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Friday, September 27, 2019

Fishing Summer to fall transition - September 2019

September 2019 turned out to be on the warm side, but sure enough, fall finally arrived late in the month. With the water cooling down a good 10 to 15 degrees F, fishing has been sort of inconsistent. Some outings were a lot better than average for both numbers and size, others were dismal, especially for bass.

Starting off with bottom feeders, we managed to land a good number of carp in the mid to upper twenties, mainly night fishing short outings after dark.








Carp weren't the only big bottom feeders that came to play. Eli landed his biggest channel cat of the season.



And his first encounter with a redhorse sucker.


I landed my first lake sturgeon of the season, fishing with my friend Mark.


Moving on to predators, I stuck to my season's topwater theme, and spent a good bit of time trying to land another topwater musky, mainly from my float tube. Though I wasn't able catch any, I did end up with a nice pike with a massive head that exploded on the big topwater musky lure I was casting (Topraider) from my float tube.




I did have better success with muskies while fishing for musky from my friend Mike's boat. In a short 4 hour outing, we managed to hook three muskies. I landed two of them, some really nice color patterns and markings on these St Lawrence river muskies.




The third (and biggest of the day) jumped clear out of the water three times before throwing the hook, I wasn't able to prevent the jumps from the hyper aggressive beast.

Bass were the least co-operative of my target species, I few missed hits from largemouth bass, but I did manage to land another largemouth bass on the Pop R from my float tube.


As well as a few smaller to mid size smallmouth bass fishing with my friend Mark.



With Rosh Hashana coming up and the high holidays all in October this year, I will be doing significantly less fishing than I've got accustomed to over this past summer. Still hope to get in a few good outings, and maybe some monster fish if I'm lucky enough.

Wishing everyone a Shana Tova!







Monday, September 2, 2019

Summer fishing in Montreal - August 2019

August turned out to be another interesting month this summer. With my wife and younger ones out of town for much of the month, I took the time to explore many of the ideas I had for local venues, being that I'm "stuck" in town due to kaddish obligations. I made the best of the situation by fishing short outings on a frequent basis, almost daily.

My two goals were to catch some big carp, and to fish some big topwater lures for muskies, either from shore, or from my float tube.

Starting with carp, my plans to use giant boilies to try to eliminate catching smaller carp, did not work out, to say the least. There were two schools of thought regarding the plan, the first, being to fish giant tennis ball sized boilies after chumming standard boilies of the same flavour. The second, was to chum with giant boilies, in hope of having smaller carp move off the spot, leaving only big ones.

After many hours of trial end error, what I didn't factor into the equation, were channel catfish. Being that even a smaller catfish's mouth is way larger than that of a big carp, I managed to draw in a catch many medium sized cats in the 8 to 10 lbs range.


This went of throughout the month of August, will see what happens as water temp starts to cool off.

I still managed to catch some good carp, as well as put some friends onto some good carping, using my standard tactics.



Hoping the cooling weather will get me one of those early fall giants in the next few weeks...

The rest of the month's outings were dedicated to fishing big topwater lures for musky, figuring that some good sized pike may be in order as well.

I started off going out with my friend Mike, getting a couple lures from him, as well as a lesson of what to look for, as well as the wheres, whens, and hows of topwater musky fishing.

Hit some topwater success on that outing, I did catch a nice pike on a Topraider.


As well as a small musky caught while trolling.


A few days later, I put the knowledge to test. Headed out on my float tube in hopes of catching my first topwater musky of the season, and putting some teeth marks into my new topraider.


Sure enough, Mike's tips paid off, it didn't take long for me to trigger and explosive bite, hook, and land a nice 42 inch musky. It has to be my most memorable freshwater catch of the season so far, as I managed to land it by hand, after a short, but intense battle.



Turned out to be the only time I managed to get a topwater musky in August, despite a couple more short outings.  Being that a spent most of my good days chasing muskies, I neglected bass fishing most of the month. Did manage to hook a couple smaller ones, nothing too interesting.

As September has arrived, I'm looking forward to catching some bigger specimens of both predators and bottom feeders going on the feed to bulk up before winter.

Stay tuned...


Friday, August 2, 2019

Summer fishing in Montreal - July 2019

My originals plans to travel away for most of the summer, changed. I was originally scheduled to go to Domaine Shannon for some early July pike fishing, then Southwest Colorado, for most of the rest of the summer. Instead, I have not travelled anywhere, due to kaddish obligations.

Being here for most of the summer, and sort of confined to fishing directly around Montreal, I adapted my summer fishing plans. Most of my fishing outings in July were split between casting topwater lures for bass and pike, or bottom fishing for carp...

