DO OR DIE ON WESLEMKOON
Here’s a Fish’n Canada shoot in a “do or die” situation for you. Back at the office Ang and Pete were having a rather concerned production meeting about the constantly changing shooting schedule and how they were going to pull off the last episode of the season. They had only 1 opening in the calendar that was situated in the early fall… otherwise it was another cold shoot to deal with. Add to the drama, they only had a day and a bit to get everything done. Now if this sounds easy to you then you don’t know how we work. We have heard of our other fishing shows shooting one or more full episodes in a day. Not us. We pride ourselves on not only getting the fishing portion just right, but everything else, from interviews to lodge shots to landscape to time-lapse etc. We look at it as a full production.
Knowing that we only had such a small window to shoot this show, Ang and Pete picked Bass as their quarry. To them, Bass is their “confidence” fish. If there was ever a chance to pull it off, Largemouth and Smallmouth were the deal.
Their location was Weslemkoon Lake, rated as a Top 10 Bass lake in Ontario. Their accomodations were at Hidden Cove Cottage Resort run by Rick and Sandra Arsenault.
Upon arrival the boys quickly launched the Princecraft and were off scouting and shooting… no time to waste! They fished relatively close to the resort and would venture afar the next day.
THERE AREN’T ANY HERE
As the afternoon turned to evening, all they could muster up were small Bass of both species.
The following morning brought a beautiful sunrise but a very cool frost… the first one of the season and not at a time when the boys really wanted it.
Again this day started as the previous day ended; lots of small fish. At one point Angelo stated “we can’t catch any big fish cause’ there aren’t any here…” to which Pete replied “I think the odd one is lurking around here, we just can’t catch em”!
As the day progressed the sun heated up the air to a comfortable level “but” the warming also pushed in a strong west wind. By now the boys had made their way into Otter Lake which joins Weslemkoon. They were working the outside of a shallow weedy/wood filled bay and decided to move to the opposite side when all of a sudden, click-click-click… the motor wouldn’t start. By using all their electronics along with constantly raising and lowering the Power Poles they drained their cranking battery.
AS GOOD LUCK WOULD HAVE IT
Out come all the batteries, jumpers are in place and after what seemed like eons, the Merc cranked up and was good to go.
Valuable time taken from fishing!
As good luck would have it, while the boys were adrift, they headed into that shallow bay we just mentioned. It looked good. With the Verado still churning and the wind blowing they immediately hooked up with a nice fish… then another. “Drop the poles down” said Ang. They the proceeded to meticulously work the bay with Jig & Pigs, Spinnerbaits and Senkos. They would either catch aggressive fish on the Spinnerbait or swimming the Jig, or catch lethargic fish with the unweighted wacky rigged Senko. “That weightless Senko drops so slow” says Pete “that it’s quite easy to work in cover like wood and sparse weeds. If the spot looks good like a stump and the fast baits fail to turn a fish, fire that Senko in and you’ll often be surprised that a fish darts out and nails you!”
The trip ends up in a successful shoot; loads of small fish, some real grinding from the guys to up the fish size and of course a lot of luck with the power drainage of the rig miraculously drifting Ang & Pete into active feeding Bass!
GETTIN’ THERE with RAM TRUCKS
To get to today’s Bass fishing, we first took hwy 401 east to hwy 115 north. We then took hwy 7 east and next turned north on hwy 28 to McArthurs Mills. From there we turned south on Mayo Lake Rd. and finally south east on Hartsmere Rd to our final destination of Hidden Cove Cottage Resort on Westlemkoon Lake.