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Fishing the Mighty St. Lawrence with Eric

- September 10th, 2014

My buddy Eric Dupuis, Adverting Guru with the Ottawa SUN, and his wife Bridgit headed out on the Mighty St Lawrence River recently for some late summer angling action, and here’s the result:

We launched out of Prescott on the St. Lawrence yesterday and caught a couple nice small-mouth and Bridgit caught a nice walleye.

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Had to go deep to get them. Caught the first bass in 25′ on a tube and the 2nd one in 50′ on a drop shot.

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Bridgit caught the walleye in about 40′ on a worm harness.

Caught them all around the marina and fort area. Caught a bunch of Gobies too. 

Hoping to make it out again in 2 weeks.

Eric Dupuis

Bass fishing, National Fishing Week, deer tags and more!

- June 26th, 2014

 

My June outdoors column in the Pembroke Daily Observer is now out in print, and available online for those who don’t live up the Valley:

http://www.thedailyobserver.ca/2014/06/25/valley-anglers-kicking-bass

 

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Bass may be the last fishing season to open each year but with a growing list of devotees, myself included, it remains one of the most popular sport fish.

Each year, the Valley bass season in Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 15 gets underway the fourth Saturday in June, two weeks later than most other sport fish. From a conservation standpoint, the later season allows for warm water smallmouth and largemouth to complete the spawn, and also for young bass to mature so they may fend for themselves. Other species like walleye and trout play no real role in guarding of the eggs so their seasons always open earlier in the spring. Anyone who fishes the Ottawa River, otherwise known as the Fisheries Management Zone (FMZ) 12, may begin bass fishing tomorrow – one day before the rest of the Ottawa Valley. If anyone’s looking for me this weekend, I’ll be in Cobden searching for old bucket mouth!

Deer tags up for grabs!

Valley deer enthusiasts are watching the calendar closely as the antlerless deer tag validation draw closes on June 30. There are three application methods available although your chances at a tag remain the same, whether you apply by telephone, Internet or at a Service Ontario outlet. To apply over the phone call 1-800-288-1155, but remember that if you have already purchased your regular deer license, you’ll not be permitted to enter the draw this way, and must apply either online or visit a Service Ontario outlet. For more information: http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/OC/2ColumnSubPage/STDU_137147.html.

National Fishing Week on the way

The goal of National Fishing Week (NFW) is to introduce anglers to this special activity we call sport-fishing. Between July 5 and 14, everyone is encouraged to plan a fishing day at your nearest stream, pond, river or lake. To remind folks of the recreational value of our freshwater fishery, the Ontario government is waving the fishing license requirement for that week each summer. Anglers without a license must still abide by the limits set out in the Conservation permit and all other regulations remain enforced; including size limits and protected sanctuaries. For more information: http://www.catchfishing.com/

Testing testing

This spring I had the opportunity to try out a device which added an all new element to my trout fishing endeavours. Magellan’s new eXplorist 310 – Anglers Edition I field-tested in May proves that no matter how good your fish finder is, it will never bring you to where the fish are! Enter the Magellan 310 Anglers Edition. This handy little gem came with a Fishing Hot Spots add-on, which includes a three lake download as well as 4,000 lakes and waterways included in its database. Such features as detailed shorelines and depth contours are included with every water body. A complete look at physical and biological make up of each lake is displayed, where you can build-in your own ‘honey hole’ waypoints; saved as your own personal points of interest. The 310 special colour screen offered support readability even in direct sunlight or when strapped to the gunnel of my canoe. This unit felt compact and rugged and is completely waterproof as one would expect. Next spring when I begin my ‘trout recon’, I’ll be making a beeline to all the best spots! For more information on the eXplorist 310 Anglers Edition by Magellan: http://www.magellangps.com/Store/eXplorist-Special-Editions/Magellan-eXplorist-310-Angler-Edition.

