The new Outdoor Canada fishing boat has been christened. (That's it in my driveway, but trust me, it looks way better in water!) My good fishing buddy Pat Trudell and I picked up the brand new Kingfisher Flex 1925 SC from Marsh’s Marina in Waubaushene, Ontario, on Saturday morning. From there, we drove straight to Sturgeon Lake. Why Sturgeon? Because it lies within Zone 17, and last Saturday, Zones 17, 18 and 20 opened a week earlier than the rest of southern Ontario for bass season. Yes! Two bass openers for us!

Pat and I fished the weedy west end of the lake, targeting largemouths. We were glad to see that the fish were off their beds and on the move, so the timing was great. For the most part, we tossed soft-plastic frogs at lily pads, as the topwater bite was definitely on. Good fun.

What can I say? The new boat is just awesome, with tons of casting room thanks to the side-console configuration. And does it ever move. Pushed along by a 200-horse Merc Optimax, it literally rockets out of the hole. Plus, it’s totally tricked out, complete with a Minn Kota Fortrex electric trolling motor, Humminbird on-board battery charger and Humminbird side-imaging graphs at the console and bow. Sweet. Many thanks to our friends at Marsh's and Kingfisher for putting this awesome package together.

The Outdoor Canada editorial staff and I will be heading out again on Thursday to take some more extensive photos of our new on-the-water ride, but in the meantime, below are some shots from Saturday’s maiden voyage. And for a Vine video of the maiden voyage, click here.

As for this Saturday's bass opener in the rest of southern Ontario, I will be joining Pat and some other buddies on a secret smallmouth-filled lake for our annual tradition of celebrating the opener. Watch this space for updates on that outing.

FirstFishinBoat First fish: I was lucky enough to catch the inaugural bass for the new Outdoor Canada boat




















BigPattyFishLowRez Big fish: Pat Trudell and one of the bigger largemouth bass we caught on the opener