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My 2017 Fishing Season in Review

So I know I have not written anything for a while, my apologies for this, however as you are about to find out, my 2017 season has been extremely busy. I have caught so many fish on my bucket list this year its not funny, You will see that I have broken many of my own personal best records and some that may be very hard to beat for years to come.

Just over 1 year ago to date I got a phone call that was absolutely devastating to me. I received a call from the Picton Harbor Marina in Picton Ontario that my boat, ( the boat which was my livelihood,and how I put food on my family’s table ), was taking on water and sinking fast. Right at the harbor, My boat had been parked there for about a week with no problems awaiting my first clients of the 2016 Bay Of Quinte Fall season. After a quick investigation I realized that someone had most definitely tampered with the vessel and tried to sink it. The Live well hose had been taken from its regular resting place, and put into my battery box, the scuppers were plugged with garbage so as not to let any water out and the pump to my live well hose was turned on. The vessel filled up with water, damaging all my electronics, camera gear, wiring, and many other costly items. This would prove disastrous for the continuation of Sea’s The Day Fishing Charters, or at least during the fall of 2016, essentially shutting business down for.

The next few months were hard for me as I was contemplating on how to either fix my boat and get back on the water or figure out what was next for me in this adventure called life.

I tried to figure out how to motivate myself as winter neared. I have always thought that the measure of a man is not judged by how hard he gets hit or how many time he gets knocked down, but instead how he can deal with the hits and how he can keep striving to keep getting back up and moving forward.

After last fall, (a hard lesson to get over for sure), the following is how I played the cards I was dealt.

After not being much of a man at all for the first 2 months (after the sinking). In December I finally decided that it was time to get back on my feet.  I needed to figure out what it was that I had going for me. 1st and foremost was my family. My wife and kids have always supported me and my crazy ideas. 2nd  I was starting to form a great relationship with the fellas of the Canadian Fishing Network (AKA, CFN), Mr Scottie Martin , and Mr Red Andal. I had a couple great sponsors behind me and my fishing career such as, SeaFour Lures, Liquid Mayhem, and Fish-Bum Outfitters Apparel, and now Okuma/Savage Gear has picked me up as a sponsor as well.

It was at this time that I decided to try and get the things that were going for me and put them to good use. I started making calls to previous clients, and started organizing trips for Ice fishing Adventures. once I had a good base of clients booked for ice fishing and I realized that I can still make a go of fishing over the winter months. I decided that I would fish harder that season than ever before, basically telling the moron that sunk my boat, that he, CAN-NOT, KEEP ME DOWN.

I made a call to Scottie and Red of CFN to come out during the winter  and try showcasing an ice fishing episode for walleye Wednesday, (A weekly social media short film that showcases fisherman all over the country).  I explained I would put on a hell of a show for them and I had something special planned. They replied they would do one better and bring Filipino TV with them to film the show, then they would air it on their network. this would be the 2nd time in my career I would be featured on a television network for fishing , I was stoked. This was the push I needed to keep the dream of fishing for a living alive. Now I have been on the water as a fisherman making my living on and off for over 20 years but doing it this way with rod and reel is my dream job.

Filipino TV and CFN came out in January of 2017 for what was nothing short of an incredible weekend of multi-species fishing at its best. we showcased women’s angling, getting kids fishing, fishing for the hardest of hardcore anglers for some back lakes Brook trout, Family Fishing opportunities. you name it we crammed it into a full weekend of fishing mayhem.

 

Next, during the  first 4 months of 2017, between January to April I fished hard with clients, and friends, putting over 40 days of fishing on ice. I started utilizing my social media accounts more proficiently for the purpose of getting the name of my fishing business out, and a bit more widespread.  I made sure to help out my sponsors where I could by attending sportsman shows across southern Ontario to help represent their products. Scottie Martin had also invited me down to his secret spot to help out with a day of late season ice fishing where he hosted a fishing club group of children from Holy Cross High school out of Kingston Ontario. This was a special day for them (and for me) because Scottie had a surprise for us. The fishing legend himself, Mr Italo Labignan was also there to share the day with the kids while he was also shooing an episode of winter walleye using a new product called the TipN’ Jig.

Fishing as hard as I did was not without purpose. I had 2 main goals in mind, the 1st was, that when I finally am able to get a boat back in the water, my name will not have been dormant for the period of time for which I am down. The 2nd and may be a bit vindictive but was to show the person responsible for the destruction of my vessel again, that he can knock me down but, don’t EVER count me out.

 

Now during the Winter months I had of course started thinking ahead to the summer and knew that I was not in a position to be able to purchase a boat any time soon but still wanted to be guiding. I looked for weeks, online, and cold called some northern Fishing lodges to see if they would be in need of a guide for the coming season. In March I had finally landed a guiding gig in Northern Ontario, at a place called Slippery Winds Wilderness Resort.

I would highly recommend the resort as a great place to visit, the fishing was phenomenal and the guests were a blast. Even though there were some good size fish being caught, I would not call this a trophy fish area, however  for great quantity of decent fish I would recommend it to anyone. I got to meet and fish with some truly remarkable people. from the Governor of Kansas (Uncle Sam), and Rodger Comier the host of Midwest Outdoors TV, Don Lamont of Hooked Magazine, Tim Holschlag small-mouth angler and fly fisherman Author, It was an experience that will be hard to beat.

