Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Big Fish with the Big Easy

This past weekend brought me back to my hometown of Buffalo, NY.  The trip was based around a few family get togethers but I figured I could squeeze in some sort of fishing.  Within a few phone calls we were booked for a Lake Ontario salmon excursion.  After a few twists and turns we were on the water on a hot and humid day.

Only those in Western New York know what a great fishery the area around Buffalo can be.  You can catch trophy trout year round. Whether you are chasing Steelhead through the winter months on the famed tributaries or trolling for King Salmon in July, this area has it.

The charter was with Big Easy Sport Fishing with Captain Steve Renyolds.  We couldn't have found a better Captain for this day.  I've only done one other charter like this before but for the conditions we faced it was nothing short of a blast. 

Here are a few photos from a day out on Lake Ontario with Captain Steve.

Ben waiting those magic words: Fish On!

Ben's Fight

Ben's 25lb King Salmon

I was lucky enough to pick the right rod: 30lb King

 Big Fish with the Big Easy

til next time....

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Such is Life

We're less than two months from the start of our upland season and I'm back down to one dog.  While on hike over the 4th of July holiday, Mia tore her ACL on her right and previously uninjured leg.  Prior to this injury, we were devoting so much time and effort to her conditioning.  She was swimming and training with days off in between to rest her legs.  Her conditioning was coming along and she was even on a handful of training birds.

Was this injury bound to happen, maybe, maybe not? 

I'm confident that she'll make a full recovery but she won't be able to chase wild birds again this season.  Maybe next year, maybe not.  At this point we are more worried about her recovery as our pet.  I'm looking to the near future to make a good rehab and then in the long term to make sure she has the best quality of life as possible.  It's not unheard of to have a sporting dog with 2 TPLO surgeries running around the uplands.   She'll most likely have stronger knees after this second surgery than she did before these injuries. 

Mia's second favorite, after hunting, snuggling!

til next time...

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Dog Sledding

Abby decided to celebrate this past holiday weekend by sledding down a snow bank. She didn't realize that this was not Christmas and it was actually the 4th of July.

Goofy little dog.

til next time...