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2015 season winding down

only a few short weeks and we will be in 2016. With the warm temperatures in southern Ontario The Bay Of Quinte doesn’t look like we will be seeing ice any time soon in the near future. With one of my main engines down at the moment, yesterday a friend of mine, another charter guide Ed Mackenzie with Chasin Eyes, helped take some clients of mine out for a December fish to try and get a few of the famous Quinte Trophies that help make this region famous to anglers throughout North America. although the fishing has been slow lately we did manage to hit a few decent fish. Our best yesterday was an 11 lbs Falleye giant, and little Katie with her personal best at around 9lbs looks like Quinte is starting to turn around finally.

 

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BIG THANKS

 

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Just a recap on one of my greatest fishing years to date.
I started the year with some of my greatest ice fishing years I ever had with over 23 Walleye’s over 10lbs iced
Then in April I headed out to the east coast on a 3 month commercial fishing adventure that I have been waiting more that a decade to try, The Lobster season on a commercial fishing vessel. all while I documented the entire trip on my blog.

(follow the link at www.fishingquinte.com. ) if you wish to read about it.

The most incredible lobster we landed was a rare blue lobster. The cool part about it other than it was blue of course, was it’s size, all the other blue lobster I had seen from other Lobster fisherman’s Phones ect. had been much smaller. Also in my captains 25+ years on the water he had only ever seen 1 before and apparently wasnt even close in size. we released it so it would have a chance to reproduce and fisherman may get a chance to see more in the future.

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During that trip I had added 3 more species to my ever growing resume of fish species targeted. I was able to land a stripe Bass, and a flounder on a rod and reel combo, and Snow crab on another commercial fishing day out in the roughest waters I think I believe I have ever fished in.

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Then Once I made it home in July I worked on getting my new fishing vessel ready for the fall Walleye season, although rushed a bit to get it all together, I managed to get the boat in the water just in time to take a couple professional Golfers that were on tour for the Mackenzie PGA tournament out for a short 2 hour tour around the bottom of Hay Bay while it was filmed for TSN. a very cool project for me. (copy and paste the following to see the video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfPVLHFXYMg


Also this year I was able to obtain 3 sponsors which have helped me grow my business over the year through social media. Monster Stalker, Fish Bum Outfitters, and Seafour Lures, all companies I love and am proud to represent.

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Then of course  the fall season hit, October started off a bit slow for my liking and continued to be slow right to the end of November and into December but nevertheless I persevered and pushed through and ended my season on December 7th with a great group of high school  kids and an interesting and informative tour at the Glenore Ministry Of Natural Resources fisheries center.  

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 My efforts for the season have paid off BIG, with many people calling to book in charters, for next year, and ending my 3rd successful full year as a Charter Captain on The Bay Of Quinte.

I’d Like to thank all of my customers this season, friends, my colegues on and off the water, my wife Rachel, Ed MacKenzie, Scott Walcott, Yvan Roseau, Joe Picstock, Dave Paro, CareFree Pickerel Park, Richard Dunlop, Capt Jody & all my fishing buddies in Mabou Harbor   and of course my Sponsors that have helped make this dream job a reality for me and have helped with another very successful season. and I hope to see you all again in 2016. 

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If you are thinking of coming for the 2016 ice fishing or regular walleye or salmon seasons, then now would be a good time to put in your requests. These seasons can fill up quickly.

tight lines and see everyone in 2016

What fishing is really about!

They say a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work. I tend to agree with that statement and here is one scenario.

leave me a comment below and let me know if you agree.

If you  have ever fished The Bay Of Quinte in the Fall you know that The Bay seems to have a mind of its own at times. The Bay Of Quinte commands respect. Every morning as many of you fight your way through city traffic and crowd your self onto over populated street cars and subways, trying hard not to make eye contact with the person rubbing up against you, by looking onto your electronic devices and spending all day trying to get the smell of a thousand different perfumes, mixed with BO, and thousand cologne smells  you had the pleasure of encountering before you had your morning coffee,  out of your head. relax there is a place where all that craziness seems to just disappear.

