Stalking Prehistoric Gar – Episode 492

Sight-fishing is an aspect of our sport that is exciting, rewarding, satisfying, and frustrating! For the longest time, anglers have waded the saltwater flats for Bonefish, they have stalked various Trout species from the banks of gin-clear creeks, they have fished spring Bass tournaments for bedding Largemouth—the list goes on with this unique eye-balling technique. […]

Hotspot – Stalking Prehistoric Gar

Ottawa River – N 45° 22.883′ W 75° 53.972′ Today’s Hotspot is in Shirley’s Bay. The waypoint on your screen will take you right there. This bay loads up with Gar of all sizes, including some real monsters. But be careful, the entrance to this bay is strewing with lots of boulders. Also, be cognizant […]

Gettin’ There – Stalking Prehistoric Gar

To get to today’s great Gar fishing, we first drove east on Highway 401. We turned north on Highway 416 and then west on 417. We next headed north on Road 49, then northeast on Solandt Road, and finally left on Legget Drive, taking us to our outstanding accommodations at the Brookstreet Hotel & Resort. […]

Did You Know? – Longnose Gar

Did you know that the Longnose Gar, this mysterious, elusive beast, isn’t as rare as you might think?  The resilient Longnose Gar—referred to by some as a “living fossil”—has all but escaped evolution and is built for survival with armour-like scales, a row of razor-sharp teeth, and an air bladder that allows it to survive in low-oxygen […]

Tools Of The Trade – Multi Beam Sonar

Back in the day, before you got in your boat, you spoke to the locals to get an idea of where to go—what’s working, what’s not, etc. And that’s what you’d get: an idea. Well, folks? The times, they are a-changin’! With today’s technology, those ideas become reality. We’re talking about down-scan and side-scan multi-beam […]

Tools Of The Trade – Terminal Tackle

One of the least glamorous yet most important facets of fishing equipment is terminal tackle. This is gear that’s attached to the end of a fishing line including hooks, sinkers, leaders, snaps, swivels, split rings, clevises, and the list goes on. For the most part, this area of tackle is the least expensive. However, an […]

Tools Of The Trade – Drag Systems

What is drag? How does it work? And why is it important? Simply put, drag systems are a mechanical means of applying variable pressure to the line spool or drive mechanism which creates friction. This works on the principle of multiple discs rubbing together face-to-face. One set of disks is attached to the side of […]

Tools Of The Trade – Rods

Before you buy any fishing rod there are some basic facts you must know like what and where you’re fishing. This will determine one of the most important features of the rod you choose: its action. The action of a rod has several determinants. First and most important is the taper; from butt to tip, the […]