Now, once I knew I was going out in northern Ontario,  I called Scottie and Red of CFN, told them the news and shortly there after (without getting into too much detail ) The Coast To Coast Crusade was born. For those of you that do not know what the Crusade was, or was about. This summer after my stint at Slippery Winds Lodge, I decided to travel across the country to help raise awareness for a great cause. Feed My Starving Children was the organization. The idea behind the crusade was to help showcase great fishing opportunities across the country showcasing the people that support CFN across the Nation and put them in front of the camera. we had so much support from small businesses across the country that we made a jersey to support them by putting their Logo’s on it and I would wear it on every episode created.

(Jersey Sponsors were:  Yvonne Brown of Ontario Women Anglers, Sea-Four Lures (also the company that actually made the jersey), Fisherman’s Edge, Creek Candy, CFN, Sea’s The Day Fishing Charters, Chasin Eyes Fishing Charters, Cliff Chinook Charters, Great Canadian Female Anglers or ( GCFA), Red Shiner Fishing Destinations, Up North and Outdoors, Artrageous Promotions, Gremlins Baits, Ontario Fishing Club or (OFC),)

Each of the sponsors, plus an array of other businesses, put together so many donations of product towards the cause that there was an online auction held through CFN to try and raise money for the Feed My Starving Children organization. Although the amount of money raised could have been a bit better (in our eyes), it was still a great success and people from all over tuned in to watch the crusade unfold.

It was here during this crusade that I started to understand that my direction in the industry was beginning to change and mold into something I never would have imagined.  Thanks to CFN and the anglers Of Canada that were involved across the country,  I started to really enjoy the sport of fishing again, I started to understand the true magic of what fishing can mean. It was bringing a community of people across an entire Nation together. I was not just showcasing an individuals spot in one province or another, but people from all over the country were tuning in to watch the average weekend warrior showcase a fishing opportunity within our country, something that has never quite been done before. This fascinated me more than I thought it would have to be completely honest.

here are just a few of some great people I met across the country

Not only were we doing a great thing for a great cause, and meeting some incredible people but I was making a memory of a lifetime by going after some of the most sought after game fish in the country and knocking down my personal bucket list considerably.

While I was away on this Crusade, back at home in Napanee Ontario, my family and I were on a completely separate life changing adventure ourselves. My family was apart of something very cool this year. We finally became home owners thanks to Habitat For Humanity. Just prior to leaving in the spring My wife, children, and I had put in an application to purchase a home through Habitat For Humanity. This was a very intense application process and we honestly thought that there was no chance for us to be one of the families chosen to become a habitat home owner. Never the less, I believe it was the week before I was leaving to head out to Slippery Winds Lodge, I received a phone call around 8pm at night. It was Habitat and their comity letting us know that we had finally been selected as the Napanee Ontario’s family for this years build.  This phone call seemed like I had just won the lottery, even though each family is required to purchase the house that is built, my wife and I would not have been in a position to have purchased this home for some time without the efforts of Habitat.

Anyway while I was away, my wife Rachel had picked out a lot, where our soon to be home would eventually be built. Rachel tried to keep the location a secret from me at first but Habitat had an article in our local paper which was sent to me from a friend, while I was at slippery winds. I soon knew the address and location, thanks to google (LOL).

It did not seem long and time was flying by when Habitat announced the ground breaking for our new home to begin the build. it was suppose to start the first week of July so I had booked a flight home on the 7th so that not only would I be able to get my hands dirty starting the build of our new home, but I would also be home for my wifes birthday as well, knocking off 2 birds with 1 stone. When I got home, unfortunately Habitat had run into a couple delays getting permits, and they would not be starting the build until the middle of July instead. not to worry I was still there to visit my wife and children before heading back into the bush for the remainder of my time at Slippery winds.

After Leaving the lodge, I worked my way throughout each province and I was able to catch species I thought I would never have the chance to target in this life time. I managed to go for rainbow on the Bow river in Calgary, Cutthroat trout in the mountains of Alberta, a very cool little fish indeed. Pink Salmon in Squamish, Chinook Salmon on Vancouver island, with Cliffs Chinook Charters, and the ever famous Fraser river where I got my personal best fish ever, let alone on a rod and reel, a Sturgeon, 8 ft approx 330,lbs of absolute power. I must give credit to Capt Robert of Kilby Lodge Fishing Charters and B&B. Then I was on route back home in September back to the family and to help out finally with the build of our soon to be, new home.

I would not make it home before I ended up with a few more fishing stops and another personal best channel cat fish which happened on the Red River with Capt Kyle Gizowski of Wind-river Professional Guide Service, a beast at 34.1/2 inch of muscle. what a great experience for sure.

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Kyle Gizowski (MB)

after some more stops along the way home, such as, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Perry Sound, Toronto, I was finally home, back with the family. I spent almost every day of September and into October on the build site accept for a week where I was back on the old Canadian Empress with the St Lawrence Cruise Lines because they were short handed and needed the help. the house was finally done by the end of October accept for the hydro, Propane installed, and the boiler still needed to be hooked up. Our family moved into the house officially  on November 26th 2017.