Of course, I’m talking about fishing. Fall Fishing on The Bay Of Quinte can be, in a word, majestic. As clients pull up to the harbor before sunrise and watch as the fishing captains of all the charters tied off to the docks ready their boats for the days activities, If you could just relax for a few minutes and pay attention to your surroundings, you would notice an array of activities going on. Anglers launching their boats into the water at the main public launch, the trees rustling in the wind on the high cliffs surrounding the harbor, the sound of the boats warming their engine’s, the sound of the birds coming to the harbor and landing in the water where they stay for the day to feed, the distant chit chat of anglers discussing their days plan and wishing each other luck.

As the sun tries hard to make an appearance a dim light starts to shine through the trees empty branches, its time to load clients onto the boats. As each Boat unties from their respected dock, you see a convoy of charter boats slowly making their way out of the harbor and into the channel. The water like a sheet of glass and the boats not even making a ripple in the water. By the time most of the boats have reached the entrance  where the channel meets the bay, boats start to throttle up as to be the first boat to their days choice spot. the boats head out into all directions and soon they all disappear and you are alone, just you, your captain, and your crew.

As we make our way to our destination, the sun rising,  you start to notice the light fog over top of the water as it is cooling and getting closer to the big freeze of the winter months. shore lines lightly covered with a dusting of snow, we pass a flock of low flying ducks one way, and a flock of geese the next. The boat throttles down and comes almost to a complete stop. The captain starts the small trolling motor and turns off the main engines you can barely hear the small motor running, after a short time the captain has set up all the rods and reels and you slowly start to concentrate on the rod tips moving, and awaiting the sound the reel makes when there is a fish on the line. Pretty soon any and all life’s little problems seem to have taken a back seat to the tranquility, and the immediate, here and now.

After a while of trolling around you start to get anxious and wanting to hear the scream of the reel knowing that there would be a potental that dinner may be on the other end, Yet Nothing happens. The captain makes a few changes in the program and you feel excitement that the changes made, will make all the difference, and soon a fish will strike.

More time passes, and the lines lay quietly in the water stalking your prey. You have now long since finished your coffee, and start to forget about the act of catching fish. chatting among your friends and reminiscing of old times, As time passes you have now completely given up on hope that any one will catch a fish today but you don’t mind as you are having fun listening to, and telling stories, having a few snacks, and listening to some music. its now mid afternoon and there is a strange clicking sound coming from behind your seat, the captain jumps out of his seat and runs over you to grab the rod with a bend in it he sets the drag of the reel and hands it to you. at first you don’t really feel anything maybe a bit of resistance but cant tell if a fish is on the line or if its just the lure at the other end. Suddenly a few good shakes of the fish and the rod loads up almost bending right over, you think the rod is about to snap. now your adrenaline pumping, the blood rushing through your veins, you realize you have a big fish on the other end. after several minutes of fighting, your arm gets tired, you want to hand off the fish but your friends are cheering you on and you can’t give it up now. you fight the fish until it is at the boat, the captain pulls a net out and nets the biggest Walleye you have ever seen. after taking a few pictures you decide to release the fish back to try and let someone else have their chance at catching this beauty fish.

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Its your personal best walleye and possibly fish you have ever caught. the captain re-sets line in hopes of a last attempt to try for another one before its time to go in.

Unfortunatly not another one is caught for the day. The captain brings up the lines, turns off the small trolling motor, the big engines tart up and you head in for the day, on the way home you start to notice the sun starting to set, the birds that you passed in the morning are starting their journey back to where they came from, soon you notice other boats getting closer heading back to port, and shortly there is a few boats heading back up the channel to the harbor creating that convoy you noticed in the morning.

