2012 Staff Bios

2012 Staff Bios

Patrick

Patrick

  1. I am otherwise known as Pawtrick here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my thirteenth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : It was the best place to meet girls.
  4. These three words best describe me : White. Fish. Spoon.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : In the office of Aikens Lake.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Doc
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : The Bowling Stones
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Mullet Lips
  9. My homepage is set to : Aikenslake.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Unsure, but I’m confident I can give you a run for your money.
Janelle

Janelle

  1. I am otherwise known as Jans here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my seventh season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : You mean I wasn’t born here?
  4. These three words best describe me : Blond. Blue. Eyes.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : In Winnipeg, doing my thing.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: First thing in the morning, definitely Grumpy/Sleepy but otherwise Happy.
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Minds in the Gutter
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Mullet Lips Re-Dub.
  9. My homepage is set to : Aikenslake.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : I can’t say I’ve ever tried...
Eric

Eric

  1. I am otherwise known as Petit Point here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my 6th season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I bought an Aikens Lake t-shirt at the Salvation Army Thrift Store and I just had to find out where this lake was...
  4. These three words best describe me : Three. Way. Swivel.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : In Ottawa.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Sneezy
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Turkey Hunters
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : P.E.I Encyclopedia/Salutations
  9. My homepage is set to : Reddit.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : So fast that I can’t even time it.
David

David

  1. I am otherwise known as Dave here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my seventh season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Not sure anymore, it seems so long ago now.
  4. These three words best describe me : I, Love, Fishing.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : Working and watching hockey.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Doc
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : The slew goo’s
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Benni Lava
  9. My homepage is set to : msn.ca
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : 1 second
Griffin

Griffin

  1. I am otherwise known as Griff here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my sixth season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Pit sent me an e-mail.
  4. These three words best describe me : Blond. Beard. Moustache.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me trying to go to school and traveling.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Grumpy.
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Here for the Beer
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Christian the Lion Reunion
  9. My homepage is set to : PerezHilton.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Depends on the colour of the jig.
Jesse

Jesse

  1. I am otherwise known as Jesseppe or Gus here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my 4th season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Pit begged me to come up, so I did.
  4. These three words best describe me : Sexy, Hairy, Fishy.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : At the gym with Brad.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Grumpy... I’m a pretty miserable guy. Haha!
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Burbotual Bowlers
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Pat filleting a pickerel
  9. My homepage is set to : www.google.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : A lot faster than Tyler.
Elliot

Elliot

  1. I am otherwise known as Rodeo or Skully here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my third season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I was at home one day when I detected the faintest aroma of beer battered walleye…I followed the scent trail and a few weeks later I was eating an Aikens Lake shore lunch.
  4. These three words best describe me : 23, White, Male.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : Out and about.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Sneezy.
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Elliot and the Girls
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Castells
  9. My homepage is set to : www.aikenslake.com/guides
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Only a few seconds... but I’m ready to tie another jig like right after. I swear.
Eric

Eric

  1. I am otherwise known as E2 here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my third season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Dave, the pilot, was nice enough to give me a lift.
  4. These three words best describe me : Rapscallion, Idiosyncratic, Whimsical. (And yes, I used a dictionary just to find big words.)
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : Studying at the University of Ottawa.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Gimli
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : The Cinnamon Bears
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Baby Trashes Bar in Las Palmas
  9. My homepage is set to : Google. 5 points for originality.
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : 0.15 nanoseconds.
Jean-Bocar

Jean-Bocar

  1. I am otherwise known as Jo Boo here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my third season at the lodge
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I won three walleye tournaments so Pit contacted my agent and arranged to have me flown down.
  4. These three words best describe me : Generous, Loving, Humble.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : Going to school at USB, and maybe in British-Columbia snowboarding.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Bashful
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Pike Strikers
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Bill Dance Fishing Bloopers
  9. My homepage is set to : Who uses computers these days?
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Depending on the knot... 3 to 4 seconds.
Alex

Alex

  1. I am otherwise known as Laser here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my third season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I heard about Aikens through JB’s sister, had an interview and here I am.
  4. These three words best describe me : Fast, Super, Hungry.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : At school or traveling.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Sneezy.
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : #theDobermans
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Uncut angling - Area 54
  9. My homepage is set to : Aikenslake.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Faster than you.
Mathieu

Mathieu

  1. I am otherwise known as Chummer? Napoléon? (Quite frankly, I don't know...) here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my third season at the lodge.
  3. Ths is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Pit saw my show on Outdoor Life Network.
  4. These three words best describe me : French, French... I'm out.
  5. In the offseason, you'll find me : At least 50 meters away from any school or playgroud... aside from Med school; that one I'm stuck in.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White's seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Doc
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Bill Yellowbeak and the Middle Gull Thrashers
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Get Down On It by Kool and the Gang
  9. My homepage is set to : www.usherbrooke.ca/medecine/intranet/... go figure.
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Unknown. The timekeeper always blinks.
Tyler

