ON THE LINE: For the love of nature

When I golfed, I put my heart and soul into it. I spent every waking hour reading and then trying new things when I was able to get to the range. After years and years of trying, I finally got to where I wanted to be: a Canadian professional golfer. No, not a guy who plays for money. I worked out of a pro shop in a central Alberta golf course. During this time, I met my wife and she is the light of my life. It wasn’t until I met her that I realized what life is really about. … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Start The Year Off Right

Well here we go! The season is getting so close and if you are like me, you will spend the next couple of weeks stocking up, checking and scouting for the upcoming season. This is the most exciting time of the year, no matter what you are into. All the companies are bringing out their new products and you might be asking, “Is it worth it?” I come from the golf industry and they estimate that every five years, if you don’t have the newest products, you are losing out on great technology. Things I would look at the most … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: When Animals Attack

I just have to tell you this story. It happened last year at Muir Lake, west of Edmonton, Alta. If you haven’t fished Muir Lake before, first, what’s stopping you? And second, you need to know that there’s an island in the middle of the lake. You can paddle around this island – one side of it is very shallow and the other side of it is deeper. The shallow side will get you to the deepest part of the lake quicker. This is the way that I usually take. In fact, I have caught a lot of fish in … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Year In Review

With the 2014 season fast approaching, I thought I would write a year in review blog post, one more about a great experience that I had and then start on my new 2014 blog, combining information and experiences. I really jumped into fishing this past year, both with a spinner and a fly rod. I enjoy both aspects of each, but over the year I constantly went to the fly rod, as it seemed more productive. I had a lot of success this year at both East Pit and Muir lakes. At Muir, I was able to land a fish … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Windy conditions

Well I was ready for my next adventure. And this time, like always, I thought I was an expert. I was on the water at 5:45 a.m. and then something occurs that I had never thought about before – drifting. The downside to float tubing is the wind. I paddled and paddled, and tried to reposition myself, but the wind kept blowing me off course. Nature always finds a way to show me that I am not a pro, but still a beginner. All I kept thinking was, “An anchor would be nice right now.” Now it’s on my Christmas … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Got a float tube

After spending time watching guys in float tubes catch fish all day long, and my own methods failing, I purchased a float tube not long after we arrived back home from the Northwest Territories. I was very excited to use it – so excited, in fact, I arrived at East Pit Lake the first morning at 5 a.m. and I was on the water by 5:45 a.m. Looking back, I wish that I had a camera recording so people could watch the circus that was about to happen, my first time using a float tube. I put on my flippers … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Knowing what’s important

Prior to visiting the Northwest Territories, I didn’t mind sitting on the shore, having the world to myself while my bobber and fly just sat in the water, waiting to be taken by a gullible fish. The problem with this technique is that it is hard to feel the bite and to set the hook in time. Who knows how many fish got away because I missed setting the hook. Still, all in all, just like the golf course, any day on the lake is a better day than a day at work. Fishing, like most activities, takes us away … Read more »

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ON THE LINE: Fighting fish

At the end of our pike fishing, I had the chance to talk with Garrett about playing the fish. It was a very interesting conversation that I had with him. Now, I had the basic idea about fighting the fish, but I wanted to know more. In my research on the Internet, I learned that you want to set the breaking strength at 25 per cent of the tested poundage of the line. So, if you have eight-pound line, you want to set it at two pounds. This is easy enough to do – tie your line to a scale … Read more »

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