On this Fish’n Canada episode, Ang & Pete travel to Ontario’s Marten River Lodge, an establishment that has been around for 90 years! Lodge owner Ray Sapiano has the boys fishing smallmouth bass on the extensive Marten River System, as well as cruising ATV’s to experience the supreme back-lake habitat…talk about an all-in-one trip!
This episode has Angelo Viola and Roy Armes conquering bass of both species, for Roy’s last hurrah on the show as CEO & President of Cooper Tire before retirement. They connect in Young’s Point, Ontario at Clearview Cottage Resort on Clear Lake in The Kawarthas…an area instrumental to Ang’s growth as an angler. Since Roy’s stay is brief and the fishing is hot, Ang decides to stick around after Roy’s departure to reminisce and land a few more bass!
In this season opener of the Fish’n Canada show, Angelo Viola and Pete Bowman take a trip to Canada’s East Coast to meet up with long time buddy Joe Anthony as the trio hit the Miramichi River for some of the craziest Striped Bass fishing ever to be put on television.
This Hotspot is a shallow bay on the east side of Otter Lake which we accessed via Westlemkoon Lake. Fish it fast in around 2 – 4 feet of water, looking for either active Largemouth or what you deem as great looking cover. Once you hit a good area, fish it thoroughly. Swimming a Flipping Jig and a tandem Spinner Bait work well on active fish, while casting a weightless Senko works best on the more lethargic fish. With bays like this where there’s endless amounts of cover, work fast and try to isolate the fish holding areas…
Do you guys and girls` remember when Fish’n Canada showed the viewers something like this? Back in 2013, while filming an episode on Lake St. Clair, Ang caught a smallmouth bass that literally spit out a baby duck at the end of the fight! Check out this video if you don’t remember what happened: […]
This is a BC Smallmouth Bass hotspot that we recently visited for a Fish’n Canada episode. Look for the standing logs and throw tandem Spinnerbaits, Topwaters and Crankbaits in the mornings; then throw 4-5 inch finesse worms and tube jigs in the mid-day.
This month’s hotspot is tucked away at the back of a long shallow finger at the top of the French River called Wigwam Bay. We’d highly recommend using the services of a Chaudière Lodge guide, this bay is really off the beaten path. Not much is known about this area as it does not conform to the normal Walleye-holding structure and cover of the French… the biggest reason is that this is one of the few pieces of water in the entire system that screams Large Mouth Bass… you’ll know what we mean when you get there.
This month’s Hotspot is an area of Hastie Lake in the Algoma region of Ontario that always seems to have some beauty fish on it. Under normal conditions we would highly recommend a popping topwater like a Pop R, but if that doesn’t work then pull out the Yamamoto Senko. Rig it whacky style on either a jig-head or a dropshot rig… and for the ultimate advantage, try marinating your soft plastics with a natural bait scent.
“To me” says Pete “opening day is like New Year’s Day: full of resolutions and promises. In my case, it’s pretty simple: set the tone for the season right now – go big or go home! Boating a five pound plus Smallie or even one approaching a six in the next day and a half, here, in this well-known bass fishery, would set a benchmark for the next 5+months”.
We’re going to try something that will hopefully appeal to anglers who aren’t so specific about their fish, and show them what a blast they can have fishing these bucket mouthed powerhouses in the junk, with medium spinning rods and reels, light braided line and soft stick-baits.
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 one 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 Fish’n Canada.
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.
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