Our good friend Rob Mitchell that fishes the St. Lawrence River, ON and who has been catching nice-size Crappie off the dock got a surprise the other day when this nice-size pike hit his panfish jig/grub under a slip-bobber.
No leader, no problem. Rob was able to land the fish and shot his friend Chris performing proper filleting and removing the “Y-bone” strip. Will release that video soon. Many people release pike as they think they are too bony or not very good eating. In-fact, the “Y-bones” are easy to remove and their flesh is deliceous!
Paddlesport sales are surging in the US as people take to the water to enjoy healthy and socially distanced outdoor activities.
Paddlesports sales – of which fishing is a growing category – are booming, according to a report from a leading US consumer trends company.
Sales of paddlesport products increased 56% in June this year compared to the same period in 2019, hitting $174m for the month, say analysts at the NPD Group.
Although paddlesport products had been slow to move earlier in the year, the demand has recently accelerated as consumers seek activities that keep them active and socially distant.
Inflatable kayaks and paddleboards have been particularly popular because they are easy to store and cost less. In June 2017 inflatables accounted for 19% of paddleboard and 9% of recreational kayak sales. In June 2020 those figures rose to 66% and 26% respectively.
“The combined effect of inflatables increasing in popularity and the heightened demand for outdoor activity has increased sales and transformed the types of products that comprise the category,” said NPD.
“With higher turnover, many retailers will need to reset their inventories and monitor industry trends to ensure they stock products that will be both popular and profitable.”
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We had an excellent time at www.ritchiesendoftrail.com located about 3 hrs. north of Sudbury, ON. It’s a drive to lodge where you drive to a landing and from there take a 2min boat ride to get to the lodge.
The Walleye fishing is the top choice at Ritchie’s and most anglers use an 1/8 oz. highead tipped with either a live minnow or live leech. I started using the new “Italo’s Minnow” as soon as we hit the water and started having non-stop action. Brian Drysdale the owner started off fishing a live jig & minnow, but after seeing how effective the Fishing Compete “Italo’s Minnow” was he ended up joining me and fishing it for the rest of the time and catching lots of Walleye and some Pike.
If you love to Walleye fish, definitely check out this very effective soft-plastic minnow that can be fished on a jig or on a drop-shot rig.
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