2016 Staff Bios

Pit

Pit

1. My name is Gab-Riel, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Pit.
2. This is my 28th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because it is home for me, and I love seeing my kids make it their home too.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is: The first time I ever watched Netflix was this December for “Making a Murderer”, and now I understand what binge-watching actually means!
4. My travel bucket-list includes a visit to Chruchill in Northern MB to see polar bears - something I will be doing this fall with my family! Next one after that is somewhere in Europe in a couple of years.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he eats forever” - thanks for that one, Big Guy.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me... you can’t find me on my off time (which isn’t all that often, come to think of it!).
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching trophy lake trout on back-to-back days in early spring, using light tackle (4lb test) because we were actually targeting pre-spawn walleye!
8. The one item I cannot live without is: Rephrase that to people, and it’s my wife Julie and our three kids Annika, Martin, and Natasha.

Julie

Julie

1. My name is Julie, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Julie, but Grant calls me Jewels.
2. This is my 17th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because Aikens is my life.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Scandal.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Scotland, France, Spain and Italy.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Make sure to take time to enjoy this beautiful place you are in”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me on the beach with the kids.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is Pit guiding me to a trophy pike.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Pit’s back rubs.

Patrick

Patrick

1. My name is Patrick, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Papatrick.
2. This is my 17th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I have forgotten where home is.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is 19-2.
4. My travel bucket-list includes having a real Phô in Vietnam.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “It takes a long time to earn a man’s respect, but seconds to lose it.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me spending time with my boys.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is watching my three year old reel in a tiny Pike that he then called a whale.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my Olpha knife.

Janelle

Janelle

1. My name is Janelle, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Jans.
2. This is my 11th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I love what the water does to my hair!
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Orange is the New Black.
4. My travel bucket-list includes all of Europe.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Life’s too short to drink bad wine”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me hiking with the kiddos - which is actually just a slow super slow walk...
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my one and only trophy walleye!
8. The one item I cannot live without is a bottle of probiotics.

Jesse : Head Guide

Jesse : Head Guide

1. My name is Jesse, but at Aikens, I’m still known as Gus.
2. This is my 8th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the people I work with and fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is I don’t know Ma, Well…Making a Murderer was a gooder.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Quenelle Lake, one of those days.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “At least you didn’t try…that one put a fire in my belly.”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me hanging out with the boys, most likely in a boat..
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is…there are so many but, two big pike with Réanne standout to me.  Good times.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Gatorade and snickers.

JB : Guide

JB : Guide

1. My name is Jean-Bocar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as JB, Booboo, Honey Boo, Linda, Black Boucanne...
2. This is my 7th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because this is where I catch the adventure and capture the memories.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones (but not on Netflix...).
4. My travel bucket-list includes all of Africa.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep givin’r”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me eating sushi or having an ol barley pop at the local watering hole.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double trophy pike night with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a bobber.

Ben : Guide

Ben : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Binder.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of all the different people you meet.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Zoo.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Australia, to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, South America and the parts of Europe I’ve missed.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping or fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is the fishing derby on my first year, winning it within 30 minutes of starting, with JB’s big pike.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my fishing rod.

Jesse P : Guide

Jesse P : Guide

1. My name is Ben, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Binder.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of all the different people you meet.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Zoo.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Australia, to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, South America and the parts of Europe I’ve missed.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping or fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is the fishing derby on my first year, winning it within 30 minutes of starting, with JB’s big pike.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my fishing rod.

Derek : Guide

Derek : Guide

1. My name is Derek, but at Aikens, I’m better known as D-Rock, Derk.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I’m Hooked!
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Australia, Alaska, NWT.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep your stick on the ice”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me in Big Molly’s, Big Guy’s, The Porch, The Lake, if not found there please start looking….
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is Slaying under those Northern Lights.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my sunglasses.

Austin : Guide

Austin : Guide

1. My name is Austin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Stone Cold.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because the drinks are cold and the fishing is hot.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Archer.
4. My travel bucket-list includes fishing in the Florida Keys.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Buy a good rain suit”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me probably fishing or playing guitar.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding the two biggest walleye of the year on the same day.
8. The one item I cannot live without is fishing gear.

