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Sat., Oct.23, 2021, 7:30am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Walleye Action.”

Posted on October 22nd, 2021

YES-TV, Sat. Oct.23, 2021, 7:30am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Walleye strategies.”

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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BC River Chinook Salmon.

Posted on October 14th, 2021

We had an amazing group trip with the Ber Float Reels Owners Club at Kitimat Lodge, BC this fall. On the 4-days of fishing we had the choice of targeting saltwater bottom fish/salmon, river Pink & Coho Salmon and river Chinook Salmon.

Chinook Salmon
Benjamin Reubeni lifting “Chinook-weight). Looks like its working to keep those biceps growing!

Michael Kumar, Benjamin Reubeni and myself took one day to chase Chinooks with a Jet Boat and Tracy Hittel co-owner/operator/guide at Kitimat Lodge took us right to the fish.

Chinook Salmon
Fall Chinook river salmon in the Kitimat, BC region average 18-25 lb.

We cast Vibrax #4 spinner and hooked up Chinooks averaging 20-25lb.

We also drifted 1/2 oz pink and purple jigs under floats and I ended up landing my personal-best Chinook of the trip. I don’t know how big it was but I guessed at its head weighing about 20 lb.!

All three of us enjoyed fighting, landing and releasing these amazing fish. The Chinooks were not silver, but they struck artificial lures well and fought hard.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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Kayaking Fall Walleye.

Posted on October 20th, 2021

Many anglers that want to have off-shore fishing access but not necessarily from a boat have invested in getting a fishing kayak.

Fall Walleye.
Decked-out fishing kayaks are versatile and efficient for covering water either casting or trolling.

Scott Clark has a “power” kayak that enables him to cover water fast and fish still-waters or rivers. Recently he was fishing the Grand River with crankbaits and worm harnesses and has consistently caught eating-size Walleye. Scott targets sections of the Grand River that has water depth to 20′ and then fishes the drop-offs to catch his fish.

Fall Walleye.
One of the benefits of kayak fishing early in the day is experiencing brilliant sunrises.

Scott like to start early and get the “first-bite”. That’s when trolling or casting crankbaits that dive to 10′ depths can work really well to catch aggressively feeding Walleye.

Kayak Fishing.
Kayaks enable anglers to get into shallows where Pike love to feed.

I have done well using the same technique for catching both Smallmouth Bass and Pike.

Fall Walleye.
When targeting fall Walleye is common to also catch Smallmouth Bass feeding in the same areas.

The Catch series of Pelican kayaks are designed for maximum fishing performance and I find the “peddle-drive” a real asset to enable me to use my hands for casting or trolling as opposed to paddling.

If you don’t have the vehicle to trailer a larger boat, or a facility to store it a fishing kayak is an excellent alternative!

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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BC Fall River Coho Salmon.

Posted on October 19th, 2021

We had an amazing trip to Kitimat Lodge, BC and enjoyed some of the best river Coho Salmon fishing on Canada’s west coast.

BC Coho Salmon.
Male BC river Coho Salmon develop “kypes” and “hooked” lower jaws as they prepare to spawn.

Silver, fresh-run BC Coho Salmon enter many of the northern BC rivers starting in Aug. and extending right up to the end of Sept.

BC Coho Salmon.
Daniel Katz smiles as he holds up a fresh-run trophy BC fall Coho Salmon.

BC river Coho will strike a multi-colored spoons, spinner, plugs and flies. Amongst these heavier jigs in yellow, purple and pink marabou and rabbit strips work extremely well fished swimming in the water column.

BC Coho Salmon.
Michael Kumar, aka “Catch-Kumar” holds up a brilliant fresh-run BC Coho Salmon that smashed a Vibrax spinner in the Kitimat River.

Size #4 spinners and 1/4 and 3/8 oz casting spoons also work well retrieved through slower “holding” pools and also drifted and gently jigged though deeper faster-water runs.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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Kitimat, BC Fishing Update.

Posted on October 13th, 2021

Noel Gyger reports.

Light rain with highs to +8 degrees C. Note: it has been raining just about every day and the forecast is for rain ALL week, this not good for fishing. Hard to predict what the waters will look like by the weekend…that said, here goes: Skeena River in poor shape. Kalum River water high but in fair shape fishing well for Coho in the upper end. Kitimat River in poor shape, “was” fishing well for Coho, Chum and Pinks. Zymoetz (Copper) River is high and very dirty. Note this regulation: No Fishing upstream of the sign at the transmission line crossing (downstream of Zymoetz Canyon) Jan 1 – June 15. Steelhead fishing below this closure is still permitted. Need a fishing guide contact me anytime. Ocean fishing for Salmon,  Halibut, Prawn, Dungeness and Alaska King Crab is good out of Kitimat. If you would like to book a river fishing guide or ocean charter for 2020-21 contact me anytime. I highly recommend you book a trip on the ocean out of Kitimat. Contact Tracey John Hittel anytime via e-mail tjhittel@telus.net  or give him a call on his cell phone 250-639-4277.  GOOD LUCK this weekend!

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Fall Pike Action.

Posted on October 12th, 2021

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year to target Northern Pike. When water temps start to drop and shallow aquatic vegetation starts to die off, Pike holding during the summer in weed-filled bays migrate out to the edges of weedlines and rocky shorelines. This is one of the best time to cast crankbaits or to troll for them using body-baits in open water.

Fall Pike.
Both small and trophy Pike feed heavily each fall off rocky shorelines and weedlines and preparation for ice-over.

Gabor Horvat waits for water temperatures to drop on southern Ontario reservoirs before he targets fall Pike. He has his best success casting minnow-imitating crankbaits that have a longer body off rocky shorelines. Not all his catches are monsters!

