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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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Fall Walleye on the Bay Of Quinte

As the year goes by and the summer grows short, children start the dreaded school year, and people are starting to pack up cottages, and trailers.  Most people tend to think that the open water fishing season is quickly coming to an end. Well I’m gonna tell you that when it comes to the fishing walleye in the Fall months, this can be, and usually is some of the best fishing times of the entire year.

Here on The Bay Of Quinte we are just gearing up for the busiest time of the year. This is the time of the year where many people flock to the Region in hopes of landing a trophy walleye of a life time, A true worthy wall mount. The best time of the year to catch those monster eye’s is between October and the end of November or until the ice no longer permits you to get out on the open water.

As the temperatures drop drastically throughout the fall, the walleye migrate from the open water of Lake Ontario into The Bay Of Quinte, in preparation for the Spring spawn, and the fishing gets better and better. This is a perfect opportunity to get out and catch that fish you were looking for all summer long. it is not uncommon to see many fish from the 9 to 13lbs range on a daily basis, and even up to 15/16 lbs can be caught frequently. But don’t be fooled, even though many of these fish are caught daily Quinte is a master at the ultimate tease.

I have been  out for days at a time with great numbers of fish on the graphs, and on our lines, and just when you think you are a master at catching these finicky fish and you cant do anything wrong, you go out the next day and they have all disappeared on you and you need to start from scratch finding them again.

I am on the fish year round have many producing spots around the Bay, so if your one of those people that figure the fishing season is over in September and put your boat away for the winter but wish you could get out on the water during this time, then give me a call i’d be happy to book you a trip out this Fall. Who knows maybe i can help land that personal best Walleye you’ve been dreaming of.

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My Fishing Adventure On The East Coast.

The third week of commercial Lobster fishing is in the bag. I am happy to report my problem with my hands have slightly improved since last week. although they are still in pain it is now bearable and I hope it only improves from here on out.

after a few weeks on the water and learning the job I was reminded that it only takes a split second for things to go wrong. when you work at any job it is easy to get complacent in the tasks at hand and I was reminded that every second of every long day I need to be at the top of my game out there. I have landed and set 250 traps a day 6 days a week for the past 2.5 weeks, doing the same thing over and over that many times a day can result in letting your guard down a bit. working on the ocean like this you should always be aware of what’s going on around you. the number 1 rule on the boat is “do not step on the ropes” although the routine of setting the traps back in the water after we have harvested and re-baited the traps is almost 2nd nature by now, on Wednesday afternoon after I had set the last trap in the water I was walking back towards the front of the boat to grab the buoy and through it into the water as I do on every set, when the rope suddenly kicked out from its normal path along the floor of the boat as it must have hit something to make it do this. the rope kicked out into the middle of the boats deck, made a small loop, and as I took my next step forward I happened to step right into the loop as it was making its way over board. The rope wrapped around my foot and within a split second tightened quickly and pulled my leg backwards. I was lucky enough to feel the rope tighten and I kicked my leg quickly back behind me and the rope unravelled off my foot and went over the stern without incident. I knew if I had not had that exact reflex at that exact moment I would have been pulled overboard into the near freezing waters. I shook my head a bit took a moment to re gather myself and was back ready to land the next set of traps.

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on Friday afternoon we had some fog roll in, this is an incredible sight to see.  we could literally see a wall of fog from miles away slowly make its way from the horizon get closer and closer covering everything in its path, birds started landing on the water, boats started disappearing into the thick fog and pretty soon the land was out of sight and we were alone in a cloud so thick that all we could do was to sit in place put the boat in neutral and have a cup of tea and wait for the fog to lift a bit. It didn’t take long maybe a half an hour and it was light enough to see a few of our buoys that we could get back to work this happened 3 more time throughout the day but nonetheless we got through the day and returned  to an empty dock and no buyers to land our catch. Usually there are a couple of buyers at dockside to land the catch of the day once we arrive to port. the Captain had to load the crates of Lobster into his truck and take them to the buyers processing plant a few miles away to the next town of Port Hood.

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Lastly I will report that Saturday was the toughest day of my trip to date. It was my youngest sons 12th birthday today and it was all I could think about all day and how I wish I was back home for him, it must be hard for my kids to be home without dad for this long. I don’t like to write about how difficult it actually is to be away from your family for such a long period of time as I try to do everything I can not to think about it but Saturday was a tough one for me.

