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Sharon and Mitch,

Thank you so much for the great hospitality and great fishing tips. We had a great time as usual. I will let you know how big of a cabin we will need for next year as I hope to get a confirmation from others. Again thank you so much and have a great summer.

Jim – 2016

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Hi, just wanted to tell you how much Matt and I enjoyed your resort. Your accommodations were very nice. Brian our guide was very professional and extremely knowledgeable of the lake had a great time.thank you.

Leslie – 2016

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Great week at Pine Sunset Lodge.. look forward to a trip up again next year... Thanks Mitch and Sharon for the great hospitality and Buddy and Buster also...

The Miller's – 2016

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Just got back from fantastic trip to Pine Sunset Lodge with my wife who is joining me for the very first time going on a fishing trip to Canada actually to any fishing trip. We both had a fantastic time and really enjoyed the experience together. It was really exciting when she caught a 26 inch northern on a jig in a mental and was able to get it into the boat. Remember this is somebody that has not really done any fishing. Also caught some monster crappies with Tina. We totally did a lot of sightseeing as well went down to the falls and enjoyed an afternoon in a very peaceful area. We literally were there for 3 hours or better and never saw another soul the whole time we were there.

Tom & Tina – 2016

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Everyone should try a fishing trip like this at least once. I know a bunch of first timers who got hooked and now continue to come up to Pine Sunset Lodge every year. Bring a camera, scout around and just enjoy nature and the beauty of the Canadian Shield.

Richard – 2016

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Thank you for our amazing week stay. We had such a great time. Caught a lot of fish.

The Baker's – 2016

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Thank you so much for a great time at Pine Sunset Lodge Mitch and Sharon. Book us back for two future hunts. I certainly got the bragging rights over Jim on this one.

Judie – 2016

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Hi Sharon and Mitch,

My sons and I had the very best time and I thank you for that. We will certainly be up again from Wisconsin. Hope to see you at the Milwaukee show. Is the new lodge completed? I'm looking forward to seeing my monster walleye picture on the board. Thanks again and we will see you again.

Tim – 2016

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Best owners in Northwest Ontario. No BS kind of experience. There to help, there for anything. Mitch and Sharon built a lil piece of heaven. We always are counting down next years trip after the first bite of that Dinorwic Wallaye..

Kyle - 2015

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We had a wonderful a time staying here and fishing. It was relaxing and the fishing was good and the price was reasonable!!

Andrea - 2015

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You have a great facility and your booth at the All Canada Show is ALWAYS packed with prior customers!

Satveer - 2015

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Although the car ride is quite long, once we arrived at Pine Sunset Lodge, it was all worth it! Overall...the general surroundings of the camp is very well kept, beautiful and tranquil. However, what truly makes the resort unforgettable is Sharon and Mitch's hospitality and continuously trying to accommodate all the guests in the camp and their individual needs to ensure a totally enjoyable stay and time on the water. Sharon and Mitch is what makes Pine Sunset Lodge a class above the rest when it comes to a Canadian fishing adventure. This was our second consecutive year of staying at Pine Sunset Lodge and we'll be back!

Robert - 2015

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Great hosts with wonderful fishing!!! We enjoyed the entire week and learned a lot...Already have sent the deposit for next June! Sharon and Mitch know how to make all feel welcome and important. They go the extra mile to make sure the stay is a good one.

Ned - 2015

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It's been quite a start to the day. Walleyes, sauger, crappie smallmouth bass and northern pike have all answered the early morning wake-up call at our first stop at an island we nicknamed Eagle Island. Sharon Gusick, owner of Pine Sunset Lodge is guiding our journey today. We are off to a great start.

Then as the sun rises in the sky, we make a short trip to Sandbar Island. Another great decision. We begin hooking walleye after walleye. The action is great so I decide to get some video. As I am recording my wife Jill catching a walleye in Sharon's boat, I notice Stacey getting ready for more action in our boat. She allows the fish to take the bait and then she leans back into a stiff hook set. The line peels off her reel. "I don't think that's a walleye" Sharon says as she directs Stacey to just let the fish go where it wants. Sure enough, the ensuing fight produces a beautiful 37" northern pike that could not resist the jig and minnow combination.

This is the action Jill and I hoped for as we scheduled this Canadian fishing trip with our two sons, Noah and Ian, along with her sister Stacey, husband Troy and young son Quinn.

"Let's try another spot for a few more walleyes and maybe some perch to round out our shore lunch" Sharon said. So we travel to Stanawan Bay and find precisely what Sharon had anticipated.

The noon sun was reflecting back into my eyes as I focused carefully on my line and rod tip. I was eagerly awaiting the light bite from the next perch to add to our menu for shore lunch. However, now I faced my biggest decision of the day. Do I ask my brother-in-law Troy to ease us back into the jumbo perch hole or do I keep my mouth shut and let the wind blow us closer to the shoreline he is exploring with his white bucktail for smallmouth bass? Just as I begin to make my request, he confidently announces "got one".

