In this Fish’n Canada episode Ang and Pete head up to the Sherwood Inn in the Muskokas and meet up with Roy Armes and Scott Jameson of Cooper Tires as they hit this virtually un-fished scenic area for Pike and Bass. Angelo and Roy hunt for giant Northerns while talking about the tire industry while Pete and Scott look for the legendary Muskoka Smallmouth Bass.
It’s early morning at the docks of the Sherwood Inn as the last mist rises from a perfectly flat Lake Joseph, one of Ontario’s most picturesque bodies of water. We can’t think of a better setting for a Fish’n Canada episode. The plan is for Pete and Ang to meet the boys from Cooper Tires, our latest corporate partner, at the docks with our duet of Princecrafts and get them onto great fish!
Pete says, “There’s something to be said about mornings in the Muskokas. I defy you to find a more peaceful and tranquil setting! It’s early fall and we couldn’t have hand-picked a better day for fishing. A warming trend has moved in… this could “definitely” trigger big fish into biting!”
Angelo joins in, “Sharing the boat with me today is Cooper Tires big Kahoona, the CEO, Roy Armes whom I’ve been told wields a pretty mean fishing rod! I always feel it’s important to connect with our corporate partners and get to know them and their products and for my money there’s no better place to do it than the bow of a boat. The fact that he’s an accomplished angler makes my job that much easier… My goal is to get Roy a trophy Northern Pike, without having to travel to the Arctic Circle to get it!”
“While Ang is taking Roy out for big Northerns” says Pete “my job for the day is to put Scott Jamieson Cooper Tires Director of Product Management in North America, onto some of these untouched Muskoka Bass… we’ll start on Smallies and then maybe move to Largemouth later on.”
BOATS TAKE OFF
The plan was to try and keep the boats together in the same areas and do a sort of milk run that we put together with our local fishing expert Captain John Blanchard… or so Angelo thought… “Oh well, good luck on your Bass boys cause’ Roy and I are going Pike fish’n!!!” states Ang in a rather sly voice.
Angelo and Roy started scouring the shorelines in Lakes Rosseau, Joseph and Muskoka looking for the giant Northern Pike that hide amongst the cover. Now you may be wondering as to if any fish live in the Muskoka lakes let alone big Pike and the answer is an astounding yes on all counts. Captain John Blanchard has lived his entire life on these lakes and has proven to us in the past that these lakes are alive and kicking with gamefish!
It didn’t take Roy long to connect into his first Muskoka Northern; a beautiful specimen around 36″ long.
BACK TO PETE AND SCOTT
“I’m not sure if Scott has as much experience in a boat as Roy” says Pete “but I’ll tell you what, he’s doing a number on these Muskoka Smallies and enjoying every minute of it!” Simply put, Scott was a great learner and was finessing a Dropshot Rig in the clear water of Joseph like he’d done it a hundred times before. The power of fishing is pretty amazing…
Jumping back into Angelo and Roy’s boat, they had been having a somewhat slow day after their first Pike when all of a sudden all hell broke loose! Roy leisurely cast an in-line spinner into the shoreline trees when he was suddenly jolted by what ended up to be a giant Northern Pike of over 40″ and over 20 pounds… a rare occurrence in places other than the extreme far reaches of Canada’s north.
Late in the afternoon, Pete noticed a tree lying in the water and as obsessed as he is with Largemouth, he just had to take a look… 2 Largemouth swimming… a nice one and a pig!
Pete says “I looked at Scott and he said catch em!”
For then next hour plus Pete sat in that one area throwing everything in the book, to try and fool that pig… Whacky Senko… Finesse Worm… Jig and Pig… Shaky Head… and then finally I got one. It wasn’t the giant but it was a great fish.
Pete proceeded again to try for the elusive hawg and then finally… a pick up on the Senko… only to break the line!!! Believe it or not though, he didn’t think it was the big one.
“I hate defeat” says Pete “especially from a huge Largemouth. Just then I remembered that Ang and Roy brought along some big minnows for their Pike fishing so Pete gave Ang call, told him about the giant pinpointed under a tree that won’t bite his stuff but might take a big shiner and to get Roy’s butt over here ASAP, I’ll put you right on her…
Angelo and Roy arrived just at sunset and Pete quickly went over the story and showed the boys exactly where the fish should be. With Ang and Roy it didn’t take much explaining, they are both seasoned anglers and adapt very well and very quickly.
Roy plunked that big shiner right in the exact spot Pete suggested and what seemed like an eternity but was actually less than a minute Roy reared back with great hookset. The big Bass tried it’s best to tangle around a tree limb but somehow Roy manoeuvred it into open water… “Now we got em'” Ang screamed and no sooner were the words out of his mouth… the minnow and hook were out of the Bass’s mouth!!! OUCH
This is one of our favourite television fish sequences of the season and one that can’t be missed.
All in all, a great day on the water with the Cooper Tire guys!