|In this issue:
Video Site is up and running. If you have hi-speed
here to see some great short fishing video clips. We've
added a few new UNDERWATER Videos
White Birches Camp
- Explore and fish the Pickerel River
system. Lakeside housekeeping cottages, RV and tent camping and
secluded outposts. Well maintained docks, and boat and motor
rentals. Beaches, recreation room, children’s playground,
laundomat, sauna. Off season discounts.
- Picture a quiet lake...sitting with a
fishing pole in your hand...the stillness of the forest as you
wait with gun or bow...a variety of wildlife...the colorful
splendor of the autumn leaves...the crisp fresh air of a
Horizon has it all!
Horizon is located 40
miles northwest of North Bay, on beautiful Lake Muskosung - the
only camp operating on
the lake. We have been your hosts for the past 18 years.
- Rushing River / Blindfold Lake, Kenora.
This "little piece of heaven" started as a fishing camp
in the late 1930's. decades to its current state. It is now a
fully modern housekeeping resort which can provide a superb
fishing experience for the serious fisherman, as well as all of
the amenities necessary for a fun-filled vacation. The extensive
pool above the falls has a gently sloping, natural sand bottom
which provides a wading area for children.
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.
Shoal Lake Lodge
- All new quality accommodations will
include six individual cottages, the Lodge/Dining Hall,
Recreation Room and out buildings. Our specialty is Northern
Pike and Small and Largemouth Bass fishing. Northern Pike
fishing is simply fabulous both in number and size.
Shoal Lake is rated by
Ontario out of Doors as the #1 drive to pike
lake in Ontario.
Lake Resort -
Summer or winter our cabins are winterized have a full kitchen,
running water and a personal dock. Choose from either
housekeeping or American plan. We also have boat and motor
rentals. Fish our main lake
system for trout, walleye, pike, smallmouth and largemouth bass.
Our resort also offers quiet back-lake
retreats. We have many activities such as hiking, snowmobiling,
swimming in the sparkling-clean water of
Lake or relaxing in
the hot tub. Don't forget to bring your camera!
"Boat Control is Vital When Playing the Bassin'
By Justin Hoffman
Before you fire off that fateful cast in search
of the next trophy bass, have you considered the position of your
boat? The majority of anglers neglect to realize that boat position,
and how you work your rig can play an important part in the success
you achieve. Although it will ultimately be up to you to put the
fish in the boat, your approach before and during each cast is a
crucial link in the game of catching bass.
A quiet, stealthy approach is mandatory when
fishing docks and other structure areas. Keeping the trolling motor
on low, and working with the wind in your face will lead you to
bigger and better bass.
I see a lot of sights out on the water that make me shake my head in
utter disbelief. One of those sights is boats blaring into a row of
docks, water splashing up on shore while the boat comes to rest a
few feet from the intended target. I wonder why the fish refused to
Boat docks, or visible structure points (banks, duck blinds, bridge
pilings etc.), are meant to be fished in a calm, unobtrusive manner.
Main motors should be shut down at least fifty to seventy-five yards
away, leaving the electric motor your means to approach your target.
(It should always be set at a low setting.) While slowly making your
way up to the dock, begin to run a game plan through your head.
Decide what part of the dock to pitch or flip to first, what is the
easiest way to play the fish back to the boat and also, whether
there is any visible snags or structure that might cause problems.
One other important aspect is to always approach your target by
running your boat into the wind. This allows you to thoroughly fish
your target by using only the electric, and prohibits you from
bumping into, or blowing right by the dock. While working a dock,
I've found it best to keep the electric on ultra slow at all times.
Turning your motor on and off creates a lot of commotion and noise
below the surface, possibly spooking any fish present. By taking it
slow and steady, you can work the dock to its fullest, while
maintaining a less obtrusive approach.
Underwater humps are prime bass magnets on any given lake. They are
also a tough structure to fish efficiently and effectively.
On first inclination, it looks inviting to rush up to a hump and
begin fishing. Chances are this idea will only lead to your boat
blowing clear over the top of the hump. As with the dock, you want
to approach any underwater humps downwind, enabling you to stay in
direct contact with the hidden structure. When taking on a hump from
"behind," make certain that you stay within a cast of the top of the
hump. By staying at this optimum distance, you can be assured that
the prime "top" of the hump will be covered efficiently, as will the
deep breakline that your rig will be sitting over top of. (A
vertical presentation for the deeper water and a horizontal tactic
for the top of the point would be your best bet for success.)
If you don't want to run the electric all day when fishing a hump,
the use of an anchor can certainly come in handy. Dropping the
"lead" behind the hump at the deep breakline will position your boat
perfectly. How much tightness or slack you leave in the rope will
determine the amount of lateral movement your boat can travel.
(Using the electric in conjunction with a loose rope will enable the
boat to swing left or right, thereby covering more of the prime real
estate you're parked on.) This can be useful when dealing with a
large hump, as it enables you to cover more of an area while
maintaining a desired position.
Fishing The Flats
We all know that flats can hold tremendous populations of bass. They
can also be a huge area to cover. Drifting with the wind is the best
option to cover these large, expansive fish factories, but what to
do if the wind picks up? Drift socks (large bags tied to the boat
and trailed behind) are a great option for slowing down your drift
and achieving proper boat control. These socks work wonders in
allowing you to cover the flat more thoroughly by giving you
additional time for casting and retrieving, while enabling you to
hit every nook and cranny you come across.
Thick Weeds and Vegetation
Bass and weeds go together like bread and butter, but this formula
can wreak havoc on an angler trying to reach them. Weeds can be
thick and impenetrable, leaving the electric motor virtually
useless. In this case, a reach for the handy push pole will make
boat positioning and maneuvering a breeze, while adding a stealthy
approach at the same time.
Push poles are long, extendable sticks that have duck-shaped feet on
the bottom that enable the angler to push his way through the
thickest growth he can find. It does take a bit of muscle to push
your rig through this jungle, but the rewards in pin-point boat
positioning, and getting back into the lair of the bass will be well
worth the effort.
As you can see, boat position and control can make or break a day
out on the water. Learning how to approach certain structure areas,
or how to work through the thick stuff can lead you on a path to
greener pastures in the bassin' game, and make your job a whole lot
easier on the way there.