I found this excellent
picture Jeff Mundey sent me of a large Pike he caught on Cranberry.
Here is his story: I think that fish must have been
sick - notice the sore on the top of the fish just behind the head.
She measured 42" and by all rights should have weighed 20-23 pounds,
but barely tipped the scales at 13 pounds. Compared to the size of the
body the head is huge, so I suspect that fish at one time weighed much
more. It went back into Cranberry, hopefully to get well and be caught
||BurntCabin redefined Canadian
Bass Fishing for the 9 men that experienced one of the most decorated
and colorful lakes of the Whitefish Watershed. A lake built
by Beaver and myth, BurntCabin produced more active fish in one day
of fishing than most lakes produce the entire week. Memories
of 1999 focus on the weedy shoreline, Trumpeter Swans, and the dark
low-water of this remote lake. One rumor circling through camp
like a hurricane described the four father fisherman of our group
catching 250 bass in four hours. I will leave it up to you to
Will BurntCabin be the preferred destination
for 2000? Who will be the first to Bushwhack to BurntCabin?
Fishermen for Bear Lake 1999
Jerry Van Norman
Rookies for 1999 include a second year rookie, Jerry Van Norman and a
true first year rookie, Jim Willman. The initiation for this years
rookies promises to be one of the best ever. Be afraid.... very
Lessons Learned from 1999
- Have initiation early in the week
We have missed initiation 2 years in a row. It's just too frantic
trying to complete the Euchre tourney, pack, clean, fish and find beverages
at the end of the week. Lets try to initiate on Saturday night
while we are fresh, well-fed and have plenty of beverages.
- Buy extra beer & liquor inside
We have been stopping at the duty-free store before the border for a
long time. It always creates a slow down before dinner and we
still have to pay penalty when going across the border. As a result
of buying in Canada, we save more due to the great exchange rate of
the US dollar, we don't pay extra duty at the border and we create less
of a problem when declaring overage to the border guard.
- Order Crawlers through Chuck
The crawlers Chuck had for us were beautiful. Fat & sassy,
they practically herded the bass in this year. Chuck is also able
to get them last minute. So we can order a conservative supply
and then on Tuesday, order extra if we look low. This year we
had 2 extra flats besides the crawlers everyone took home.
- Mike has the rest...
Travel Plans for 1999
|Current Travel plans
- Thursday, July 29th. --
Jerry Van Norman (R2), James & Garland Hutto will arrive in
Flint from Alabama and Mississippi. Bob Taylor will also
arrive from Indiana. Todd and I will spend Thursday night
in Flint helping to organize the cars, boats and food stored at
- Friday, July 30th. -- Flint
Tom Kline, Matt Kline and Brian Kline will arrive in Flint Friday
morning w/ Jim Perrine. Garland, Brian Kline and I will
be the drivers heading North to meet the others waiting in Gaylord.
- Friday, July 30th. -- Gaylord
Jim Willman, Vaughn2 and Vaughn 3 will head Thursday night to
the McDaniel's cabin to spend the night before heading to Gaylord
on Friday. Jim Willman is the fourth driver of our group.
He is towing his bass boat so we will have plenty of room for
gear and an extra BIG lake boat for exploring Bear in the evenings.
Vaughn McDaniel 2
Vaughn McDaniel 3
- Sunday, August 1st. --
Jack Harding and Dave Borchelt will drive in together from
Grand Rapids, arriving sometime on Sunday. They will be
bringing more beer and undoubtedly, more stories. Their arrival
will complete our group ----- Let the games begin.
|TalkAbouts for Traveling...
Forget the CBs this year.
We should have many TalkAbouts for the trip up. I know of these
for sure.. If you have more, let me know.
Todd Swenson 2
Scott Borchelt 1
Dave Borchelt 3
Kline's ??? 1 ???
New for Bear Lake 1999 - XVII
- Bring your own Type III Life Jackets
New Canadian regulations require all boaters have a wearable life jacket
in the boat. This means that float cushions no longer satisfy
- 2 Rookies (Jerry Van Norman and Jim Willman)
We spent so much time fishing in 1998, we forgot to initiate Jerry.
The last time this happend, Todd Swenson was a rookie. We initiated
him the next year with rookies Garland and James Hutto. This year,
Jerry Van Norman gets initiated with Jim Willman from Ada, Michigan.
A veteran from the Whistling Trout Society, Jim Willman will fit in
nicely but will need to work on his euchre before I take him for a partner.
- The Fish Stick
Todd Swenson has created the perfect
measuring device to settle any and all disputes regarding HOW we are
measuring fish, i.e., mouth open, mouth closed, measure the boards or
measure the fish, tail open or tail closed. The Fish Stick is
a thing of beauty and perfect function. At the 0 end is a board
where you place the nose of your fish. The length of the fish
rests on a ruler. With the nose firmly at 0, you can then measure
the maximum length at the tail. Even Jim Perrine, our previous
official ruler can't argue with the Fish Stick. Thanks Todd!
- New stoves in Cabin 2 and 8
- New deck in front of lodge
- New T-shirts for 1999
- Deep Fryer
- Check out www.blwc.com