Strategic Napping

August 5, 2019 by dmorin No Comment

Fishermen are athletes. I think we all agree on the fact that, as an athlete, you strive to eat well, keep hydrated, and maintain the optimum body mass index to allow maximum performance. Sure you do.

It follows then that the athlete will improve their game by adhering to developments in the field of Sports Medicine. Research shows the human body recovers best when allowed an activity to work ratio of in the area of 1:2 or 1:3. In hockey, for example, teams have 3 or 4 lines to allow time for players to rest. (It can be argued that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been resting since the 1970’s, but that’s a different debate). For the angler, this ratio means that for every hour of fishing, there should follow two to three hours of rest.

At Two Moon Lodge, we have created an environment conducive to optimizing athletic performance. Each cabin now has its own hammock, shaded between trees, open to the breeze off the lake and the stunning view of Loon Bay. Some athletes have been seen intensely recovering, motionless for hours at time, preparing for their next shift in the boat. Or, as is often the case, seated on a camp chair with their head down, eyes closed, book opened on their lap.

Our Lodge’s operational philosophy respects the importance of physical and mental recovery. Here in our road-less paradise you won’t be disturbed by the roar of ATV’s, cars or trucks driving past; we do not own jet skis, nor do we permit guests to come with personal watercraft. At Two Moon Lodge we are all about the silent sports: paddleboards, canoes, kayaks, bicycles, foot paths. You won’t hear a generator running or equipment operating. Only birds singing, loons crying, buddy snoring.

Timing of the rest periods is key to fishing success. The athletic angler can be on the water for the first shift, tackle those sunrise walleye, then, have a well deserved rest later in the day. And after a successful afternoon of strategic recovery––and a well-balanced refueling with plenty of protein––the athletic angler is ready to hit the water for another tough shift of power fishing.

About Author

dmorin Dave and Julie Morin own and operate Two Moon Outpost Lodge on Lake Kipawa, Quebec.