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Italo Labignan 1/2 hr Detroit River, ON Walleye on YouTube.

Posted on December 7th, 2019

Italo Labignan video, jigging Detroit River, ON Walleye.

 

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YES-TV, Sat. Dec.7, 2019, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Smallmouth Bass & Pike Action, Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, ON.”

Posted on December 6th, 2019

YES-TV, Sat. Dec.7, 2019, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Walleye, Pike & Bass, Elk Lake Wilderness Resort, ON.”

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 and receive notifications each week as we release new videos

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Florida Gulf Bluefish are running.

Posted on December 5th, 2019

One of the popular “migratory” saltwater fish that cruises the Florida coastlines and enters the inter-coastal, canal and bays is non-other then the Bluefish.

Bluefish are hardy fish that smash lures, fight hard and can be caught on artificials as well as live baitfish.

You know the Blues are running when you land two at a time! Once landed though you have to respect their very sharp teeth that are covered by their gum-line.

Bluefish are delicious eating but it’s recommended that the mud-line (dark flesh around the lateral line be removed).

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Gotta love Gulf Grouper action.

Posted on December 4th, 2019

I am blessed to be hosting the www.thecatchtvshow.com that covers a variety of saltwater action. When I’m filming down in Florida a “go-to” species that everyone loves to target and enjoy is the Grouper family.

Among the different species of Grouper, the Red Grouper is one of the most plentiful that you can catch in good size without going many miles off-shore.

In-fact, some of the best Red Grouper fishing is in water depth of 50-65′ just fishing along the bottom using either a small live baitfish like a pinfish, a chunk of frozen Threadfin Herring or Sardine, or simply be jigging a 1 – 2 oz vertical jigging spoon. The only challenge is that when you hook one you have to keep it from getting your line caught up on bottom obstructions!

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Gulf of Mexico Almaco Jacks.

Posted on December 3rd, 2019

One of the scrappiest fish that we target sometimes fishing in deeper Gulf waters over reefs and wrecks is the “bandit-striped” Almaco Jack.

These fish are schooling predators that can feed in groups from the bottom right up to the surface. Sometimes we’ll catch the odd one drifting with a live baitfish in open water but most of the time we will catch them on live baitfish, cut bait and especially using vertical jigging schools over specific structure. Only issue is that when you get into a school there are usually sharks and even Goliath Groupers around and many times when you hook a Jack while fighting it a larger fish grabs it and usually breaks the line!

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Florida Gulf mixed species action.

Posted on December 2nd, 2019

I love to fish Florida Gulf waters and for a change of pace instead of targeting just one species, I’ll fish a reef where I know where there is a variety of species just to see how diverse they are.

A good example is this Florida Toadfish, looks cute, but watch out for those sharp spines!

Another is the many species of Grouper that you can catch in the same are using just a shrimp on a hook.

And then of course there are the many varieties of Grunts which includes this White Grunt that is excellent eating.

To catch any of these all you have to do is locate a rocky bottom, drop down a piece of live shrimp or frozen shrimp and like Forest Gump says, “It’s like opening up a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.”

 

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Early ice Brook & Splake action.

Posted on November 28th, 2019

With cold temperatures upon us and early ice forming on smaller lakes ice anglers are eager to get out and catch Brook & Splake which will be cruising just off the shorelines. Early ice can be very dangerous and we stress to use extreme caution if you are thinking of venturing out.

Andrew Yeung had a chance to fish a small lake for trout and found between 2-3″ of solid ice. We recommend you wait until there is at least 6″ of clear, solid ice before venturing out.

Andrew fish roe bags, that’s right roe bags on light line on a small hook and a couple split-shot sinkers just off the bottom in 6-8′ of water. As we get into winter trout in small lakes will start to venture throughout a lake and will get tougher to locate as the winter goes on.

If you do plan on going out, make sure to have someone with you (in case of emergency), have a long rope with you and wear a full-body flotation suit.

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Cold water river Walleye action.

Posted on November 27th, 2019

Trophy Walleye chasers know that as temps get really cold big walleye make a similar migration as they do in the spring to spawn, but in the fall, to feed.

Great Lakes moving water from the mouth of the St. Lawrence to the Niagara and Detroit Rivers can produce some excellent fishing. The key to catching these walleye is having the right water/weather conditions. Strong fall winds and make for very turbit water which can really shut walleye down.

This is the time to fish jigs/plastic grubs close to the bottom like the Lunker City Fin-S Fish and the Fishing Complete Mad Tom.  Blade-baits and vertical jigging spoons can also work well. The key is to fish all these close to the bottom.

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Dicey ice conditions requires extreme caution.

Posted on November 26th, 2019

Eager ice anglers are already getting out and fishing anywhere from 2-4″of ice. That thin of ice can be very dangerous and anglers should wait until there is at least 6″ of clear, solid ice.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are thinking of fishing some early ice locations:

-check ice thickness close to shore before heading out

-travel light, don’t take to much heavy gear out

-use a spud, no need for a heavier auger or power auger

-if ice is less than 6″ don’t venture out far

-if you’re fishing with more than one person, space yourself out and don’t walk too close together

-wear a body flotation suit

-have ice-spikes in your pocket and a long rope in case you do break through

 

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Italo Labignan – Here’s the Catch! TV series repeat “Saltwater Kayak Adventure.” on the Sportsman Channel Canada, Dec.2, 2019.

Posted on December 1st, 2019

Italo Labignan – Sportsman Channel Canada Here’s the Catch! TV Series, exclusive repeat “Kayaking Trophy Barracuda.”

Mon. 6:30 am

Thurs. 5pm

Fri. 4:30 am

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 and receive notifications each week as we release new videos.

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