On this episode Pete Bowman heads west to Alberta searching for big Northern Pike on Pinehurst Lake. The show theme however takes a turn when he and fishing partner Ray Kohlruss start catching big fat Walleye on giant Saltwater jigs.
For this episode Pete Bowman travels up to the Killarney area of Georgian Bay looking for big fall Northern Pike. He gets his big Pike but in the process “lucks” into a mess of feeding Smallmouth Bass and then ends up with a big ol’ Muskie as well.
Angelo Viola takes science and puts it to great use in the fantastic Smallmouth Bass episode on the St. Lawrence River. He talks solunar tables, moon phases, calendar periods and the list goes on… and of course he catches a bunch of big Smallies in the process.
On this 1st of a 2 part series Angelo Viola & Pete Bowman pull rank and take over a fishing lodge turning it into a one of a kind fishing BOOT CAMP. With a special appearance from Mr Bass “Roland Martin”, this 2-parter is the most unique trip of the season.
This episode is a continuation of last week’s Fish’n Boot Camp, where Pete Bowman and Angelo Viola take a group of hungry to learn fishermen and put them through the ringer, hoping to make serious anglers out of them… and they succeed!
This month’s Hotspot is a breakline on White River Air’s Burton Lake. At first glance this certainly doesn’t look like a Walleye hotspot, but drop a jig down there when the water is in the high 50’s and hopefully you’ll have the same success that Pete had… which was excellent by the way. You should always try and catch some aggressive fish first with fast lures like floating minnow baits, suspending jerkbaits or in-line spinners. The key to this tactic in a high percentage area is, if the fish are biting, stay with it “but” If you don’t get bit within 5-10 minutes, go “back” over the area with slow moving baits like a jig. Remember this is one of 30 gorgeous lakes that White River Air has access to for fishing and hunting! Trust us, there are Walleye up here that have never seen a Jig and Minnow.
This is our 100th Hotspot, so we thought we would make it a doozy! It’s a dropoff right smack dab in the middle of the French River in Ontario. Muskie’s patrol this area searching for food. This is the kind of spot that can be either cast or trolled, it’s up to you. The key here is to cover lots of water … and don’t hesitate to run a high riding lure over 40, or even 50 feet of water. As we said in the show that we shot there, always finish every retrieve with some kind of circular motion like a figure 8 “just in case” you miss seeing a follower. Have a big net, as well as pliers and cutters on hand and remember to treat these giants with the reverence they deserve. Always release big Muskie!
This month’s Hotspot is a flat covered with boulders off of an island on Shawnigan Lake. Boulders on long tapering flats are a Smallmouth magnet on any lake, and Shawnigan is no exception! Start out the day throwing a topwater bait, like Mighty Mo, for active fish and explosive strikes. As the day moves on, try Jerkbaits, Tubes or soft Stickbaits, like 4” Senkos. The key to catching the biggest fish in the area is to look for boulders with the aid of your polarized glasses, and then cast to them. Big Smallies love big boulders.
This month’s Hotspot is a large exposed boulder protruding through the surface on Brace Lake. This Hotspot was loaded with Walleye of all sizes during our Fish’n Canada shoot, with a bonus big aggressive Pike added in… and you know he’s not the only big beast in the area. 1/8 ounce jigs with a plastic attractor, like a curly tail or shad body, worked best for us. You need to use as light a jig-head as possible since there are lots of other snaggy-rocks hidden below the surface. If the area slows down, give it time and then come back… it will definitely replenish itself with fish.
This month’s Hotspot is a bay in the Yellowknife River. This is an early season post spawn Pike area that can get some really big fish cruising around; it’s all about timing. A soft weightless jerkbait like a Yamamoto D Shad in a bright colour will pretty much clean up here. Slow moving spoons and spinnerbaits can do wonders here as well. Take advantage of the gin clear water and use your eyes to look for any big long dark spots lying on the bottom… they’re not always logs!
This month’s Hotspot is a stretch of the Miramichi River named Red Bank. During the Striped Bass spawning migration each spring, this area gets completely jammed up with rambunctious fish getting ready to reproduce. We feel these fish are striking out of aggression as well as hunger which is somewhat odd during the spawning season. A fast erratic moving bait like a Yamamoto D Shad soft Jerkbait in a bright colour will pretty much clean up here. The fish simply can’t handle it! Our best fishing came on the shallow flats, with only limited success on the main river channel. This is a phenomenal fishery that everyone should try.
This month’s hotspot is along the Picturesque Campbell River in British Columbia. You can easily access this Hotspot via a Whitewater Raft with Destiny River Adventures. This Hotspot is a fly-fishing only area of the Campbell. While there, Ang & Pete used small bright colored sinking flies with weighted lines and tippets to get their presentation close to the bottom… a key in this area.
This month’s Panfish Hotspot is a tiny portion of the massive Mazinaw Lake which is a great place to teach kids the finer points of fishing. It’s important to remember when fishing with kids, it’s all about catching lots of fish… not necessarily big ones. Trust us when we tell you, as long as they’re catchin’, they’re happy! Try 3 – 8′ of water. When fishing with kids, live bait is always our #1 choice (Worms, Minnows, Leeches), either under a float or still fished below the boat. Be sure of all local live bait regulations as per the MNRF laws.
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