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Just shot a :30 sec. PSA at Port Dalhousie catching trophy Brown Trout.

Posted on Saturday, October 31, 2009

Earlier this week I also had the opportunity of shooting a :30 sec. PSA commercial at Port Dalhousie encouraging anglers to keep an eye out and report any anglers that may be “bullying” and physically assaulting, especially immigrant anglers.  Unfortunately there has been many documented cases of these unfortunate and unacceptable occurrences in southern Ontario.

Bernard Ho and Angela Lee (owner www.peterstackle.com ), and many other anglers were on-hand for the shooting of the commercial.  As soon as we arrived on-site, Bernard Ho hooked and landed this nice brown trout.

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If you witness any physical assault on anglers you are encouraged to call Ontario MNR number: 1-800-667-1940, OPP number: 1-888-310-1122, or, for cellphones, please dial: *OPP.

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Just shot 2-Dynamic TV shows fishing from Ocean Kayaks.

Posted on Friday, October 30, 2009

I took advantage of late October weather and water conditions and headed-up to the Kinmount, ON area to scout-out several bodies of water last weekend.  My wife Barbara and I met with our good friend Karl Dickob who is the President of the Fishery Enhancement and Aquaculture Association ( www.ontarioaquaculture.net), and who also is a wealth of information when it comes to the fishing lakes in the Minden, Haliburton, Kinmount area.  We ended up spending 2-hours on the Burnt River, right in Kinmount, than fishing Solerno & Contou Lakes on Sunday.  Our goal was to locate a variety of species of fish that I could film fishing from a Kayak this week.

As things turned out, I ended up doing a live-bait walleye show on the Burnt River, ON on Wed.  We started by fishing right at the base of Three Brothers Falls, and worked our way down-stream about 2-3 miles to the town of Kinmount, ON.  The walleye were caught using a slip-bobber rig, as well as bottom-bouncing 4-5″ sucker & chub minnows.

Yesterday we fished a back lake that was a lot of work to get to.  I just followed Karl as he took us down winding roads and eventually to an off-road trail that was only wide enough for an ATV.  Well, Karl took the camera crew and all the gear in his Dodge 4×4 pick-up truck, and I took the fishing gear and Kayak on my 4×4 Explorer.  The trail was so grown in with large blow-down trees blocking the trail that we did not get into the lake until 12:30 pm.  In one case, Karl had to connect a heavy wire cable to his to a large 50′ tree that completely blocked the trail, put the truck in 4×4 mode and went backwards until he snapped the tree in half and cleared it off the trail….looked like a live Dodge 4×4 TV commercial!  When we got to the lake we quickly assembled everything and started fishing.  Within 20 min. of being on the lake we all saw a large swirl on the surface of the water about 100 yd. away. I quickly started paddling (4-5 mph) towards the swirl, cast a #11 Original Rapala over the spot and immediately hooked-up on the first trophy rainbow.  After a lengthy fight, the fish was released and the filming was-on.  I ended up trolling and catching a mix of rainbow trout that averaged 4-5 lb., and smallmouth bass.  All were caught on the www.rapala.com, Original #11 Rapala.

This was my second year fishing from, www.oceankayak.com , Kayaks and I can tell you that they are truly designed for fishing, both in salt & freshwater.  I was using the Prowler Trident 11 Angler ( http://www.oceankayak.com/kayaks/angler_editions/prowler_trident_11_angler.html ), which comes equipped with rod holders, a Humminbird 383 color sonar, and many other accessories.  If you are interested in getting a Kayak, either for general recreational use, or for serious fishing, I would encourage you to check-out the full line of Ocean Kayaks.

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Niagara Chinooks still hitting Rapala J13’s.

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2009

I had the chance of fishing with George Hatcher and his son-inlaw, Shane this morning at the base of Niagara Falls.  It was cold, windy and wet, but we managed to hook-up on one female Chinook salmon that hit a Rapala J13 in the fluorescent orange/gold color.  The water was still murky, and we only saw a few salmon roll on the surface, so they were pretty much inactive.  Chinooks in the Lake Ontario tributaries will soon be done, so the next few weeks will be the last chance to really hook-up on striking fish.

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Cooler Temperatures & Rain producing excellent Steelhead Action in Upper, NY.

Posted on Friday, October 16, 2009

I had a chance to fly fish in Upper NY again yesterday with my good friends Bob McGeown and John Waind.   It had to be the coldest morning we have fished so far.  Arriving at Eighteen Mile Creek, NY, the air temperature was barely above zero and the winds started picking-up right after we waded out to our fishing spots.  Armed with our fly rods and floating lines, we started drifting and joind the 1/2 dozen anglers that were fishign the same general area.  On my second cast my strike indicator dove below the surface and I had the first fish on.  It turned out to be a chunky male steelhead.  John Waind ended up hooking a “jack” coho and Bob McGeown landed the nicest silver male rainbow of the morning.  I also ended up getting a female Chinook that was full of “loose-eggs”.  Purple was again the hot color.  Besides the excellent fishing. We had a bit of a thrill when a large male Chinook Salmon which Bob had hooked and fought for about 10 min., ended up snapping his fly rod in a couple of places.  This meant Bob had to make the hike back to the truck to get his spare fly rod.  We normally take at least to fly fishing outfits this time of the season (when we know big Chinooks are in the tributaries), since having these big brawly fish break rods is a rather common occurance.  Don’t feel bad for Bob, we’re sure the quality fly rod will be replaced by the manufacturer!

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Jacke Emilson, Insider Club Winner enjoys catching Trophy Chinooks in the Niagara River, ON.

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Yesterday was Day 2 of my fishing trips with Insider Club Winners.  I had the pleasure of meeting Jackie Emilson early in the morning and again heading down to the base of Niagara Falls.  Conditions had not changed much from the day before, and the water visibility was still about 1-foot.  Within 10 min. of being there we hooked into the first salmon.  It ended up being a plump, female Chinook that smashed a Rapala J13 (fluorescent orange/gold).  The fish fought hard, but because the river level was still low and there was a lack of strong current close to shore, Jackie was able to land the fish in a few minutes.  After two hours of fishing the shorelines and producing no more salmon, we decided to head down to the Whirlpool.  When we arrived there were a handful of anglers fishing for salmon/steelhead and the word was that it was “slow”.  We met Angela Lee (owner of Peter’s Tackle, St. Catharines, ON), and her friend Paul who had been drifting spawn-sacs for migratory rainbow trout, but Angela had only hooked on Chinook Salmon.  We quickly started casting our Rapala J13’s and within about 1/2 hr. we had another trophy Chinook Salmon on.  This time the salmon was much fresher and harder fighting, and Jackie ended up having to walk and run after the salmon which had taken out several hundred yards of line, down-current.  Jackie fought the big salmon for 15 min. and ended-up 500 meters down-river before we could land it.  By that time, Jackie had an audience of about 6-8 people that cheered her on and congratulated her after we landed the fish.  We took advantage of having another person available to take a picture of both of us with the trophy fish.  Today I’m off to Upper NY again to fly fish for brown trout and hope to have a report for you tomorrow.  If you are planning on fishing the Niagara River over the next few weeks for trophy Chinooks, all you need to do is cast and retrieve the Rapala J13 in either silver/chartreuse, or gold/fluorescent orange….they work great!!

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