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.
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.