Once you get back to the dock you realize that you did not think about work all day, or that you have to get to the bank to make that payment, or you havn’t talked with your wife/ girlfriend/boyfriend all day and didn’t get the dreaded, (can you pick up a few things on your way home ) call.  you realize that you had fun with some friends and have just made another great memory. Now your already looking forward to your next day on the water knowing every day fishing can be extremely different than the last trip out.

Capt James Mathias

 

 

Don’t forget to let me know if you agree.

Is a bad day fishing better than a good day at work?

 

Where Are All The Bay Of Quinte Walleye.

If you have travelled to The Bay Of Quinte this fall season to try your luck at the amazing walleye fishery that you have probably heard about, you may have found yourself wondering what all the hype is about?

I have heard it many times this fall from people travelling from all over North America. The question, “So how was it?” The answer’s “Blanked, Skunked, Nothing today, bite is off, Slow, 1, probably better tomorrow” (or my favorite)  and to be perfectly honest I have said this one myself LOL “WE LOST A GIANT”.(only in my case’s its always true LOL) well there is no denying it, up to now the 2015 walleye fishing season has been very poor on the Bay Of Quinte.

 

here is what I am seeing out there on the water. In many cases in the Adolphus Reach area I am seeing a lot of fish  on my graph, down very deep in the water column, down about 60 /80 feet and deeper.  I am seeing the water temperatures have still not dropped like they normally do at this time of year. So In my personal opinion I believe that there are a good number of fish that have made their way into the bay from the open waters of Lake Ontario, however, I do not believe that the temperatures have dropped enough for the majority of the fish to have made their way into the bay yet. The walleye have definitely started the trek but they are in no rush to get to their staging areas where they feed heavily to bulk up for the winter months.

With surface water temperatures hovering around the 49 / 50 degree Fahrenheit range we are still a fair way off from seeing the fish feel an ergency to bulk up for the winter months, a time where they feed heavily. I believe the walleye fishing will get a lot better over the coming weeks with the outside temperatures dropping significantly, maybe even in time for a Christmas walleye LOL.

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Even though Anglers have not been seeing the numbers of fish that they might be used to for the Quinte fall fishing Bonanza, the fish that are being caught have been quality fish and are sure to put a smile on ones face.

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Great Fishing has been happening On Quinte over the past couple weeks

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Wow, is all i have to say about the fishing on Quinte as of Late. catching should be the term used to discribe whats happening. in a few areas of the bay great numbers of fish have been caught. most of these fish are in the 2.5 to 7lbs range. i myself had some great success just this past weekend with a few buddies. We decided to try an area of the region we had not fished before and were pleasantly surprised. We had got to our spot and just set up some lines when our first line was hit. When i say hit , i mean the planner board took off, tracking almost directly behind our boat, and peeling line. I thought maybe we had just hooked up with a monster KING Salmon.

With 2 people of our 4 on the boat that day Leaning over the side with some minor health issues LOL I managed to get our friend Shawna to grab the rod and start reeling in her soon to be personal best Walleye. an incredible feeling when someone gets their personal best fish on your boat.

With the rough seas and the ill people we decided to pack it in after only just over an hour of fishing. however we had had 3 hook ups and our best fish weighing nearly 8 lbs. cant wait to take the next group out for what i think could be the best fishing of the season yet.

We used #800 Reef Runners & Husky Jerk baits in 30 to 40 feet of water

if your interested in coming out for a trip you can leave a reply on this blog post, call me directly 1-343-333-2800, or, for our rates, or more information about Sea’s The Day Fishing check out the top of the page

Choosing A Fishing Guide

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How do you pick the right fishing guide?

Here are some things that can help you find the right and credible fishing guide.

Finding the right, credible and qualified guide can be a difficult task.  If you want a great guide, not just a good guide; take your time and do some homework.  It will payoff when you hit the water with your guide.  I’m not just talking; drag screaming, rod’s bent all day long fishing guide.  I’m talking a safe, patient and knowable fishing guide, one that will show you a great day on the water.  It’s not always about catching fish all day long; it’s about much, much more than that. check out some of the local tackle shops in the area. tackle shops are usually in the know of local credible guides and have several to recommend. they are in constant communication with the local guides and know who have or have not been on fish.

