Image Via Bill Shields
Image Via Bill Shields

Maiden Voyages


First outing

We’re on the water with our new Alumacraft Competitor 175 LE! Editors Patrick Walsh and Bob Sexton had the honours of getting her wet for the first time on June 17 with a photo session on southern Ontario’s Lake Simcoe (that’s Bob at the helm, below). They even caught a few perch while they were at it (bass didn’t open till June 25 on Lake Simcoe; see “Lake Simcoe Bass Opener” further down).

Alumacraft Competitor 175 LE
Patrick Walsh

Surprise Catch

On June 24, Editor Patrick Walsh was drop-shotting for bass with buddy Billy Shields on Rice Lake when he caught this surprise! Clearly, our new Alumacraft Competitor 175 LE is a multi-species fishing machine. And as Fishing Editor Gord Pyzer has long said, so is the drop-shot rig!


Rice Lake walleye
Bill Shields

Lake Simcoe Bass Opener

Last Saturday (June 15), bass season finally opened on Lake Simcoe, and Editor Patrick Walsh took full advantage, hitting the water aboard our new Competitor 175 with fishing buddy Pat Trudell.

Simcoe Bass
Pat Trudell

Solo Fishing

On the second day of Lake Simcoe’s bass season, Editor Patrick Walsh headed out alone to continue to put Outdoor Canada’s new Alumacraft through its paces. The verdict so far? A smooth, comfortable ride, a snappy hole shot and scads of casting deck, fore and aft. Even with 36-kilometre gusts making for white caps, the boat handled superbly. The MinnKota Terrova and the Humminbird Helix graphs complete the package, making for one deadly fishing machine. (Walsh apologizes for the stern expression. It was his first time using the selfie-timer on his Android. “Is this thing on?”)

Solo bass
Patrick Walsh