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Vibrax spinners for winter Steelhead.

Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

As we get milder and milder late winter temperatures many anglers are looking to the Great Lakes piers/harbors and lower sections of tributary streams to target Steelhead. While most use roe bags, egg imitation beads, plastics eggs & worms, & flies, some like casting artificial lures.

In this weeks featured image Drake Damchuk caught his first steelhead on a Vibrax #4 spinner after sending in an Ask Italo question as to what lures to use for these fish. I gave the advise and he put it to use. Spinners have caught many steelhead over the years but are often overlooked since so many anglers use drift-outfits. To fish spinners properly you really need a steelhead spinning outfit.

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Florida, here we come!

Posted on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

I know that thousands of Canadians, especially from Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes are on their way or already in sunny Florida. Just wanted to tease you with some fish Connor Grdosic has been catching there on the Gulf side.

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Spotted Sea Trout are one of the most common winter fish that feed heavily in the inter-coastal and especially on wide expanses of eel grass covered flats.

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One of the most popular ways to catch them is just using a cork (float) with a live shrimp fished just a couple of feet down. Trout are constantly on the move and like to especially patrol mangrove shorelines, the edges of deeper channels and all over eel grass covered flats.

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Black Drum will often go into really shallow water to feed. These fish look very similar to our freshwater Sheepshead and can grow over 50 lb. Smaller Black Drum are excellent eating, but most anglers release the larger fish.

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In addition to the above, Snook are also a fish that can be caught off the beaches, piers, bridges and especially on the grass flats. They can be aggresive and easy to catch on live shrimp, baitfish, or just casting a jig/plastic grub or minnow imitating spoon  or hard-body lure.

 

 

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Lake Erie producing trophy Walleye!

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

The western-end of Lake Erie has been producing trophy Walleye for the last 2-weeks. You know those late winter/early spring walleye that run up the Detroit River?

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Wel,l they are staging near the mouth right now and a few dedicated anglers are taking advantage of them. Good way to catch them is jigging with blade-baits and Lunker City Fin-S-Fish.

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CHCH-TV, Sat. March 18, 2017, 7:30 am Gar Pike, ON.

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

Sat. March 18, 2017, 7:30 am join Italo as he takes you searching for Gar Pike.

You can watch most of our TV shows and video tips by going to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel . If you enjoy our TV shows and tips make sure to subscribe to our channel and receive notifications every time we post a new video!

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Raymarine helps you enjoy the Blues!

Posted on Friday, March 17, 2017

I rely a great deal on my Raymarine CHIRP DownVision and C-MAP charts to locate all species of fish ranging in size from small 1″ baitfish to gamefish that are over 4′ long. Fishing is all about confidence that I will find the fish and that I will catch them and Raymarine is my fishing partner.

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One of my favorite near-shore saltwater fish to target in the Gulf of Mexico is Bluefish. They may not get to 15lb. like they do off the US northeastern seaboard, but they still are an excellent gamefish to find and catch, especially if I take people out that don’t get a chance to fish much.

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Once I locate a school of baitfish and bluefish on their tail (like the screen-grab” above), it’s just a matter of trolling over them with a 3-4″ spoon at 5 mph and in minutes it’s “game-on”!

 

 

 

 

 

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