Judging from Troy's serious tone and the steady pull on his drag, this was a solid fish. Troy battled it back toward the boat. We still did not know what it was… a huge smallie? a monster walleye? maybe a northern? Finally, he eased it toward the surface and a thick muskie showed itself for just a moment. Then it made another quick, downward burst away from view. The glimpse was enough to know that without a steel leader, Troy would need to carefully play out this monster.

Troy did a masterful job of patiently allowing the uncooperative muskie to make several runs away from the boat. The fish seemed to find another blast of energy every time we thought it was ready to land. Finally, Troy won the battle and the 40 inch musky was hoisted up for an autograph session before being released back into the lake to fight another day.

What a morning! As we motored to our shore lunch location overlooking Moose Bay, my thoughts returned to the challenging question I had for Sharon and her husband Mitch at the 2015 All Canada Show in Green Bay. Will Pine Sunset Lodge produce the quality fishing experience my family desired? After all, my wife and two sons love catching walleye. However, my sons want to chase down big northern or muskie. My wife and I hoped to get on a bunch of jumbo perch. But to make it even more difficult, we wanted to share the experience with Stacey, Troy and Quinn who normally do not fish walleye but instead spend their time casting for bass and northern. Sharon convinced me that Pine Sunset and the Dinorwic / Wabigoon Lakes would not disappoint. Certainly the results of this morning's trip proved Sharon right.

During our shore lunch on a scenic island overlooking Moose Bay, I asked Sharon what she felt were key features of the Pine Sunset Lodge. She said after purchasing the resort over 14 years ago, they modernized the 9 housekeeping cabins. "Our cabins can accommodate 2-14 guests each," she said. "All the cabins are located on the narrow peninsula which gives a great view of the sunrise and sunset - plus, we have a camping area for those who prefer to bring their own tents, campers or RV."

Another unique feature at Pine Sunset is the once a week cookout. Sharon elaborated, "Mitch and I started a tradition where we fire up the deep fryer and cook up a pile of fish along with all the fixin's. It's a great chance early in the week to meet all the guests, make new friends and share those fishing stories so people know where the best action is."

In my opinion, this is a special part of the culture created by Sharon and Mitch. Not only did their guests share fishing experiences at the cookout, but it seemed like it was a nightly occurrence at the fish cleaning house. You know I'm a fishing nut, when I tell you how much I enjoy a quality fish cleaning house. Sharon's facility is complete with stainless steel counters, fillet boards, wash areas and even freezers. Awesome!

Back to our day with Sharon. After lunch we motor several rice bays and up a small creek to Minnehaha Lake. It is home to a beautiful waterfalls. Only one other boat was sharing the lake with us today. This family was enjoying a refreshing swim on a shoreline near the waterfalls.

The water in Minnehaha is crystal clear and the northern pike put on a spectacular underwater show for us. You could witness powerful attacks on your spinner bait during long retrieves. The toothy "gators" seemed to appear out of nowhere to snatch up the shiny offering. Many would chase the lure back to the boat and provide a vicious point blank strike when you ended your retrieve with a boat-side figure 8. Breathtaking!

As we started securing our gear for the trip back to the resort, Sharon pointed out a portage trail leading up to a deeper, clear lake above the waterfall. "It's a great option for some fantastic smallmouth and northern fishing" she said. "If you're lucky, you can even hook into lake trout as well in that lake".

Our day was over but our success had just begun. We spent the rest of the trip experiencing many similar victories. A day in Turtle Pond proved to be a northern bonanza. A different journey into Moose Bay produced walleyes and more jumbo perch. While casting for muskies off a bay with the camp dock in view I hooked a 26" walleye on a crank bait. Then on our final afternoon, we ended with an unforgettable stop at our "Eagle Island". The fish gave us a hearty "send off" as we ended our time at Pine Sunset. We closed out that day with an unbelievable bite by walleyes and then the crappie turned on to conclude the remaining minutes of daylight in dramatic fashion. What a way to end a truly memorable week.

During this year's All Canada Show, I urge you to talk with Sharon and Mitch Gusick, owners of Pine Sunset Lodge if you are looking for an easy to travel to location. A destination with excellent fishing opportunities. Their resort is located just Southeast of Dryden on Dinorwic Lake. It is considered by many to be one of the top combination walleye and muskie waters in North America. The promotional literature I researched claimed that the Dinorwic / Wabigoon waters can produce 12 pound walleye, over 50" muskies, an abundance of 30-40" northern , 6 pound smallies, crappie, yellow perch and even lake trout can be found in nearby lakes.

So I encourage you to challenge Sharon and Mitch with your questions. During our trip I saw firsthand that Sharon regularly spends many hours on the water scouting for fish. She knows her stuff. She then passes that information along to her guests. So ask your questions about why Pine Sunset Lodge is the right destination for your quality fishing experience. My family is glad I did!