Big bass, big money

The Lefaivre Lions Club is holding its annual Open Bass Tournament on the Ottawa River on Saturday, June 28 from 7 a.m to 3:30 p.m. With thousands in cash and prizes up for grabs, the town’s Open Bass Tournament has garnered the attention of anglers from across the region and beyond. The Lefaivre Lions Club hosted its first Annual Open Bass Tournament back in 1993, and here we are more than two decades later and the event is bigger than ever. Registration is $200 per boat (team of two) plus $20 for the big fish prize.

Shootout Series Bass Tour presents CHEO Charity Tournament

- June 5th, 2014

Watch out Renegade Bass, here comes the Shootout Series Bass Tour!

 

CHEO Charity Bass Tournament and Kids Derby

The Shootout Series Bass Tour is proud to announce their season opening event will be held at Hardy Park, in Brockville on June 21st and 22nd.

Come watch fishing TV legends, Bob and Darren Izumi from the Real Fishing Show, and Reno Viola from In-Depth Radio and former host of the Fish’n Canada Show. Even better, you can take your shot at beating these legends and many more of Canada’s best anglers. For only $160 you can win thousands! Even better than winning money, you have a chance to brag to your friends that you beat Bob Izumi!

Headlining this event, will be a children’s charity fishing derby on Saturday from 10am to 1pm in support of the CHEO foundation. Totally free to all the little anglers, prizes will be awarded to each and every one of them and there will be a BBQ so we can give our little anglers lunch. The BBQ will continue until 6pm for adults to purchase and support CHEO.

If you would like more information on fishing the Bass event, please visit www.shootoutseries.ca for more details. If you wish to fish the kid’s event, just show up anytime from 10-1. Please bring your own rods, tackle and bait can be provided.

The Shootout Series would like to thank the City of Brockville, Brockville tourism office, and all our anglers and sponsors for assisting in making this event possible.

Thanks to Cory Banford for the heads-up on this terrific upcoming event…and stay tuned for more news this summer on the Shootout Series Bass Tour!

 

Outdoorsguy

Annual trout trip a BIG success!

- May 29th, 2014

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My annual trout fishing trip to Temiscaming, Quebec, is a time I look forward to all year long..regardless whether we catch a lot fish or none at all. This spring marked the 25th anniversary for my father and brother-in-laws on our annual may trout trip.

Of course with this late spring, water was the coldest we’d seen in years. Mid – Low 50′s I’d estimate on most lakes and the fish were up high and hitting like crazy!! The most big fish actions we’d seen in years!

Here’s a nice photo of my 82-year old father with a decent-sized eater trout, this fish was probably a bit smaller than our average size. Most brookies we caught were in the 17″ – 20″ range or around 2.5 – 3 pounds. Certainly not your average ‘spec’.

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We boated a total of 45 trout over the 4.5 days we fished, and released an incredible 30 of those fish. The real joy for me now is catching these monster specs and having a couple of meals of smaller fish. We each took home two trout apiece; far from our limit of 7.

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Here’s Steve with nicely-coloured fish from our other ‘eater lake’. 

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Learning how to quickly and efficiently release brook trout is an art in itself. Smaller trout were actually more difficult to release so we ended up keeping small ones for eating.

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The place we’ve been camping for the past 15 years has become like a familiar friend, on the shores of a scenic but non-trout lake.

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Here is one of the big brookies I caught slow-trolling a Williams W55 Lite…incidentally, we caught ALL 45 trout on the same exact spoon if you can believe that. Why didn’t we change lures? Well, when you find something that works it only makes sense to stick with it!

Although I’ve tried different tackle over the past few years, I always come back to Williams and Mooselook as my standby spoons!

 

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This big guy Bruce caught in a nearby lake ended-up as part of our meal that evening (for obvious reasons) This was the largest trout we’ve ever caught on the other not-so-secret lake we fish, and a great looking 22″ specimen it was!

This year we really took the time up north to smell the roses. We didn’t need to spend 12 hours a day on the water and ended-up fishing maybe 6 hours per day – followed by a horse-shoe tourney(won by Steve & I), some great musical entertainment by Bruce and euchre inside the tent after the sun went down. Lots of laughs and a few frosties were had by all. (NONE whilst fishing of course..laughes yes, beer no!)