Matt : Guide

Matt : Guide

1. My name is Matt, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Slow Cooker.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because it’s beautiful here.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is X-Files.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Sweden, Thailand and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding a trophy walleye at the Crock-Pot.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Deep Dish Yum-Yum.

Étienne : Guide

Étienne : Guide

1. My name is Etienne, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Steve-O.
2. This is my 5th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because the sky is bigger here. I get to watch the Clouds move across the sky all day.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Brooklyn 99.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Yukon!!
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you’re being chased by a snake, if you face it, it will turn into a flower”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me Breaking hearts, climbing and looking at the trees and stuff.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is slot bite on North Bull in the rain.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my compass.

Marco : Guide

Marco : Guide

1. My name is Marco, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Hedge Hog.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because  of the wonderful staff.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Greece.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Start catching lunch!”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me studying
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is guiding my first fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my sunglasses.

Colin : Guide

Colin : Guide

1. My name is Colin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Coco.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I love the outdoors and meeting new people everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Lost, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead... there’s so many of them!
4. My travel bucket-list includes going to New Zealand and Australia to try some skydiving.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Treat people the way you’d want to be treated”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me on the lake having a good time or in my cabin sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching my ever lake trout!
8. The one item I cannot live without is water.

Carey : Guide

Carey : Guide

1. My name is Carey, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Care.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and the beautiful scenery.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is... funny thing is that I don’t have Netflix.
4. My travel bucket-list includes flying a super cub in and out of gravel bars in Alaska.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Keep your tip up and the line tight”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me out on the water.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is witnessing the first lake trout bite of the season.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my Leatherman.

Evan : Guide

Evan : Guide

1. My name is Evan, but at Aikens, I’m better known as... so far, still Evan.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I saw some pretty awesome flowers in the bush, and I think that’s pretty rad.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is House.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Teahupo’o.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Just do what makes you happy”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me napping, or rippin’ flukes off the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is hitting a fun little pike bite at the falls.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my guitar; Laquisha.

Jared : Chef

Jared : Chef

1. My name is Jared, but at Aikens, I’m still known as Jared.
2. This is my 1st season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because  it’s super rad.  Nature is awesome & food is the best! Where yah to? Somewhere Deadly!
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Planet Earth. David Attenborough is a dream weaver.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Space.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Whatever you do, do it well”
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me napping during Planet Earth episodes.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is that one time I was almost hit by lightning and that other time Janelle caught that fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my brain.

Tess : Baker

Tess : Baker

1. My name is Tess, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Tessa.
2. This is my second season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the endless photo opportunities, canoeing with loons, and of course the big and fun Aikens Family.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is House of Cards.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Yukon, Canadian East and West Coasts, and the South of Spain.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is to remember that “Tomorrow’s another day!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me canoeing past you or snapping pictures all over the peninsula.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing off the barge and reeling in Austin.
8. The one item I cannot live without are my Blundstone boots.

Danielle : Housekeeping

Danielle : Housekeeping

1. My name is Danielle, but at Aikens, I'm better known as Dan-Dan.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I can't go another summer without Reba.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Fuller House.
4. My travel bucket-list includes visiting all the historic museums in Manitoba.
5. The best advice I've ever received is "Calm down Dan-Dan".
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing down by fast fast waters.
8. The one item I cannot live without is Tessa's baking.

Rebecca : GGO Hostess and Houskeeping

Rebecca : GGO Hostess and Houskeeping

1. My name is Rebecca, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Reba.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because no other summer job can compare.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Game of Thrones
4. My travel bucket-list includes visiting all 7 Wonders of the World.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You’re great at cleaning, keep it up!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me catching up on sleep.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is watching everyone but me catch fish.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a toothbrush.

Aryn : Housekeeping

Aryn : Housekeeping

1. My name is Aryn, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mom.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I love nature and fishing.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Mindy Project.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Peru and Thailand.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Love yourself, treat yourself”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me walking down the wilderness trail and exploring the peninsula.
8. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is dock fishing with ma gurls.
7. The one item I cannot live without are my Birkenstocks.

Roxanne : Housekeeping

Roxanne : Housekeeping

1. My name is Aryn, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mom.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I love nature and fishing.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Mindy Project.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Peru and Thailand.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Love yourself, treat yourself”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me walking down the wilderness trail and exploring the peninsula.
8. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is dock fishing with ma gurls.
7. The one item I cannot live without are my Birkenstocks.

