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Ontario Fishing Network
Volume 4,  Issue 3 - Mar..  2004

Gat ahead of the Spring Bugs!!

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Charlton Lake Camp - Charlton Lake Camp is a housekeeping cottage resort set among towering pines in Northern Ontario's La Cloche Mountains. The camp offers fishing (bass, walleye, pike and lake trout), swimming, boating and hunting. Eco-tourists will love the easy access to Killarney Provincial Park for canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Artists and photographers will revel in the same natural beauty made famous by the Group of Seven.

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.

Bliss Cabins - Bliss Cabin's are located on beautiful Bad Vermillion Lake about 45 miles east of Fort Frances, Ontario on Highway 11. Cabins come fully equipped for sleeping and cooking. We supply all bedding and cooking utensils. Some cabins have Microwaves, & Televisions. We have a nice beach for swimming. Bad Vermillion is approximately 7 miles long and is a very deep and clear Lake. It hosts huge and tasty Lake Trout, Walleye, Northerns, all types of Bass.

Uchi Lake Lodge - Fly-in for the remote fishing experience of a lifetime!!! Fish Ontario for Walleye and Northern. Fish for Trophy Walleye and Northern. Why Fly? Because that's where the fishing pressure is at it's minimum. Ontario's beauty is an added BONUS!

"Sorting Through the Spinnerbaits for Bass"  By Justin Hoffman

Spinnerbaits and largemouth bass go together like bread and butter. Although they have been on the tackle shelves for a long time, the effectiveness and efficiency of these baits make them a top choice for bass anglers all over North America. But where do you start when it comes to choosing the right spinnerbait for the job at hand? Follow these simple techniques and learn to turn this simple bait into a deadly bass machine.

The Big Three
Although there are hundreds of different types of spinnerbaits on the market, there are only three main design principles to each - blade configuration. Depending on what type of blade design you choose, the bait will run and react differently to each.

Colorado Blades
These blades exhibit a round design which makes them top choice for giving off vibrations in the water. For this reason, they can call fish in from great distances and work wonders in stained or muddy water. Colorado bladed spinnerbaits will run the deepest out of all three designs, and lend themselves well to slow-rolling in deep water.

Indiana Blades
Indiana blades are a cross between the Colorado and Willow Leaf design, showcasing a slightly more streamline and curved blade in comparison to the prior. This blade throws off a great deal of vibration, and ranks second in sound production between the three. It is a great style of bait for working medium depth areas of the lake, especially when you want an in-between lure for covering a variety of water conditions.

Willow Leaf Blades
Willow Leaf blades lead the pack when it comes to giving off flash in the water coloumn. They are highly visible for great distances and work well in clear water for roaming fish. Although they give off the least amount of vibrations of the three, they do reign supreme for covering water quickly and efficiently, especially shallow areas.

Tactics and Techniques

Tossing It Out
This is the most simple and easiest tactic to master, yet it remains one of the top producers. Toss the bait out with a medium length cast, let it sink for a second, and then begin a steady retrieve to bring the bait back to the boat. The spinnerbait should travel just under the water's surface (between 1 and 4-feet deep) for maximum effectiveness, with the blades constantly turning throughout the entire retrieve For anglers looking to cover a vast area of water in the shortest amount of time, "tossing it out" is the best way to go.

Slow Rolling
This presentation is a staple for coping with deep water while out on the lake. For water between 6 and thirty-plus feet, a slow rolling spinnerbait can work where other baits may fail. The most important key to remember when following this technique is to keep the bait as close to the bottom as possible. (Letting your bait "bump" or "hit" any bottom structure, be it rocks, wood or weed will call fish in and improve your catch ratio.) Slow rolling is accomplished by casting your spinnerbait out, then letting it fall on a slack line all the way to the bottom. At this point, a slow steady retrieve along and just off bottom is all it takes. Make sure to keep the bait moving at all times for increased effectiveness.

Bulging the Top
Bulging a spinnerbait is a highly effective technique for targeting active bass, as it provides a cross between a surface and sub-surface presentation. Cast your lure out and quickly begin a retrieve that leaves a bulge or wake behind the bait. This is accomplished by keeping the blades just under the surface of the water, paying careful attention so as not to let them actually break the surface. The trail of bubbles and added attraction of the bulging water is very attractive to largemouth on the prowl. With a little practice this method of working a spinnerbait will become very easy - so easy, in fact, that you'll be left wondering why you never tried it in the past.

Flutter or Dead-Drop
Fluttering a spinnerbait is an ideal tactic when faced with neutral or inactive bass, or when the water you are fishing has visible structure areas in relatively shallow water. Fluttering your bait quite simply means stopping your retrieve and allowing the spinnerbait to "flutter" or spiral down on a slack line. This sudden change of direction can often entice following fish or bass waiting in ambush to strike. I've had great success by utilizing this tactic when fishing areas with brush, weed edges or clumps and boat docks. Adding a slight variety to your retrieve will often pay off in a few extra bucketmouths.

Additional Tips
1. Make sure hooks are sticky sharp. Utilizing a trailer hook can help for short-striking fish.
2. Experiment with blade sizes and configurations. One blade or two? Colorado or Indiana?
3. Try different colours to see which work best. Oftentimes a switch from dull to bright or vice-versa will do the trick.
4. Ensure that your blades spin freely and easily. A blade that constantly fouls or doesn't run smoothly will not catch fish.
5. Use spinnerbaits for large expanses of water. For working big areas fast, there really is no better bait on the market.
Test out some new methods and techniques with your spinnerbaits next time you hit the water. This type of bait is one of the most versatile when it comes to catching bass, and are sure to help you in your goal at becoming a better largemouth angler.


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