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Chris K

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Your best destination trips ever...
« on: May 19, 2011, 11:01:59 PM »
A who, what, when, where, and why on your best destination fishing trip ever.  Somewhere that you really wanted to go, and finally had the chance to make a reality.  Why was this trip something that everyone needs to put on their bucket list?

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2011, 11:25:44 PM »
My 2 most favorite fishing trips were both for walleyes.

The first trip was a trip arranged by my buddy who is also my tourney partner for me and my wifes anniversary. He towed his boat out to Newel and we towed the trailer. We stayed only for 2 or 3 days but we hammered so many big eyes that on the 3rd day we were all so sore in the arms that we decided to cut the trip a day short. I don't think I will ever see another walleye day like that. I hope I do but it was pretty much a trip that dreams are made of.

The second trip was last august long. My company decided to head to gull lake for the long weekend for a company camp out. So I decided to just camp it out under my topper with the wife for the weekend up there and tow the boat for some fishing. I knew there were some eyes in the lake so I printed off a few maps and checked things out and came up with a plan. After 5 solid hours of fishing with not even a bite I was getting a little worried and the wife was getting pretty bored. I decided to try one last spot on our way back in and sure enough we trolled some worm harnesses over the spot I picked out on the map and were hammered on the one rod. My wife battled that one while I tried to keep us on track and keep us over the fish. Sure enough we net her fish and I am taking the hook out and the other rod goes off. This went on like this for 3-4 hours and we decided to head in and have some supper. I then took a coworker out with me after eating and it was the same thing until dark and we decided to head in. He was bragging it up back at camp and everyone thought we were lying until we busted out all the pictures. The next morning I wanted to get out early and check the spot out again. Everyone was interested in going the night before but no one wanted to be up at first light so I headed out alone. After about 6 hours of solid eye action with people cutting me off and trying to follow me after seeing me hauling in the fish I decided to head in and see if anyone wanted to join me. My buddy from the night before jumped all over the offer and we headed back out. The bite turned out to be amazing the whole weekend and we measured every eye that was landed. There wasn't a single fish under 20" and our biggest was pushing 30". Needless to say I will be heading back up there sometime this fall to see if the action is anywhere near what it was then.

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2011, 11:37:47 PM »
I think all Canadians should experience all that Great Slave Lake has to offer… exceptional fishing and tremendous history… especially the East Arm. When you arrive in Yellowknife you must do the Wildcat Café (Muskox and Caribou) and Bullocks for the greatest Fish ‘n Chips in the world! Actually, the most expensive Fish ‘n Chips in the world and worth every penny and then some. The fish sauce is a closely guarded secret and no matter how much tequila I plied into the cook, she wasn’t giving up the recipe.

About 75 minutes in the twin otter takes you out to Fort Reliance on the East Arm and the Lake Trout are huge. The Lockhart River offers up some incredible fishing for Arctic Grayling . The Lockhart is also the route for Pike’s Portage which was the gateway to the Barrenlands and the Thelon Sanctuary. I don’t know how the hell those early explorers and trappers did it, but there must have been copious amounts of alcohol involved.

In early July we were fishing until 2:00 a.m. and then back in the boat before 7:00 a.m. How can you beat that? The scenery is beautiful, the fishing incredible and the history is humbling.

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2011, 09:53:26 PM »
A who, what, when, where, and why on your best destination fishing trip ever.  Somewhere that you really wanted to go, and finally had the chance to make a reality.  Why was this trip something that everyone needs to put on their bucket list?

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I have been lucky enough to experience a few.  I chased Chinooks on the north end of the Queen Charlotte Islands, Halibut off Vancouver Island, Marlin and Tuna off the south coast of the Baja Peninsula, Grouper in Florida and walleye on the Mackenzie River in the NWT (HAve a Florida Tarpon trip planned for October this year as well).  My favourite is actually running the baits for new fisherman when chasing Coho's and Chinooks off the west coast of Vancouver Island.  Its a blast to help someone land their first salmon and have that first great experience.  On my deep sea fishing trips, I have been lucky enough to experience a gray whale at 10 feet, a sea lion stealing my salmon from the net, orcas chasing salmon under the boat as well as the numerous seals, crabs, prawns and plethora of fauna not usually encountered here on the prairies.  I make a couple trips a year to the coast and recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2011, 01:31:39 AM »
These sound like some great trips guys!  The best destination trip I have been on yet was to the Fraser River by Chilliwack, and we fished for sturgeon.  We didn't get any monsters, but it was still amazing in my books! 

I want to get up to both Plummers Lodges and go to the Tree River Char camp someday.  I have been salmon fishing on the ocean when I was younger, and one day sooner rather than later, I will do it again.  I have not gone river fishing for salmon in a few years, and I am longing to do that again too.  Steelheading will definately be on the menu for next year in April, and maybe a trip to Mexico or somewhere warm to go fishing offshore.  A good friend called me to head to Florida and fish with him at his place down there this past winter for a week, but I just couldn't make it work.  I know this is going to sound kinda strange to some, but I want to go fishing for perch in Europe.  They have monster perch over there!  Zander would have to be thrown into the mix as well.

I have spent the last 10 years pretty much chasing walleyes and doing tournaments, and I love every minute of it.  Fishing for other species is always exciting, and it's nice to mix things up once in a while. 

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 08:46:01 AM »
I don't really have one place in paticular but i have been fortunate enough to be on several fly-in trips both Northern Alberta & Saskatchewan. If you haven't fished a remote lake in the Canadian Shield then you shouldn't be allowed to die. I have been deep sea fishing but have yet to experience West Coast, that is a trip i would like to do in the not so distant future.

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Re: Your best destination trips ever...
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2011, 03:36:31 PM »
I'll be going on a few more Marlin adventures, hopefully my next one will be in Australia or the Maldives. I've done the Sturgeon thing and will be doing that again as well, I go to the Florida Keys for Sailfish, Shark, Dolphin, Tarpon and reef fishing every spring, I highly reccommend Bud 'N Mary's out of Islamorada. The trip that I really want to take is for Peacock Bass in South America though, gotta get the right group of guys together for that one.
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