The Perch Culture

As far as I can remember, I recall seeing the boats out on the water. As a kid, I used to think they had a kind of mysterious allure to them. They seemed to be part of the natural setting of lake St-Francois. Today, I’m usually out there myself and have learned a great deal about perch fishing, both on catching more and larger perch and on the culture surrounding the activity. I now recognize the boats, know the spots and enjoy the sport more than ever. The low rumbling of highway 401 on the north shore of the lake, mixed in with the ever so often passing of a train in the distance, the sound of motorboats engines, the loons, cormorants, ducks, geese and even music coming from a nearby boat meld into one enchanting melody. This article sums this up in a beautiful way.

Reek of Hypocrisy (not a metal band)

I have long had my view of PETA. Better know as People Eating Tasty Animals (That should sum it up for you). Seriously though, I truly believe some of these extremists have the intention of doing something righteous, and that as individuals, they are involved in something they believe is making a difference and helping in some way. They are of course way off track and wrong in most cases. One look at their site reveals a few “opinion leaders” using young people to their advantage, fueling their already eager minds with emotional nonsense. Most of the claims made by PETA are subjective, non-founded, non-scientific and simply based on a view which correlates human emotion with animal instinct. Added to this is their clearly visible objective to make a buck like anyone else. What really made me realize these weren’t the dreaded folks whom I thought might actually succeed in convincing children that fishing and hunting are not only wrong, but evil, is the hypocrisy found within their frontlines. The first of these is the fact that their website is supported by Burger King, while they condemn the fast food industry. Indeed, there is a pop-up add for Burger King’s veggie burger on their website.
Now this….
Keep in mind I don’t like CNN’s approach to news coverage and this is a VERY superficial view of an odd incident.

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.

Wind

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.