June 22, 2017

Grand Marnier and Fish. Oh, My! Gravlax

Here's a super recipe for Gravlax with Grand Marnier, salt, brown sugar and dill. Personally, I can leave out the dill. But Grand Marnier, oh my! I've got to put this recipe on my TO DO list. Thanks Thurndermist Lures.

Traditinally, Gravlax is a Nordic dish with salmon. Here it is with trout. Looks yummy.

And no cooking necessary.


April 18, 2017

Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club Annual Pike Fishing Tournament


The Sturgeon Falls Annual Pike Fishing Tournament is May 26 & 27, 2017 in Cache Bay.

Over $50,000 will be awarded in cash and prizes.

The tournament is hosted by the Sturgeon Falls Rod and Gun Club.

Learn more and register at the Tournament Website or on Facebook.

Entry fee is $220 per team.

Tight Lines!

February 25, 2017

Northern Pike Cakes

"Chef Jay Barnard, of Kenora, Ont., says northern pike has become one of his personal favourite fish. It has a 'sweet, freshwater' taste, he said." Source: CBC News: Thunder Bay

Well, I'm pretty sure those are not Northern Pike the chef is holding. And I'm not sure his contention that "When you say northern pike people get scared," is accurate. Maybe for those who do not fish. But that aside, Northern Pike Cakes are delicious.

Chef Barnard does not share his recipe, but here's mine. First, I must apologize. At camp, I never measure anything. Use your best judgement.
  • Leftover cooked Pike, flaked
  • Bread or Cracker Crumbs or Panko
  • Chopped Onions and Minced Garlic, very lightly sauteed
  • Eggs 
  • Your favorite seasonings. I like Mrs Dash Garlic and Herb Blend or occasionally Lawry's Season Salt. Sometimes I use Tarragon or sometimes Curry Powder. Change is good, right?
  • A Lemon or two
  • Your favorite dipping sauce
Mix the Pike, Crumbs, Onions and Garlic, Eggs, and Seasoning. Form into patties about 3/4 of an inch thick. Lightly fry in your favorite oil, butter or even lard. Remove to a tray lined with brown paper (I usually use a cut grocery bag) to absorb the excess grease. Do not use paper towels as they become soggy. Keep warm in a low oven while you are frying more cakes. Or let everyone eat while you stand at the stove. Serve with sliced lemon and your favorite sauce.

Here's my favorite and easy Tartar Sauce:
Mayonnaise
Pickle Relish
Chopped Green Onion
Lemon Juice
Finely grated Parmesan Cheese (I usually use the stuff you can buy in the canister because it's easy at camp).
Keep mixing and tasting until you get it to your liking.

I like to serve this with a crisp salad or coleslaw to balance the fried patties.

February 01, 2017

Ontario Family Fishing Weekend


Ontario Family Fishing Weekend is February 18 - 20. If you're looking for some weekend fishing fun in your area, Ontario Family Fishing Events has a significant list. Fun on the ice in February is super way to take it outside and shake off the winter cobwebs.

January 31, 2017

Lake Simcoe Burbot

Now that's a fish! A Lake Simcoe Burbot.



"The minute I looked down the hole, I knew it was a record." Sabestian Roy

Read the full story at CBCNews Thunder Bay

January 26, 2017

Wikwemikong 9th Annual Ice Fishing Derby

Manitoulin Island: Saturday, February 11 from 8 am to 12 noon at Bayside Resort on Manitowaning Bay is the date and site of the Wikwemiking 9th Annual Ice Fishing Derby.

Fifty tagged rainbow trout will be released. The first tagged fish caught will win $10,000 with the second tagged fish caught winning the Pimped Hut and all the swag valued at $4,000. And this year your entry will qualify you for the registration draw for the 2017 Polaris Voyageur 550 snowmobile from Trailside Sports.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.wikwemikong.ca or by visiting any of the ticket outlets in Sudbury, Espanola and Manitoulin Island. For more information call (705) 859-3477 or visit the Wikwemikong Ice Fishing Derby Facebook event page.

January 12, 2017

How to Tie a Palomar Knot

And another good tip from Thundermist Lures. I learned the Palomar Knot about 40 years ago. It's still one of my favorite fishing tips. 



I don't use it always. It's a superior knot but still sometimes difficult to slip a large lure through the Palomar loop. But given the choice, this is my go-to knot.