Day 4. Man these nights are cold. The temperatures dropped to -8 degrees last night, and my trailer has been without heat so far this trip, its like sleeping on a few cushions in your unheated garage to give you an idea. None the less I had a good nights sleep under a few sleeping bags huddled into the survival position (ha ha ha), (its a good thing I’m used to the cold after the winter ice fishing season, otherwise I might be on my way home already lol)
I woke up late Had a bite to eat and decided to drive the rest of the way to Mabou Cape Breton. Along the way I had stopped to pick up a hitch hiker named Eli he too was headed to the Cape to go visit his girlfriend. We had a nice chat for 40ish minutes and parted ways. It wasn’t long before I was at my destination in Mabou NS.
A few weeks before I left Ontario I had called a campground just outside Mabou and made arrangements to be able to get into the park with my trailer a few weeks before they officially opened on May 15th, however as I arrived to the campground I found it completely snowed in and no one had been there in months. I called the owner of the park and he was very helpful and told me to go and park at a local tennis court parking lot down the road a couple miles. I never found the tennis court so I just drove back to the town of Mabou to regroup myself and figure out what to do.
Looking at the ocean it was still completely covered in ice not like it was back in Advocate harbour yesterday, of course this has me a bit worried as to when the fishing seasons will open in this area?
After a quick lunch at a local diner and searching online for any fishing jobs close by that might be starting immediately to which I was unsuccessful, I decided to head down the road to the next town of Inverness. Inverness was only 25km away and along the same coat line but it looked bigger on the map and I was hoping to be able to park the trailer somewhere.
I arrived in the town around 130pm and was able to find a public parking lot near the Harbour right along the water. All afternoon locals came through the parking lot walking their dogs, hiking, biking, and some just out for an afternoon stroll. I walked down to the docks to talk with some local fisherman getting some equipment ready for the upcoming season, to find out that just up the road in a town called Cheticamp was hiring workers to work in the lobster processing plant even if there was no one fishing the plant was getting ready to start the season.
I took a minute to catch my breath, look around and take it all in, made a few phone calls to friends and family and catch the sunset before I hit the sack again. For in the morning im headed to Cheticamp.
Week 2 – Dipsy Divers,
Dipsy’s are also a very common tool to getting baits down deep and away from your boat. If you have fish in the 20 to 40ft depth range, then a great way to get a shallow diving bait down to your targeted fish (without the expense of a down rigger) would be to get some dipsy divers. Each Dipsy Diver costs between $12-$19 and all the packages come with a chart explaining exactly how much line you need to put out behind your boat and at which angle you put your dipsy to reach your desired depth. There are settings to each dipsy diver, this allows you to either push the dipsy (or Bait) out to the RIGHT or the LEFT side of the boat as it dives down. You could aslo position it so that it dives straight down below the boat, the packages all explain how this is done. Personally when using Dipsys I like to run them off to the side as to get the lures away from the noise of the motor when running over top of the fish. Once you have a fish hit the bait, the dipsy diver has a release clip this allows the diver to immediately go limp and straighten out so that you have little to no extra drag in the water and its only you and the fish. The only issues with these great tools is that if the release clip triggers with no fish on it you must reel it all the way to the boat to set it and send it back out, also it is not all that small so it may spook wary fish.
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Many of you may have heard of or even use a few different types of diving techniques to get your baits down to the fish lets discuss the different ways to present a bait to the fish
1st you can use just the weight of the actual lure itself to get your baits in front of the fish you are trying to catch. Each type of lure has different shaped lips in front of the actual lure. The purpose of the lip on a lure is to get the lure itself down to a specific depth with a specific amount of line out behind the boat. Now Depending on the amount of line you put out will determine how deep each lure will dive as per the manufacturer’s specs. Most companies will base the accuracy of each lure by comparing the depth of each individual lure with 100ft of line out behind the boat. Once you go beyond a specific amount of line out, the lure will no longer dive any deeper, it is at this point if you wish to dive a bit deeper or even change the angle of a specific lure that you may find the aid of a diving apparatus helpful.
Some of the most common diving apperatuses are, Down Riggers, Dipsy Divers, Jet Divers, Bottom bouncers, Torpedo Weights, Inline weights, Snap weights, and Now this year Tadpole Weights.
To start off with this week I will talk about Down Riggers. I will post a different blog about each diving apparatus over the next 6 weeks until I have covered all the above mentioned techniques.
Week 1 – Down Riggers
Down Riggers can be a very useful tool, especially during the hunt for the Trophy fall walleye here on the bay Of Quinte. This is where Anglers put their baits, usually a small lipped or shallow diving bait 15ft to 50ft behind their boat and use a very heavy weight called a cannon ball, usually between the 8 to 12 lbs range, to get their bait down to a very specific depth in the water column. Although a very effective tool, a down rigger can be costly, they can run anywhere from $80.00 for a light duty hand cranking one to a very expensive top of the line $800.00 machine with all the bells and whistles, and the weights themselves can run anywhere from $20.00 to $100.00 plus, each. If an angler needs to get bait down anywhere from 15ft to 200ft it is very easily achieved by using a rigger. Anglers have been using riggers for years and for good reason, They Work.
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