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Since being home I have gotten back out fishing on my own waters, the infamous the Bay Of Quinte, in search of the elusive giant Quinte gold Nugget, “(or Walleye)”. This year has been extremely successful with so many giants being caught.   I have fished with so many great anglers this year and this fall did not disappoint either. I was able fish with Mr Greg Amiel who is a very accomplished tournament angler and someone I have looked up to in the industry for many years , and good friend Kevin Gibson. I have fished with kevin on several occasions over the past couple seasons, however this last time was a bit special as I managed to get my new personal best open water walleye. a very special moment for me indeed. She was a 14lbs giant, something not too many walleye anglers get the chance to witness in their entire lives.

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So in conclusion to this Long blog of mine. I wish to thank a slew of people for the success of my 2017 season from everyone already mentioned in the blog above, and all the people not mentioned that has been a huge part of this years successes, for example,

With over 160 days on the ice and open water during 2017 I wish to thank the following. Brian Dickenson of Calgary thanks for a place to bunker while I was in or even near Calgary for that period of time, David Nagel of Whistler BC, you certainly know how to treat a guy and show him a good time in whistler, Richard Dunlop of Seafour Lures, Ted Doberstein, for getting CFN involved in a great charity, Donald Stokes thanks for getting my vehicle fixed while on my visit in BC, Bill Mafturack, Gord Ellis in Thunderbay (ill never forget sharing a Persian with you LOL, next time, I hope to wet a line with you), Ed Mckenzie and Kevin Gibson, I have learned so much from both of you and you are 2 great guys, I enjoy every minute we have spent on and off the water together,  and the people of Timmins for certainly making me feel welcome and being a huge part of the crusade, and huge supporters of CFN, and of course CFN’s Scottie and Red, you guys have been a huge part of making this season as successful as it was I have now been featured, mentioned, and showcased in over 38 episodes of CFN social media platforms,  from 20 episodes of the CFN coast to coast crusade, 15 of your 100 episodes of Walleye Wednesday’s, 3 episodes of Filipino TV shows, and of course countless of other mentions and photos featured on your social media accounts. thank you so much for helping me to remember what fishing is, and always really has been, and will be about. making friendships, creating memories and adventures, and enjoying the time spent on the water.

lastly I would like to thank the person responsible for sinking my boat last year. seems crazy right? well if it weren’t for that individual(s) I would not have had the season I had this year. Nor would I have found different directions within the industry to become a part of, and I may still just be going through the motions of fishing but not enjoying it like I started to again this year.

Now next season is sure to be full of exciting adventures for sure. It is even starting to take shape into something new, but that is for another bolg.

So remember when life knocks you down, its all about how you get back up?

First Couple Of Weeks At Slippery Winds Lodge.

Hi everyone, my name is James Mathias I have taken a job with Slippery Winds this summer. My position here is fishing guide/ shore hand. I have decided to write about some of the adventures that I have had already and will continue throughout the season to write about my experiences here at the lodge.

I will begin with a short story about a few day out on the water. Well, I suppose I should back it up just a bit for a moment. This season started off with a good couple of weeks of getting to know the staff here at Slippery Winds. Lori our Manager / Chef,  Elizabeth and Paulene, our waitresses and house cleaning staff, Rick our mechanic/maintenance and a bit of everything handyman, Sam, our 2nd guide and shore hand helper,  Stormy and Aaron, our helpers that came up just to help open up the lodge for the season, and of course our fearless leader himself Mr Randy Duvell. Getting to know these people over the first few weeks of the summer has been a pleasure. everyone has put in a lot of hard work to get the lodge ready for guests to come and relax on a fishing vacation they will not soon forget.

Our first guests arrived on the 19th of May. with cold-front cold wet conditions, the fishing was proving a bit tough to figure out, it wasn’t just our guests either that were finding things tough but our guides too, especially myself, I  was finding it very difficult to get even enough fish to have a decent shore lunch. On day 3, two of our guests decided to break down and hire a lodge guide I was the man for the job. I took a fantastic couple of guys from Texas out for the day. In the morning we hooked into several Largemouth and smallmouth bass and then got into a few northern pike. As the walleye decided to go to a bay we didn’t hit yet I had made the decision to keep a few of the smaller pike to keep for shore lunch. Lunch was a hit. The almost traditional Canadian shore lunch which consisted of fried tomato pork beans, canned corn, homemade hash-browns, fried onions and, well, in this case instead of walleye it was northern pike seasoned with the slippery Winds top secret seasoning and properly filleted and deep fried over an open fire in the pouring rain. Our clients seemed very happy with the day as they hooked more fish than they were expecting by days end.

   

Over the next few day’s I was on the water daily, Guiding some outstanding fellas from Wisconsin. For the first 2 days, the fishing was outstanding, hitting over 35 Bass landed and around 15 pike on both days. My clients seemed super excited when both of them on each of their trips with me while fishing for some walleye in the later part of the afternoon, had the privilege of being able to have the feeling of what it feels like to have a very large musky on the end of their lines. It was a good thing neither of them had actually landed the beastly fish as the musky are not actually in season as of yet.

