Slamming salmon: mid-summer chinook action on Lake Ontario

Image Via: Patrick Walsh

A reel contest

What's better for slamming Lake Ontario's chinook, level-wind or single-action reels?

Under rain-threatening skies at the end of July 2017, Outdoor Canada editor Patrick Walsh and managing editor Bob Sexton hit the water with Islander Precision Reels‘ Steve Rennalls (above) and charter captain Scott Richardson to fish for chunky chinook in a deep trough off Bluffer’s Park Marina in Scarborough. The goal was to try out Islander Reels’ new single-action TR3 trolling reel, and see how it compares with level-winds, which are much more common among Lake Ontario salmon anglers.

Heading out from the Bluffs
Bob Sexton

The best times to fish chinook are early in the morning as the sun rises and then again in the evening as it sets. On our trip, we headed out from Bluffers Park Marina in Scarborough for the afternoon-evening bite on Richardson’s 24-foot, 1987 Limestone named Hammer (below), which he says he named because that’s what people call him on the golf course.

Scott Richardson

Bob Sexton

Bob Sexton

Growing up in Gander, Newfoundland, and Peterborough, Ontario, Outdoor Canada's managing editor Bob Sexton jumped at every chance to wet a line and head afield. After spending half of the 1990s working as a tour guide in Latin America, he completed a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in 2001 and was hired on as Outdoor Canada's assistant editor. Since joining the magazine, he has won two Outdoor Writers of Canada awards, in 2008 and 2011, and contributed to numerous National Magazine Award winning or nominated stories. Sexton is the past president of the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors.

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