2014 Staff Bios

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pit. It’s a nickname I’ve had since I was 4 years old. It’s a french thing!
2. This is my 26th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s what I live and breath every day of my life. I love it up here!
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because of my experience growing up here, doing a lot of hard labour over the years, then on to guiding, and now managing. I’ve been in every role I now ask the staff to do.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Bear Island - it’s a small structure with wicked dropoffs, and holds some of our biggest fish!
5. In 5 years from now, I will be watching my kids get to an age where they are going to be enjoying life so much at Aikens! Being a young teen here was a lot of fun - being free to go out in the boats alone, exploring the lake. My kids will be reaching that point by then and they are going to learn so much as they explore both the fishing and the wilderness at Aikens every summer.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a guide and his guest filling out the paperwork for a Master Angler or a Century Club can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is to dance like our local legend at all Winnipeg sporting events, Dancing Gabe.
8. You can find me on Twitter @aikenslake.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Julie.
2. This is my 15th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s part of me.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I am part of the team that makes it all happen.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Bear Island.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be exactly right here filling out my bio for 2019.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Oscar yell ALLOO as my kids run happily to play with him can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I can guide people to trophies.
8. You can find me on Twitter peeking at Pit’s Twitter account.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pat.
2. This is my 15th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because this is home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I’m kind of a big deal.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Saddle.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be sitting passenger, while Oscar guides me.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Enzo waiting for me at the end of the dock can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is fly-tying (for big pike).
8. You can find me on Twitter @aikensguy.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jans.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I can’t get enough of those taco nights.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I also moonlight as the chief mechanic.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Middle Gull.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be teaching Oscar how to fillet a fish (I better learn how to do that before then...!!).
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing someone trip on a tree root can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is the ability to win any dance-off.
8. You can find me on Twitter @NotOnTwitter...

Dave

Dave

1. My name is Dave, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Big Beef.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s perfect.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I’m Big Beef.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Southshore and the Saddle.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be... I wish I knew.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a big fish can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I have an 6th sense for trophy pike.
8. You can find me on Twitter @NothingInterestingEnoughToTweet.

Jesse L.

Jesse L.

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Gus.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I love what I do, and the rest just happens.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens isn’t Pit’s Point - but I better not find you there.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be trolling for pike somewhere.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing caterpillars can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is eating walleye 100 days in a row.
8. You can find me on Twitter @... Twitter? Don’t know the guy.

Griffin

Griffin

1. My name is Griffin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Garreth.
2. This is my 7th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the burbot bite is number one under the sun.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I run fast and jump high.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Valley of the Bulls.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be living in a van down by the river, on a steady diet of government cheese.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Elsie can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I can twist my mustache to perfection.
8. You can’t find me on Twitter.

Elliot

Elliot

1. My name is Elliot, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Rodeo.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I’m not married, don’t have kids, and I don’t have to cook my own food out here. Or wash dishes. Or pay for gas. Oh yeah, and I get to fish everyday. And there’s a great bar with a pool table. Seriously, this place is sick. It doesn’t even make sense sometimes.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can read and write.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the guide dock.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a little bit older, and little bit wiser.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a big fish can always put a smile on my face. Guaranteed.
7. An interesting skill I have is being stealthy.
8. You can’t find me on Twitter. But you can find me soaking it all in, real life style.

JB

JB

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as JB.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the beer batter is a delicassy.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can work even if I’m tired.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is G-S.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a valet driver in Las Vegas, Nevada.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Rodeo Rhodes can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is typing 100 words per minute.
8. You can find me on Twitter @NoTweetingForThisYoungBird.

Alex

Alex

1. My name is Alex, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Laser.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because we have 5 quads.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I run fast and jump high.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Turbo’s Ts.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be hopefully be sitting flush.
6. If I’m having a tough day, seeing Chef Mike at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is tying  jigs with my tongue.
8. You can find me on Twitter @InYourDreams.

Eric

Eric

1. My name is Eric, but at Aikens, I’m better known as E2.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I like to play with Enzo and Gibson.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because my rocking body brings in the female clientele.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is a secret and I’m not telling anyone.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be all grown up.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Gibson bathing in the lake can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is tying  jigs with my toes.
8. You can find me on Twitter @Eric2renne.

Jesse P.

Jesse P.

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pelch, Pelter, Coach or DJ Preds.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the people are amazing, the fishing is good, and nothing beats an Aikens sunset.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because that’s the bottom line... Stone Cold said so.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Goby Gully.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be doing play-by-play for the Thunder Bay (InsertNameHere).
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a huge walleye strike my guest’s line can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is being able to know what’s going on in Skully’s head (and it’s often scary).
8. You can find me on Twitter @jpell007.

Ben

Ben

1. My name is Ben, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Binder.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the beer is always cold, and the fishing is even better.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I’m good at meeting new people.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Rodeo Ridge.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be having a big boy job.
6. If I’m having a tough day a Aikens, seeing the view of the lake from our cabin can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I can speak a few languages (decently well).
8. You can find me on Twitter @IHateTwitter.

Derek

Derek

1. My name is Derek, but at Aikens, I’m better known as D-Rock or Derk.
2. This is my second season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this to this beautiful place because I love the mosquitoes.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I give my best everyday.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the South Arm.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be graduated from the University of Ottawa with a commerce degree.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a trophy fish at can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is never leaving a question blank.
8. You can find me on Twitter @Facebook.com

Sean

Sean

1. My name is Sean, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mouse.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I have come to this beautiful place because it is indeed a beautiful place.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I protect Gus from swimming mice.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Fast Waters.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a carpenter.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing a big walleye can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is whistling through my tongue (I’ll show ya!).
8. You can find me on Twitter @Facebook.com.

