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Ontario Fishing with Thunderhook Fly-Ins

Ontario Fishing with Thunderhook Fly-Ins

folks Bob Gurskis with MiMiMiMiMiMiwe’re at their
Smoothrock camp. I’m here with ah,
owner David Dill, David tell me a little bit
about the resort and the area? DAVID DILL: Hey,
Bob, we’re in the Wabakimi Wilderness Park,
that’s a set aside park, all wilderness. We’re a hundred and forty
miles north of Thunder Bay, the fishing’s
fantastic, the accommodations
are fantastic, we love to have you here. BOB GURSKIS: Well, lets
get out on the water. DAVID DILL: All
right, let’s go. BOB GURSKIS:
David, out of ah, all the thousands of acres
on this particular lake, what ah, why’d you choose
this particular spot today? DAVID DILL: Well, we
started up in this area just because this
is a major flowage, the Wabakimi
Lake ah, Falls, Wabakimi Falls comes in
here and then runs out through Outlet Bay
and on up towards the Ogoki Reservoir and so this
is just a — one of many spots that we’ll
be trying today. Ah, and plus there’s a, a
fair amount of current as you can see because this
is the major part of the river. BOB GURSKIS: What’s the
pattern that the fish typically follow — DAVID DILL: Okay,
if you look — BOB GURSKIS: — for
spring, summer? DAVID DILL: — if you were
looking behind us Bob, you’ll see the Narrows
that’s causing the current. But as the season
progresses the fish move out into like the apex of
where it opens — if you look where we’re
looking this direction, the — it’s the open lake. So, they’re moving out
from that shallower, six, eight, ten foot current
area and they’re moving onto the slope now where they’re
out in twenty feet of water. And ah, then after another
week or two as the season come from forty, fifty,
up to fifteen, sixteen, seventeen and that’s
where you’ll be fishing. And then you’d
use a marker, you’d find the reef and
find the fish and put a marker out and use
that for a reference. But if you look be —
where — this direction you’ll see where the new
current is coming through the narrows and then right
out here it’s dropping off and that’s where — right
on that drop off slope on the apex of the lake. BOB GURSKIS: Now,
Smoothrock Resort, you’ve got eleven cabins,
part of the Smoothrock Resort. Now, you also have
thave outpost cabins on. Ah, some are semi — some
or fully modern, toilet, but they’re all ah,
individual lake, individual cabins
at the outpost. Some are solar powered,
some have propane power. Each lake that we
have, you are isolated, you are on your own, you
are ah, ah, able to ah, enjoy the lake
all to yourself. Firstly, all of them have
these sixteen foot Lund’s with fifteen or twenenenen. I like to think of it is
as roughing it but not by much. BOB GURSKIS: Right, right. There’s one. Boy, this current,
they really fight. DAVID DILL: Hand man,
hand lined him or net him? BOB GURSKIS:
Yeah, net it, yep. DAVID DILL: Well — BOB GURSKIS: Catch a
lot of these, right? DAVID DILL: Well,
like I said, we’ve got those guest
in camp right now, they’ve been
here for four, four days fishing ah, two
people and they’ve caught ah, what’d I say eleven
hundred walleye or a thousand to a eleven
hundred fish already. BOB GURSKIS: Wow,
about nineteen? Boy, with this current
you know like I said, they — DAVID DILL: Yeah, they pull a
little harder in the current. BOB GURSKIS: — really
give a little extra fight. DAVID DILL: Now, that
one’s going to go — that one will have
to die for a good cause, I got to eat today. BOB GURSKIS: Nice one. DAVID DILL: There you go. BOB GURSKIS: Yeah. DAVID DILL: You know these
are the perfect lunch fish right here we’re
on right now. BOB GURSKIS: Yeah, it’s
about fifteen inches? DAVID DILL:
Fifteen, sixteen — BOB GURSKIS: Yep. DAVID DILL: — inches. This is the kind you
want to eat for lunch. BOB GURSKIS:
Have a second. DAVID DILL: There you go. BOB GURSKIS:
Another decent size. DAVID DILL:
Ah, but I don’t — BOB GURSKIS: Not too big,
but you get fun and again one right after the other. Well, you definitely have
them pinpointed because like I say you don’t need
to wait very long for a bite. DAVID DILL: Ah, he
got my leech though. BOB GURSKIS: This is truly
a spot where two guys could catch a
hundred fish a day. DAVID DILL: Oh, yeah. BOB GURSKIS: You’re going
to run out of bait before — a shore lunch and
I’m getting hungry. What do you say we
head out and ah, find us an island? DAVID DILL: Bob,
the fish are biting. BOB GURSKIS:
But I’m hungry. DAVID DILL: Well, I’ve,
I’ve lost a couple of pounds pulling
all these fish in, I guess I can acquiesce to
you and we’ll go have lunch. BOB GURSKIS: Sounds good. DAVID DILL: All right. BOB GURSKIS: Best thing
about a Canadian trip is by far the shore lunch and
we’re having one today. We’ve got some fresh
walleye that we caught, we’ve got our ah,
baked beans, some corn, some green beans, David
you’re doing a great job. The fish is delicious
— hey, look at, look at where we’re eating
it — it, it’s beautiful. DAVID DILL: Yes, Wabakimi
Lake above the waterfalls and this is Smoothrock
below and famous place for catching walleye. BOB GURSKIS: Man,
this is, is, it’s, it’s absolutely
breathtaking and ah, I’m enjoying myself
immensely today. DAVID DILL: All right. Caught him right out
on the end of the lip. And then just let him
in the water easy. BOB GURSKIS: That
one I can’t flip in, that one I’ll
have to grab.

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