On their 3rd day of guided trips, the same Wisconson clients wanted to go to a back lake to try their hand at some lake trout. I mentioned that they may wish for a 2nd guide for the back lakes as the boats on those Lakes are a bit on the small side and wanted them to be as comfortable as possible. Sammy, (our 2nd guide) was out with the group for this next adventure.  We decided to hike into a lake called Bluff Point. Bluff Point is definitely known for its lake trout fishery and the clients soon found out just how good it was.  Sammy hooked into over 10 lakers, 3 or 4 Pike and a few Bass in 2.5 hours and I had around the same number of Bass and Pike but a few less Lakers than Sammy. The competition was fierce in the morning between the 2 boats before a great packed lunch on a majestic island in the middle of the lake. After lunch, everyone had decided to pack it in to get to another lake to try our hand at some more bass fishing. I myself made up for the friendly competition loss in the morning by getting over 25 Bass in the afternoon. once again the clients seemed very happy with the result of their trip and I manage to get myself some great rest before tomorrow’s next fishing adventure.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this little story about fishing here at Slippery Winds this past week and stay tuned,  I will tell the stories of my fishing adventures here at Slippery winds throughout this 2017 season.

Lets Celebrate CANADA

Hi everyone,

 I am reaching out to my friends, family, and people I have on my contact list that I have not spoken to in a while. In an attempt to try and get support with a project I am working on this year. Before you read further into this e-mail, you should know, I am looking to raise money for a charity called ( Feed My Starving Children). 

OK now that we have gotten rid of the folk that are not interested in helping to feed starving kids , lets move on LOL.

 I am not sure if you are aware of the project I am getting involved with yet so I am writing this to fill you in. 

I have Partnered up with CFN ( Canadian Fishing Network) this season to help raise money for an incredible charity.  I believe WE have come up with a unique way to involve the fishing community across the entire country.  Although this is designed to involve the fishing community Canada wide, It does not exclude anyone to help out. Also if anyone feels they could contribute in any other ways not suggested below please feel free to message me your thoughts, and ideas. 

As to the details of to what is happening and I’ll try to be brief ( Although if you know my writing style, then you know this won’t be brief) LOL.  Basically it’s like this.

In Celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary this year, CFN and myself came up with an idea on how we would like to Celebrate.

The idea is as follows,  in conjunction with Angling For Life, (another social media fishing group)  we are trying to raise money for charity, the charity is called “Feed My Starving Children“. This charity has, in over 70 Countries world wide, helped to feed starving kids that are MOST in need, & again this is “world wide“.

So we are reaching out across Canada to all Anglers, that wish to showcase their favorite fishing experiences through CFN. and anyone willing to help out, here is how it will work.

 I will go to them, (the anglers), Canada wide (and yes, you read that right). I, will, come, to, you.  We are doing this to help showcase YOU, and your fishing opportunities. We will do this by filming a day, or half day, of what each angler wishes to have showcased. once filmed I will send the video clips to CFN (Canadian Fishing Network) and they will edit it and show it through their ever growing and extensive social media platforms. (https://www.facebook.com/canadianfishingnetwork/ )

The hope is to have people gain an awareness of of the charity and hopefully get  them involved. As well as showcasing some of Canada’s amazing fishing opportunities, and of course the vast landscape this incredible country has.

Of course we can’t get to everyone throughout the country, so we are hand picking out some of the fisherman/woman and trying to fit them in to my schedule or time frame.

 People that are interested in getting showcased need to send me a story about what their opportunity is, and why they would like to be featured. They must like both  CFN’s Facebook page and my Sea’s The Day Fishing Adventures Facebook page in order to qualify. We are not necessarily looking for the best or most luxurious places, because that is not what CFN is about. CFN is about the everyday angler,  the weekend Warrior’s,   professional anglers alike, its about CPR ( Catch, Photo, Release), and conservation,  And it’s about the passion of the Canadian fisherman and women of this country.

So in the hopes of raising money, CFN will be holding an auction throughout the summer where we have already received some amazing donations form our sponsors, from products and or services, to volunteering, to cash donations. Everyone can help by donating, Money. Or  services or products to our online auction.

If you wish to donate money then you can do this easily by following the link  below

I am not asking for much by the way. Just so you are aware, just $1.00 helps a great deal.

http://www.canadianfishingnetwork.com/donations/canada-150-adventure/

If you wish to help by donating services, or product then please get a hold of me through e-mail or you can call me at 1-343-333-2800 to discuss.

or maybe you have a great place you would like to have featured along my journey. Again get a hold of me to discuss.

So to summarize lol

In the hopes of getting anglers together Nationwide, and showcasing fishing opportunities through CFN, and with an auction with the help of our sponsors, we hope to raise money for A great charity (Feed My Starving Children), and showcase fishing opportunities, and this incredible country’s vast landscape, and this is how CFN and myself would like to Celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Filming of this project has already started. we have filmed 2 episodes already and we plan on doing approx 34 separate locations throughout the country, between now and the end of October 2017. If you so choose you will be able to watch these episodes weekly starting by mid may 2017. on CFN facebook page at the following address.

https://www.facebook.com/canadianfishingnetwork/  (if we are able to showcase it in other formats then I would keep you informed of course.)

