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Remembering 9/15
by QueticoMike

Trip Type: Paddling Canoe
Entry Date: 09/09/2001
Entry & Exit Point: Quetico
Number of Days: 7
Group Size: 1
Day 2 of 7
Monday, September 10, 2001

I woke up to the sound of rain and wind hitting the tarp over the tent. No big deal, my back is still sore from yesterday and could use the extra rest. I made a mental note to separate my gear and food into different packs for the next solo trip. It is too windy to fish the west side of the island today so I made my way east to try some protective coves. I soon became aware it was windy over there as well. It was tough fishing solo in the wind and I didn’t have much luck. I was able to trigger one strike from a northern pike on my Lucky 13. It bashed its head against the canoe a couple of times during the struggle. The pike measured out at thirty-four inches. After that I tried to work my way back to camp along the shoreline. The waves tossed me back and forth similar to riding a mechanical bull. It remained windy throughout the day and I tried fishing a couple of more times but I didn’t catch anything worth speaking about, a few smallmouth, no real size. I basically rested most of the day and tried to keep my firewood dry for the evening fire.