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Without a single black fly or mosquito to be had, it truly was the best time to be in the great north woods! We even saw snow in the bush in many spots and along the roads on the way up. I predict ice hadn’t been off these lakes for more than a week; which is terrific timing for brookies if you can plan it that way, or simply luck-out as we did.

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Upon closer inspection, this behomoth 24.5″ trout (the largest we’ve ever caught in the region) may have actually been one of our ‘mystery’ or Aurora trout. This was the only photo we snapped before it was released since I wanted this huge spawner back in the water as quickly as possible! I would estimate this girl (a female) to be easily 5 pounds and possibly more. Without any speckles or halos…it does have the appearance of an Aurora trout. I look forward to the chance of catching it again next year!

Well, after 25 years of spring trout fishing I’d say my Dad, brother-in-law’s and I, have things down to a fine science. With some of the best fishing we’ve had in over two decades, it was a fine way to celebrate our silver anniversay!

Hey…25 years together is pretty damn good I’d say, some marriages don’t even last that long!

 

Outdoorsguy

Fishing on Atlantic Queen ll in Rye, New Hampshire

- October 2nd, 2013

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A Port-side view of the Atlantic Queen ll docked at Rye Harbour, New Hampshire.

This summer, my family and I had the good fortune of spending the day aboard this marvelous vessel in search of New England torpedoes – otherwise known as the mighty mackerel!

 

With the prospect of going after the coveted Boston Bluefish, I had brought my muskie rods along  just in case, but as it turned out this would be a mackerel-only voyage and heavy equipment wasn’t required.

Oh well, next year for Blues perhaps…

 

A nice view of Rye Harbour. You may have heard of Rye, New Hampshire if you watch the TV show Wicked Tuna. The new season features a tuna boat out of Rye called the Pin Wheel featuring youg gun Captain Tyler McLaughlin.

Rye NH is just a short distance up the coast from Gloucester, Mass where the show is filmed out of.

 

A nice shot of the famous lighthouse which sits on the Isle of Shoals –  a rock outcrop approximately 6 miles off the coast, and a spot I have fished around several times over the years. Isle of Shoals is very picturesque location that many tourists cruise out to and photograph.

Keep your eyes open when you’re there as you might even spot a seal. We saw several throughout the day! Apparently the warmer water off this coast this year has brought out more seals than ever before, and in turn more sharks!

The torpedo action started…they may not be especially large, but what these fish lack in size they make up for in muscle! 

 

Terrific day to be out on the Atlantic Ocean!

 

 

My daughter Grace with a good-sized mackerel, one of 8 she pulled-in that morning, and more than double my catch for the day.

 

 A nice bucketful of colourful macks!

 

An inside look at Captain Brad’s wheelhouse. Shussh, don’t tell anyone!

I felt privileged to be allowed inside to take a few photographs. Brad and the Atlantic Queen ll staff were more than accommodating to my family and I this summer.

A quick peak at Captain Brad’s electronics. Please disregard those ‘numbers’ folks - fans of  Wicked Tuna also understand how secretive captains are about that sort of thing. 

 

A great big thanks to Tony Carnes, the rest of the staff and crew of the Atlantic Queen ll, and to Captain Brad Cook for an incredible day out on the water! Oh, did I mention they also do whale watching?

If you’ve never done a fishing charter off the New England Coast, be sure to stop-by Rye Harbour and check out the Atlantic Queen ll, otherwise known as the Big Blue Boat.

I have been out on more than a dozen fishing charters in New England over the years, and the Atlantic Queen was, by-far, the best operation I’ve seen yet. Sure, we didn’t get any Bluefish, but that’s all in the timing, we had more makerel action than you can shake a stick at!  For Bluesfish , I will just plan to vacation a bit later in August next time…

For more information, log onto: http://www.atlanticqueenfishing.com/

 

Outdoorsguy