This weeks feature image; “Get ready for some spring Chinook (King Salmon) fishing on the Skeena and Kalum River! Tracey Hittel of Kitimat Lodge helps his guest hold up this nice Chinook.”
Noel Gyger reports. Snow with temperatures between -2 and -5 degrees Celsius. Kalum River Steelhead are in the river now. Note: Kalum has 4 runs of Steelhead, fall, winter, spring and summer. Skeena River in fair shape and fall Steelhead are still being caught. Zymoetz (Copper) River ~ Steelhead are in. Kitimat River when in good shape will be fishing well for Trout. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn and Crab good out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert.
If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2016-17 you can contact Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .
( Joe Sills – Fishing Tackle Retailer
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Big box outdoor retailer Gander Mountain announced a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on Friday, March 10. The Minnesota-based retailer plans to close 32 of its 162 stores in the coming weeks and seek a buyer.
The following is an excerpt from the company’s official statement:
“Today’s action is the result of an in-depth review of the company’s strategic options undertaken in recent months to preserve the value of the company and position it for long-term success. Like many retailers, Gander Mountain experienced challenging traffic patterns and shifts in consumer demand resulting from increased direct-to-customer sales by key vendors and accelerated growth of e-commerce. Despite aggressive actions to improve the efficiency of the company’s retail operations and support functions, the underlying financial impact from underperforming stores and unproductive, excess inventory hampered efforts to create a sustainable path forward.
“The company’s strategic review yielded the following conclusions: A narrowly focused and lower cost operating model is necessary to position the company for profitable growth; The company does not have the financial capacity or time to reset its operations to fully implement the new model and, as a result; The best available path forward is to sell the company on a going-concern basis.”
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, company officials expect to hold an auction in mid-April with an anticipated closing date of May 15.
Gander Mountain previously filed for bankruptcy protection in 1996 when it operated 17 stores. Until 2008, the company was unable to publish a catalog or create a website thanks to a $35 million licensing deal with Cabela’s, who purchased Gander’s catalog business during that year. Friday’s filing listed $500 million in liabilities, with one unpaid vendor—California’s Vista Outdoor Sales, the parent company of Federal Ammunition—owed $15 million. Other unpaid vendors include Pure Fishing, Normark, Carhartt, Smith & Wesson and Remington.
Records indicate that Gander Mountain owes Pure Fishing $4.5 million and Normark nearly $1 million.
According to TwinCities.com, the following stores are slated for closing:
Alabama (4) – Gadsden, Mobile, Montgomery, Tuscaloosa
Georgia (3) – Augusta, McDonough, Snellville
Illinois (3) – Champaign, Algonquin, Springfield
Indiana (2) – Merrillville, Greenfield
Minnesota (3) – Rogers, Mankato, Woodbury
New York (1) – New Hartford
North Carolina (2) – Raleigh, South Charlotte
Tennessee (1) – Chattanooga
Texas (10) – Houston, Killeen, Laredo, Lubbock, Round Rock, San Antonio, Sugar Land, Texarkana, Waco, West Houston
West Virginia (1) – Charleston
Wisconsin (2) – Eau Claire, Germantown
Overton’s, Inc., a North Carolina-based online retailer of recreational boating equipment owned by Gander Mountain since 2007 is also included in the Chapter 11 filing.
Our feature images shows the 3rd Annual Indian Trout Fishing Championships being held in Himachel Pradesh (northern India). Nice to see a trout “catch& release” competition in India!! I have the pleasure of travelling throughout India on three different locations and also filming from the Bay of Bengal to the Greater Himalayas. In Himachael Pradesh we fished for brown and rainbow trout in the pristine streams and rivers that are fed by the mountain snow.
From having the shows on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel I became friends with Puneet Saini who lives in the valley and has been “hooked” on trout fishing. So much so that I sent Puneet a little gift-pack of lures I knew he would have a hard time getting, that would work for trout and Golden Mahseer. Above you can see him holding up his first trout from this winter caught on his first cast on a Scatter Rap!
The Ontario MNR&F have winners to their 14th Annual Art Contest!! They had over 350 entries last year, and they were all excellent. They asked students to draw either the Lake Sturgeon or the Brook Trout. The winners for each grade group are:
Grade 4 to 6, Katherine Ye of Markham, Ontario
Grade 10 to 12, Una Li of Toronto, Ontario
And, the overall and grade 7 to 9 winner is Grace Qian of Etobicoke, Ontario. Grace and Katherine drew the Lake Sturgeon and Una drew the Brook Trout. As in the past, the OMNR&F will be having an official announcement at the 2017 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show on Wednesday, March 15th at 10:00 a.m., Hall 1, at the main stage. If you have children that enjoy art, make sure to check into the details of having them enter the 2017 OMNR&F Art Contest.
This week’s feature image shows Rob Vodola get ready for some spring Steelheading! Don’t know if the snow will be gone by then?
Noel Gyger reports. Snow with temperatures between -2 and -5 degrees Celsius. Kalum River Steelhead are in the river now. Note: Kalum has 4 runs of Steelhead, fall, winter, spring and summer. Skeena River in fair shape and fall Steelhead are still being caught. Zymoetz (Copper) River ~ Steelhead are in. Kitimat River when in good shape will be fishing well for Trout. Ocean fishing for Salmon, Halibut, Prawn and Crab good out of the ports of Kitimat and Prince Rupert. If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2016-17, you can contact Noel at, www.noelgyger.ca .