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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

 

 

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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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My fishing Adventure out east part 4

Sea’s The Day Fishing (LOBSTER)

After a week on the road and visiting many places and speaking to many fisherman along the way I was now back in Inverness awaiting a meeting with a captain 25km south in Mabou I had been speaking with since January 2015, the deal was that if I made it here at least a week prior to the starting date of Lobster season that He would take me on his boat as his first mate for the season.

Ive kept in contact with him over the months so as to make sure he knows I have not lost interest I checked in with him along my journey out east. I texted his phone this morning in the hope of meeting with him for a coffee, no answer, & No problem so I headed to Mabour Harbour maybe he was around getting things ready.

As I arrived into Mabou Harbour I came across a young guy working on his traps I stopped and asked him if he knew A Captain Jody? He nodded and said “ eye!” Perfect I said would you happen to know where I can find him? And the young man replied are you his helper from Ontario? A stunned look on my face and I said yes sir im trying to be LOL.

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Mabou Harbour Lighthouse

 

The young guy took me around the harbour introducing me to a few of the fisherman and showing me where Captain Jody keeps his traps and then I he took me to have a look at the boat I may be working on for the spring.

Now I had been travelling to many places over the last week and visited many harbours and seen many lobster boats, now this as far as boats that are strictly lobster fishing vessles go was HUGE. Not as large as the boats in Advocate harbour or the crab boats in Louisbourg NS. But for a Lobster only vessel it was maybe the biggest one ive seen so far.

I thanked the young guy and was on my way back to Inverness. I’d have to meet the captain another day.

While I was on my way back to inverness I get a text from Capt Jody’s wife Crystal, asking if I would like to meet up with him for dinner at The Mull restaurant back in Mabou around 6pm. I happily agreed and went home to freshen up (ish).

At 6pm I was back in Mabou for the long anticipated meeting of my new boss for the spring. I had thoughts of what kind of an impression I should make,  for those of you that know me at first glance I can be a sight for sore eyes at times, Im a large individual a little rough around the edges so to speak lol so I had thoughts of trying to quickly find a rough looking fella preferably drunk & homeless, with no teeth. Id pay him $20 to walk into the restaurant and find captain Jody and introduce himself as me. The plan would be to stand back and watch the look on the captains face drop in horror to what he had just committed to working with,  then I would come in and shew the dirty dude away and he’d have no choice but to look at me in relief ha ha ha, but a quick look around and no one like that in sight, looks like I’m it.  If this had been Toronto the plan could have worked flawlessly, well accept most of the drunk homeless people wear designer clothing and live in better housing than I do lol.

As I walked into the restaurant I was greeted by a guy a bit shorter than me, clean (ish) shaven, with small round glasses and about as wide as I am, if I had shaved and wore glasses I could have been looking in the mirror.

Jody I asked he shook my hand we sat down and I know we were both looking each other up and down trying to size each other out lol, we had a great conversation over supper exchanging fishing tales from over the years. Captain Jody told me what to expect out there this season, I asked The Capt if he needs help with his traps he said I didn’t need to but if I was board hed appreciate the help, well I’m here to work and otherwise I’m not doing anything so I’d be more than happy to lend a hand. Capt Jody told me he would be on the dock 9am Friday morning, “ill be there” I said.  Capt paid for supper and we parted ways back to inverness as the newest lobster fisherman in zone 26B.

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the boat I will be working this spring

As I got back to the trailer it was night fall, now the first few days on the island was gorgeous with sunny skies, and plus temperatures. It has been cold over night but at least the day time has been great.

its now the 24th of April and the past couple days have been miserable, raining, overcast, negative temperatures, and crazy winds. Normally this kind of weather wouldn’t bother anyone, but I myself am still located in a public parking lot in Inverness. This means I have no power, or water hook ups to the trailer, also the little propane heater I brought with me has been giving me problems it only stays on for 20 minutes and then blows out for some reason, so I find myself curled up in bed under covers in the fetal position to keep warm, my face quite cold, no TV ha ha ha , and the worst part is no water to flush the toilet, so I will leave your minds to as what I have been doing (but it involves a grocery bag), if I need to go over night. The other issue now is finding a place to shower. I thought I found the solution the other day where I could just go to a motel and pay to use the shower, however the town had a major water break in the towns pipes which cut the water supply, it has now been a 3 day goal to have a shower lol, this actually has been quite the problem in town as the only hospital around the area is without water.  Oh did I mention with the high winds of up to 100km directly hitting the trailer it feels like riding the Toronto TTC subway, well that’s it for this blog off to work with the captain fixing broken traps.

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the fleet of Mabou Harbour waiting for the ice to leave before launching

 

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how to put fish in the boat after fnding the hot spots.

Over the past few weeks on The Bay Of Quinte and after bringing my boat home from Wellington as I was finished with the salmon season. I needed to find some walleye. So where does one go to find Walleye on Quinte? Located in Hay Bay I was able to quickly check some known hot spots to the locals and to my surprize many anglers were still fishing in very shallow water. in weed beds and high shoal points, as I am aware you can find walleye in these area’s during most of the season these are not the fish I was looking for. I am generally looking for a bit larger fish and I am not saying you can’t find the larger ones in the weeds especially in the spring, however in the late summer months I personally have found that larger fish that do not migrate to the bigger waters of Lake Ontario can be found roaming the flats in deeper water of the Bay.

I have had several successful outings lately boating more than our fair share of decent sized Eyes, ranging from anywhere from 2 lbs to 8lbs with the majority being over 5lbs. I narrowed down what I think are the contributing factors to landing these fish.

1st fishing the deeper water has helped.

2nd I always move away from the crowds of other anglers in search of the same fish, the less commotion and motors running over the fish the better the chances of catching.

3rd trolling the wind blown shore, these fish like any predator fish like to stay close to a food source. The minnows (shad), Pearch, and other small meals that the walleye feed on tend to get blown with the winds so this means as the wind picks up and the food sources get blown the walleye stay close by as to not loose their next meal.

after finding them, putting fish in the boat is the next step. As a guide it is a bit easier to move through my lure selections as I generally have more people in the boat than the average “Joe” which entitles me to have more rods in the water, this allows me to change up presentations more frequently narrowing down what the fish are looking for faster than lets say a single  angler fishing alone. once I see what depth the suspended fish are at I choose a variety of presentations and put them in the vicinity of the water column that is just above where I am seeing most of the suspended fish. I do this as walleye tend to feed in an upward direction. once I start seeing action on my line I will change more of my lines to using the same bait that is working just changing up colour. when we have a colour that is producing more fish than another I put more of the same bait in the same colour out as I find walleye are creatures of habit and they will all be feasting on the same food source it seams.

good luck out on the water and stay safe

Spring Walleye fishing Tip Of The Week for The Bay Of Quinte

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This Weeks Tip Of The Week Is line counter reels.

I personally think that you must have a line counter reel when trolling for Walleye in general. This is not just a spring tip for The Bay Of Quinte, but a must have year round for all your trolling applications. when setting up your trolling set up it is crucial to know exactly how much line you have out, how far back you have put any diving apparatuses, and how far out your planner boards are. once you have figured out what the fish are biting on it is absolutely essential that you are able to repeat exactly what just caught that fish.

The only way you are going to be able to achieve this is by using a line counter reel. Once you find the right combination to catch the fish repeat it on all the rods in the boat and you will catch more fish.

Many of the lures you use have a max depth that they run at with a certain amount of line out. Much of the time they will come with charts telling you exactly how much line you need out and at what speed to achieve a specific depth for a specific lure.  So now, paired with your sonar, this can be a very effective combination to get those fish into the boat. All you have to do is look at your sonar find out the depth in the water column the fish are at, then look at the lure chart and find out how much line out you need to get that lure down to the right depth, then by taking any guess-work out of the equation use a line counter reel and you will be right on the money.

(However that said remember that Walleye almost always feed above where they are. I would far rather put my baits 5 feet above the fish than 2 feet below them)

When choosing a good line counter reel make sure that what you choose has a few of the fundamentals. Make sure it has a good loud clicker, this allows you to know there is a fish on the line.  You will want to make sure you have a strong gear and drag system, and know the species of fish you will be fishing for.  Reels come in many different sizes, this is important to know because you want to choose a reel that will hold enough line that you will be using for that species of fish, for example for Walleye I would go with a size 20 reel, while for Salmon I might go with a size 30 or even a 45.

I have used many line counters in the past from many manufacturers, and personally, for the price, durability, performance, and style I like the Cold Water series from Okuma

I hope this Tip was helpful and come back to this site next week for you next Bay Of Quinte Tip Of The Week