July 28, 2015

Wawa's Salmon Derby

August 21 through August 23, 2015 is Wawa's 33rd Annual Salmon Derby.

Derby Headquarters is at Buck's Marina.

July 21, 2015

Long-Nose Gar

In lake spring and early summer their adhesive, and poisonous, eggs cling to stalks of grass. Within weeks, they can reach a foot long. Most anglers use a nylon rope lure. Always spot your prey first before casting within 6 inches of the predator's eye.

Source: Northern Ontario Travel
Has catching a long-nose gar been on your bucket list? Read On....

July 07, 2015

Freezing Fish

Personally, I'd rather eat what I catch and then go back out and catch more. Frozen fish does not even compare to fresh fish.

But if you've got to freeze fish, this is an excellent way to do so, especially if you're traveling some distance with your frozen fish in a cooler.

And I'd love to hear your thoughts? To freeze or not to freeze? What's your preference? And when you do freeze, what's your method? 

June 30, 2015

Fish License Free During National Fishing Week

Canada's National Fishing Week, Catch Fishing, is Saturday, July 4 through Sunday, July 12. Regulations still apply, but no license is necessary.

Check out some of these Ontario Events during this week for places to introduce your friends and family to fishing.

June 21, 2015

Plan Your Low-Impact Fishing Trip

Photo Source: CBC News

So you're heading to camp or the cottage for a weekend, week, or longer fishing trip. Plan for low-impact and avoid bush dumps or toting all that trash home.

Here are 15 tips for keeping the bush the bush and making your fishing trips a little more environmentally friendly.
  1. Bring only what you need. Plan well. 
  2. Buy fresh foods at a farmers' market and bring your own bag.
  3. Remove excess packaging and recycle it before you leave. For instance, a lot of food is put in a plastic bag, then inside inside a cardboard box that is wrapped in plastic on the outside. (See 2 and 4)
  4. Buy in bulk in refillable and reusable containers you are happy to take home. 
  5. No plastic wrap, please.
  6. Even if you have electricity, brew your coffee with something other than K-cups. A perk coffee pot with a reusable filter is perfect.
  7. Avoid travel-size containers for soap, shampoo, lotions, toothpaste. etc. Put all that in your own refillable containers. Better yet, encourage bulk containers to be left at camp or the cottage.
  8. Bring or install a water filter. If it's your camp, install one. If you are visiting, a simple backpacking water filter works fine for a week. HINT: The person who sits on the porch enjoying the view and pumping lake water from one bucket to another is excused from cooking and dishes. Bottled water is a huge environmental burden.It is estimated that over 3 liters of water are used to manufacture 1 liter of bottled water. 
  9. Choose reusable drink containers. An insulated cup that can be taken out in the boat or used at camp is perfect. Red Solo cups are not camp friendly, even if you do write your names on them.
  10. Whether you buy fishing equipment, cooking equipment, camp chairs, toys or anything else to take to camp or use at camp, buy quality items. These things should last numerous seasons and not end up in the trash at the end of your trip. 
  11. Take your reusable bait boxes to the bait shop and avoid all those little plastic disposable containers.
  12. Bring reusable dishes, cutlery and glasses. In most cases, your camp or cottage will have all that waiting for you. If you're camping, ask each person to bring his or her own place setting. Yup, you've got to do dishes. Enjoy the process and teach the kids.
  13. Bring all recycling back with you. Yes, I know, it's a pain in the butt. Just do it. You'll be a better person for it. Assign someone to be in charge of a recycling system. If you think about it before you leave, you'll be surprised at how little recycling you have to do.
  14. Choose a spot far enough away and compost vegetables only. No meat, cheese, grease, animal waster and other bear-attracting items, please. 
  15. If it's not your camp, ask the owners if they recycle or compost. Use your best judgement if they say yes to recycling. Some camps say they do when it really goes into the camp dump. You'll know if you pay attention. And asking helps educate others and raise their level of consciousness. 

May 05, 2015

Finally An Answer...

... to "What happens when a pike swims off with your lure?"

I'm relieved to know I'm not killing Northern Pike unnecessarily. Good news for the pike, not so much for my lost lures and pocketbook.

But for every lure I've lost to a pike, I do hope someone has found it.

"The pike shook the lures with ease." And pike are more stressed by long handling and air exposure than just releasing them with the lure.

Source: CBC News Thunder Bay