October’sÂ weather may have decided what fishing technique was going to win asÂ 59 teams competed in the inaugural open this year. Formerly know as the the AuraBass Masters this year Bass Pro Shop Canada put it support and commitment behind thisÂ tournament.
Other great sponsors also made thisÂ tournament possible by their support and commitment. Maple Toyota,Tracker Boats, Yamaha , Shimano, Normark Canada, Berkley, Trilene, Gulp, Rapala, Terminator FishingLures, Hummingbird, Minnkota, GE Money, Boat Smart, Strike King, Ontario Parks, Mustang Survival and of course those great tasting Johnsonville Brats.
Well what’s YOUR preference? With opening day of the 2007 shotgun hunt beginning November 5th are you ready?
Â I’m sure you have sighted in your shotgun by now. Ya right! I haven’t, mostly due to enjoying time in the forest bow hunting for bucks.
Hopefully soon somewhere between upland birds, geese, bow hunting and some time on the water my shot gun will get sighted in.
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In this week’s podcast I chatted with Simon Ashdown , Director of Public Relations with Tender Corporation. They have awesome fieldÂ medical kits available toÂ any one traveling in the outdoors. Whether you fish, hunt, hike, ATV, kayak or just play outside you should check these handyÂ kits out. www.adventuremedicalkits.com
In fact after you listen to this weeks podcast on Friday, send an emailÂ to the email address I announce on the show with a Â hunting, fishing or any outdoors tip you may win a prize package from Tender Corporation
Once each week starting Saturday October 20th until the end of 2007 I will pick ONE email and send them either an Adventure Medical Field Kit or an Â Emergency Bivvy Heat Sheet.
Host Peter Wood talks about the upcoming Bass Pro Shop Lake Simcoe Open Bass fishing tournament on October 27th. Fifty teams will compete forÂ a prize package valued at overÂ $100,000.
Voice by Chuck Lefleur
Music by Jon Schmidt from the Podsafe Music Network
I recently had the opportunity to tag along with good fishing buddy Chris Hockley, aÂ tournament angler and award winning writer. Between you and me he is an exceptionaly trulyÂ down to earth nice guy too. But don’t let Chris know!
During the summer at theÂ 2007 Uxbridge Huck Finn kids fishing day numerous kids enjoyed theÂ day fishing.
As one of the organizers for the tournament Chris and his Blitzcreek Pro FishingÂ Service gave away all expense paid fishing trip to one of the 1200 kids attending the eventÂ Â The event itself attracted approximately 2000 people. Pat Higgins of Canadian Tire Uxbridge is the founder of the event and runs it every year. Â 700 trout were stocked in the local pond for the kids to fish in. Â Each year fishÂ are tagged for special prizes. Â The rewarding thing is not only are the fish caught each year but the tags from those that arenâ€™t end up being caught the next season all in all a great event for the kids and the community!!! Â
Lucky winners; brothers 6 year old Luke & 4 year old RyanÂ along with grandparents Oz & Darlene boarded Terry Ward’s 40 foot Super KingÂ berthed at Bluffs Harbour in late September. An absolutely gorgeous sunrise greeted us as we slowly edged our way out past geese, swans and mallards at the harbours mouth.
Trolling lines were soon set by Terry as the kids explored his 40 foot fishing machine decked out in teak and stainless steel. This was truly an awesome boat.
Lake Ontario was dead calm with the only ripples come from the boats wake. After what seemed an eternity to the boys ( maybe 20 minutes), Ryan & Lucas each chose a “lucky lure” as Terry changed over the other down-rigged lines.
The first “fish on” had both boys running to the stern as grandpa Oz started to reel it in. Lucas helped out as Ryan searched for the net!
Â Everyone aboard had a fantastic time with the few fish caught. Kudos to Terry for finding fish willing to bite on a blue bird day. Chris was engaging as ever and the young fishermen had a blast. Grandparents Oz & Darlene were delighted to participate during this special day out on Lake Ontario.
Afterwards it was mentioned Lucas wanted to buy a boat just like this one for his dad so they could get out and fish anytime they wanted!
Me, well I had the time of my life taking photos of novice anglers catching Rainbows and Kings and enjoying the view from Terry’s awesome boat on a dynamite day with a great bunch of anglers.
Imagine coming down the side of a mountain with just the glow of anÂ almost full moon andÂ your ATV headlights lighting the steep trail. Well about 60 avid enthusiastic ATVers did that on September 21st. during the Elliot Lake Fall Fun Run.
The next day about 130 ATVers covered over 100 kilometers of trails. Some more challenging than others. The scenery was awesome as was the weather.
Â A shore lunch of fresh walleye prepared by the local experts in fishing kept us coming back until it was all gone. That evening a dance was held with some fine local music and again a great meal with someÂ awesome turkeyÂ and all the fixin’s dinner.
We had early nightÂ as we had to leave at 6am the next morning to catch the ferry on Manitoulin Island so I wasn’t sure who won all those terrific door prizes.
The Elliot Lake ATV Club and Tourism Board along with numerous volunteers ensured everyone had a great time. Accommodations at the Fireside Inn www.firesideinn.orgÂ , Algo InnÂ www.algoinn.comÂ and theÂ Â Dunlop LodgeÂ www.dunlop-lakelodge.comÂ just north of town were almost filled to capacity with this event and other events that weekend.
Elliot Lake Outfitters www.elliotlakeoutfitters.comÂ Â wereÂ guiding the Fly Fishing Show as it filmed an episode on one of the countless rivers.
Kim Bishop and Ginnete Bedard of the Elliot Lake Tourism BoardÂ www.cityofelliotlake.comÂ helped me during my short stay. I will definitely be headed up that soon for some hunting and fishing.
I hope to have the photo’s taken during the run up on a photo page next week after Thanksgiving so check back then.