Fall Pike.
Eastern Lake Ontario pike grow big and venture off weeds in the fall. Great time to intercept them casting crankbaits or trolling body baits.

I love cranking big fall Pike fishing weedbeds and weedlines that stick out from the shallows and meet 20’+ water. My best results come from wide-wobbling crankbaits in bright colors.

Fall PIke.
Bright colored crankbaits work well for fall Pike.

They include the Rapala Tail Dancer and the Dives To series. I fish this cranking them slowly to get a lazy wobble which Pike can’t refuse. Some of the best southern Ontario locations to target fall pike are:

-Lake Couchinging & Lake Simcoe

-eastern Lake Ontario basin and the mouth of the St. Lawrence River.

-Lake Huron bays especially in Georgian Bay

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

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Pink Salmon.

Posted on October 7th, 2021

If you’re a tributary fishermen either on Canada’s west coast or in the Great Lakes watershed you have probably targeted fall salmon when they make their way into rivers to eventually spawn.

PInk Salmon.
BC river Pinks can grow big and eagerly take a well presented fly, jig or smaller artificial lure.

On our Pacific coast one of the most abundant salmon species is the Pink Salmon. These fish average in size from 1-5lb. with some reaching 7lb. in size. Pinks can run by the millions up some of their native rivers.

Pink Salmon.
Lake Huron tributaries that were once stocked with Pink Salmon have done well and anglers can enjoy catching them each fall.

In the Great Lakes Pink Salmon have been introduces in only a few rivers where they have adapted well. In Ontario Lake Huron has some of the best Pink Salmon runs in the Sault Ste. Marie, ON region.

PInk Salmon.
Brightly colored hair jigs can work well fished “swimming” style in the water column on their own or jigged suspended under a float.

Anglers both on the west coast and in Ontario can have fun catching Pinks on everything form pink jigs, small spoons and spinners and even small wobbling plugs like the Luhr Jensen Hot Shot and KwikFish. The key is to locate undisturbed with in deeper runs and pools.  While silver Pinks and even fresh-run pinks are very good eating, darker fish take on a stronger flavor and most anglers release them.

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Fall Chinook Salmon.

Posted on October 6th, 2021

Anglers throughout the Great Lakes are enjoying the annual fall Chinook Salmon run. Getting them to strike in many of the smaller tributaries where water levels are low and clear is challenging, especially after salmon are spooked. Anglers fishing larger rivers where Chinooks can hold in deeper runs and pools can gave a great time getting them to take skeened salmon eggs, flies, jigs, spinners, Luhr Jensen Hot Shot and KwikFish lures.

Fall Chinook Salmon.
Fresh-run fall Chinook Salmon that are still in their silver/green colors take well and fight hard.

Chuck Rinehart who lives in Michigan, USA and just received a custom Ber Float Reel had an excellent Chinook Salmon trip on the Pere Marquete River, Michigan.

Fall Chinook Salmon.
Chuck smiles as he holds up a chunky male Chinook that is already in it’s spawning colors.

Chuck fished with his wife Michelle and guide Cody Leifers using a variety of gear.

Fall Chinook Salmon
A chunk of skeened (still attached to the membrane), salmon eggs fished on a hook tied with a slip-knot is one of the best ways to get holding salmon in deeper pool to strike.

They did best drifting a chunk of treated and color skeened salmon eggs under a float in quiet deep pool.

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Fall Smallmouth Bass.

Posted on October 5th, 2021

As water temperatures drop below 70F in southern Ontario dedicated Smallmouth Bass anglers know that Smallies become very active and head back to shallow-water feeding heavily on smaller fish and crustaceans.

Fall Smallmouth Bass.
The Rapala Skitter Pop is one of the most effective top-water lures for surface feeding fall Smallmouth Bass.

This is an excellent time of the year to experience some of the best top-water fishing especially using poppers and top-water lures that look like injured baitfish on the surface.

Fall Smallmouth Bass.
Gabor smiles as he holds up an average-size fall Smallmouth Bass he caught fishing shallow-running crankbaits along rocky shorelines.

The beginning of fall is also a great time to fish shallow-running crankbaits that have the same silhouette as the baitfish the Smallies are feeding on.

Fall Smallmouth Bass.
Fall Smallmouth Bass are usually plump and feeding heavily on shorelines as shallow as 2′ in depth.

Key areas to fish are rocky points & rocky shorelines in the 4-12′ depths. Some of the best action will be early and late in the day with late afternoon outings very productive. Gabot Horvatt has a chance to fish with his buddy Drago and they had non-stop action cranking a southern Ontario reservoir. When water temperatures really drop, Smallmouth Bass will head to open, deeper water structure to winter in.

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PEI seafood and fish bonanza.

Posted on September 29th, 2021

Our good friend Capt. Aldo Nava took a vacation with his wife to PEI. Yes, fishing and eating fish and seafood was a critical part of the trip.

PEI Mussels
Delicious maricultural PEI Mussels.

PEI is known for producing lots of Mussels. In fact much of the Mussels we purchase fresh at grocery stores come from PEI.

PEI Oysters
Fresh or cooked PEI oysters are amazing.

Do you like Oysters? Ado and Carolynn do and they had their fill while in PEI and brought a bunch home.

PEI Lobster
What goes well with lobster? Melted butter!!

What goes great with shellfish? Fresh Lobster and PEI has lots.

PEI Cod
A trip to PEI wouldn’t be the same without getting out jigging for Cod.

The Navas also had a chance to fish for Atlantic Cod jigging in 130′ water. They fished with Bearded Skipper Deep Sea Fishing.

To top off the trip, Aldo caught & release a 500 lb. Bluefish Tuna. Congrats to the Navas looks like they had an awesome trip.

Make sure to check the fishing videos on our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and if you have any questions just email them to me at Ask Italo throughout our website.

 

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