January 29, 2012
August 26, 2011
I must stop aplogizing for my infrequent blog entries. So I won’t. Sorry. Some of you may want to check me out on Facebook. I’m there more frequently.
So much has happened since the last entry.
Had a great spring, highlighted by a fun and very succesful turkey hunt with my friend James Smedley. I harvested two birds this year, a nice gobbler and jake. Also missed a gobbler at very close range. Epic fail. Had a good spring spec season and even found some new spots. No monsters but some very nice fish.
Lots of fishing this summer. Did several tournaments including the Geraldton Walleye Classic, Shebandowan Smallmouth Showdown and the Thunder Bay Angler Young Angler. Team Ellis actually won the Thunder Bay AYA and that allowed us to travel to the Kenora AYA championship. Both my son Austin Ellis and Landan Brochu had a great time and we caught some big fish on Lake of the Woods. Our guide and Lund pro-staff Roger Stearns was super knowledgeable and helped us catch 36 pounds of walleye for 6 fish! We ended up 5th. Teams Butts won with 46 pounds. An amazing result.
We’re almost out of August and that means hunting is looming. There is still time to catch some specs though. My Dad, oldest son Devin and I were out a few days ago and caught some beauties. This despite water temperatures in the mid 60s F. Very warm for this time of year. I’ll post a pic.
I drew a bull moose gun tag this year and have great plans to get my first moose in several years. But there is a moose bow hunt to come, and anything can happen.
Stay tuned and have a good fall.
April 22, 2011
After asking forgivness in the last blog for being so spare with my posts, I go and wait two and a half months to do another. Hmmm.
Well spring is here. It’s already near the end of April,and while the northwest has been getting an extended winter, it looks like the old man is finally on the ropes. There is still lots of snow in the woods, however, and it should be a big run off. We need one, as last spring was a disaster for our stream spawning fish due to super low water.
I started off the 2011 open water season with a bang. My first fish of the year was a 33 inch buck steelhead caught shore casting. The thing was a brute, and hit a hot head X-Rap,one of my favourite lures. It was certainly the largest steelhead I’ve ever caught from Lake Superior. It’s likely the biggest I’ve caught anywhere,although I did get some good ones in the St.Mary’s River back in the mid 1990s. An exciting fish to catch anyway. I let it go so hopefully it will be the Dad to some more big steelies. I’ve attached a pic of the fish taken by my dear old Dad, Gord Sr.
In two weeks, my friend James Smedley and I will be off on a spring turkey hunting adventure. It’s been 3 years since I’ve gone, and that’s too long. We will be in the Kincardine area, where James has family. The pre-hunt scouting reports are good, but I never assume anything when it comes to gobblers. James killed a nice gobbler there two years ago, so I’m hoping his good luck rubs off on me.
Finally, I was thrilled to make the cover of the April issue of Ontario Out of Doors. Although I’m senior editor, it had been a while since I made page one. The fish in the shot is a beautiful Lake Nipigon brook trout in all of its coloured up glory. You can just see the feathers of the Mighty Mitch and Jungle Joe jigfly the fish hit.If you’ve never seen their stuff check out their website at :http://www.mmjjjigflies.com/
Have a good spring!
February 14, 2011
It turns out I’m brutal at updating my blog. Funny since, I’ve spent much of the last 25 years doing nothing but writing! In fact, I’m averaging about a post every month, which is pretty bad. I’m going to try and do better.
The winter has been busy, as usual.I’ve been doing a lot of ice fishing, and have been getting some nice specs. I’m hoping to go out for lake trout this week, as the February weather is moderating here in northwestern Ontario.
My outdoor seminar schedule is pretty packed. This coming weekend I’ll be in Marathon as part of the Marathon Rod and Gun Club Outdoor Adventure Series. It all takes place on Saturday February 19. The following weekend I’ll be in Thunder Bay at the Central Canada Outdoor Show Feb 25 to 27. Here’s a link to the web site: http://www.tb-chamber.on.ca/?pgid=199. I’ll also be helping out North Country Cycle and Sports at the boat show that runs concurrent at the CLE coliseum. I’m the Lund/Mercury pro staff at North Country.
And once again this year, I’ll be representing Ontario Out of Doors magazine at the Toronto Sportman Show March 16 -20. I’ll be doing seminars on both the hunting and fishing stages.I also usually do some time sitting in the Out of Doors booth as well, so come by and say hi.
Hope you are enjoying your winter. Tight lines.
December 25, 2010
It’s been a couple months since my last post.The fall was super busy,with much hunting done. It was not the best fall ever from a harvested animal point of view, but it was full of interesting experiences.I did end up taking an 8 point buck late in November while hunting with John Butts in Dryden. John does some whitetail guiding so if you are interested, check him out at http://www.johnbutts.com/.
I’m looking forward to getting on ice very soon. It’s fishing time.
Anyway,wishing you and yours the best of the holiday season.
October 17, 2010
I don’t know how we got through October this quickly, but here we are. The bow season came and went,and sadly, the bull tag went unfilled. A lot learned however. Work has kept my rifle hunting to a minimum,but that will change soon.The rifle moose hunt seems to be pretty successful this year,at least around Thunder Bay, likely due to a later rut.Lots of deer sign as well, and honestly, I can’t wait to get out there for whitetails. And I did squeeze in a little muskie fishing trip in early October.Even caught one!
September 27, 2010
I’ve just finished 5 days of bow hunting for moose. Every morning, my hunt group and I have got up before the sun and headed for the swamps.Here we called, grunted, thrashed, snapped twigs and generally tried to sound like a moose. our reward for all this effort? Not a peep. No response. It’s not like the moose aren’t there. The sign of moose is everywhere. One more morning to go. I’d rather be lucky than good.
September 18, 2010
The bow season for moose season opens tomorrow here in Northwestern Ontario. Yet fate has seen fit to have me fishing a bass tournament this weekend. Now I love bass fishing, and enjoy tournaments,but I’m feeling a bit distracted. The fact that my hunting partner had a 3 year old bull walk by his stand the other day while he hunted deer only adds to the fever. We will both have to wait, however, as our group bull tag is sitting in Longlac until Wednesday. It’s going to be a long wait.
September 10, 2010
It’s two degrees celsius this morning. It feels like fall.I’m going to be spending the morning at the moose hunting grounds,cutting trail and looking for sign. Next weekend the bow season for moose opens and we have a bull and cow tag! Devin got his bear this week, a nice boar at 12 yards with a crossbow. So much to do in the fall.
September 8, 2010
If August in the northwest was unusually warm, September is shaping up cooler and wetter than I remember.It suddenly feels like fall. Lots of rain, lots of wind and near frost.I’ve been bear hunting a bit with Devin,and we’ve been in farmers fields trying to get bear that are eating the corn. The farmers are happy to see us! Devin has passed on a smallish one, and had a couple cubs up a tree with him. Fun times.
Hopefully there will be time to get in one more spec trip on Lake Nipigon before the season closes on the 15th. I’m also fishing one more tournament with Austin, the Shebandown Fall Bass Classic. Should be fun. After that it will be the bow hunt for moose and then the rifle hunt. This is my favourite time of year.