[nggallery id=696]Finally, afte 27-yrs of doing the Canadian Sportfishing TV show, I decided to do a spring show angling for suckers! That’s right suckers! These humble fish that most people frown over are actually an excellent fish to angle for when they migrate up tributary streams in the spring to spawn. Right now we are in-between most angling seasons, and suckers are open all year, so why not take advantage of them.
There are many species of suckers that can be caught in Ontario tributaries, but today, our focus was redhorse & white sucker. My guests on the show were brothers Jason & Tyler Howick who among other things, are experts on angling for suckers, trophy channel catfish, Lake Erie walleye, rainbows and jumbo perch. I have posted many blogs over years showing their trophies and after contacting them this spring, I suggested we indeed do a trophy sucker show.
Our day started early and we met at the Comfort Inn, St. Thomas, ON who was our official “accommodation” sponsor for this TV shoot. This Comfort Inn is strategically located at Hwy.#3 & Centennial AVe.in St. Thomas, ON which gives anglers many options on fishing local Lake Erie tributaries.
The weather was lousy!! I mean the wind was howling, we had rain, show, it was cold, but the fishing was excellent. Besides doing a great show and giving tips on effective angling techniques for spring sucker, we had lot’s of fun, landed many fish and I also did a special sucker cleaning segment showing viewers how to deal with their hair-thick “Y” bones and then prepared a fresh sucker shorelunch. We all enjoyed the fish and even the weather co-operated with us.
The Howicks used short ultralight rods/reels loaded with braided line while I use the Rapala Magnum 9′, light action steelhead rod with the new Rapala Vapor ultralight reel loaded with 6lb. test Sufix 100% Castable Fluorocarbon line. The hooks of choice where the Gamakatsu Split Shot/Drop Shot hooks, the Octopus hooks, the French Snelled hooks and the Baitholder hooks all in sized from #4-#8 in size.
If you love to fish and you enjoy tasty fish, you should try fishing one of the Great Lakes tributaries while the suckers are running. They should remain in the tributaries for at least a couple of more weeks.