For this episode Angelo and Pete relive a couple of blasts from the past. Going back to June 14 & 15th of 1986 our boys made their way to Lac St Pierre in the town of Contrecoeur Quebec. They were fishing what was at that time the only Draw style tournament in the country (2 people fish out of the same boat but are against each other along with the rest of the entire field) held by East Coast Pro Bass.
On the last day of pre-fishing Pete came across a great Largemouth Spot and proceeded to win the tournament.
With that win always in the back of Ang and Pete’s minds, they never went back to shoot an episode for the Fish’n Canada Show.
After a visit with the boys at the Princecraft Boats headquarters around 5 years ago, our combined group of boaters and anglers finally revisited the waters of St Pierre. Now after around 25 years passing, there was no way Pete could recall his exact spot (no GPS’s back then) so they were basically back on new water.
FAST FORWARD TO 2013
JP from Princecraft was on my boat, recalled Pete, “and we were catching some Pike and small Bass but when we came upon Ang’s boat, he was all excited and told us where to cast. We did and bam… JP popped a big Smallie and from then on it was crazy”
“Not only were there big Smallmouth where Pete and JP were” says Ang “but just up the bank we found an area loaded with Largemouth… and some big gals too!”
Angelo and Pete left for home with smiles on their faces after yet another visit to St Pierre.
Fast forward to 2013 and they “finally” decided to grab the camera gear and crew and head out for a shoot.
Upon returning to Angelo’s exact hotspot the boys were actually concerned. There were lots of fish there; the size however wasn’t even close to the last trip. As well the Largemouth moved into our Smallmouth area… bizarre!
Ang “We didn’t even see a fish under 3 pounds here last time out… are the big fish gone or do we need to change things up”
JIG & PIG
Through time the boys worked their butts off, tweaking presentations and trying to pinpoint exact fish locations. First trip here was a Jig & Pig for Largemouth, last trip here it was a strong tube jig bite for Smallmouth; this time… it was a free for all. Actually Ang caught a giant Smallie between 5 & 6 pounds on a wacky rigged Senko Dropshot Rig. 3 totally different presentations.
“On this trip” Angelo says “the bite was very different. I would basically work the bait very slowly and let the fish come to the bait vs the usual current tactic of drifting the bait to the fish.
After a long hard fought start, this shoot ended up very much in the plus category. Another great trip to the St Lawrence!
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s St Lawrence Bass fishing we first took hwy 401 east which then turns into hwy 20 once in the Province of Quebec. We stayed on 20 and then turned south/east on hwy 30 and travelled to the town of Sorel. Our final destination was the Auberge de la Rive and the Marina Saurel.
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Today’s Hotspot is a very specific breakline on the Lac St Pierre on the St Lawrence river in Quebec. The waypoint on your screen will get you there. This is a major feeding area for Large and Small Mouth Bass, as well as Walleye and Pike. The current is deceivingly strong here so drifting baits very close to the bottom is a key. Tube jigs are our #1 choice here followed by curly tailed grubs and Dropshot finesse worms. Experiment with colors as the fish’s preferences seem to change daily.
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