Backhooking and Catfishing

Missed him on the first try but got him on the second.

These guys are all about catfish, but not just any cat. I can’t believe the size of these fish and the fight they seem to give. I’m also impressed with their jellyfish-looking lure. You have to check out these vids.
By the way, perfect perchin’ day on Saturday (finally). Pics coming soon.


Tomorrow’s forecast : 60% chance of showers, winds NE 25km/h, chance of thunderstorm late in the day, 16 degrees C.
Sunday’s forecast : 80% chance of showers, winds E 20 km/h, 14 degrees C.
Monday’s forecast : 80% chance of showers, winds NE 20-25km/h, 15 degrees C.

Happy Victoria Day weekend.

Weather woes and Wild Garlic

Well no fishing this weekend. Only a persistent east wind and rain. No perch fry, no walleyes. I think that if the weather is still bad next weekend I’ll just have to suck it up and try and put a few percidaes in the tub regardless. In the meantime, I found this while reading up on Canada’s loss to the Czechs. Man the surprise this guy must have had when he got nailed with a 1500$ fine for picking wild garlic. Without trying to play the devil’s advocate, aren’t there more pressing matters to worry about? I mean I like wild garlic and all but stories like these (click on FishOntario Message board and look for post called “Nipissing Gill Nets”) are poping up all over fishing forums and local papers and they are to me much more alarming. Here’s another example of a story I found on a forum…

“Hey guys earlier today i drove out to Millbrook a small village close to peterborough and took my dog for a walk near some trout streams i will be fishing next weekend, scouting it out, and checking water depths etc when i see 2 guys in camo. Thinking there either hunting for turkeys illegally on a sunday or there poaching for trout, they see me and duck in the woods so i cant find them, then i find 2 fishing rods and a half gallon bucket filled with 5 or 6 browns and brookies flapping around, I grabbed the bucket and tossed the alive ones back into the water and mouthed these guys off. They were about 17 or 18 and were scared shitless i was gonna call the cops on them bla bla bla. In the end i walked away and told them i was calling the cops on them, as soon as i said that, they said they would pack up right away and leave. It is idiots like these that that wreck our resources. ”

Some of the replies suggested snapping their rods. I wouldn’t have felt any pity for those two asses had this guy done so. Still, kudos to you buddy for having the guts to confront these lawbreakers and throw the fish back in.

Early Season Outing

Will and I hit the lake for a couple days on the weekend. The weather didn’t participate with us completely. The first day was pretty nice but a relentless east wind made its presence felt on the second. Those of you who know what an east wind does to lake St-Fran├žois will testify to this.
I see the peanut gallery has started commenting before I could finish this. Nice. What the comment refers to is the lobsided catch rate between your truly and his guest on these two days. I stopped counting how many fish I caught there were so many :). I must have boated about 15 pike. Will on the other hand, didn’t have as much luck. He did catch the pike you see up there and a 3″ shiner he so dearly holds on to. Actually, I have to give him credit, I’ve never seen anyone catch a shiner with a 1oz spoon before. In all seriousness, Will was a great guest and we really enjoyed ourselves. I think he’s catching on about this fishing business. He also takes great pictures. The Stumps as portrayed in the previous entry, is an amazing pic. I’m sure he’ll be back in the boat soon.
Perch season opens Saturday. I know I said pike is good eating and all but guess what, I’m having a perch fry this weekend.