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Fabulous Fishing for You…A Day of Remembrance for Me

posted on 02/09/2010
Good morning to all!

Welcome to another edition of the Wigwam Fisherman’s Blog. Well today will be a tough day for me and my entire family…4 years ago today we lost my Father to lung cancer attributed to Agent Orange from Vietnam. My Father always wanted the best for me and our family, as all Fathers do. He wanted me to do whatever made me happy and never stood in the way of any of my decisions, even when it meant moving away from home to pursue my hockey career. He was always supportive, but deep down I felt as if he wanted me to come home, he thought I would always be the happiest around the environment that made me so happy while growing up in International Falls…he was so right! When I decided to make the “big move” last year I didn’t know what was truly in store for me…I had left everything that I had been working on for the past 8 years to start over. I truly believe that all things happen for a reason and from my Fathers tragedy came my opportunity to make it back home, and for that I’m forever thankful and saddened all at the same time. Needless to say, I think he’s looking down from above and keeping good watch over his flock. The only catch to this one is now that I’m so happy; he’s not here to share it with me, like I know he always wanted to be, which again makes me extremely sad. So today I will remember everything that was sacrificed by my Father to get me where I am today…I am truly blessed.

I just received a phone call from my Uncle Eugene (one of my Fathers older brothers) and we shed a few tears in remembrance. As I stated earlier, this will always be a tough day for me and any of my family members…a good man was taken too soon. As my Uncle and I were talking it reminded me of something that I have told many people, which is, no matter what I was able to accomplish during hockey and in my personal life, I will forever be known as Curtis Tessier’s son in the towns in which my Father resided throughout his life…that should say it all as to the man my Father was. Thanks for the phone call Uncle Eugene…it was greatly appreciated, please give Auntie Jo a big hug from me…I love you guys!

Just a little FYI, if you’re looking to book a trip on the weekend with us at the Wigwam Resort, you had better call and reserve your rooms/cabins today. There is very limited space available during the weekends till the end of March, book now or forever hold your peace. If you’re looking to come midweek (Sunday night – Thursday morning), please give us a call today, we are offering up to 15% off all fishing packages (only) during February and March (only applicable to new reservations). All the packages can be accessed on our website at www.wigwamresortlow.com.

The lures that have still been working well are the “Gold Disco Ball Jigs”, “Stop Signs (Pink or White)”, “Macho Minnows (Pink, Green or White)” and “Chubby Darters/Rapala Rattling Jigs”. You want to be using anything that glows right now to get the best success possible…white and pink have been the best! Remember that Vexilars are not required, but they help immensely when fishing off the bottom and marking suspended fish, which has been a common occurrence these days on Lake of the Woods. So, where I’m going with this one is, get a Vexilar today…you won’t be disappointed!

Announcements…Shamrock will be the live entertainment this weekend (February 12th & 13th). Also, for all of you that have the ability to come midweek don’t miss out on our great specials for February and March. We are offering a total of 15% off for midweek packages (lodging/fishing) and (lodging/fishing/meals)…these are applicable to reservations made after February 1. I have a few groups that are taking major advantage of this deal and they’re on the FISH with the WIGWAM! The Bikini Ice Fishing Team will be here on March 18, 19 & 20. If you’re looking for some great ice fishing deals, checkout the current January specials we are offering on our website www.wigwamresortlow.com. We are running a January special that will give you a discount on packages purchased for January and February 2010. The specials will only last through the rest of January…you can’t beat them!

Daily Fishing Report: Today will be partly cloudy, high 16F with winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy, low -12F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow we should have partly cloudy skies, high 19F with winds light and variable. Tomorrow night we should see a few clouds, low near 0F with winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday there should be times of sun and clouds, highs in the low 20s and lows in the upper single digits. Friday we should have snow showers at times, highs in the low 20s and lows in the mid single digits. Saturday it should be cloudy with flurries, highs in the low 20s and lows 1 to -3F. Today’s fishing report will come from me and our guides. Yesterday I had the opportunity to fish up at the famed “Reefs” again and things were a bit slower than my trip there on Friday, but it was still awesome. Pink and White are still the magic colors up there. The fish weren’t just coming up and slamming it…I had to work for them again, but it was worth the work. Again, I caught a majority of my fish suspended about 15 feet off the bottom, so you need to be fishing with a Vexilar to see them. The fish are out there…people are marking plenty of fish each and every day, but some days the fish are a tad bit finicky and you have to throw a few more lures at them to see if it will entice them to bite. All the action is still taking place, west of Pine Island and north of Graceton/Zipple in 32 – 36 feet of water, and up on the Reefs in 23 – 30 feet. We have still been doing very well in our houses, which are only accessible by fishing with the Wigwam Resort…they are located on west side of Pine Island straight out from Zipple and up off the Reefs (21 miles north). Our houses are currently in 32 to 36 feet of water in the flats and just off of Reefs (21 miles north) in 23 to 30 feet. The lures showing the best success rates are the “Gold Disco Ball”, the Pink or White Florescent “Stop Sign”, “Macho Minnows” and “Chubby Darter/Rapala Rattling Jig” (all can be purchased at the Log Cabin Bait store approximately ¾ of a mile before the Wigwam on 172). You will want to get anything that glows right now, whether it is pink or white. Also give the plain gold jigs/disco balls a try. The ice thickness out there is currently 28-32 inches. Adrian’s road is open for business…trucks are going out everyday. But again, just a little reminder, if you want to fish by the Wigwam’s houses, you have to come with us. The only types of transportation that will get you out to our houses are track vehicles and snowmobiles…no trucks. We are currently fishing the “Reefs”, but only 40 can fish a day…book your spot today. Don’t miss out on this great fishing that we’re having on Lake of the Woods, come visit us today at the Wigwam Resort on Lake of the Woods!

My shout out today will go to my Mother (Linda), Brother (Ryan) and Sister (Janelle)...I know that we are not able to be together today, but my thoughts are with you all. Stay strong and remember all the fun we used to have on the camping trips and road trips, which we were so lucky to take every summer as a family...I miss you and love you all with all my heart!

Happy Fishing to all, and to all a good day!

Wigwam Fisherman aka Jean-Paul Tessier
Wigwam Resort

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