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Let 'em bite
Nov 21, 2014
Have you ever noticed how many times you've caught a fish - often the biggest one of the day - when you've been distracted, laid down your rod and were doing something else in the boat?  Maybe you were throwing a...
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How long do smallmouth bass live?
Nov 10, 2014
One of the things that fascinates anglers, young and old alike, is the age of the fish they are catching. Kids in particular like to wonder if the fish they just caught is older than they are, but even adults...
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How important is location?
Oct 30, 2014
 Okay, here is today's question: what is the single most important factor that you always have to consider, in order to be successful, when you go fishing? And I'll give you a hint. It has nothing to do, whatsoever, with...
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Phenomenal fat fall fish
Oct 20, 2014
The walleye, bass, perch, crappie, muskie and pike fishing has been exceptional of late and it is no great surprise.  I say that because if you've had a chance to read my fishing column in the current fall edition of Outdoor...
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Do fish sleep and drink?
Oct 3, 2014
You have you love young kids, as it seems nothing holds them back from asking questions that the rest of us probably think about, at least once in a while, but are too self-conscious to raise. Fourteen year old Wayne, for...
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Charges yet to be laid in Detroit River muskie killing incident
Sep 22, 2014
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says investigation is ongoing
Field Findings
Pea-brained autumn smallmouth
Sep 20, 2014
I am always amused when I hear someone mention the fact that bass have brains the size of the pea.  As though that somehow suggests we should have no trouble understanding their habits, tracking them down and catching them.  I mention...
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The great outdoor magazine hunting cover show-down!
Sep 16, 2014
Who has the best Hunting issue cover, Outdoor Canada or Ontario Outdoor of Doors?
Field Findings
Are lake trout releasable? .
Sep 11, 2014
 I was recording an upcoming episode of the Outdoor Adventures radio show the other day with host Ken Wychopen, for broadcast this Saturday and Sunday on Cold Lake, Alberta radio station 953 KROCK and during our conversation, Ken mentioned how...
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A trophy salmon and trout trick worth trying
Sep 4, 2014
I've been at this game for an awfully long time and have witnessed a lot of fishy things.   Indeed, earlier this year, I wrote in the Spring edition of Outdoor Canada Magazine, about a salmon and trout technique that a good...
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Lighten up for walleye
Aug 25, 2014
Usually, when friends drop by to spend a few days fishing with you, Mr. Murphy - you know, Murphy's Law - hops into the boat with you and the activity level heads south.  Not so last week...
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From the archives: Record waiting time
Aug 19, 2014
Hunters know a thing or two about patience, but perhaps none more than Yukon guide Paul Deuling, who waited more than two decades to be recognized as the shooter of the world’s biggest mountain caribou. When Deuling first saw a...
Weird, Wild and Wacky
This gives new meaning to the term "toothy critters"
Aug 16, 2014
Okay, it is confession time. Gary Larson's Far Side comic strip usually breaks me up, especially, the ones that put animals and humans on an equal footing, or reverse roles so that the animals take...
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New LiveTarget Yearling
Aug 5, 2014
There was a product at this year's ICAST show that I wanted to tell you about before I folded up my tent and headed for home.  In fact, I wrote the following at 6:00 in the morning, in the Orlando,
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Young anglers rescue drowning baby moose
Jul 31, 2014
A quartet of anglers fishing a lake near Thunder Bay caught a lot more than they bargained for this past spring. Their unexpected catch? Two baby moose.  On the Sunday of the May long weekend, Niall McKee, 25, and his friend...
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On the water with Outdoor Canada
Jul 26, 2014
A video snapshot of Outdoor Canada's summer of fishing (so far!) about our Alumacraft Dominator 185 LD
Field Findings
The Canadian contingent at ICAST
Jul 20, 2014
 Canadian tackle manufacturers were well represented at ICAST again this year and made a big splash at the show as exemplified by Bobby and Cindy Guan who own Ultra Tungsten and the Tamburro boys - Michael and Nick - who...
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Bobby Barrack: the Delta legend
Jul 17, 2014
Attending a trade show like ICAST, and trying to pick the top 20 or so new products to feature in the Outdoor Canada Fishing Edition each year is work.  Fun work, I'll grant you that, but tough sledding nevertheless.   Seems...
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Filet fish like never before
Jul 17, 2014
Every year there is one or two products at ICAST that blow your socks off. The new Skinzit is an electric tool made by the folks at Ultimate Fishing Gear that will have you shaking your head in...
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Channel cats—and a whole lot more—on the fly
Jul 7, 2014
Because of its central location, lying smack dab in the middle of the country, the city of Winnipeg is used by fishing camps and tourist resorts throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories as a jumping off spot.    Anglers fly...
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Lured back to La Réserve Beauchêne's feisty smallmouth bass
Jun 26, 2014
Outdoor Canada's Patrick Walsh and his fishing buddies make their annual pilgrimage to one of Quebec's top hot spots, La Réserve Beauchêne, where they fished for feisty smallmouth bass.
Field Findings
How to create a world-class bass fishery
Jun 23, 2014
Listening on the phone to good friend Wally Robins, I can picture him beaming with pride, and I am reminded of a first time father.  Only Wally's offspring aren't the human kind, they're the smallmouth bass that he dotes over...
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