Tyler

  1. I am otherwise known as Tylo or Killer here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : I came here as a guest and never left.
  4. These three words best describe me : Easygoing, Talkative, Dedicated.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : Working out, playing golf, traveling, geocaching and extreme ironing (google it!).
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Happy.
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : Lucky Strike
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : Golf Boys - Oh Oh Oh (Official Video)
  9. My homepage is set to : www.in-fisherman.com
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : I just tied three in the time it took you to read that.
Brad

Brad

  1. I am otherwise known as Schneids here at the lodge.
  2. 2012 is my second season at the lodge.
  3. This is the story about how I ended up at Aikens : Big Laser told me about the lodge, so I boarded a plane!
  4. These three words best describe me : Perfect, Beautiful, Superior.
  5. In the offseason, you’ll find me : In the gym.
  6. This dwarf, of Snow White’s seven dwarves, most closely resembles my personality: Bashful
  7. If I was part of an Aikens Lake bowling team, our team name would be : #theDobermans
  8. My favorite YouTube video is : New York Grand Central Freeze
  9. My homepage is set to : Google
  10. My record time for tying a jig is : Approx. 15 min.

One of the coolest things about Aikens is you could have terrible fishing and have an awesome time there. Well-fed and well-served, plenty of beer to keep you warm. Tremendous service. Of course, the fishing’s great, too, but you have fun either way.

—Nate Siegal,
Salt Lake City, Utah

Incredible staff and amazing fishing. The accommodations are top notch and the food is first class. You won't find a better lodge in North America for pike and walleye fishing. The owners really know how to run this place. The memories made here are like no other.

—Jesse Bleeman,
Toronto, Ontario

What I love about Aikens? The ever present welcoming attitude that starts when you exit the plane and ends, well, never actually ends from what I can tell. The entire staff which is well selected and well trained, guides who make fishing fun and easy, the size of the lake (not too small for serious fishing and not too big for novices), the breakfasts, the shore lunches, the dinners, the awards handed out at dinner, the evening fishing with dock staff making sure your boat is ready, and the bar that gives you a chance to meet fun and interesting people to share a fishing story, a joke, or life story.

—Dennis Munson,
Solon, Iowa

Our guide really listened to what we wanted to do and tailored our day specifically to us. To me, the shorelunch was the highlight of each day. The shorelunch sites are set-up so well in very scenic spots. You can watch the Aikens videos and read the website about the fancy cabins, and the food, and how great the fishing and the service is, but one thing you can't really appreciate until you're here is how beautiful it all is.

—Paul Capecchi,
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

I’m an amateur rank fisherman and I caught a ton of fish, including a Master Angler pike. That’s what makes Aikens Lake so great, you can get guys like me that really don’t know what they’re doing, and you start to believe that you might.

—John MacDonald,
Minneapolis, Minnesota

My husband and my dad had always talked about going to Canada or Alaska, so when I got the idea to give them a fishing trip as a surprise gift I did about six months of research. Once I talked with Pit, I was sold. It was really a surprise to them. They were so excited, and they just had a wonderful time at Aikens. They enjoyed their dream trip, and I don’t think it will be their last time to Aikens.

—Debbie Nutter,
Elizabeth, Colorado

Pit and his team have done a wonderful job of putting together the perfect gem of an outpost camp. We love going to the Lost Lake outpost because it provides you the seclusion and serenity without comprising the nice luxury-type components.

—Scot Woolley,
Minnetonka, Minnesota

The Four Seasons of fishing lodges. What's truly impressive is that ownership is constantly improving the experience. Every year you arrive and notice improvements. I'm just back from our trip to Aikens with my son. In the last 15 months he's been to Copenhagen, Berlin, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Venice, Croatia, Greece and Turkey – but said this was his favorite trip ever. He slept with his Aikens hat on last night!

—Greg Borca,
Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin

Those young staff members make me realize that our future is in good hands. Every one of them are class act young people, such a joy to associate with when you see what is going on across the land. Thanks again for the great hospitality from you and ALL of the staff.

—Jeff Hall,
North Little Rock, Arkansas

Truly an experience you'll want to relive over and over. This father-son-grandpa trip went from being a once in a lifetime experience, to an annual fishing trip! See you next summer!

—Mark L.,
Winnipeg, Canada

Aikens is the perfect place for a family trip. The cabins are the best we’ve ever been in, the lodge is beautiful, and of course Pit and Julie are wonderful hosts.

—Jim Deleeuw,
Wisconsin President Organization, Group Leader

My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.

—Denise Kozlowski,
Lake Oswego, Oregon

I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.

—Ron Ball,
Westman Dreams for Kids

I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.

—Joe Harrington,
Monticello, Arkansas

Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.

—Sherry Martin,
Cordova, Illinois

You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.

—Steve Andersen,
Lincoln, Nebraska

Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.

—Kris King,
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide

From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.

—Dan Quayle,
Former United States Vice-President

The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.

—Boomer Esiason,
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)