys casted their butts off in huge winds, heavy sideways rain, and dodged lightning bolts too. They earned every bit of their success. Congratulations Regis on the fish of a lifetime. Ed, we will get yours next year!
Merry Christmas everyone,
John M. Anderson
We produce BIG fish!!
be good, do good, live well
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