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?

Richardson prepping bait
Bob Sexton

For bait, Richardson uses herring that he orders from B.C. and preserves using a combination of brine, powdered milk and borax. The brine stiffens the bait, improving its roll and making it more tear-resistant. Here, he’s trimming the herring with scissors so it fits it into the bait sleeve (on transom) and then secures it with a toothpick, below. The goal, Richardson says, is to have the bait run as naturally as possible, and he always tests the cut-plug before dropping it down on the downrigger (below, at right of photo). On the day we went out, Richardson was running the downrigger ball at 100 feet.

Bob Sexton

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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