Brian - 2015

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If you want to go to Canada fishing, this is the camp to stay in. Mitch and Sharon will make you feel at home. Get the boat upgrade, has electric start. Get a guide, ask for Brian. He is good and knows the lake. The cabins are clean and the camp cook out is a lot of fun.

Glenn - 2015

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What a great time we had. Our group likes to fish for many different species and Dinorwic Lake is the ticket. Our boat experienced catching walleye, sauger, northern, smallmouth, perch, crappie and what we think was a monster muskie. It would not come up and moved like a submarine until the line broke. So heart breaking we didn't get see this fish but will be back again next year. The cabin was very nice and had everything we needed. The setting of Pine Sunset Lodge is the best we have ever seen with great sunrise and sunset views. The service is by far suburb and can see that Mitch and Sharon really care about their customers. We will for sure be back and will bring more people with us. See you next year.

M.D. - 2015

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Hey there, just wanted to thank you for a great trip. We had an excellent time during our week there and can all but guarantee we'll be back... Anyways, here are a select few pictures from our trip.

Jeremiah - 2012

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Just a quick thank you for having us at your lodge. It was a great trip and we all had a good time.

Regards,
Steven - 2012

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Mitch and Sharon,

Attached are a few pictures from another enjoyable vacation at Pine Sunset Lodge last week. Thanks again for making it another enjoyable trip, already looking forward to next year.

Chuck and the rest of our group - 2012

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Sharon just wanted to thank you guys for this year's bear hunt. Everyone had a good time! I talked to Mark today and he expressed interest in going. Could you put us on the bear hunt list? There would 5 in our party with a possible 6th. I told Mark it looked to be a ways out as you were booked up but wanted to get put on the list. Thanks again for the experience this year and as always you guys were great! Hit me back on projected time frame again and hope to see you next spring!

Aaron - 2012

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Sharon... Thanks for the good time! Thanks for taking us fishing and for the wonderful meal last night (camp cookout). We love you both and pray God give you great blessings the rest of the season and behond.

Betty and David - 2012

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Hey Mitch and Sharon....just wanted to thank you one last time for the great vacation. We waited 8 years and it was worth it. Great fishing and lots of family memories the kids will talk about for years to come. My absolute favorite was shore lunch. A complete and peaceful day. Lake trout was a very cool experience and was thrilled to share with my family.

Thanks,
Jerry and Trish - 2012

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Dear Sharon and Mitch,

Thank you very much for all you assistance in making our first stay at Pine Sunset Lodge. Mitch...thank you very much for taking us to the northern lake. Those pike fillets tasted great. Both of you have a great year and we'll see you again.

Gary and Rebecca - 2012

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Sharon and Mitch -

How ya' doin from Northeast Wisconsin! Now that we are "home" and have evaluated our trip we are DEFINITELY coming back next year. We want June 2nd thru the 9th. Matt and I have asked my two son-in laws if they want to come with us. One way or another you WILL see Matt and I next year. I made my wife Jane her first Dinorwic Walleye fish fry last week she LOVED it! I have attached a couple of pictures for you…

Thanks again for the hospitality - God Bless,

Glen - 2011

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THANKS Sharon and Mitch for a FABULOUS week at Pine Sunset. Wow. Wish I could move up there. While we started slowly the first day and a half, the fishing the rest of our stay was fast, furious, and fun. I guess we were there during Week 6, the Mayfly hatch week, as everything was covered with them. We did not get the ever-elusive muskie, but we did get more Northern Pike than we could handle, many in the 5-6 pound range. All catch and release for us, as we prefer walleye and perch for eating. But the pike action was crazy the last two days we were there. Two over 45 inches were released "after touching the leader," thus ensuring we did no harm to these beauties by handling them. Walleye superb. Have caught alot in our day, but I personally have never had success with quality walleye in weed beds. Wow. We caught some great fish in the evening fishing weedbeds. And perch--truly JUMBO perch--were beautiful and plentiful. Weed beds in the South were hot for perch for days.

All perch were caught jigging minnows in weed beds South. Some walleye caught jigging near islands. Other walleyes and all pike caught in weed beds using Johnson Silver Minnows in gold--medium to large size. WEEDLESS of course. Wow, do the pike love this lure.

Sharon and Mitch are wonderful hosts and the cabins fantastic. The property is perfect, the boats top notch, and the lake and area simply stunningly beautiful. You cannot go wrong with a trip to Pine Sunset Lodge.

Steve and Rich --- 2011

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Mitch/Sharon,

Just wanted to follow up with a big thank you from me and my family. The cabin was clean as a pin, the boats ran smoothly, and we all had a great time. I would recommend Pine Sunset to all my friends and we're planning on coming back up and bringing our boys. I give you both credit as I never saw either of you slow down from the minute we arrived constantly checking on the guests and making sure everything was in working order. Thanks again for a great week of fishing and enjoying the Canadian outdoors and we're all looking forward to our next trip.

