For this episode Ang and Pete are fish on a private military base fishing for Smallmouth Bass.
Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman are invited to fish on a very private lake located in the Land Force Central Area Training Centre, a military base located on Ontario’s Georgian Bay. On the boat with them is a very special guest all the way from Newfoundland who they deem as one of Canada’s funniest men.
On this Fish’n Canada episode we fish in one of the most unique locations that we’ve ever been to… and it’s only 2 hours from Toronto. We gained access to the Land Force Central Area Training Centre near Meaford Ontario, a military base that just happens to have an awesome Smallie lake in its interior, which can only be accessed by exclusive membership…
The water in this show is called Mountain Lake, a gem of a lake that as said is located in the L F C A T C army base— the Land Force Central Area Training Centre in Meaford. And the word is, it’s loaded with fish. The problem though, is our hosts have a bit of a distraction on board… Mr. Jimmy Flynn joins them flying in all the way from Newfoundland and this turns out to be one crazy day on the water.
As you will see, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind fishing destination… a place where Pete & Ang get to share a day with a group of what they deem heroes that ultimately protect our nation “and just as important”, see first hand the transformation of young Canadians evolving into outstanding, respectful, hard working adults.
Now, in case you are wondering… and I know you are, fishing on the Meaford Base isn’t entirely dedicated to military personnel, there is room for the public through a local rod and gun club… however… don’t bet the farm on gaining entrance… it’s very limited…
In the 1990’s it was found that Mountain Lake was actually being over fished but it could be rehabilitated without a stocking program. The immediate solution was the introduction of Slot Limits and let me tell you from our experience… this lake is not hurting any more! The club members say that a bad day is 10 fish and a good one is 20+… per person!
Angelo says “I cannot remember a more memorable and hilarious day on the water than this one. To me catching a ton of Smallies was simply a bonus in comparison to great companionship “and” an exclusive on board stand-up performance by one of the funniest men alive… does it get any better than that???”
FISHING TACTICS FOR THE DAY
The Smallmouth of Mountain Lake are no different than those of any other small lake in Canada. They can be aggressive one day and finicky the next. Fortunately for Angelo,Pete & Jimmy, the fish on the program were on the bite and the usual presentations were working well.
Topwater was an obvious choice because the fish ended up being very aggressive. The usual and trusty Pop R was first choice. Dropshotting was as well deadly on Mountain Lake. The Bait of choice was a Yamamoto Shad Shape Worm on 6-8 pound line with a small #4 or 6 Gammy dropshot hook. This combo is so deadly that Ang and Pete had Jimmy smashing fish at the back of the boat. Darker colors worked really well.
For a bit bulkier presentation through out the day they guys would occasionally switch to an X Zone Slammer also on a dropshot rig which also proved extremely effective.