All of our sponsors will be mentioned often throughout the journey as often as we can. We will be tagging sponsors in as many posts as we can throughout many social media platforms weekly if not daily.  I figured why not start right now. I would encourage everyone to have a look at the following sponsors and see the type of people that care about this great cause.

here are the sponsors facebook pages, and/or websites, we currently have on board at the moment.

SeaFour Lures http://www.seafourlures.com 

Souljah Fishing Apparel  https://www.facebook.com/souljahfishingapparel/

Fisherman’ Edge https://www.facebook.com/fishermansedge/

Creek Candy, http://www.creekcandybeadcompany.com/

Cliff Chinook Charters, https://www.facebook.com/cccharters.ca/

Up North & Outdoors, https://www.facebook.com/UpNorthandOutdoors/

Ontario Women’s angler 101, https://www.facebook.com/OntarioWomenAnglers/ and http://www.fishing101forwomen.ca/

Gremlins Baits, https://www.facebook.com/gremlinscustombaits/

OFC, https://www.facebook.com/groups/Ontariofishingclub.ca/

Red Shiner, https://www.facebook.com/redshiner/?hc_ref=SEARCH and https://redshiner.ca/

Chasin Eye’s charters, https://www.facebook.com/Chasin-Eyes-Charters-244564345616385/ and http://www.chasineyes.com/

Fishing Icon’s fishing apparel, https://www.facebook.com/fishingicons/ and http://www.fishingicons.com/

Sea’s The Day Fishing Adventures, https://fishingquinte.com/  we have a bunch more that have said they will be contributing to the cause as well shortly.

 

exposure through this venture will be incredible. I hope you find yourself able to contribute in any way you can.

If you think you would like to help with this cause then please message me back and we can discuss how you think you would like to help out.

Thank you.

James Mathias

Ice Fishing Video

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take Filipino TV and the crew from the Canadian Fishing Network {CFN} out for a weekend of fun in the sun, well on the ice anyway.

I wanted to pack as much into our weekend as possible. Its not every day you get the opportunity to showcase what you do for a living to a large population or viewership at little to no cost. People or companies pay big $$$ to get this type of advertising for their businesses.

Sometimes its nice to just be able to kick back and relax with a few friends and not worry about catching the biggest fish. With social media widely used, fishing seems to have taken off in a crazy 180 degree hard left turn over the last few years. everyone and their dog seems to think that if you want to be considerate a fisherman these days, you need to have the latest gear, the best electronics, the highest end latest and greatest tackle, and of course if you are not sponsored by someone then you are a nobody and why even fish at all, right? Well I like to think we can still just get out and fish for a good time, maybe meet some fellow fisherman, get some people introduced to the sport, that kind of thing. So that is exactly what I had in store for CFN and Filipino TV.

I had CFN meet some of their fans up on the Moira Lake to go fishing with, we had a good old fashioned fish fry on the ice, we had multi species targeted over the 2 day weekend, we introduced youths, both males and females to the sport and they all caught their first fish through the ice, we had great food prepared on the ice by chef AJ, for lunch, and it was one of the best trips I think I’ve had on the ice in a long time.

click the link below to see the weekend show.

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009627498906&fref=ts

Season’s END

First I wanted to thank everyone that has made this year an encredible year. #FishbumOutfitters , #SeafourLures , and #LiquidMayhem , you guys have helped with putting, well, too many fish to count on the deck of my boat and my friends boats during 2016. 

All the people that have come out fishing with me, without you guys I would not have the opportunity to live life to the fullest and do what I love the most.

I want to give a special shout out to a couple people that have contributed to some of my sucesses this season. 

First Kevin Gibson,  We only met and started fishing together in the spring but I have learned a lot from you and gained a good friend. Some of my favorite times on the water was with you this year, from catching monster Lake trout, and salmon, helping to put the first walleye’s in your boat, to getting skunked on a midnight run in the middle of Lake Ontario, what a blast ha ha ha. 

2nd To all my fishing  friends and competition in the Bay Of Quinte, you guys have shared your thoughts, given advise, and helped me along the way to get me where I’m at now, I know I have a long way to go but you guy’s give me something to strive for.

3rd To Tony,  My Boat Mechanic, thank you for helping to get my boat up and running when several others tried and failed to do what you were able to do.

4th To Scottie Martin and Red Andal, with The Canadian Fishing network, you guys were a blast to fish with and showcasing my fishing stories this year has been giving my stories the exposure I was hoping for, you guy’s rock.

 If you want to see the monster walleye that Ed Mackenzie of Chasin Eyes and myself were able to Get Scottie and Red on them click the link below .  

10 minute Episode with Scottie, Red, & Ed. https://youtu.be/cB46JYR74jE

5th Last but definitely not least, of course Ed Mackenzie with chasin Eye’s charters, you have been there for me this season like no other. taking people out last minute when I was stuck helping with showcasing both of us with Walleye Wednesdays, and of course endless other gestures trying to help a brother out. I cannot thank you enough for your generousity.

Unfortunatly due to recent sircumstances I had been forced to close my season down early. This, due to some mischievous behavior in the Picton Harbor & resulting in my vessel taking on too much water and almost completely going under. It is unclear exactly what or WHO, happened?   Behavior like this, and vandalizing property behind someone’s back is one of the most Cowardly acts a person can do in my opinion.