Starting off with the predatory species, I hit a few waterways by float tube, and others by bike. Being able to fish spots where not many others have access to, has been quiet enjoyable, catching both bass and pike this summer.

Most productive lures have been the Pop R and buzzbait, though to be fair, I probably used these more often than any other lures.

Here are some of my summer's catches so far in July 2019:

This thick pike is my biggest of the season so far, spectacular hit on the buzzbait, and crazy fight from my float tube:

 

The buzzbait also produced both species of bass (largemouth and smallmouth).

 


Calmer days were reserved for fishing the calmer popping action of the Pop R. Again, the bass and pike co-operated with my plans.

 


Not much fishing with the kids this summer, the younger ones were travelling, and the older ones seem to be more interested in either work, or their social life. I did get out with Zev for some panfish once, before he left with my wife to visit family in the USA. Both bluegills and sunfish were abundant, he managed to catch over  a dozen in less than 1/2 hour.

 


After neglecting carp for much of the month of June, I started getting back into chasing them big suckers. With ongoing construction at my usual spot, fishing has been tougher than usual there. Still, customers managed to catch some carp there.

 






Lots of solo carping for myself. I've been tinkering with producing large baits to try to target large carp with varied success. Tough to test various baits with our archaic 1 rod per person rule in Quebec to say the least. Regardless, I managed to land a good variety of mid range carp, as well as some larger ones.

Night fishing has been good throughout the month, mainly due to pre-baiting.



Both of my biggest carp of the season so far were landed 5 days apart. The first one, hit an oversize 38 mm fireball boilie I made:


The second, slightly bigger, hit a 16mm fireball popup boilie I made as well, only a few days later, as I was fishing an unbaited trophy spot.


I haven't had a chance to get out with Mike, Mark, Patrick or Jimmy, as they all have had a very busy guiding schedule so far this summer. Boatless, I've had to rely on shore fishing or float tube fishing smaller waterways with less wind and current. Perseverance has rewarded me with some good fishing this month, despite tough conditions nearly everywhere I've fished. Hoping August will be even better...



Friday, June 28, 2019

Mijocama bass fishing trip 2019

For the 17th year in a row, we visited Mijocama outfitter for some early season bass fishing in Quebec's zone 10 (Outaouais region). Brought along 6 of my kids for this one, leaving my wife with a well deserved vacation, as my eldest daughter no longer lives at home.

Luckily for me, the 4 eldest boys can fend for themselves by now, as the two younger ones need more attention while spending 5 days in the woods on a remote lake. I paired the eldest boys with each other, renting them a couple of motor boats for improved efficiency.

As usual, my plan was to stick to fishing topwater lures on early mornings and late evenings with the younger ones, and spending the hot part of the day in the shade or in the lake with them. Thank God, the story played out wonderfully...

Day 1:

After arriving at the camp around noon, we got the boats, set up fishing gear, and unloaded out gear and food into our chalet. With the kids horsing around on shore after lunch, I decided to troll a bit, as it was way to early in the day and windy to attempt throwing any topwater lures. Didn't have to go far, first pass on a nearby spot landed this small pike, first fish of the trip.



Headed out for the first evening of topwater bass fishing with my two youngest kids later that evening. Plan was to cast a Pop R and let them take turns reeling in the fish, while letting Chaya practice her casting accuracy.

After landing her first sunfish of the trip on the Pop R, Zev was up for next fish. It took quite a while, but as it gets darker, the bigger bass start to feed. Sure enough, I hooked into a nice 2.5 lb largemouth bass, handed him the rod, and he did a good job hanging on and fighting the fish until I landed it for him. As you can see, the fish was hungry, and very well hooked.


As the bugs got unbearable for the younger ones, I headed in for the night about 1/2 hour later.

Day 2: 

Headed out alone bright and early, kids were all asleep after staying up late for a bonfire with fireworks, followed by scary movie. Got into a good topwater morning bite shortly after sunrise, landing back to back bass at 5:30 am, followed by a couple more before the kids woke up. Nothing over 15 inches or so, but being the first one out on a pristine lake during the morning solitude is priceless.

With Jimmy and his cabin having a good dozen children, my 2 younger kids spent much time playing there. To the point where they were having too much fun to come out fishing with me for the evening bite. 

Eli was overjoyed that his younger siblings weren't fishing, and he immediately decided to fish topwater lures on my boat. It has been a couple years since we fished together at Mijocama, and he'd been struggling to catch fish while out with his brothers, as they tend to prefer to take care of themselves first.

