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Sonny-Bob Lodge - Sonny-Bob Lodge
is located 210 miles North of Sault Ste. Marie on the eastern
shore of remote Oba Lake and is accessible by the famous Algoma
Central Railway or float plane. Oba Lake has always been known
as one of the finest remote walleye lakes; also offering
numerous large northern pike, as well as whitefish and jumbo
Happy Landing Lodge
The unspoiled beauty of French River
Country. One of the finest outdoor vacation areas in Canada.
Only 3.5 hours drive from Toronto, we offer you a memorable
connection to the magnificent Nature of Near North. French
River, as well as Trout Lake have well deserved reputations for
great fishing You can go after: Walleye, Musky, Lake Trout,
Northern Pike, Large and Small Mouth Bass as well as a variety
of pan fish: Perch, Sunfish and Rock Bass
Red Pine Wilderness
Lodge - Our 8 guest cottages set
amidst towering, red
pine trees on a 7 acre
island is the place for your special remote fishing trip or
wilderness family holiday. We are the Gateway to two huge parks:
The Obabika Waterway Park and The Lady Evelyn/Smoothwater
Wilderness Park. We offer the serious angler Northeastern
Ontario's finest Walleye (Pickerel), Great Northern Pike,
Smallmouth Bass, Whitefish and Perch fishing. Don't forget about
the 3 species of Trout that also call this area "home".
Auld Reekie Lodge
- Whether you pamper yourself with our
full meal plan and the ultimate in comfort in one of our 6
luxury suites, or stay in a fully equipped 4 star cottage where
you can cook your own meals, at Auld
Reekie Lodge we feel
we've got everything you're looking for and more. Auld
Reekie Lodge, as
featured on the Canadian Sportsfishing Show, is a true escape in
the beauty of Northern Ontario's wilderness.
Lake Herridge Lodge
- A mere
54 miles north of North Bay is
Lodge, a family oriented fishing and hunting camp set in the
scenic tranquillity of the Temagami Wilderness Forest. The
Temagami area has long been known for it's bountiful crystal
clear waters. Combine this with comfort of our well maintained
cottages, the attention to detail and the option of American
Plan dining and you have to look no further than
Herridge Lodge for the
"Spring Cleaning Your Fishing
By Justin Hoffman
As we bid farewell to winter and look to beckon in
spring, anglers everywhere begin to ready their equipment for the
upcoming season. When it comes to importance, the tools you use to
catch fish can make or break your day when out on the water. With
this thought in mind, I've devised this simple checklist for getting
your gear ready and in top condition for the most optimum
performance and security. (Kind of like spring cleaning the house,
but much more enjoyable and rewarding!)
Fine-grit sandpaper works wonders for turning old
cork handles into new again.
Rods and Reels
Your rods and reels take a lot of abuse over the course of a
fishing season, yet they are often overlooked when it come to proper
maintenance and care. This can be costly, as a breakdown in one of
these components could cause you to lose that trophy fish of a
Rods - A visual inspection of the rod itself is an important part of
the spring cleaning process. Keep an eye out for cracks, breaks or
weak spots that may result in poor performance or complete failure.
If damage is present, it's time to repair or replace the rod
Another area to inspect is the rod guides. Take a cotton ball or
Q-Tip and run it around each and every guide. If any cotton remains
intact, your guide has a rough spot or burr, which will ultimately
lead to a frayed and broken line. Replace any suspect guides for
your own peace of mind.
Rod handles can also be spruced up before the upcoming season. If
the cork on your rod is full of dirt and grime, simply rub some fine
grit sandpaper (220 works best for me) along the length to get it
looking like new again.
The last step I like to take is to wash the entire rod with mild
soap and water and a soft-sided sponge. This will take off any water
or dirt build-up from the previous year, and will leave you rod
looking spiffy and full of shine.
Reels - Reels are an integral part of your fishing set-up and should
never be overlooked. Start with a visual inspection, keeping a close
eye out for broken, loose or worn parts. (Areas of concern for me
would be the bail spring, washers, handle and the drag.) The next
step is to take a small screwdriver or Allen key and tighten all of
the mechanisms. You'd be surprised how loose some of these screws
get over the course of a season! Lubrication should be your next
plan of attack, and by following the manufacturers instructions, it
should be quite an easy task. One piece of advice I can give is to
go sparingly on the grease or oil - when it comes to reels, a little
is usually better than a lot.
Unless you are using one of the superlines or braids, your
monofilament fishing line should be stripped from the reel and
replaced. Old line can degrade over time due to the elements, so
starting off the season with fresh line is always the way to go.
Finish the reel off with a quick soap and water wipe down, and
you're ready to take on your tackle box.
To some anglers it can be a scary proposition opening your
tackle box in the spring, unsure of the state you left it in the
previous fall. Regardless of what lurks inside, the first step to
take is to dump everything out. Much like you would the dishes,
place your tackle box in the kitchen or laundry sink and give it a
good cleaning and rinse. (Dish washing liquid works great for this.)
Place your clean box on towels and allow it to dry thoroughly before
placing anything else inside it.
Now, let's turn our attention to those lures and baits. Look closely
at each individual lure for signs of cracking, worn or broken lips
and bent or rusty hooks. If a bait is cracked or is missing parts,
it's time to toss it into the garbage can. If the hooks are
extremely dull, bent or rusted, replacement is your only option.
(Excalibur and Owner make excellent replacement trebles that are
both sticky sharp and strong - I like to replace most of my damaged
metal with these high-quality hooks.)
Plastic baits are another area that will need your undivided
attention. Worn or ripped baits should obviously be discarded, as
should any torn or grimy storage bags. (Zip-lock sandwich bags are
great for storing plastics in, as the see-through plastic allows for
easy identification of baits.)
How many of us have lures and baits in our boxes that haven't
touched the water in years. We're all guilty of hanging on to tackle
for the sake of hanging on to it, although all it really
accomplishes is wasted space. (Are you ever going to use that Hoola
Popper from the 1980's??) Take out all of these "virgin" lures and
place an add online or in the newspaper advertising their sale.
Better yet, pass them on to a child who I'm certain would love to
give them some use.
Once your tackle has all been sorted and put back into your box,
it's now time to take an inventory. Make a list of lures that you
are missing or that need to be replaced, and make it a priority to
get out to the tackle shop at your earliest convenience. Don't
forget to check on the status of hooks, weights and other terminal
tackle. (The last thing you want to do is start the season off
missing some vital lures that will help you catch fish.)
1. Check to see that your net and/or cradle is in good-working
condition and free of holes and rips.
2. Oil and lubricate your pliers and hook removers, or replace if
3. Check on your fish scent and add to your collection if supplies
are running low.
4. Give your fishing glasses a good cleaning, and check for cracks
5. Replace batteries in electronic scale if necessary.
6. Treat yourself to a new fishing hat - you deserve it!
Spring-cleaning your fishing equipment helps in
alleviating the chance of mechanical breakdown while out on the
water. It also ensures that your time spent fishing will be as
productive and enjoyable as possible. Have fun sorting through your
gear this spring, and be thankful that none of it involved picking
up a vacuum cleaner! Here's to a productive and safe fishing season…