Rodney - Kecia, Steve - Becky, Mike - Sharon 2011.

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Hi Mitch and Sharon!

We had a great time last week at Pine Sunset Lodge. Stories are still being retold!!!

Kevin and Tammy ---- 2011

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Sharon / Mitch,

Thanks again for all the hospitality during our stay 8/13 thru 8/19. We really enjoyed the challenge of learning a new lake to better understand the best spots that hold fish. Attached is a picture of our big fish of the week, a 36"+ northern caught on a 6" orange and black Bulldawg. Please feel free to post on your website if you would like.

Regards,
Mark and David ------ 2011

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Would like to thank Sharon for the hospitality shown to 2 Southern boys on their first ever walleye trip. Really enjoyed fishing with you. Am posting a couple of pics.

Frank & Robert ----- 2011

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Mitch & Sharon

Just wanted to thank you for a great week in Canada. We've met some great people over the years and made some new friends. The fishing was great and we are looking forward to next year. Allie said say hi to the dogs!

Lee, Mike, & Allie ------ 2011

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Sharon- Sue and I just wanted to send our thanks for the nice week we spent at your place. We appreciated the day trip and shore lunch, the fishing tips, help with the walleyes on Friday, and your attentiveness. Everyone had a wonderful time.

We'd like to consider coming up the week of Memorial Day next year, just the two of us for some perch fishing. Is cabin #3 available that week?

Thanks again, and give our thanks to Mitch as well.

Bob and Sue - 2010

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Sharon & Mitch,

Thank you very much for a great week at The Pine Sunset Lodge. Fun was had by all.

Fishing was wonderful and you and Mitch made it even better.

Thanks again and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Scott - 2010

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Just a note to tell you and Mitch how much we enjoyed your camp.

Tyler and I had a super time.

Thank you for everything.

Jerry and Tyler - 2010

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Mitch & Sharon,

I just wanted you both to know how grateful Ryan and I are for the great time! Neither of us could ask for more. You were both very kind and knowledgeable. The cabins were very nice and clean, and we totally enjoyed the whole trip!!!!

We made it back home Ok without any speeding tickets, or pickup trouble. Going through customs went smoothly, in fact it only took us 22 minutes.

We both are thinking about getting our bears done in a full body mounts. If we do go that way I'll send you pictures later - (over a year and a half back up) I've been showing everyone back here my hunting and fishing pictures. Many of them think it looks like you have a really neat set up there. I've given out your names to lots of people so hopefully some of them follow it up. Thanks again, if bear hunting comes up again, we want to come there.

Forever Grateful,

Rog & Ryan - 2010

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Thanks for being such super host's. We had a great time and will return soon.

God Bless

Eric and Carolyn - 2010

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Sharon,

Marty and I just want you to know we appreciate the time you spent with our family and THANK YOU for a wonderful week. I can't tell you how much fun it was. We will be back. Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Leslie - 2010

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Hi Sharon,

Can't thank you enough for our trip. It was such a wonderful time!!!! It was fun listening Courtney and Chris talking about our trip on the way home. They kept talking about next time... I wish you could have seen how proud Courtney was showing her dad her fish she caught. It was a pretty cool moment.

It was really nice getting to know your Mom and Dad better. What nice folks you have! I am so glad we had time together to share a few stories and I look forward to sharing a few more sometime. Good people. Just good people!

Today was back to reality. One of those days when everything just did not turn out as it should. And I think every crazy person decided it was my turn to talk to... Lucky me. Oh well all in day. I did have a few patients ask where I have been. So I ended up giving out your website info. Could you send me the pictures of my walleye and the group picture with the trout? I will proudly display them on my desk at work and get a few more post-its ready to hand out with your info on them. Word of mouth can never hurt.

Well I better get going and get some laundry done. Again THANK YOU! It was absolutely Wonderful!

Talk to you soon
Pam - 2009 We returned home safe and sound. The group enjoyed there stay. Even with the tough walleye bite we managed fish for dinner 4 times and returned with our limit. The exceptional smallmouth bite was great, we had one over 17 inches and many between 14 and 16. Thanks again for taking the time to show us how to y bone a northern, if I could catch them in Illinois I might actually learn. See you next September, hopefully the weather will be more like Fall.

Mike - 2009

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Sharon & Mitch

Here are a few of the fish pictures from our trip to Pine Sunset Lodge last week. It includes Randy's 33" and 36" northerns, and our largest walleye and smallmouth, and my 51" musky.

Each year we think that the previous year cannot be topped, but it seems there is a new exhilerating experience every year. This year we caught our share of walleyes, all by jigging with a twister tail or trolling with shad raps. Our largest one was 21".

We caught many small mouth this year, and some large perch. The largest small mouth picture is attached. We also caught some large northerns, 3 of them 33" and Randy's 36" (his 36" and one of his 33" are attached).

The hilite of the week was the 51" musky I caught Wednesday evening, within seeing distance of the camp dock (picture attached). It was caught on a shad rap while trolling for walleyes, 8# test with no leader!

Thanks to both of you for your friendship and excellent hospitality. We are already looking forward to next year.

Please feel free to use these pictures (and this email) for promoting Pine Sunset Lodge in the capacity you see fit.

Rog Paulsen, WI - 2009

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Hi Mitch and Sharon,

Hope all is well up in camp. It's still hard to believe the weather we enjoyed the week we were up there. That might have been the best I have ever experienced up in Canada. Fishing was great as we caught so many Walleye over twenty inches. Here are a few pictures from this year. See you at the All Canada show in January.

Richard - 2009

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Mitch/Sharon,

Thanks again for another awesome trip. I can't tell you how great it was to share the smallie fishing with my son. He is still talking about it all. A kid just can't hide the enthusiasm, and every time Lane brings it up, a huge smile comes across his face. He truely had a great time.

You guys really take care of us- and we appreciate it. Every year the camp improves over the previous and I hope for your continued success. I know it won't be Lane's last trip! I attached a few pics from this year.

Mark R. - 2009

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Mitch & Sharon:

Just a quick note of Thanks. It was a great trip. Here's a testimonial if you ever need one.

"I highly recommend staying at Pine Sunset Lodge. Mitch and Sharon are always ready to take care of you no matter what you need. The accomodations are comfortable, location is convenient, and their know a thing or two about how to catch fish. We look forward to coming back every year."

Thomas R. - 2009

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Hello Sharon and Mitch,

I went to your website yesterday to see how you guys were doing and I was greeted with a brand new website. Very Cool! The video clip with Midwest Outdoors is awesome and so are the fishing and fish cleaning tips. I went to "This Summer's Photos" and was disappointed to see only pics of snow. I've spoken to a couple of people that just returned from a Canada fishing trip and they both said the fishing was slow due to the weather. I was happy to see six pics of my family still in the walleye photo album. I've said 3 or 4 times in the last couple of weeks that I wish we were headed up. Every fall I keep up with the bear and deer kill photos. Looks like Mitch has things figured out. Those deer are incredible.

I wish you well this summer.

Best Regards,
Randy P - 2009

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Sharon & Mitch,

Just had to tell you and everybody what a great time we had. The fishing was fantastic even though Jeff didn't get his musky. You both are so very accommodating. Thanks for the paddle boat use, Nikki knows that bay area probably better than you! Your hospitality is wonderful the cook out was the best idea and the food great! We got to meet some great folks who shared some secrets and helped us out when we needed it. We'll be back if you'll have us again and we are telling everybody about your place.

Thanks for everything
Jeff , Linda and Nikki

P.S. Loved the knot works for me!!!!!!!

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Hi Mitch & Sharon,

To see this incredible transformation taking place over the last couple years at Pine Sunset Lodge has added to the excitement of visiting your resort. When we visit we feel as if we are family.

Looking forward to the television show and love the commercial that has been added to the site. We were looking at the pictures recently and noticed that grandma had caught Shane's monster smallmouth.

We booked a remote fly in trip for this year and also plan on doing the houseboat adventure in the future but the rest of time will be spent with you. Don't think for one minute that you won't see us because we will be up there in June for another attempt at camping. I'm planning on about ten day stay at your camp.

Looking forward to visiting you at the All Canada show here in Milwaukee.

Richard

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Hi Sharon,

I forgot to mention while I was there that your website is awesome! It is the only site I go to that changes daily. It's real fun to visit the site and see what is new. Keep up the great work.

I also wanted to share some photos with you. One was our catch from the last day. It was our best day out of the three. We threw back at least a dozen 12"-13" walleyes and kept only the 15" -17". It was an awesome outing! There were some tournament people back there not catching anything but watching close. (I hope we didn't give too many secrets away. I'd like to think there will still be some nice one's left when I return).

My brothers and I are trying to plan something for next June. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks for the memories,
Randy P.

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Dear Sharon And Mitch:

Now that Ann and I are back from our Great Canadian Adventure, we wanted to send another sincere thank you for your gracious hospitality while we stayed at your camp. It was nice meeting you two and our guide John also. Tell John that after I tell our Midwest Outdoors Readers about his Muskie stories, he should be getting a lot of requests for guiding jobs.

Larry was right when he described you as being some very nice people. Again thank you and I look foreword to doing your story for the next special Canada section that will run in December, January or February. Check with Larry for the exact month next winter.

Casey

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I just wanted to let you know that we heard from the gentleman that purchased your package on our online auction. He couldn't say enough good about the resort and about the people there. He was SO pleased that he said that they were going back next year.

I thought that you might like to hear this. Most of the time all we hear are the bad things not the good.AND this is GOOD!

Linda Hawk
Marketing Consultant

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Sharon & Mitch,

Wanted to thank you for your help, hospitality and cooking (on Tuesday) during our stay earlier this July. The fishing was good, but as usual the people you meet that run and stay at the resort were even better. Hope others enjoyed their time as much as we did and the fishing was as good for them as it was for us. Continued luck and best wishes for the success of your resort. Attached should be a couple of pictures for your photo gallery if you would like to use them. Thanks again.

Greg

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Sharon & Mitch

I just got a big box from Ken. In it was a (want-to-be bear rug) along with a note. As he thanked me for the cap and he also said that the card you sent was cute too, well kind of. His words, "Dave didn't want you to forget. I think it should have read Dave will never let you forget: yup, five pounds more!!"

After some more jabbing it is apparent that neither one of us has forgotten. Thanks for doing this.

Also this is the finally revised version of "The Hunt". This is the one if you were to let someone else read it to show them.

The Bear Hunt

The "HUNT" started to take a life of its own several years ago while I was fishing at the resort my wife and I had found while attending a sports show. We had been to a few lakes in Canada but never found the "RIGHT ONE".

Little did I know that the young couple that had recently purchased a resort would be the one to change many events in the future. It was apparent that I had found a couple (Sharon and Mitch) that I soon would include in my group of friends. As years have gone by and we have gotten to know them better we have not looked for a new place to fish.

Also as the years have gone by and in numerous conversations with them it seems at the end of the fishing season they also have moose, deer and bear hunting. BEAR HUNTING!!!!

Fast forward to this year and along with my nephew (Ken) I was going black bear hunting. With stick and string we were on our way.

At this time I must take you back about a year and half ago. While talking to Sharon about a bear hunt she mentioned that they had scout cam pictures of a color phase black bear and it's big. First thought, will it be there next year? Then I heard "it has cubs this year so we will not hunt it this year", but she won't have any cubs next year so it will be fair game. And they had 2 tags to fill.

While this was known by me when I talked Ken into going along with me, the fact that there was a color phase black bear somehow never came up. How did that happen?

Ken had other plans (Elk hunting) and could not make it. As time went on and I kept working on him we finally made it happen by changing dates and scheduling and headed north. Of course I had to open my mouth and tell Ken my bear was going to be 5 pounds bigger than his. A smile appeared.

Arriving at camp one of the first things to catch our eyes was a black bear hanging on the rack. It had been harvested by a fellow hunter who happened to be 70 years of age. Talk about a happy hunter. He was it. We also found out that we were the only ones with stick and string. The rest had long guns and one was using a gun big enough to stop a water buffalo. As it turned out we got ours first.

The next morning we were on our way to the stands. Because Mitch took Ken to his stand first I got to see his setup. Ken and I had big grins as we looked around. This looked good!

After Mitch and I went down the road to my stand it appeared to be coming more and more cloudy. I had barley gotten into my stand and heard Mitch leave as the rains started. Just a drizzle at first but shortly afterward it rained hard. As time went by the rain would change from a light shower to a downpour. This was to be repeated most of the day. The wind would change directions several times each hour. By the time I could no longer see the pins on my bow I had not seen a single bear. The smile was not near as big. When I got back to where Mitch was waiting for me, I got the great news that Ken had gotten a black colored bear that afternoon. The smile came back.

Arriving back at the cabin Ken was sitting at the table, another big grin. As I started to tell him I didn't like this game, Ken had gotten up and pulled out a baggie from the refrigerator.

Not taking time to see what he was doing and asking all kinds of questions and not giving him time to answer, he pulls out the bear heart and holds it up right in front of my face. Silence !!! I can see the mark of the broad head clearly visible, dead center of the heart. Bigger smiles.

We go out to look at his bear. As I stand there and look, I am staring at a very nice bear. It had a nice broad head, thick neck and shoulders that would make a weight lifter proud. I thought maybe 5 more pounds was not going to be as easy as I had made it out to be. Sure enough out of my mouth came "Mines going to be 5 pounds bigger". Another smile.

The next morning I'm back to the stand. After a couple of adjustments I'm back up ready for the day. It did not take long to get back in the routine of light showers that was interrupted by heavy downpours every so often. Today was different in the fact that the wind was coming from the baited barrel toward me and was directionally steady all day.

Today was also different in the fact that sometime after lunch a small bear showed up. It came in with great care. It would lay down take a bite, sit up on its haunches and look around. Lay back down take a bite sit up and look around again. After doing this for a short time it stood up and took the board off the barrel and turned it upside down. It took a few more bites and suddenly took off. All the time I watched it I was calm as can be. This is going to be a piece of cake. Then the doubts came in, should I have tried to take it? Then, if it comes back maybe I'll try for it. No, it was too small, or was it?