I gladly took him up, and decided to spend the evening focusing on topwater fishing techniques like accurate casting, reading the water, etc. Being in the front of the boat with the first cast at every potential spot, with a guide hat has well over 100 fishing days of experience on that given lake, has it's benefits.

After explaining it all to him over a good 15 to 20 minutes, I was quite surprised at his casting skill level. It didn't take long before Eli was into his first bass of the trip.


We spend the next hour or so hooking and missing smaller bass, and even a double header of aggressive sunfish throwing the same lure:


As the light starts to fade at sunset, the bass caught, start growing in size:


Forcing Eli to withstand some of the worst mosquito conditions we've encountered in years, and even some black flies which are normally long gone by late June, eventually paid off. Eli and I landed two solid bass (2.5 and 3 lbs) on back to back casts.



It was almost night when we finally reached our cabin.

Day 3:

Heavy rain overnight and into mid morning, we lost our chance at a morning bite, foregoing it for some well needed sleep. After Eli's success, I was surprised that my eldest son Ari wanted to come along with me that evening, as yet again, my two youngest decided to favor junk food and games over spending time with their dad casting while they fought off swarms of mosquitoes. 

It was the first time in 4 years that Ari was back to Mijocama with us. Prior to then his last 5 or 6 seasons were spent guiding my aging dad of blessed memory, while I tending to various groups of younger siblings over the years. So it was probably our first time fishing Giles lake together in a good 10 years or so.

As opposed to Eli, he decided to try his own topwater lures. After giving him the same rundown of my spots and technique, Ari started off by catching a large perch on his Rapala Skitter Pop.


As we hit my second spot, I struggled to maintain boat position in the wind with the trolling motor, long enough to give Ari a shot at hitting some spots. Ari hooked into the biggest bass I've ever seen hit a topwater lure on that given lake (Giles lake). The big bass put up a crazy fight, jumping 3 to 4 times, and making runs towards submerged trees. Ari fish fighting level, matched his accurate casting, and he managed to lane the big bass on his Rapala Skitter Pop.


One of those moments in a fisherman's life that makes him a proud dad.

The fish weighed in at 4.5 lbs, and it must have just spawned judging by it's tail. Ari measured the fish for some master angler program he plans to submit it to, a nice 21 inches.



With heavy winds still blowing by 8 PM. we struggled to find calm water. The winds finally started subsiding after 8:30 PM. Again, I pushed Ari to stay out through some tough bug swarms, and the move paid off with some more bass, including this big 3.75 lbs bass just before dark.


Day 4: 

Being our last full day of the trip, Eli was to head out with me for the morning bite. As he slept in, I ended up running into Ari on the water, as we was up bright and early, getting on the water before I did.


He ended up joining me again, and the move paid off nicely for him, landing another big topwater bass, this time on a Chug Bug.


With some mid morning rain stopping after lunch time, I headed out to toll for pike with one of the less skilled father and sons in the group. Knowing that casting lures accurately was out of the question, trolling provided a simpler solution. Eyal was sure happy he came along, landed his first ever pike, while trolling a Rapala Countdown:



That evening, I ended up with both Eli and Zev on my boat, plan was to cast out topwater lures and take turns letting Zev bring in some fish. Eli produced results again, they tag teamed this bass:


Eli manages to land more bass on his own:


As well as one of the smallest pike I've seen caught on a lure.


That being the last night out, Eli booked me again for the following morning.

Day 5:

After having the best topwater fishing (sizewise) we ever encountered at Mijocama, I decided to switch things up. My friend Jimmy had dialed into his best pike bite on the lake in many years, I hit his spot and pattern. Didn't take long, this one fell for a quickly retrieved spinnerbait around 6:30 AM. 


Ended up being my last catch of the trip. Funny enough how my first and last catches on a bass fishing trip both ended up being pike.

Being up at Mijocama with the largest group since we started going there in 2002, many of the other boats found good success as well.

Ari landed a pike and some bass:


Avi did OK on numbers, but sizes were below his average:


My nephew Ezzy landed a big bass in the 4 lbs range, while being guided by Avi.


As I previously mentioned, Jimmy got into some good pike fishing, and decided to forego the topwater bites in order to chase these toothy critters with a spinnerbait.





All in all, a truly fabulous trip, with near perfect weather, good times with many old and new friends, lots of quality family memories made, and great fishing. I enjoyed the solitude of morning bites remembering the times I fished the lake with by dad, and thanks to the multitude of our group, I was able to recite kaddish (mourners prayer) for him every morning, afternoon, and evening. Hoping for many more good ones in the future.

For those of you wanting to experience fishing some of the biggest bass in Quebec's Outaouais region, Mijocama is the place to be. For more info, see: