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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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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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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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The Blessing Of The Boats

The Blessing of the Boats

Today was a special day down at the wharf. Father Angus of St Mary’s Parish in Mabou came down to the wharf today to bless the boats and fisherman of the harbour. It seemed to me this was a long ongoing tradition of the area, and a good one at that. However although it seemed that many people were numb to activity that was going on, and treated it as just a tradition, myself, I found it very inspirational, and rewarding to have been part of such a tradition. I have heard about the blessing of the boats in many other areas where I have commercial fished in the past but have never witnessed it before.

It is a tradition where the local priest comes down to the wharf and many or all of the local people/fisherman in the area come to pray for a bountiful catch and the safety of the fisherman that year. It is a tradition where locals come to support their local fisherman and remember the fallen, in years past. For me it brought back memories of the horror stories of fisherman lost at sea, and the close calls I myself have had. Knowing there is such a local support made me feel good I had landed in this small town for my next fishing adventure. With holy water flicked onto the Boats in the harbour and a short community social afterwards, the parking lot slowly emptied and I was back listening to the birds, the sound of the wind blowing through the rolling hills off in the distance, watching a few lone fisherman tinker around the wharf, and staring at the motionless boats tied to the wharf waiting for the season to begin.

I walked down to the waters edge, fishing rod in hand, and casted a line in to the water. As I sat back in my chair sipping a glass of wine and staring at the tip of my rod for any movement to happen, I began to take it all in, everything around me, the rolling hills, the Bald eagle soaring above in search of its next meal, (I bet it catches a fish before I do) LOL, the sea water beneath me, and the smell of fresh coastal air with a hint of salt. A true bit of Paradise can be found in Mabou.

There is still too much ice for the DFO to open the season although I have heard that they may be opening the season this coming weekend. Captain Andy and I took a tour to see what the seas were like.

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My Finshing Adventures On The East Coast

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Woke up over the past few days with about 5cm of the white stuff on the ground each day it has disappeared by about noon time and the locals have been calling it the poor mans/farmers fertilizer. I find it crazy to have this kind of snow so late into April. Again I still have my trailer parked in the public parking lot in Inverness with no power so you get the picture (its COLD ) apparently this is fairly normal for this time of the year.

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Over the past few days I have decided to start working with the Captain and help him get all the gear ready for the season. Some of the guys think I’m nuts working for free but one of the reasons I’m here is to get the whole experience of being a lobster fisherman.  In life I have found that no matter what your activity or task at hand is, it is always easier when you have done the proper prep work. So my feeling on the matter is this. I can’t really know what it’s like to be a Lobster fisherman unless  I’m there to experience the entire job, and that means the prep work. Otherwise all I would be doing is taking a boat ride and hauling traps and sorting lobster.  No the real work is the time leading up to the season and the time to get everything put away after the season is finished. That is why I feel it important to haul and fix traps, hang and paint Bouy’s fix frayed rope, paint the haul of the boat, and any other work needed to go into the season before it starts. This is all the stuff that doesn’t make money and is a complete expense to the captain, also he normally does it all himself year after year with only the help from his wife Crystal.

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I’m super impressed with Crystal, she is super pregnant, and tough as nails, she is out doing all the tedious work such as splicing rope, tying string on to trap doors of each trap, and doing a general maintenance of all the gear, sometimes even moving the traps when she shouldn’t be lol. She also would be out fishing once the season opens, but this year she has a bun in the oven so to speak and that’s why I’m even here.

The Captain informed me yesterday that he has hired a 2nd hand for the season to help on the boat. Apparently the guy he hired is coming up from Halifax and has never been on the water, his last job was in a bank not sure exactly what he did at the bank but all I can say is good luck to him.

 

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