Baptiste

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When Esnagami Lake Lodge in Northwestern Ontario changed hands a number of years ago, it came along with all the usual stuff, such as boats, motors, miscellaneous equipment, and one other unexpected and, as it turned out, critical asset - a very special guide by the name of Baptiste. 

As close as anyone could figure he was likely in his late sixties at the time, but no one really knew for sure.

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Homefries

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Walking into our kitchen one Wednesday afternoon around 3:30, after a rather uneventful day at school, my mom, who was at the sink peeling potatoes, turned to face me and uttered the words that no kid ever wants to hear.

"I just spoke to both your teacher and the principal, so don't plan on going to school for the next couple of days."

Before I could open my mouth - well it was probably already hanging open - to try and articulate one of several hundred questions that quickly flashed across my mind, she said,

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Great Bear Lake Journal - July 14 to 23, 2011

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While our stay at Trophy Lodge would “officially” run from the 16h to the 23rd, we were compelled by circumstances to gather in Edmonton on the 14th. This was a precursor to flying to Yellowknife on the 15th where we would then catch the Plummer’s Lodge charter to Great Bear on the 16th.

Sound a bit confusing?

 

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The TRUGLO Switchback Watch

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After ten years of reliable service, my Timex Expedition watch was finally starting to show its age. To be honest, it was not just the watch that was showing a bit of wear and tear, my eyesight not being what it once was, I was having trouble making out what appeared to be the ever shrinking digital numbers on the watch face, particularly in bright sunlight.

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Pike Heaven

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Heading back to the lodge after yet another day of remarkable Pike fishing on the Whitefish River, my fishing partner and I decided this was not the time to turn our backs to the wind, so we spun our seats around so we could watch the splendor of Great Bear Lake unfold in front of us as our boat cut a path across the glass like surface of the water.

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Tackling Tackle

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While buying fishing tackle can be a very enjoyable experience, it can also be darn frustrating at times. The selections are mind numbing, everyone claims that their stuff will out fish and out last everyone else’s, and prices range from downright cheap, to the ridiculously expensive.

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