 Your actions have not only cost me money, which Iam SURE was your intention, but you have taken food off the table in our home, and caused my children, family, and the charities we donate to,  to go without this christmas. 

I do not need you to speak up to say who you are, nor would I expect that based on your cowardess actions , however you should know that your actions create reactions and I’m not sure what my family or children did to deserve the hard times you have and are  putting them through. 

 I apologize to the folks that were looking forward to joining me  for those open water  trophy Eye’s in the Bay this Fall, but never fear Im sure I will get things sorted out and  back on the open water again in 2017. 

Ending on a happy note we are all set for the 2017 hard water season and looking forward to having lots of ice and a successful winter season. 

Merry Christmas to all and a happy new year

#LakeOntario – The Last 100 Mile Stretch

It’s amazing how quickly you can be on the top of your game and end up at a complete loss. This past week I was on route to having my best season since I started this guiding game over 3.5 years ago. Over the past 2 weeks I have been experiencing motor problems “again”. I mean lets face it, owning a boat means you are constantly doing maintenance, weather its a brand new boat or a used one, there is always something to be done. what does BOAT stand for? Break, Out, Another, Thousand.  Just over the past 2 weeks alone, first a fuel pump went down on one of my mains, then I had  spark plug cables need to be replaced, then coils, none of these items you would think are a big problem right? well in order to get these issues looked at and assessed properly each time,  you need to have a marine mechanic come out to your boat at the marina because you cant move a big boat like mine easily. Well first, everything costs 10 x the amount when your talking boats compared to cars, and then try and find a mechanic willing to come out to you is nearly impossible unless you have deep pockets.

 

After calling almost every mechanic listed on craigslist, Kijiji, Yellow pages, and online, It seems you need to have someone recommend you to the mechanic in order to get any decent service. otherwise you probably won’t have anyone come out to see you for weeks on end. Now just to have a guy show up to the boat 20 minutes away from his shop is around $150 to $250 and he hasn’t even looked at your motors yet. Needless to say after all of this you hope/pray that the mechanic that shows up is a good one. now I am sure the guy that came to my boat was a good mechanic but after everything was assessed he had to go back to his shop and order the right parts, this takes a day of 2 to get the right parts in, especially when you have motors like mine.

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So trying to save a few $$$$ I picked up the parts in a few days and went back to install them myself saving a few hours of labor and another $250 delivery fee, probably a $600 saving overall lol. Once the parts were back on the boat the boat seemed to run like a dream, so I started booking clients once again. I had a party of 4 show up to the boat, but as I headed down the channel to the open water they started sputtering and then stalled out and would not turn back on,  Now I couldn’t figure out what went wrong just that one of my mains wouldn’t start again. I had to call a buddy of mine, another guide and let him take my clients out for me.  I spent 2 days trying to figure out the problem and decided it was not worth spending the money to have the mechanic come back out again as paying for another “show up fee” would just piss me off. I made up my mind to take the boat back to my home area of Napanee in the #BayOfQuinte. The journey would be right around 100 miles on the water with 1 main engine completely down and the other was running, iffy at best.

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I started off from Bowmanville harbor on my #Yamaha  kicker motor, a small 8 horse power 4 stroke motor that I have never had an issue with in the past, very reliable, infact that motor is the only reason that I decided I would even attempt the journey at all. I started off at 4am by trolling out of the harbor. In about 10 minutes I was in 45ft of water and decided to throw out a couple lines as I have a ticket for the #GreatOntarioSalmonDerby anyway, and since I’m trolling my way along I may as well be #fishing, right?

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well it wasn’t long before I had my first hit of the day, a decent but much too small for the derby, 12lbs king salmon, as it was not big enough to weigh in I carefully released the fish because I was on a 2 day journey and the fish would spoil if I kept it. Soon after the first fish I had my second fish of the day on the line, a bit smaller than the first, so again the fish was released. then I had a massive hit on a wire dipsey line with a #SeafourLure spoon on the end of it, a little Shad sent from #LiquidMayhem to entice the bite & WHAAAAMO. The Line screamed out of the reel, my excitement level rose drastically making me forget I was even in a broken boat on a 100 mile journey. All I cared about was landing what ever was on the other end of the line. I fought the monster for approx 35 to 40 minutes before I was able to tire it out enough to be able to get my net underneath her and lift her into the boat. She was not as big as she fought but it was still a decent 20lbs plus fish anyway. When I tried to put her on the scale, my scale was reading all over the place I could not get an accurate reading which means one of 2 things. Either this fish is bigger than I think it is or the batteries in the scale need to be replaced LOL.

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The sun was now up and running low over the water. the fish I just landed may be the last of the season for me so I figured I’d better keep her and get it weighed in at #PortHope which should only be a couple hours away from my current location. In the Livewell the fish went, with some ice to keep her as fresh as I could.