Melanie : Housekeeping

Melanie : Housekeeping

1. My name is Melanie, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Mel.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because of the great people and the big fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Walking Dead.
4. My travel bucket-list includes pub hopping in Ireland, and Fiji.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “This too shall pass”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me sleeping.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my 41” Northern Pike caught in the river.
8. The one item I cannot live without is sweat pants and baggy sweaters.

Lorraine : Organizational Expert

Lorraine : Organizational Expert

1. My name is Lorraine, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Lorraine or sometimes Lolo.
2. This is my 28th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful peninsula because there is no other place I would rather be!
3. My favourite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is: Pit…..how do I turn this on again!!!
4. My travel bucket list includes the South Pacific Islands and Canada, specifically the Rockies and the Atlantic Provinces.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is……..Don’t worry about anything any longer than it would take you to do it!
6. On my off time at Aikens, you can find me moving furniture, re-arranging cupboards, organizing things and generally making spaces better to live in……mine and others.
7. My favourite fishing memory at Aikens is when Gerry, Pit, Andrina and I went to Bonaventure Lake and we got into some heavy Pike. Everyone caught a trophy but me but I caught a 39”. Not bad for a day on the lake!
8. The two items I cannot live without are bleach and wine, not necessarily in that order!

Joël : GGO Host

Joël : GGO Host

1. My name is Joël, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Joe.
2. This is my 6th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I get to do something different everyday.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, if only it was on Netflix...
4. My travel bucket-list includes Europe and Australia.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If you can’t work and talk, don’t talk”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting hoops in the yard.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is double-troph with the boys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my upper-lip hair.

Jonny : Lost Lake Host

Jonny : Lost Lake Host

1. My name is Jonny, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Gernard or Gernie.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I love my fans.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Trailer Park Boys.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Altona, MB.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Never make eye contact while eating a banana”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me working.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is day one of this season, ripping in blimps with the guys.
8. The one item I cannot live without is the North Star girls.

Justin : Maintenance

Justin : Maintenance

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Juice.
2. This is my 3rd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because I’m really hoping to be Head Labor one day.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Canoe trips through Canada (of course passing through Aikens).
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Don’t be an idiot”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me taking in a scenic view.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is canoeing up river to the second set of falls and casting.
8. The one item I cannot live without is a hair elastic.

Myles : Laborer

Myles : Laborer

1. My name is Myles, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Smiles.
2. This is my 2nd season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the great fishing and the amazing people.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Seinfeld, but I don’t think that one is on Netflix.
4. My travel bucket-list includes South East Asia and the Moon. They both seem pretty cool!
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is to remember where your bread is buttered.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me shooting some hoops or on the water fishing.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is that time I lost a 60” pike! I swear it’s true!
8. The one item I cannot live without is a good pair of work shoes - they sure make my life a lot easier.

Justin : Dockhand

Justin : Dockhand

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Freddie or Elmo.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because it’s a good place to get away from everything.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Lost or The Office.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Ireland.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “You’ve got to be good to be lucky”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me driving a boat or working out.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is TBD.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my phone for music.

Sean : Laborer

Sean : Laborer

1. My name is Sean, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Sean White.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I've always wanted to be a guide.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is Sex and the City and Grey's Anatomy.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Regina.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Live, Laugh, Love”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me listening to T-Swift on the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching a 27.5" walleye off the dock.
8. The one item I cannot live without is the colour orange.

Justin : Laborer

Justin : Laborer

1. My name is Justin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as... I don't have a nickname yet.
2. This is my first season at the lodge. I’m excited to work at Aikens because I get to fish.
3. My favorite television series to binge-watch on Netflix is That 70's Show.
4. My travel bucket-list includes Alaska and Yukon.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “If there is no one from the future to stop you, it's not a bad idea”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find playing basketball.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is my first time exploring the lake.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my hockey stick.

