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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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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 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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Calibrating your reels

dylan fishing Last week I wrote a blog about choosing your Rods, reels, and line. On Friday I attended a seminar that was open to the public at Pro Tackle, A Local Tackle shop in Belleville. I was happy to see a decent turn out for this event as I believe it was the first of its kind for the store. Local guides were on hand doing the seminar, and an Okuma Pro Staff Member.  I believe these 2 guys need a bit of recognition here. It was obvious that the 2 guides felt right at home talking techniques, gear selection, and even proper etiquette at the ramp and on the water, as the seminar went on for approx just shy of 3 hours, as a professional guide on Quinte I run some of the same area’s that these guy’s do and was amazed at the amount of detail and information these guys were willing to give away. I could tell with some of the questions being asked that the 2 were a bit hesitant at first, but never the less they still told trade secrets about equipment, placement, tackle, and yes even spots that they and other people I know personally and even I myself frequent LOL. After the Seminar the 2 guides and the Okuma pro staff member, and the owner of the store, stuck around to answer all of the questions everyone had. Also Pro Tackle had a free BBQ for all that showed up.  I felt it was probably one, if not The BEST Walleye seminars I have ever attended personally.

I am going to touch base on one of points in this seminar that I thought was a great topic. Last week I talked about choosing your Line counter reels, but I did not touch base on what to do immediately after you have chosen one for your specific needs, before you take it on the water.

CALIBRATING YOUR REELS.

I always knew that calibrating reels was extremely important, however you should do this fairly often. In recent blogs I mentioned that when you buy specific baits no matter what it is that there is a chart that sometimes comes with the lure in the package or you can find on line, or if you have a smart phone then you can download an APP which will tell you the dive curve for just about any lure on (or off) the market today. I have to admit that calibrating my reels have been put off for some time now so right after I was reminded at the seminar the next day I took all my reels and found that over half of them were way, way off the mark, most of my reels didn’t have enough line on the reel for it to even be close to accurate, and even one of my reels were broken beyond repair, this Just after I posted in my last blog to remember to maintain your equipment, I have no idea how long I’ve been carrying around a broken reel LOL. Anyway, besides being able to accurately place your baits as per manufacturers specks, there are other reasons you should be calibrating your reels, if you have some other friends on the water and either you or they call, text, or radio each other to let one another know a set up that has been working that day, what if one of you have a rod that has been going off like crazy, you are going to let your buddy know your presentation and how much line you have out behind the boat right? Well if  either one of your reels has not been calibrated then you are going to put out what you think is the correct amount of line due to your friends information, and really you will either have too much line out or too little. This equates to your buddy having a great day on the water and you think he is pulling a fast one on ya. So I strongly suggest before your next trip out you take the time and do yourself a favor and possibly even save a friendship, and calibrate your lines.

Does My New Line Counter Reel Need To Be Calibrated?    YES

as soon as you pick up a new reel no matter what the make, sometimes the store you buy it from will spool it for you free of charge. I just came across this the other day with a good friend of mine, since I was calibrating all of my reels I asked if he wanted his done as well, his answer to me was no I just bought it and the store did it for me. I asked him in shock, they Calibrated the reel for you? I was curious because I have never bought a reel and had the store offer to calibrate a reel for me. He said well they are the ones that put the line on it. I tried to explain that putting line on the reel and calibrating it were 2 different things so now when he asks me for information on the water and if I tell him, he may not put out the right amount of line, or if he tells me a set up at least I know ahead of time I won’t be able to replicate it lol.

How to calibrate a line counter reel. First you will need 2 or three pegs to stick in the ground (or something that can mark the ground), a clip to hold your line to the pegs, A Tape measure,  (you don’t have to but a Tape that has 100 linier feet on it would be the most accurate), Something to mark your reels with ( either painters tape or a marker), and a Perminant Marker.

Make sure to spool your reels until they are full then take the following steps.

STEPS

1st  measure out 100 feet, with tape measure.  Stake ( or mark) the ground at either end.

2nd clip your fishing line to the peg in the ground. Do NOT cut your line off the spool yet.

3rd reel up until the tip of your rod touches the Peg

4th zero out your counter reel

5th release the line but keep some tention on the line with your thumb as you walk over to the 2nd peg 100 feet away.

6th read the line counter, what does it say?

7th If the counter reads more (>)  than 100ft  then you need to add more line to the reel and

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If the counter reads less (<) than 100ft then you need to take some line away

Repeat steps 1 through 7 until your counter is exactly on the 100Ft mark.

You can also look up on Youtube to see how this is done.

I hope this was helpful and Tight Lines.

Capt

James Mathias

Quinte Walleye fishing

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With the weather being so crazy lately the fishing has been a bit up and down, Although since the opening weekend a few weeks ago I have managed to get a couple fish every time I’ve gone out (9 trips so far) the fishing really seemed to turn on this weekend for me. I tried fishing the east end of Hay Bay fairly consistently over the past couple weeks to try and pattern these fish and this weekend I found that on Friday I fished for a couple hours in 12ft of water  with a slight westerly wind and got 2 4lb’ers, After successfully releasing them to fight another day I decided to pack it in and try again Saturday.  On Saturday Afternoon with a moderate westerly wind and hitting the wind blown shore in 7ft of water that the walleye would hit just about anything I through at them I only fished for an hour and although the fish weren’t huge I had limited out and had enough for a fish fry for the family, Sunday there was almost no wind at all and I found 2 keepers in approx 4 hours, I released them in the hope of finding them again later this season.

I found that in the windiest weather all the fish were caught when heading in a southerly direction, also I found them suspended off bottom in about the top 4 feet of water, I have had the most success over the past few weeks using these 4 presentations.  The new Rapala Scatter Rap,  A shallow diving jointed husky Jerk , or, a Worm Harness with various weights approx 18″ in front of the harness,  and a CC Shads. All pulled behind a planer board to get it away from your boat. Also depending on the depth you are fishing these presentations may be more effective with diving apparatuses to aid, or you might have to shorten up the length of line out if you are fishing shallow. Of course I know there are many other combinations that have been working for you but these have been working well for me.

good luck out on the water.