Here are some guide lines and questions to ask guides about what they offer:

Is the guide credible and qualified for the fishing you want to do?

When I’ve talk to clients about what they like to see in a fishing guide, here are a few things that came up.  (Full time guide), people like to see this when looking for a guide.  Full time guides that are typically on the water daily, or at least every other day,  know the fishing trends for that area well, and can better plan a good day of fishing for the date you choose based on previous days/weeks experience.  If there is a  specie’s you would like to fish for let the guide know that.  a good guide will be able to put you onto the species of fish you are looking for.  Have a open mind, if the guides tells you that the fish you want to chase are not biting good; let them know if you still want to try for that species or try what he/she suggest instead.

Should I avoid a new guide ?

Just because a guide is new  does not mean he/she is a horrible choice . Maybe a person has fished an area for decades and only recently decided to make it his/her career this person may be the best person to take you out. but again, do your research, this goes for any guide, has this person had any reviews, do they have active content on social media sites, can you find them. if a guide is near impossible to find there may be a reason behind that.

Does the guide have the right up to date gear?

I bring trolling gear for my charters, we are set up with new  hummingbird fishfinders, cannon down riggers and rod holders, a food cooler, Livewell for fresh fish, Marine radio DSC endorsed, sterio on board, and a BBQ.  I am not set up for casting applications.  If you would like to bring your own tackle, let the guide know that.  Many guides don’t mind, but let them know you are bringing your own fishing gear and ask what they recommend you bring, Don’t worry if you don’t have what they suggest as most guides will have it on board anyway.

Does the guide have the proper paperwork?

In Ontario it is law that a guide that has paying clientele on board be certified and obtain an SVOP, MED A-3, Marine First Aid, and hold valid proper insurance, you do not want to be on the water and something go horribly wrong only to find out that the guide was not properly insured, not to mention a properly trained guide has the knowledge to keep you safe in almost any scenario.

Ask What does the guide provide for your trip?

Do you need a fishing license or does the guide provide a license?    Any clients that fish on my boat need to bring a valid Ontario fishing license.  Other things to ask if the guide provides; ice, drinks, food, and sunscreen; if you don’t know; ask it won’t hurt. For my charters you can check out my what to bring page

How many people can or should I bring on the fishing trip?

Every guide is different on the amount of people that can come on a trip.  It really depends on boat size, what kind of fishing you will be doing and what you want to get out of the trip.  Some people just want to go fishing and others want to go to learn more about fishing than actually catch fish.  Let your guide know if you are bringing kids fishing with you.  Here again talk with your guide; tell them what you want to do and ask how many people can come for a quality fishing trip. some guides have a set price for the first 2 people on your trip and then charge extra per person after that. Here at Sea’s the Day Fishing the charge is for boat for the day and will allow up to 4 people for that daily rate.

Can I keep the fish I catch?

Most guides will allow you to keep your limit of the fish you catch.  There are a few things you need to remember, only keep the fish that you will use (eat).  If you don’t know if you will eat them all, let the guide know that so he/she can let the fish go for another day of fishing.  There is nothing worse as a guide when we get back to the dock with a box full of fish and the customer does not want the fish.  Most guides will clean your catch for you as per the transport Canada regulations.

Does the guide guarantee that you will catch fish? 

All guides have bad fishing days from time to time, if they say they don’t they are lying and time to search out another guide,  its fishing not catching don’t forget this.  Some guides may guarantee fish, but the clients I’ve talked to with this experience say the better guides that they have fished with don’t guarantee fish. I have witnessed guides in my area that guarantee fish head into a shallow bay first thing in the morning and let you put a few small pan fish on the boat before you go after your targeted species. then once you have a few small pan fish you are on the hook for the cost of the charter. By doing this you have just missed a crucial part of the best bite time for the day because your guide is too focused on getting paid for the day instead of looking out for his/her client’s best interest. At Sea’s The Day Fishing we will not guarantee fish.