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

Annika : Head of Child Care Services

1. My name is Annika, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Anni.
2. This is my 12th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the beach!
3. My favorite thing binge-watch on you tube is tutorials on songs for my guitar and piano.
4. My best travel memory is surfing in Hawaii
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Give a man a fish, he eats for the day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me playing my guitar or swimming.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is the fish that got away...I had a trophy walleye on my line on the dock.
8. The one item I cannot live without is music

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

Martin : Official Dock Net Man

1. My name is Martin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Marty.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful peninsula because this is where I will catch my first Trophy.
3. My favorite thing to binge-watch on you tube is Preston Playz.
4. My best travel memory is catching Mahi Mahi while Deep Sea Fishing.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Set the Hook!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me fishing off the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing with Pepère Turenne in the rain at the Honey Hole all afternoon.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my iPad.

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

Natasha : Professional Laundry Helper

1. My name is Martin, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Marty.
2. This is my 9th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful peninsula because this is where I will catch my first Trophy.
3. My favorite thing to binge-watch on you tube is Preston Playz.
4. My best travel memory is catching Mahi Mahi while Deep Sea Fishing.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Set the Hook!”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me fishing off the dock.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is fishing with Pepère Turenne in the rain at the Honey Hole all afternoon.
8. The one item I cannot live without is my iPad.

Oscar : Trail Inspector

Oscar : Trail Inspector

1. My name is Oscar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ozzie, Oz or Oz-man.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the quads.
3. My favorite show to binge-watch is Pat’ Patrouilles (Paw Patrol)
4. My best travel memory is going to visit the Maritimes with my parents and grandparents.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Put your pants back on before leaving the bathroom”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me taking walks and gathering leaves and sticks in the forest.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching my first fish with Papa this summer... it was so big I called it a whale!
8. The one item I cannot live without is my collection of toy cars.

Arthur : Professional Co-pilot

Arthur : Professional Co-pilot

1. My name is Oscar, but at Aikens, I’m better known as Ozzie, Oz or Oz-man.
2. This is my 4th season at the lodge. I keep coming back to this wonderful Peninsula because of the quads.
3. My favorite show to binge-watch is Pat’ Patrouilles (Paw Patrol)
4. My best travel memory is going to visit the Maritimes with my parents and grandparents.
5. The best advice I’ve ever received is “Put your pants back on before leaving the bathroom”.
6. On my off-time at Aikens, you can find me taking walks and gathering leaves and sticks in the forest.
7. My favorite fishing memory at Aikens is catching my first fish with Papa this summer... it was so big I called it a whale!
8. The one item I cannot live without is my collection of toy cars.

The place is absolutely Top Drawer in every aspect of the experience. Having dreamed about taking my 2 teenage grandsons on a fly in fishing trip for years I could not have written a better script. The accommodations, Food, equipment level of excellence was only surpassed by the people.

—Chip Michel,
St. Paul, Minnesota

You have paid attention to every detail and it shows. The cabin and food is the best I have seen. Lots of neat spots to explore, wish we had more time!

—Jason Mitchell,
Jason Mitchell Outdoors

It exceeded any expectation I had to the point that I’ve told my kids that if I get a bonus that’s exactly where we’re going. When you compare it against other luxury vacations, where you typically pay extra for a guide or various excursions, what you get at Aikens is a really good value. I’ve fished all over the world, from Alaska to Colorado to Costa Rica. I’d put Aikens over those in terms of the size fish you can catch and the quantity.

—Maria Bailey,
Florida

This week at Aikens for our anniversary has been absolutely the greatest gift! The only thing that would have made it better was if my dad and mom could have been with us.

—Amanda Paschal,
Parker, Colorado

They say “you get what you pay for” ... at Aikens you get more. They know what they’re doing, and it shows. Its called “The Aikens Experience.” The lodging is top notch. The food is outrageous! Aikens Lake is a dream to fish. The staff - how they find and keep so many polite, friendly, courteous, intelligent, and attentive people year after year I have no idea. They learn your likes and dislikes; they make you feel welcome and relaxed.

—Steven J Kuzmich,
Loveland, Colorado

People sometimes want to try new locations or lakes in Canada but I really do not know why our group would ever look elsewhere or even think about it. The fishing is world class and the accommodations and hospitality are five-star.

—Gene Reibel,
Omaha, Nebraska

We wanted to get a true fly-in Canadian fishing/wilderness experience, but be able to do that without having to spend two days traveling to get there. Overall, the experience was exactly what we wanted. Great fishing, great setting, great service and accommodations that allow you to really relax and enjoy quality time with your family.

—Tony Abena,
Edina, Minnesota

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)