By approximately 10:00am after catching & releasing 3 more smaller fish, I arrived at Port hope marina. I pulled up to the fuel pump station and was greeted by a beautiful young women working the weigh station/and fuel pumps. after fueling the boat I asked her to weigh in the fish I had kept. The fish weighed in at 25.10lbs  which was exciting as I knew being the beginning of the week that this fish would probably make the derby board, (which it did) and it stayed there until Wednesday too until I got beat off the board with a 25.84. oh well I can say I made the board for a few days anyway LOL.

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I had a quick breakfast at a nice little cafe (great breakfast by the way) right at the marina by the beach,  bought new batteries for my scale (ha ha ha) and of course had to go and see the beautiful girl at the weigh station one more time (to buy ice)  before heading back out in the big water on my journey.

There was only 1 other stop I could have made before committing to go all the way to Brighton which was only 40 miles away from Port Hope, this was Coburg #Marina but it was only 5 miles away from Port Hope Marina. the decision was either to spend the night in Coburg or try and make it to Brighton. Take into consideration that the top speed of my boat was about 3 to 5 miles an hour on my kicker motor, or 7MPH on my one main half working main motor, which would put me in Brighton around 8pm that evening, I had started the day at 4am. that is a long day to be on the water in the sun, trust me. anyway of course I decided to make my way to Brighton the wind was in my favor with west winds.

 

It seemed like forever  to get Coburg out of my sights. It made the day seem like I was making very little to no progress, and to make things worse the winds had kicked up to 25 west winds with gusts of 42km west wind. This made for some large rolling waves, maybe 6 footers at times, it was travelling in the right direction allowing me to get a bit better timing 8 miles per hour as with each passing wave the boat would almost be pushed enough to start surfing. then once the wave passed the boat would slow to 2 miles per hour. this jerking motion for hours on end mean you need to be on the ball in terms of steering or you can be turned around in a split second, constantly counter steering the boat to try and stay in a straight line. I was praying that the waves would get just a bit bigger so that I would be able to surf the boat and ride the waves to my night time destination.

 

at around 7pm I got to the point that leads into Brighton harbor as I rounded the point to head into the harbor it got very shallow. I went from 45ft of water to 5ft of water within a few meters and with the rolling waves (now white capping) that I had been riding were now big enough that the boat actually was able to do a bit of surfing only this time I was in dangerously shallow and unknown waters. Yes in case you were wondering I was getting a bit nervous LOL.

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Once I got around the point and the land blocked the wind, the water instantly became like a sheet of glass and I calmly made it into the Brighton Marina. I pulled up to the marina about 7:45pm as I needed a bit more fuel to make the rest of the journey. I had came 65 miles and was now only 35 miles from my home destination. After I fueled up, the marina told me they had no 2 stroke Oil to sell me which I needed as I pre mix my fuel.  I hoped my friend  Sean, from #PresquileBayOutfitters was around and I prayed he sold the oil I needed. His shop was just steps from the marina.  It wasn’t long before I was able to find Sean and  like he has done on several occasions in the passed he (saved my behind) again LOL. Sean has great customer service and great deals on #fishingtackle and #Kyakrentals. I recommend everyone go and see him if your in the Brighton area. here is the link   http://www.presquilebayoutfitters.com/

anyway after fueling up and a short visit with Sean I was on the water again to find a spot to tie up for the night, have some dinner, and get some sleep. I headed up the Trent canal and immediately found a good spot to tie up to, right next to a very impressive sail boat who had also decided that they had enough travel for the day. the sail boat was heading to where I had just come from 16 hours prior. They figured they would try to get to Port Darlington or Whitby by the following afternoon.

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I was up early as was the sail boat next to me, and off the pier at 6am the next morning to try and get a good head start on the day, however I was quickly brought to a halt by the first swing bridge in the canal only 1 mile from where I tied off the night before as there was no attendant to swing the bridge open until 9am that morning. I tied off again and got out to walk around only to find 3 other boats tied off on the other side of the bridge that had just missed the last turn the previous night and were forced to spend the night in the canal as well. I spoke with a few of the boaters and everyone seemed very relaxed and well rested but were just waiting for the bridge attendant to get to work. It wasn’t long and the attendant showed up for his shift the bridge was swung open and everyone was on their way to the various destinations all over the lake (and further).

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It took several hours but by about 11am I had made it from Trenton  about 18 miles to the #Belleville Bridge. Just after the bridge there were about 30 to 40 small sailboats all crossing my path in every direction, I think they had all been part of a sailing school. I tried to go around them but everywhere I went they would cut me off, now normally I would have easily been able to get out of their way but with only running one of my main  motors and going about 5 miles an hour I had no choice but to bull dog my way right through the lot of them. As soon as I made my way through There was a guy waving at me to slow down his hands in the air and I thought to my self,  what a fool, as if I’m going too fast LOL. anyway I almost came to a halt thinking he might be in trouble only to clue in that it was actually a good friend of mine Dave, out for a day of fishing on the Bay.

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Dave pulled up along side of my boat tied his boat to mine and climbed aboard for the next few miles. I was relieved to have someone on the boat to chat with but I soon realized that I was very tired and probably had a bit of heat stroke, needless to say I probably wasn’t making much sense at the time. Anyway I took some time and cooked up the last of some chicken legs I had in my cooler, put them on my BBQ to have a bit of lunch with Dave before he had to leave  climb back onto his boat to finish his day of fishing.