Shortly afterwards a bear was coming in. It was coal black and BIG. As it got closer it got bigger and it also had a white "V" on its chest. The "V" went from shoulder to shoulder. By now I was shaking. This bear came in and laid down and started to eat. It did not bother to look around, it was in control. Did I mention that all of the vital area was behind some bushes, no shot! It then stood up walked around in front of the barrel and sat down with its backside pointed at me, again no shot. By now I was shaking so bad with excitement, that my bow hit the stand. "THUNK" The bear never even got up, just looked around and kept on eating. After sitting there for a short time it got up and got on the other side of the barrel, head on, and started to eat from that side. I'm still shaking but starting to calm down. I have a chance at it if it will just turn and give me a broad side. Suddenly with one swift movement it turns and is gone. No shot again. Maybe it will come back. I never saw it again.

Within just a few minutes right in front of me clear of the bushes with the sun glistening off its hair was the most gorgeous chocolate colored bear I've ever seen. It was the color phase bear that I had been told about. With its wet coat it appeared to be much darker than it really was.

It came around in front of the barrel with its back to me and started to eat. I was as calm as I have ever been in a shooting situation, Unreal, looking for one bear out of only God knows how many and its right in front of me. I'm now at full draw as it starts to walk around the barrel. It was a quartering away shot and I see the arrow all the way to the bear, the pin still on the arrow, and I can see the feathers protruding from its side.

To my great surprise the bear fell over on the spot. It then rolled over on the arrow and broke it. It was a brand new arrow and the first time it had been shot. Bummer!!

Then another surprise as it rolled on to its belly and tried to get away. "Lord let it die peacefully". It crawled away and I lost sight of it but could see the bushes shake. "Lord don't let it suffer". The bear crawls a little farther, and I finally figure out that I have taken out the back legs. I can hear heavy breathing. It has to be a lung shot but how did it lose the use of its hind legs? "Lord let it give up and not suffer." As I watch, it finally gets to where I can see it. It rolls on its back and lays its head down. I can still hear loud heavy breathing. It appears to be giving up much to my relief.

After I had waited for over 30 minutes I turn to get down. To my surprise as I had been watching the bear I had shot another one was in front of me at the barrel. Bear number 4 the same afternoon and none all day the day before, must be the rain. So I decided that a change of plans was in order. I wait for another 15 minutes after the last bear has disappeared. Finally I get down and head back to camp to get help to drag the bear out.

Back at camp I'm met by Sharon and Mitch. Did you get tired of sitting in the rain? Yep, I just got too wet, besides I got one down. You did? I got the color phase one! You did? By now Ken has started to come our way. The talk of it being a color phase talk stops and the bear is referred to as she. Both Sharon and Mitch know it is a female. Ken still is unaware of the color. When Ken gets close enough we decided to wait for another hour to go find it.

Mitch, Ken and I all go back to retrieve the bear. After we arrived and got to where the stand was I can no longer see the bear as it has moved again. After a short search Ken finds the bear. He stops and looks at it in surprise. He than turns and says to me "It's a color phase". I answer him with a clear and concise "I know". Mitch just smiled as Ken finally figured it out that he had been had. Again the smiles came for all of us.

Ken was just as pleased with the color as I was. After we had removed the hide we proceeded to figure out why the bear had lost the use of its back legs. The arrow was stuck in such a way that we had been unable to remove what was left of the arrow. We came to the conclusion that the arrow had ricocheted off a rib, taken out a lung and other organs in the path of the arrow before ending up stuck in the spinal column paralyzing the back quarters. Not the clean heart shot that Ken had.

Oh by the way if you need a bear skinned call Ken. We did not make another cut in the skin after the field dressing cut. Just peeled it right out. Took more time but ended with a much better result. Ken's number is…………

As the coat dried it turned out to be a gorgeous cinnamon color. When it was hooked up to the scale I watched the pointer getting closer and closer to the weight of Kens bear. The pointer went past 3 pounds, 4 pounds 5 pounds it kept going but I did not need to look anymore.

5 pounds bigger!!! Enough said (yah! right) . Big Silly smile!!!

Thanks to Sharon and Mitch for helping make this happen. Special thanks to Ken for putting up with me and make this a trip to remember. Thanks again.

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"Great lake and awesome hosts."

Dan & Susan K., WI

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Dear Mitch & Sharon,

I want to thank you for being such wonderful hosts last week on our trip to your camp. I wanted to do something with my 2 boys before they graduated next year and this trip was just the thing. We had so much fun it was just perfect. You 2 were very helpful in every thing. Kyle and I especially are very thankful for the time Mitch took to show us around the lake and pointers on how to fish it. My wife and I are already talking about next year. Again thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Sincerely,
Jeff D.

