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Northern Walleye.

Posted on Saturday, July 4, 2020

How far is north in Ontario? I would say  the north-shore of Lake Superior is north enough!!

Joe and Simeon Kubassek who regularly fish the north-shore of Lake Superior for Trout and Salmon also like to target eating size walleye that are plentiful all season long. It’s nice when you can switch from trolling deep with downriggers and then head into a bay and start trolling for walleye. The north-shore of Superior is truly a fishing paradise.

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YES-TV, Sat. July 4, 2020, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Walleye Action.”

Posted on Friday, July 3, 2020

YES-TV, Sat. July 4, 2020, 7am, Canadian Sportfishing TV series, “Trophy Walleye Strategies.”

You can enjoy our TV shows and video tips by subscribing to our Italo Labignan YouTube channel and receive notifications every time we post a new 1/2 hr show or video.

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Summer Pumkin-fest.

Posted on Thursday, July 2, 2020

Our good friends the Grdosic family had a chance to fish panfish our of Connor’s customized, multi-species fishing boat. Instead of targetting gamefish, they decided to go after some tasty panifsh!

Summer is a great time to capitalize on catching both Pumpkinseed and Bluegills. All you need is small jigs/plastic grubs or simply a hook and section of nightcrawler. The key is locating them off weeds and usually a mud bottom.

Good-size Pumkinseed offer nice fillets that should be coated in a light batter so that their flavor isn’t overpowered.

Whether they are fried in a deep fried or frying pan there should be plenty of oil so that the fillets cook from all sides, and the oil should be kept around 300-350F so there is very little oil absorption.

Pumpkinseed deep-fried fillets are perfect “bite-size” morsels to either enjoy on their own, or….

…on  as a deliceous “fish-wich” with a fresh bun and veggies!

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Summer Superior Chinooks.

Posted on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

While most southern Ontario anglers are taking advantage of Lake Ontario salmon fishing, our good friend Joe Kubassek make a trip to the north-shore of Lake Superior to fish with his son Simeon in Lake Superior.

While not too many Chinook Salmon are stocked in the part of Lake Superior, anglers can still go out and use the same techniques as we do in the Lower Great Lakes to catch these brilliant and very tasty salmon.

Their Chinook catches weren’t monsters, but sperfect grilling or smoking size.

They trolled spoons off downriggers to catch their fish.

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A special Anniversary Pike with lot’s of meaning!

Posted on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

I just had to post this message I received from Anne Marine regarding her fathers trophy Pike. It’s message like these that make my heart sore and encourage me to do the best I can do at what God has given me to do. I would encourage you to read on.

“Hi Italo! I hope this message finds you well. I sent it to your Canadian Sportsfishing page as well as I wasn’t sure where you might see this! My name is Anne Marie (writing on behalf of myself and my brother John), and I have been seeing your lovely face on TV for what feels like my entire life. My Dad, Brian, is a huge fan. I wanted to share something with you in the spirit of keeping good and happy memories alive especially during these weird times in the world! The other weekend I was visiting my parents and it was like nothing had changed since childhood. I was sitting in the living room on the Saturday morning, drinking my coffee and my Dad came in, sat down, and your show was the first thing he put on. While watching, he told me something I don’t ever remember hearing. He said, “Italo was the taxidermist for the Pike on the wall downstairs”. That fish is famous because it was caught by my Mom at Eagle Lake on their honeymoon in 1980! I have attached a couple of pictures of it – and my parents! 😊

I asked my dad why he picked you to do the taxidermy out of all the taxidermists out there. He said one year at the Sportsman show, he talked to a bunch of different guys, and no one came close to the trust he felt he could put in you with such a special fish – and he just thought you were a great guy . So that was that. The fish has hung on that wall since the day I was born, and it’s never left.

My dad said he often thinks about writing you a letter about it, just to share the memory and how much it meant to him that you were the one to preserve their special Pike.  I am hoping to beat him to it because this coming August, my parents will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary!

My brother and I were trying to think of something special to give them as a gift, and one of the things we thought of was to write you this note, in the hopes that you might write back with a little message for them on their anniversary that we could read to them and they could save as a memory. We will be up at a cottage on Lake Nipissing for their anniversary as a family and we’re planning a special day for them. I know it would touch both their hearts! That fish, and the fact that you did the work on it, means so much to them!

If you would be so kind, their names are Brian and Dorothy. It would really mean the world to us!

I appreciate you taking the time to read my note and check out the pictures. The fish still looks as good as it did when I first saw it almost 40 years ago. Hope you and yours are staying safe and health, and I look forward to your face gracing the living room of my family for years to come!

Wishing you all the very best, Anne Marie Flavell & John

Anne, wishes do come true!!

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