Price;

With a lot of people price is usually the first consideration when hiring a guide, but be careful!  You get what you PAY FOR!!! Be weary of guides that charge considerably less than other local guides. for us  I am not the most expensive around but most definitely not the cheapest either. Running a credible guide service is costly for the guide. Fuel, insurance, tackle,  etc etc….I could go on and on about the expenses!  What I’m trying to say is, most legitimate guides will work harder and go further to find fish for you it will be worth your while to go with a guide that charges the average or a little more. even though the cost of the charter may seem expensive Don’t forget to tip the mate, mates usually work for very little pay on a boat in fact, many work just for the experience without compensation. They have worked hard to show you a good day on the water.

I really hope this will help you find a credible fishing guide for your next outing, and if choosing the Quinte Region to give us a try. Ill do my best to make sure you get a great memory.

Thanks for reading,

Capt. James Mathias

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Getting mid summer Walleye on the Bay of Quinte

Hello folks I decided to do this little piece about catching mid summer walleye because I have had several people telling me that it has been very difficult this season to land walleye on the Bay Of Quinte.  Now I haven’t fished the Bay at all this year until last weekend when a good friend of mine asked if I would fish a small local derby with him on the bay.

Reluctant to go into a tournament without pre-fishing the bay this year I quickly said “OK, let’s do it” LOL. I can tell you that after the first hour of fishing we had already landed our first 3 walleye we had a bit of a lull and by 11:30am we had landed 7 Eyes 3 sheep head a few pan fish and had a few big fish get off our lines before we had the chance to see them LOL.

So I can honestly say I’m not sure what people were talking about when they said there are no fish in the bay or that they aren’t biting.

Here is what I can say tho. I know that the season over the past 2 seasons have been a late spawn, and not just for the walleye either but for many other species as well. What does this mean for the fishing?

1st   Well if it’s a late spawn that means many of the targeted fish were still up the rivers when the walleye opener happened. Probably for many weeks later than usual. So most of us were trolling for walleye in the shallow waters and they hadn’t even made it back to the main body of water yet. Now im not saying that all walleye head up river to spawn because they don’t, but a large part of the population do.

2nd    As per the info I received from the MNR this spring over the past 2 years the walleye spawn has been incredible on the Bay, but again not just the walleye but the Pike, Bass, and many other species as well. This is amazing news for our fishery for the future.

Now what does all this mean for trying to land those mid summer walleye’s?

1st we know that it was a late spawn so they are weeks behind where they normally would be at this time of the year. The water temperatures are a bit cooler than it would be for this time of year. Does this affect the fish? The answer is, of course it does.  2nd we know that the hatch was incredible as well and Walleye being a predatory fish means there is plenty of food for them. So how do we translate this information into landed fish?

Ok 1st we need to look at our baits, will we need a bait that replicates natural food, or maybe a bait that replicates an easy meal? Or maybe a bait that entices a strike by pissing them off?

I will tell you what we did last weekend. First we looked at the wind direction for the morning, once determined what was going to be the windblown shore line we headed in that direction. Next we chose a bait that would look like an easy meal (worm Harness) , if there is one thing we’ve learnt about walleye is that they like to feast first thing in the Am on easy targets in shallow cool waters, we had our first 3 walleye in this situation by about 8:30am. Once the bite slowed down we decided to move into deeper water not too far from the shallow water feeding ground, and we changed our bait to a reaction bait (a bait to piss them off a bit) such as a Rapala Scatter Rap. On this bait we had another 4 walleye hit our bait and it was time to go weigh in. we  came in 5th place for the tournament with our best 4 fish weighing in at 13.3lbs.

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I hope by telling you what we did to put our fish in the boat helps you out if you are one of those having trouble with the eyes this summer.

Good luck and tight lines