2021 Fishing Season Anticipation: At All-Time High

If you would have told me 10 months to a year ago that this pandemic would be a great thing for outdoor recreational sports and for fishing, I would have doubted every word. However, it certainly looks that way. Hundreds of new anglers have decided that the water seems to be a safe and fun […]

Is a Dutch Oven Worth Using While Winter Camping?

One of the best ways to cook a delicious meal while out camping is to use the traditional Dutch Oven. It seems everyone that’s tried it are absolute die-hard fans. However, campers that haven’t cooked a meal with one generally question if it’s worth the weight and bulk. I generally use my Dutch Oven during […]

Is a Dutch Oven Worth Using While Winter Camping?

One of the best ways to cook a delicious meal while out camping is to use the traditional Dutch Oven. It seems everyone that’s tried it are absolute die-hard fans. However, campers that haven’t cooked a meal with one generally question if it’s worth the weight and bulk. I generally use my Dutch Oven during […]

Top 5 Reasons to Visit a Fishing Lodge in 2021

With the “well, I never saw that coming” year of 2020 pretty much behind us, we thought that giving our readers some ideas and encouragement regarding the 2021 fishing season might put a smile on a face or two. Although we are again tumbling in reverse (provincial lockdown’s etc.) we are going to be 100% […]

Why Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope Will Change The Way You Fish

If you have been following Angelo and me on our seemingly never-ending deep dive into fishing electronics, you’ve most certainly seen our enthusiasm towards Garmin’s Panoptix LiveScope technology. It’s no secret that this game-changing technology has completely floored us. And now, it has taken the entire fishing industry by storm. I’m not going to gab […]

Fishing is a Head Game: The Importance of Confidence

Angelo Viola with Tobin Lake Northern Pike

Most of us are familiar with sports psychology and the vital role it plays in the lives and successes of today’s professional athletes. But have you ever heard the term fishing psychology? If I ask you what the single most important tool you have in your fishing arsenal is, what would it be? I’ll bet a […]

How To Make A Big Fish Look Small

I know. You’re saying, “What the hell is Bowman talking about now? Why would anyone want to make their fish look small?”  Well, I had a recent fishing outing with a couple of buddies. Not only do they starkly contrast with each others’ looks, when you add me into the mix, it’s like night and […]

Real Women Do Fish (and Why More Should)

The First Catch If I close my eyes, I can almost feel the tug on the line. I was ten years old and it was my first fish—a Northern Pike pulled out of Bear Lake near Sudbury, Ontario. It changed my life. I think back on how it happened. It started with the discovery of […]

The Atlantic Anglers Challenge and the Need for Citizen Science

The Atlantic Anglers Challenge

Over the last number of years, I have interacted with many talented fishery researchers here on the east coast. One of the most troublesome things I have learned is how much we really don’t know about our fisheries. Governments have chronically underfunded recreational fisheries and any research studies required to understand our local species. This […]

Owning a Northern Fishing Lodge – The Joy, Trials and Tribulations

Owning a fishing lodge

In the winter of 2009, I left my sheet metal fabrication and welding shop behind, and I bought the Chaudière Lodge. For me, owning a fishing lodge was a journey that filled the last decade of my life with joy and a sense of accomplishment. But also a ton of stress.   There was nothing more fulfilling […]