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Curve Lake First Nation TV shoot, Buckhorn Lake, ON.

Posted on October 17th, 2014
Pictured to my left, Michael Willams, and two my right, Duane Jacobs, both accomplished anglers and tournament fishermen!
Pictured to my left, Michael Willams, and two my right, Duane Jacobs, both accomplished anglers and tournament fishermen!

I just came back from shooting a dynamic fall bass and musky TV show working with the Curve Lake First Nation community on Buckhorn Lake, ON. We  had the pleasure of being guided to some of the fall fishing spots by Michael Williams who operates Williams Outfitters , and Duane Jacobs from Curve Lake, ON.  They are both accomplished anglers, outdoorsmen and tournament fishermen!

Michael caught this walleye as he was showing us some of his fall hot-spots. The walleye hit his plastic grub as it was fished over rocks in 2' of water!
Michael caught this walleye as he was showing us some of his fall hot-spots. The walleye hit his plastic grub as it was fished over rocks in 2′ of water!

The week started off by my pre-fishing on Monday. I followed Michael and Duane to some of their top fishing locations.  Michael and Duane caught a variety of fish which included this chunky walleye.

Duane landed this smallmouth that almost looks like a cross between a largemouth and a smallmouth bass!
Duane landed this smallmouth that almost looks like a cross between a largemouth and a smallmouth bass!

Duane also landed this “curious” smallmouth that weighed about 2 1/2 pounds but did not look completely like a smallmouth.

If you look closely, you can see the mottles along the lateral line, much like a largemouth coloration, but this fish still had a small moth and connected dorsal fin.
If you look closely, you can see the mottles along the lateral line, much like a largemouth coloration, but this fish still had a small moth and connected dorsal fin.

If you look closely to the image above, you will see that Duane’s smallie has a small mouth (like a smallmouth), but it’s body markings are more like a largemouth…very interesting!!Besides landing the walleye and smallmouth the boys also did really well landing trophy largemouth bass using soft-plastic grubs and flippin’jigs with plastic trailers.

This smallmouth hit a well presented 1/4 oz. marabou jig tipped with a TriggerX 3' Leech...an excellent combination for both bass and walleye all season long!
This smallmouth hit a well presented 1/4 oz. marabou jig tipped with a TriggerX 3′ Leech…an excellent combination for both bass and walleye all season long!

I also landed a trophy smallmouth on one of the many weedlines while pre-fishing using a Luhr Jensen Maribou 1/4 oz. jig tipped with a TriggerX 3′ Leech. I fished the Rapala Shift spinning outfit loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test braid and Sufix 12 lb. test 100% Fluorocarbon leader.

Aaron and I enjoyed catching quite a few bass fishing un-weighted 4' plastic grubs and worms on a Gamakatsu #5/0 wide-gap worm hook.
Aaron and I enjoyed catching quite a few bass fishing un-weighted 4′ plastic grubs and worms on a Gamakatsu #5/0 wide-gap worm hook.

Aaron Shirley was able to join me “on-camers” for the 2-days of shooting, but unfortunately on both days we had to deal with rain & low visibility, which made for tough fishing. Aaron started things off by landing the first largemouth bass while twitching a Rapala X-Rap #10 off a sand flat. Next, I landed a smallmouth and the action continued. Even with the tough fishing conditions, we managed to catch some nice size smallmouth bass and one nice musky for the show.

This 20'+ trophy smallmouth attached my plastic grub about 2' from shore in 2' of water!
This 20’+ trophy smallmouth attached my plastic grub about 2′ from shore in 2′ of water!

This trophy smallmouth that measured over 20″ was the big bass of the show which was caught on a 4″ plastic grub and #5/0 Gamakatsu Wide Gap worm hook fished weightless.  The monster smallmouth was hooked 2′ away from shore in about 2′ of water.

As a result of the rain and wind, on our last evening we witnessed this breathtaking Buckhorn Lake, ON, sunset.
As a result of the rain and wind, on our last evening we witnessed this breathtaking Buckhorn Lake, ON, sunset.

If you are thinking of fishing the “Tri-lakes’ (Pigeon, Buckhorn & Chemong Lake), in the beautiful Kawartha’s, Curve Lake offers beautiful cottage rentals that are right on the water enabling anglers to catch trophy fish all season long.  To book a cottage, contact, Curve Lake First Nation on Buckhorn Lake, ON.

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