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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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Video of some my May fishing trips

Walleye Opening weekend

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It was a great start to the long Anticipated, Open water season, on The Bay Of Quinte this past weekend. Every year thousands of anglers migrate to the Bay Of Quinte to fish the opening walleye season. Kiwanis hosts the biggest walleye derby of the year this weekend every year. Many anglers come in the hopes of catching that trophy walleye that the bay is so famous for. Every year many Anglers struggle to even catch a fish let alone a trophy.

over the years that I have been fishing on the bay, I have come to realize that The Bay Is  definitely a trophy fishery, and it lives up to the name every year. Trophy fish are trophies for one reason, because they are dam near impossible to catch.

We were fortunate enough to be able to land a few fish this weekend, most in the 2 to 5 LBS range, and our 3 biggest were 6,7 and last but not least our largest walleye of the derby was just shy of 8LBS, not too shabby, for a regular day of fishing, but not good enough to get us onto the leader board of the http://www.kiwaniswalleyeworld.com/ Derby

I want to thank my good friends Adam Mamak/ Wooly Mamak, Richard Dunlop (SeaFour Lures) for participating and fishing with me this year, as well as my sponsors, #fishbumoutfitters (http://fishbumoutfitters.com/) , #SeaFourLures (  http://www.seafourlures.com/ ), and Liquid Mayhem ( http://liquidmayhem.ca/ ), for continuing to make exceptional products and helping us succeed in landing fish every time  I’m on the water.

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I hope every one had a great weekend during the opening of what will sure to be a great year on the water, and please remember to like and share this post and come back often to see updates on whats happening with Sea’s The Day fishing Charters.

We are now open for the Season and have some openings to fill so give me a call to book your next walleye adventure.

cheers

Salmon Fry Arrived today

I had a great time in Wellington Ontario today lending a hand and volunteering  my time. Along with several other volunteers that showed up I wanted to thank Mr AL Van Dusen, a local fisherman that has dedicated his time to heading up many projects like this over the years in the hopes to create a more sustainable fishery in Lake Ontario.

Also thank you to all the volunteers  over the years that help out with projects like this one in Wellington that help to make the fishery we are blessed  with on Lake O’.

Cheers

Preventative Maintenance & Water Etiquette

Just over 1 month to go before Thousands of anglers hit the open waters of The Bay Of Quinte for the famous walleye derby we have here every year, The Kiwanis Walleye World (live release) fishing derby. to find out more on the derby  click the link.  ( http://www.kiwaniswalleyeworld.com/ )

Anyway every year this is my favorite event to enter. Its open to the public, there are so many prizes from boat, motor, and trailer prizes to winning tickets, or even just a hat. You can even win prizes if you don’t fish the derby. I wanted to give a bit of insight into what I do in preparation for the coming open water season.  I have out board motors and always have, so that is where my experience lies when it comes to the preventative maintenance. First and foremost if you don’t know what your doing, it’s best to take your boat to a boat mechanic for any work done to it.

1st.  When the good spring weather begins. I go over my boat to see how it has wintered, Being that I live in Canada and winter can get extremely cold. I check for weather cracks in the hull and the motors top to bottom, pay special & close attention to the lower end units of your outboards even the slightest hairline crack in your prop can cause major problems and may become costly to repair if not addressed immediately.

2nd,        The batteries are a major concern for me, it would be better to take them out of your boat and stored properly over the winter, however lets face it even if you take the up most care of them that doesn’t mean they are ready to perform at the top level they should after a long winters nap. If you do not know how to properly check if your batteries are in top working order then take it to your boat mechanic to get them inspected thoroughly. If there is any Question about their functionality, have them replaced. To clean your batteries use a recommended  product by your Mechanic,  I use WD-40, clean the terminals using a wire brush or terminal cleaner, and make sure to coat the terminal posts with some sort of grease either a silicone compound or maybe an easier method which you may have in your house already Petroleum Jelly, either works fine, but we expose our boat batteries to moisture every day on the water, so it will help protect them from rusting on you. make absolutely sure to test the charge of your battery. they should charge to 13.2 V or more, leave it for 24 hours then come check it to make sure they hold that charge. If you are loosing a charge then perhaps its time to have them replaced.

3rd.  Change your fluids, although you should have changed all your fluids at the end of the season before winter it is a good idea and doesn’t hurt to change your lower end oil again or at least check it if you did change it at the end of last season. oil and fuel filters should be changed out at the beginning  of the year as well as your plugs. Check the gas to make sure no water or condensation built up in the tank. If it did pump it out before trying to start the motors.

4th.  This item seems to be missed so often  but it is maybe as important as your boat plug and that is you Bilge pump. before you even leave the house in the spring make sure you test all of your electronics, examples would be, your gauges, lights, and horn, all important, but maybe the most overlooked is the bilge pump. this item is a major emergency tool that will save your boat from sinking on the water if  something goes very wrong. It gets a lot of use during the season and on every trip, so make sure it is running smoothly. Also make sure the bottom of your boat is clear of debris, when water gets in, it is amazing what will find its way to the bilge pump clogging it and rendering the pump useless just when you need it most. On top of checking to make sure it works maybe have a spare on the boat  just in case.

5th.  Check all your Safety equipment, although this is a given it is a good idea to make sure you have all the proper safety gear for your boat and it is back on board, and that none of the equipment has expired. It would be a shame to get everything in order just to have your trip ruined because your flares were out of date, or your flashlights batteries died, or your charts were not updated, etc.  each category or class of vessel has a separate set of rules for the safety equipment you are to have on board, so make sure you have the right safety gear for your boat.

6th.  Testing your boat. It is a great idea to get your boat in the water before opening weekend or before you go away for a boating weekend with your buddies and give the boat a good run up a lake. Let the boat soak for a bit. then open up any port holes and see if any water got in from anywhere. This gives you time to fix any problems before you go away with all your buddies only to be found stuck on land because you didn’t check out the boat before you left. This is also where you will find out how your impellers are working and if they need any attention or not, of course you may have done that at home with the garden hose but if not this is where you’ll find out LOL.

7. Boat ramp etiquette. Ok this is not about boat maintenance but I think is a topic that still needs to be addressed. I have seen it so many times at the launch especially in the early spring when a person may not have a lot of experience launching a boat or even been at a launch ever in his or her life, this is where you will find all the newbies. but what disgusts me is the attitude everyone else in line waiting to put their boats in, have. It eould be nice if everyone had some patience for these people. We have all been in this persons shoes before, we were not born to be able to back up trailers or automatically know what to do when launching a boat so please be patient with these people and better yet,  offer assistance, show them what to do. help the situation, stop being part of the problem, I can assure you it is not helpful to yell at someone taking a bit longer and stressing them out even more than they already are. put yourself in their shoes believe me when I say, “you have been there at some point in your life before”. ways to avoid stresses  of boat ramp rage is to get to the ramp extra early, especially during the opening of any fishing season.

8th. On the water . This is my favorite. I love the Kiwanis Walleye derby every year, what I get very annoyed with however is the amount of people that have a serious lack of respect for others on the water during this event.  Now there are literally thousands of boats throughout the Bay of Quinte on the water for opening weekend, however many people seem to forget who has the right of way on the water in many circumstances, so all I am going to say about this is I would recommend everyone refresh yourself about the rules of the water prior to launching your boat, and not just this year, but every year. It does not take long and you can do it on line. here is just one link, there are several. http://www.boaterexam.com/canada/education/c6-nauticalrules-en.aspx

I hope this was useful for you, and hope everyone has a safe time boating in 2016.