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serious fisherman, licensed as a guide by Transport Canada. His circle of friends includes both camps (car customers and fishing clients) who often mingle with each other at the Walleye Lounge. This new Walleye Lounge, still in

progress but substantially underway, is a 40 X 40 feet garage with a loft that Jim wants to convert to a pool room. It has great new doors, a fireplace, antique signs, mounted fish (of course), a custom 12-ft. bar, lots of places to sit, two fridges and a freezer, a wood stove, an old fashioned hot-oil popcorn maker, a karaoke deer head called Buck who sings and gets you to sing along with him into a microphone, a couple of couches, a draught beer machine, a wrought-iron chandelier, a barbecue… to name only a few. As of April, Jim was looking forward to installing a 52-inch TV. He’s going to add kitchen cupboards and counters. “When we get groceries,”

he says, “we buy two lots: one for the house and one for the garage.” On St. Patrick’s Day he hosted a

party in The Walleye Lounge with at least 100 guests. He holds Halloween parties, gatherings during Senators’ games, and many other smaller parties with friends. He’ll do a fish- fry or serve something like perogies and salad with wild garlic (on fish plates, of course) from their own property. On top of his skills as fisherman

and salesman, Jim is also a chef. He hasn’t worked in the food business for years, but his training at Georgian College is still with him. He loves to cook, and so does Caroline. Guests can almost always anticipate

something terrific to eat. The Walleye Lounge is more than

a place to hang out and entertain. It’s a huge part of Jim’s life. His whole fishing business is out there. He spends endless hours just tinkering with fishing rods and equipment. (Caroline likes this part, because before the Lounge, all his equipment was in the house.) When he started building the new

one, clients and friends were eager to pitch in. Ottawa Garage Makeovers, for instance, put in the impressive high-gloss floor. Breneck Technical Services installed the airtight woodstove to code. Synergy electric changed all the lights and rewired the garage. Handymen Ron Humick and Jim Charron helped with the finer details and carpentry. The Door Doctor put in Eastman Estate doors. This is a man-cave that goes

beyond a hangout or hideaway. It’s practically a community of friends. But still, it’s Jim’s, and that’s

where he finds some truly fine moments.

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