My Last Kick @ The Can

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I hate to be redundant, but at this time of year there’s not a lot of fishing opportunities to write about so I’m gonna’ keep harping about my late-season Quinte Walleye excursions… if they last. At least I got out for one more adventure on the big water. My partners for the day were Steve Bates and Rob Johnston. Anybody who is eager to fish this time of year needs to be commended (or committed) and these 2 guys were eager!

We decided on the afternoon shift, I’d do the radio show with Ang and then head out from there. On the drive there, I said that Rob was up for fish # 1 and Batsey & I could fight over the next one. He pulled a coin out of his pocket and before he could even flip it I barked out “Just take the 2nd fish boy… flipping a coin is a contest and not only are you the luckiest MF’r in the world of winning, but I’m the unluckiest”!
Anyways he flips and & I win… it’s finally wearing off Bates!

When we arrived in Picton, the launch was frozen. As a matter of fact the next 2 that we knew were iced in too. That meant launching at the Glenora Ferry. By the time we launched the boat it was noon!

The launch was in brutal condition but if there’s a will, blah blah blah. We headed towards the St Marys Cement plant since the wind was blowing from that direction so the calm water would be nice to start in and we both (Steve & I) had caught some real big ones there within the last 2 weeks.

We trolled the calm stuff near the ice line for a while and finally realized that we needed to get into a bit of wind. It didn’t take long after that and Rob hooked into a 33+ inch beauty on a leadcore setup we had dragging close to the bottom. Very impressive fish and the fight was great with that stiff line and no planer board to deal with. After snapping a few shots and a quick measurement (33 ½ L, 19 ½ G) that bad boy was back in its icy domain.

Excellent, now I’m up. We trolled quite a while with nothing so we decided to head towards the big lake. After over an hour our left board started dragging back. I grabbed the stick and pulled in a small fish; well actually it was probably around 7 pounds, not normally a small Walleye but here, all they do is get you excited at first and warm you up.

OK, now Batsey is up… oh no, it’s getting dark buddy, we gotta’ head back! Better luck next time bro!

  • The lead core fish hit a jointed deep diving Rebel Minnow Bait in a natural pattern with the lead core out to yellow directly behind the boat.
  • The smaller fish came on a Rapala Deep Tail Dancer 30’ (purpledescent) with about 200 feet behind the boat.
  • Both of these fish were caught close to the bottom.

Pete Bowman

Pete, one of the most revered and popular anglers in the nation, has a tremendous love for the game… the fishing game. Pete’s vast knowledge of angling and ability to articulate it to audiences worldwide has endeared him to his fans who still see Pete as just “ONE OF THE BOYS”. Pete is also an accomplished and published outdoor writer and photographer as well as a sought-after speaker. In 2012 another of Pete’s ultimate fishing career highlights occurred when he was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall Of Fame, something he never thought would happen. A Canadian fishing icon.

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