Matty

Matty

1. My name is Matthew, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Matty.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I will keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s a long walk home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can play Riptide.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Peanut Butter Jar.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be no longer in debt.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing food can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is sharpening tools.
8. You can find me on twitter @Matthewrobbins23.

Michael

Michael

1. My name is Michael, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Chef.
2. This is my 1st season at the lodge.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I love to feed people.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the dock.
5. In 5 years from now, I will still be here.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing my fishing rods can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is knife throwing.
8. You can’t find me on Twitter.

Catherine

Catherine

1. My name is Catherine, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Cat.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I will keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s basically summer camp for adults... with beer.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can make a mean cup of coffee.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Honey Bay, I mean Bear Gull, wait no, Slow Waters.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be hiking across northern Spain.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing my brother can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I knit most of my friends’ christmas gifts.
8. You can find me on Twitter @MissCatLavigne.

Réanne

Réanne

1. My name is Réanne, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ray-J.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place to get away from the city.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can put up with Josée et Chantal’s accent.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Moosehead Bay.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a Master Angler... hopefully.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Ronnie can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is painting lures.
8. You can find me on Twitter @burbotgurl07.

Josée

Josée

1. My name is Josée, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jojo or Jose (on Taco Night).
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because no summer job in the city could beat this, and, of course, I love the fishing.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I speak French, English, and English with an Australian/British accent.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is Kik’s Corner.
5. In 5 years from now, I will probably still be in school.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, watching Oscar dance to the breakfast bell can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is making up lyrics for songs when I don’t know the words.
8. You can find me on Twitter @ProStaffGuide.

Chantal

Chantal

1. My name is Chantal, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Chantalooooski.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place for the North Star Parties... and the people are pretty amazing also I guess.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I add to the Aikens multiculturalism.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Honey Hole.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a lifer at Aikens.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Oscar dance and laugh everyday can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is conversing in English with a British accent with JoJo.
8. You can find me on Twitter @DatHousekeepaLyfe.

Emily

Emily

1. My name is Emily, but at Aikens, I’m better known as still just Emily.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because ... well it’s my first year but I will definitely be back!
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I make everyone listen to country music.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is wherever the fish are that day.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be a 25 year old nurse.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing my bed at nap time can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is avoiding being pushed of the dock. **Emily got pushed off the dock the day she wrote this.
8. You can find me on Twitter @... Twitter?

Christian

Christian

1. My name is Christian, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Kik.
2. This is my tenth year anniversary at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because it’s home.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I know my way around a chainsaw.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is top secret.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be 34.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing Josée can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is a very strong defensive Ping Pong game.
9. I spend too much time in the woods for Twitter... so you’ll never find me.

Jonathan

Jonathan

1. My name is Jonathan, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jonny.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because Nickelback never seems to be touring during the summer.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because of my luscious locks. I think that’s pretty much it.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is G-S.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be the greatest luchador that has ever lived.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing myself in the mirror can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is keeping the B&T in tip-top shape.
8. You can find me on Twitter @idonttweet, but I do Tinder ladies.

Etienne

Etienne

1. My name is Steve, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Etienne.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because I want to build character.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I keep your showers hot.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is not located on Aikens Lake per se, but actually tucked away behind the western shoreline of the main lake. Through a small channel, you can access a body of water named "Lost Lake." It is called Lost Lake because it is incredibly easy, while fishing the aforementioned body of water, to get proverbially lost in its cornucopia of natural vistas. To complement the miraculous fishing and imposing granite cliffs, the lake has now been blessed with a superb outpost that includes all amenities needed for a great trip. Come down and check it out! More info at www.aikenslake.com.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be married with children, a dog, and a mortgage.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing happy guests can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is to cook minute rice in 58 seconds.
8. You can find me on Twitter @NiceTry,NSA

Joël

Joël

1. My name is Joël, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pti’ Joe and Brisky.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because the beer battered fish is good.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because of my variety of skills.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is the Front Beach.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be 5 years older and 2 years wiser.
6. If I’m having a tough day, seeing the sunsets at Aikens can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is... too many to pick from.
8. You can find me on Twitter @WillFerell.

Austin

Austin

1. My name is Austin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Stone Cold.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this beautiful place because... wait, I’ve been here before?
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I can reach things other people can’t reach.
4. My favorite fishing spot at Aikens is slaying off the dock.
5. In 5 years from now, I will be working a real job.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing my bed can always put a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is I can tie a jig in 4.2 seconds.
8. You can find me on Twitter @nope.

Justin

Justin

1. My name is Justin, but Aikens, I’m better known as Juice.
2. This is my first season at the lodge if you don’t count the 6 days last summer. I keep coming back because I can.
3. I am a big asset to Aikens because I am probably the 23rd strongest person working on the peninsula.
4. My favorite fishing spot on Aikens is - I don’t know, we’ll hopefully find out this summer!
5. In 5 years from now, I will be either an astronaut or traveling the world by canoe, playing my banjo.
6. If I’m having a tough day at Aikens, seeing my beautiful, amazing, gorgeous, lovely, wonderful, funny, and generous sister can always but a smile on my face.
7. An interesting skill I have is that I can get my sister to do my laundry.
8. You can find me on Twitter @juschamberland

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)