2012 contributor contest

Year-round Piking
Posted on March 14, 2013 by

Year-round Piking by Richard MacRae

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.

Year-round Piking

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.

tristan-big-bass
Posted on March 12, 2013 by

The Big One by Tristan MacRae

This report comes from Tristan MacRae and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.


I was in Orlando, Florida during March break this year. My Dad and I both like fishing, so we went out with a guide called Capt. AJ Jackson to Lake Tohopekaliga. I was getting really bored because my Dad was catching all the fish and so I got annoyed and when the next fish hit I swiped the rod and then I was in. I was pretty scared, because the fish looked huge when it jumped and so I was worried I might get pulled into the water. I was fighting the fish for a few minutes and finally I got it in. Capt. Jackson pulled the fish on board the boat and then it was paparazzi time. I was amazed at how massive this fish was. I’ve caught Bass before, but nothing like this. Capt. Jackson told me that this was a once-in-a-lifetime fish – ten pounds, he said. He even put a picture on his website. My picture shows up after a few other people’s. We released the fish after the pictures were taken.

The Big One by Tristan MacRae

Fall Musky Fishing on the Johnny by Marlon Prince
Posted on March 12, 2013 by

Fall Musky Fishing on the Johnny by Marlon Prince

This report comes from Marlon Prince and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.


As I know you guys are aware musky can give you a beat down, and I was getting banged up pretty good this year. Most of the season I was attempting the impossible, landing a musky on the fly. With countless follows, eats, a few hookups but no fish landed, I was beginning to think my boat had some kind of anti-musky stank on it. Most of the time I’m fishing with friends throwing gear and still no musky in the boat. I drove from Halfax, NS to Fredericton, NB almost every weekend to fish for the big musky. After the time and gas money spent, logging well over a couple hundred hours this season I started to wonder “Why am I doing this?”

Fall Musky Fishing on the Johnny by Marlon Prince

Fast forward to Oct 13, 2012 in Meductic, NB. I booked an extra long weekend off work in hopes the cool fall weather would turn the fish on and maybe I’d be at the right place at the right time. My girlfriend and I fished two days with no sign of fish. Saturday morning we took our time and made a big breakfast around the fire before hitting the water. I knew it was going to be a good day when my girlfriend landed her biggest smallie to date on her second or third cast. We fished the morning and landed some good size smallmouth bass up untill around noon when the water started getting rough. The Saint John River was at her meanest, throwing 2-4ft swells at us. No way I can throw a fly in this stuff! With no sign of musky and the waves crashing, I decided to switch my gear and troll. I threw on a 8″ hellhound “triple d” in walleye colour, which had been a proven musky producer for me the previous fall. I made the call to troll a shady shoreline with a steep 30′ drop off. My girlfriend was doubtful.

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Posted on March 7, 2013 by

Musky Success in New Brunswick by Casey Hayward

This report comes from Casey Hayward and was submitted as part of our 2012 Contributor Contest.


The MuskiesNB Chapter of Muskies Canada held our annual “exploratory outing” on September 9th, on the St John river at Oromocto. The exploratory is a club outing to an area where we have not been before for an organized fishing derby (catch and release). After 5 years of attending almost every club outing I finally got the winning fish. It was 39.5″ x 17″ and was 1 of 4 caught in the derby. I was trolling a blue fox, tandem inline spinner in about 4′ of water, actually heading for deeper water where I thought my chances would be better. The muskie put up a pretty good struggle but I finally got it boat side (I was alone). When I tried to get it into my huge Frabill muskie net, the front hook on the spinner got caught on the netting. The muskie really began to thrash about and I was sure I was going to loose it as it was not in the net at all. It gave a huge flip and landed right in the net as the lure came free from the net and its mouth. I just sat down to rest a bit as I was shaking like a leaf. A guy who was just launching his boat at an old wharf came over to see what all the splashing was about. He took some pics for me but they were not too good. Well I finally got to the podium and received a $300 Okuma, 8’6″ telescoping musky rod and an Okuma Isis 400 baitcast reel. For an old dude I was pretty excited and I am looking forward to doing it again.

Musky Succes - Casey Hayward

– Casey Hayward

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