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Mitch & Sharon,

Thank you for a fantastic time at your resort. Your hospitality was second to none. Justin and I had a fabulous time fishing and catching fish. Here are a few pictures of our fish we caught. Until next year…

Best wishes,
Dennis and Justin

Trophy Bass Photos

Trophy Bass Photos

Sharon, Just had to drop a line and tell you again what a great time the four of us had. Other than two days, we had fantastic weather. We would highly recomend anyone who like to fish and loves the outdoors to come and stay with you two. The drive to Thunder Bay is beautiful, and crossing the border was nothing. Thanks again for a great time. Hope to come again. Betty

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I just was peeking at your new photos...thanks for putting our group photo up. I am using it as wallpaper on my computer at work..great advertisement! I cannot believe we had such a big group. thanks again for the memories. with the unstable weather and limited fishing we managed to create many memories. Randy is still boasting of his 47" muskee, think we shall be hearing that story until someone outdoes it. we had hoped to spend some time with you two, however being kept busy with other family members prevented that. Please again thank Jan for the blueberry experience, I truely enjoy that. We say a 10 pt buck on the way home as well as large wolf crossing the road, makes the driving pass faster with those sightings. Thanks so much.

Randy and Vickie

P.S. again what a fun week at the lodge..

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Dear Sharon and Mitch Phyllis and I are really excited about coming back the first week of August. As I'm sure your aware of. Good help is hard to find and harder to keep. My worker that we are bringing along (with his girlfriend) has been a faithful employee and friend for 20 years as of this April. I can't think of a more special of fitting place to bring them. I am thankful for them and for you. So that I know we will have a great place to fish and relax. Thanks again and the money is on its way.

Take care. See you at the end of July

Sincerely
Dennis & Phyllis

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Dear Mitch and Sharon:

This will be our 22nd year together as a group at Dinorwic and Wabigoon and the 12th year at Pine Sunset Lodge. I will have been on the lake 26 times with 14 stays at Pine Sunset Lodge. As you can tell we enjoy the area and the fishing.

Bye for now,
Bill L.

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Hello Sharon and Mitch,

We sure enjoyed our trip to Canada and are already discussing when we'd like to redo it-think either Aug. or Sept. next year.

Hope all is well with everyone- is it still sunny?

Kathy and Ray

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Sharon and Mitch,

We wanted to say thank you for the hospitality and service we received last week while we were there. I think you have done a great job with the camp, docks, gas, minnows, appearance etc. Dinorwic Lake is like a second home as we have spent many times there since the 60's. We thoroughly enjoyed the time there last week. Keep up the good work and best wishes to you.

Hope they are biting…. L

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Dear Mitch and Sharon,

Enclosed are pictures we took will at your camp. The handsome young man holding the muskie is my son Matt. I caught this fish on July 25th on Dinorwic Lake at 6:15pm. I was using 10lb Cajun red line and a silver minnow five of diamonds in about 12 feet of water in a bay. The lure had on hook so I had to be very careful. My son netted the fish for me. We released it within a few minutes. The weather was hot and humid, the lake was down but the fishing was fantastic!

An hour before catching the Muskie I landed a 41" Northern. My son Matt and I are catch and release fisherman. We both caught a ton of good size fish during our stay. Needless to say we'll be heading back next year for another excellent fishing trip at Pine Sunset Lodge with Mitch and Sharon.

Sincerely,
Dave and Matt

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Dear Sharon & Mitch:

Thanks to both of you for everything you provided during our stay at Pine Sunset Lodge. Both Aaron and I agree we can recommend your Lodge to anyone. See you again.

Mark

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Dear Mitch & Sharon,

Dennis and I want to thank you for a great time in Canada.

The weather was perfect, your facility is nice and the fishing was great...at least for me anyway! Looking forward to seeing you at the All Canada Show this Winter.

Phyllis …Luxemburg, WI

Thanks from me also.

The other fisherman in the boat. We had a great relaxing and fun time.

We a trying to plan for nex year. As of now we a looking at the week before Labor Day. Giving us a extra day to get organized from Vacation. I have given your information to a number of people so far. We are looking forward to seeing you at the all Canada show or before if your around the area.

Take Care
Dennis

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Hi Mitch and Sharon,

Attached is the picture of the 25" walleye I caught while at Pine Sunset Lodge. I have a couple more pictures of that walleye plus the 18" smallmouth, Randy's 2 19" walleye (that he got while we were fishing perch after speeding through the rice river channel), and my 20" walleye.

We are disappointed we did not get a picture of the big northern, but the picture will probably never leave our minds. Based on how far it hung over both sides of the net, we estimate it at 42".

We really enjoyed our week with you. I have had approximately 15 Canadian fishing trips and this was the best by far. Your biggest asset is your personal touch with your guests and promotion of the family atmosphere. It does not hurt to be on a fantastic lake either.

We will be back next year probably with a bigger group. Randy will be making the arrangements soon.

Please let me know if you want more pictures.

Rog… WI

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