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    My duty as a Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador

    It's a bit dated (from Apr 20, 2014)

    Fishing is not always about the fish. As a member of the Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador, I try to promote fishing in Toronto whenever I can...as long as my fishing isn't interrupted too much LOL.

    I love to chat about fishing with people in general, but I really do love to share the sport with kids.

    Today, I was fishing in a river right in downtown Toronto. This river is as urban as it gets. Since Trout Opener is still 6 days to come (Yes!!! 6 more days!!!), I figure I would get some more practice drifting, reading waters and setting some hooks into fish.

    Well, the fish were really tight to bottom so in the end I did more bottom bouncing than float fishing. I was getting nothing on the float until I met Dave by sheer coincidence and we started bottom bouncing the pool. It didn't take long to catch some of the White Suckers we were after.



    While we were fishing, a family came by. First it was the mom with a 2 year old boy. She was interested to find there were fish in this "dirty" river. Soon I was able to catch one and show them a healthy White Sucker. The 2 year old was a bit unnerved by the fish. However, his older brother came to join us. As in my typical fashion, when kids are around, I work hard to try to get a fish on the hook and then hand off the rod. Dave said I have a touch for catching fish on demand for kids. Indeed, it only took the next cast to get one. I handed the rod to the boy and with some coaching he was able to bring a nice White Sucker to the bank. It was his first fish ever.



    We released this fish and chatted about the importance of catch and release and selective harvest. We also mentioned that fish in Toronto is not as heavily polluted as some may think. You just need to know which species can be safely eaten and how many meals a week to consume. It is all about moderation. I wasn't trying to preach these ideas. The family were interested and they asked the questions.

    As much as I love to catch fish of my own, and work on my lifelist, there is really very little that compares to the accomplishment I receive when I can help kids learn to fish...and especially catch their first fish.

    Although I'm a bit less involved with TUFA these days, I always look forward to volunteering at any of the family fishing events every year. To me, there is nothing more important to our sport of fishing than promoting fishing to the next generation and to instill important conservation concepts in their young minds.
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    A fishing moment that boy will not soon forget.

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    Great job Ken, fishing with kids is fun !! I will be taking a young fellow out again in Jul for the 3rd year as our muskie club does a small fish day with big brothers/big sisters. last year he caught a 30 " muskie on a J7 rapala while we were fishing for smbass. Talk about excited and happy!!!
    Money cant buy happiness, but it can buy fishin tackle and that is almost the same thing!!

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    Well done Ken!

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    Family Fishing Week is a week away. Sat. July 05 to Sun July 13.
    To launch the week CSFL is holding their All Star Fishing Tournament Tues. July 01 @ TORONTO HARBOUR.
    Toronto Urban Fishing Ambassador TUFA will be a partner at the following Family Fishing Days.
    Saturday July 05 Grenadier Pond, High Park
    Sunday July 06 Boat House, Toronto Islands
    Saturday July 12 Topham Pond, Eglinton Flats
    Volunteers are needed 9am until 2pm for all three events.
    If you interested in volunteering contact us at [email protected]
    Thanks!



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