Great Ontario Salmon Derby – June 29, 2019

The Great Ontario Salmon Derby kicks off this morning. Bill Barootes is the official weigh master. The Derby offers a prize pool of over $300,000. Bill will update Angelo on the changes to the format, and the opportunities for the occasional fisherman to enjoy a spectacular day on a charter boat on Lake Ontario.

Hotspot – St. Mary’s Surprise

St. Mary’s Rapids – N 46° 30.448′ W 84° 20.886′ Today’s Hotspot is known as the St. Mary’s Rapids, directly adjacent to the city of Sault Ste. Marie. The waypoint on your screen will get you there. We chose this Hotspot because of its easy access to a variety of fish species. You can hire […]

Gettin’ There – St. Mary’s Surprise

To get to today’s non-stop river fishing, I first drove north on Highway 400 to Highway 69. I next turned onto Highway 17, heading northwest, and took that all the way to the town of Bruce Mines. I finally turned south on Bruce Bay Road, which took me to Bruce Bay Cottages and Lighthouse. Even […]

Fish Talk – Choose The Right Hook

Hiya folks, I want to talk today about hook shapes. When would you use a normal J-shape hook versus, say, an extra-wide gap? A lot of folks think you choose your hooks based on the fish that you’re fishing for. That’s not the case at all. You actually base your hook on the soft plastic […]

Did You Know? – Spectacular Salmon

Did you know that Ontario’s Great Lakes offer some of the best Salmon fishing in the world? Extended and year-round seasons make it especially good for non-boating anglers seeking Salmon in rivers. There are more spectacular boat-fishing opportunities for trophy Chinook and Coho Salmon in Lakes Ontario and Huron than anywhere else in the province. […]

St. Mary’s Surprise – Episode 486

Largemouth Bass are fast becoming North America’s favourite game fish. It’s hands-down the top dog in the United States, and it’s constantly gaining fans north of the border. The Largemouth is very much a southern, warm water fish. It thrives in water temperatures in the 70s and 80s Fahrenheit (low to mid-20s Celsius). But that […]

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 […]