The fishing season is off to a fantastic start this year! Last weekend marked the opening of trout season here in Ontario and though I was only able to get out yesterday, my friends and I still managed to have a fantastic day on the river. We woke up early and took a short drive out to Oshawa where we would explore the upper parts of the river. Tiny beads and stoneflies were the most effective lures in the gin clear water.
The Bassassins have put together yet another fantastic video, this time featuring some of the most exciting multi-species ice fishing I’ve ever seen. Their run and gun approach to ice fishing paid some serious dividends last year and this video proves it. Keep up the good work guys and hopefully we can get together in the summer!
An amazing season has come to an end. Always on the hunt for adventure, fish and fun were plentiful. As much as it pains me to let this one go, open waters will soon lead the way to new challenges. What better way to celebrate this harsh but glorious winter but with a “Big Old Mix Tape”.
I often find myself daydreaming about taking a couple of weeks off work for an epic fishing adventure. As much as I love fishing warm southern waters, traveling north and fishing cold water virtually untouched by man is what really piques my interests. This video, Kayaking the Great Bear, is exactly the type of trip I’d love to do!
After discussing the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline–which would carry bitumen from Alberta’s tar sands to the Great Bear rainforest of northern British Columbia, three friends decided to go see the area for themselves. Having heard that hidden in the rainforest which surrounds the twisting pacific channels are tiny abandoned trappers’ cabins, the group packed everything they would need for eight days into their kayaks and headed out into the world’s largest temperate rainforest in search of something which is becoming increasingly rare: wilderness.
The group was made up of:
Spencer Taft, masters ecology student
Daniel Robb, extreme outdoor adventurer and guide
Paul Manning-Hunter, Canadian National Whitewater Kayak Slalom team member
This report comes from Richard MacRae and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.
I know this is kind of a double entry in one, but the point of the entry is that I caught 67 Pike this year, starting in January and ending this December. To me, Pike are one of the most underrated species to catch. The challenge with Pike fishing is figuring out where they are hanging out (deep/shallow or bays/points etc.), how they want the presentation and where they want it. It’s not exactly true that they’ll hit anything, but they will hit everything, it just depends on their daily preference.
I like Piking, because you can fish them at anytime of the year, except of course when the season is closed during April and the first week in May. The two Pike in the pics show that – the January Pike was caught on the Mepps in shallow water and the December one was caught in deep water using a new method that I discovered this year; casting a 2 oz a bottom bouncer with a small silver rubber minnow. They were both 33″ long and at that size, they put up a great fight.