My Fishing Adventure On The East Coast Continues

My Fishing Adventures on the East Coast

I have just finished my 2nd week of Lobster fishing out of Mabou Harbour Cape Breton NS. Atlantic Lobster fishing is not for the weak, this type of fishing is a lifestyle and a hard one at that. After my 2nd week completed I can tell you that this can be long hard hours on the water. Since I have started on day 2 I have had swollen hands from the repetitive action of banding lobsters for 12 hours a day. If you are not used to a certain type of work your body will let you know it fast, and won’t let you forget it either. I have had a bad bout of tendinitis in my left wrist after the first day of work and it hasn’t let up. If you have never had this before it feels like someone swinging a bat and hitting your wrist every time you close your hand, so every time I land a trap on the boat, gaff a buoy,  band a lobster, or anything that involves me using my left hand I get that feeling. I have battled it with pain killers and a tenser bandage but it only masks a portion of the pain.

Yesterday was another rough day on the water with 25km with gusts of 33km west winds it made for a rolly morning. As If the waves weren’t bad enough then our hauler (winch)went down after pulling only 30 traps onto the boat. The captain made the decision to head back into the wharf to check out the problem as it would have been too dangerous to go down in the engine room with the rough weather. Once back at the dock we checked out the source of the problem which thankfully was a quick easy & inexpensive fix and we were back heading out into the open water once again. As we headed out the weather had picked up even more as we headed out.  Try to picture this, as we headed over each swell when looking ahead we would see only sky at one moment then we would head down the other side of the wave and all we could see was water in front of us. With my life jacked buckled tight back on deck I went as we approached our next buoy in order to get the trap aboard I need to lean over the side of the vessel and use a gaff (a stick with a hook on the end of it) and try to use the hook to catch the rope underneath the buoy then pull it up and take the rope and put it on the hauler. Doing this in this type of weather with my wrist problem made for an interesting morning to say the least. Walking on the boat in this type of weather is like stumbling home after a good night of drinking but only your sober.

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Anyway it wasn’t long maybe another 30 traps were pulled and the hauler decided that it was time to call it a day as all we heard was a bang below deck and the hauler once again was not working. The captain decided to call it a day and we headed back to the wharf, 1.5 crates of lobster on deck was just barely enough to cover the captains expenses for the day but none the less we were homeward bound and I had completed my 2nd week of Atlantic lobster fishing. Once back at the wharf the skipper rewarded me with enough of the ocean crusteations for a nice lobster feed.

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Diving Apparatuses Week 6 Tadpole weights

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Diving apparatuses

Week 6 – Tadpole weights

OffShore Tackle has come out with a new product this year and I for one have made it a part of my everyday tactics when fishing walleye. These weights I believe were intended to replace Dipsy divers as they seem to have much the same function. In my personal opinion at this point in time I use Tadpole weights much more often than tying on a Dipsy diver, and for the simple reason, They are versatile. There are several reasons for this. 1st you have to choose the proper weight for the depth you wish to achieve now the way these weights come in the box is with 2 regular snaps. My recommendation would be to change these regular snaps for 2 x OR16 Pro Snaps on split rings. I suggest this because the Tadpole goes from being an inline weight to a versatile snap weight with a fairly aggressive dive curve. These little weights can reach depths in excess of 30 feet easily depending on the size of tadpole you have on, for fall Walleye here in the Bay Of Quinte size #2 & #3 I feel would be most commonly used however you can get a larger size but the 2 suggested should get you Fall Quinte walleye with most applications. The second reason I now prefer to use them over Dipsy’s is you can reset them after they have been triggered by a fish without reeling your bait all the way back to the boat like you do with a Dipsy Diver, this is huge because the more time you spend taking a bait out of the water to fix problems the less time you are actually fishing. And the last point I will make about these awesome little devices is that their profile they are much smaller than other similar diving apparatuses like the Dipsy divers creating fish to be much less spooked as you try and present your bait to the fish.

good luck and stay safe

this is my last post on diving apparatuses this season and hope this segment has helped put some fish in your boat.

Cap James Mathias

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