It didn’t seem long,  maybe a few hours after leaving Dave before I was back crossing under the Deseronto Bridge and was at my destination to meet my wife at the launch so I could get the boat hauled out and get it to my mechanics.

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Im not sure whats in store for Sea’s The Day Fishing for the rest of the season? I can only wait to hear from my mechanic about all the issues I will need to deal with. I will be back out on the water soon enough, but for now I’m just happy to be home treating my sun burn and heat stroke LOL

 

Thanks for reading about my 100 mile journey across Lake Ontario. Also feel free to leave any comments you may have below

Getting Our Kids Involved

After several years fishing The Bay Of Quinte and studying fish behavior and habitat (mostly walleye) I have come to realize that I have been so focused on trying to create a successful guiding service, that I have almost missed out on  a very important part of my children’s education. Getting MY kids involved in the fishing world. I find it can be very rewarding, not just for them but for me as well. I wanted to talk about the pro’s of getting kids involved in the fishing world and what it means.

WHAT YOU ARE ACTUALLY TEACHING YOUR KIDS WHEN FISHING TOGETHER:

1 – you are connecting your children to the out doors, creating life skills and learning about our history.

By taking your children fishing you are getting them off the couch and into the outdoors. Teaching them a basic survival technique which I personally believe, all Canadians should know, and experience, at some point in ones life. Fishing is a part of our Canadian heritage and teaching a child to fish is a very natural & rewarding activity.

2 –  you teach how to appreciate others for who they are not what they achieve

It is easy for parents to be consumed with having their child playing all the sports and joining all the clubs they can to gain a competitive edge. Yes, you do spend time with your kid in the car from one club/team to the next, and they do learn valuable skills, but I don’t believe that this is quality time spent together. As a parent, you still need the one on one time with your kids, and that doesn’t mean cheering at them from the side lines, it means connectivity, 1 on 1. Giving undivided attention while waiting for that fish to bite or walking the shore, side by side, which lets your child know they didn’t have to win the game for you to be invested in them.

 

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3-      Fishing teaches co-ordination, safety, decision making skills, and much more .

Each day is different than the last, offering a new lesson. Learning together to read weather conditions, habitat, water conditions, opens up great discussions bout lure and line selection.  Hand and eye co-ordination is strengthened when precision casting, you can visually see your improvement each time you get closer to the target you actually aimed for.  Knot tying is a wonderful skill for co-ordination and life in general. Water safety is a given, but also learning how to work safely with sharp objects.  Safety in the wilderness is a lesson that can be geared differently to different age groups. The more you and your child do all of this together the better you will become as anglers and the stronger your bond will become with your children.

4-       Teaching conservation

Teaching the importance of conservation is an imperative part of the entire fishing experience. On a basic level it is a great introduction to why society has structure, but more importantly it shows how our actions today have reactions in the future.

Teaching proper water, boat ramp, and shore fishing safety & etiquette are just as important as teaching habitat protection, waste disposal, and proper techniques on CPR (catch Photo, Release). It would be naive to think that fishing & boating does not have its impacts on its environment. I encourage everyone to take a visit to the following links so we are teaching our kids etiquette and conservation and have the answers to the questions they may come up with.

Proper handling of fish (OFAH standards) http://www.ontarioanglerawards.com/Hold.cfm

For musky check on Facebook and type in this URL https://www.facebook.com/PeteMaina/videos/10156984287405627/

Boating Etiquette and safety practices                                    http://realmuskoka.com/muskoka-steamships/boating-etiquette-and-best-practices-before-you-set-sail/

A few do’s and do-not’s to start with http://1source.basspro.com/index.php/component/k2/237-fishing-info/1120-6-dos-and-donts-of-fishing-etiquette

Also, remember when river fishing, if its busy around you, don’t cast over someone’s line. If someone else hooks into a fish reel up to avoid tangles and arguments.

4-  Patience

If you are introducing a youngster to the world of fishing then remember children have little patience and get board easily. So try not to over do it because YOU may want to continue fishing. If you make children fish for longer than they want to, they will loose interest quickly and will not want to go again. In our family we have two terms ‘daddy fishing’ and ‘family fishing’.  Daddy fishing equates to more then eight hours, family fishing usually tops out at three hours. You may be a patient angler but remember this skill when it comes to the children. If you are patient with them at the start, then you will have a fishing partner for life.

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If this venture sounds like it is for you and your kids, remember you do not have to spend a fortune.  It is about the time shared and the relationship you are creating. You can start at the dollar store to get your kid a little tackle box, and move to your local Canadian Tire to pick up an inexpensive rod and reel combo.  I do advise you pick up new line, as the one that is often spooled on the reel is poor quality and not worth the headache (you will also then know what is on it). Pick up some basic lures, hooks, bobbers, and sinkers and a fishing licence. Garage sales are great this time of year for cheap finds. You can minimize your purchases if you do your homework and know what type of fish is your local area.  Feel free to message me on lure ideas for specific species if you don’t know where to begin.  If you were to buy two set ups, all new, you will be investing about $80 – $150.  Then all you need to do is drive or walk to a lake nearby, walk the bank, cast a line, and watch the smiles roll in 🙂

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