|Hike Name:||Otto's Bunker|
|Trip Date:||February 17, 2006|
|Trail Conditions:||Fair to Good|
|Trip Weather:||Partly Sunny, Partly Cloudy, Cloudy|
|Trip Temperature:||High: 61-70, Low: 31-40 degrees Fahrenheit|
|Trip Report:||I packed for the trip to Orangeburg in about 30 minutes then drove down to the Operator's to jump in with he and Wild Turkey and head to the farm in South Carolina by noon. We made a few stops in route, but made it there before dark in about four hours. The Camel beat us to the farm by 15-20 minutes and was waiting at a gate (albiet the wrong gate) by the time we arrived. Credit him for getting within 100 feet of the right gate, since this place is not easy to find by any means. Once at the bunker, we pitched tents then threw out some spinners in the lake. I landed six fish in twenty minutes (all largemouth bass) and nine total by the end of the night. The Operator and I took the boat out but most of the damage was done from the shore. The blue gill were hiting the fish bait like crazy, but didn't touch the spinners. The largest of the bass was 1lb. and big enough to eat. Wild Turkey's aunt asked that we pull them out since the pond is overstocked, and we were happy to oblige. Wild Turkey's cousin, Scott, showed up at dusk and cleaned the fish - quickly I might add. We then threw a bunch of scrap wood into a bond fire and cooked up some Moose steaks that The Camel got from Songbird. The Operator and Wild Turkey also roasted some chicken and potatoes and we had a feast this evening. Unfortunately, we noticed that the wood was treated with weedkiller which resulted in thick black (and unheathly) smoke but not until we finished our dinner. Regardless, the beers made the food go down easily and Sikle found us in time for some leftovers. He arrived in the dark but was aided by a lantern placed by the road - a good call by the Camel. This place is extremely difficult to find even with day light. By midnight, we were playing the first of many games of Hold'em that lasted well into the night. Most of us camped this evening, but Scott opted to sleep in the bunker.|
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