Were you as antsy as I was a month ago. The Boat show, Andy’s Fishing & Boat show, the mild temperatures… it just wasn’t fair!!! Yeah there were ice fishing opportunities but myself… I needed to get into a boat!
Speaking of the Fishing show, thanks to Andy and Vita Pallotta for putting on a couple of special events. First and foremost, Angelo and Reno were inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame… a well deserved award. The reality of it is they “have” done so much for the fishing industry in the last 25+ years and rarely do they ever look for pats on the back and the limelight; usually it’s just on to the next project for them. Simply put, this award speaks volumes.
As well, the Pallotta’s put on a retirement roast for Reno. This was a much lighter atmosphere in which Master of Ceremonies Angelo, along with roasters Bob Paterson (formerly of Mercury Canada), Tom Brooke (Shimano), Robert Frasier (Global), Glen Goldup (ex NHL’r), Mike Miller and myself all took our shots at the lovely Bawana. We slagged him good but in typical Reno fashion, he got us all back. The highlight of Reno’s retorts was the story of him and Ang in a tournament many years ago… it’s a long story that hopefully you all can hear Reno tell.
As for the Fishing show, well done! Hats off to Andy for being the forerunner in trying to keep the fishing industry together in this great country!
I was putting some old waypoints into my GPS the other night and my lovely wife saw it fitting that she take a shot… thought it was ingenious the way I rigged it up so I thought I’d show you (this is what winter is doing to me!!!).
The beauty of a Ram Mount; I simply screwed an extra ball into a thin piece of wood that I clamped to my computer desk. I used a spare fused power cable and hooked up to one of my boat batteries, which is already stored in the house.
Instant indoor boat helm!
The Sault Ste Marie Home & Outdoor Show
Ang Mike and I were at the Sault Ste Marie Home & Outdoor Show where we got to spend some time with the great residents from the area. From all of our crew, I would like to say it was great meeting all of you and we love your “we love fishing” attitudes! I mean, where else can you go where the locals will come in and visit the Fish’n Canada crew for part of the day and then take off ice fishing for the rest!!!
As well we would like to extend our thanks to the city of Sault Ste Marie for the invite, and to Carol Caputo from the Algoma region for the fantastic dinner… you were right, the food was awesome.
Only been on the water once this winter and the fishing was awful! We dropped a boat into a small open water area with Mike Burriss from Napanee. The great thing about fishing is, although it sucked, Mike and I had a great time with lots of laughs (including things like losing our boat and running out of gas)!