Episode #358 Freedom Salmon & Ottawa River Muskie

The Mercury Marine Destination starts on Lake Ontario just out from the Niagara Area.  Early season Salmon are the target today, and with a load of lure choices, this one might really grab your attention.  No messy Herring but the exact same action, and it doesn’t take long to show it works!  Then, Charlie takes the RAM for a drive to the Ottawa river and spends a day with John Anderson of the Ottawa River Musky Factory.  Not only do they have a fun day of fishing, but an update on a method that can save fish no matter what species you are fishing for. 

Species: Salmon / Muskie 

Tackle: Salmon – Daiwa Saltist line counter reels, 20 lb test Seaguar Abrazx 100 % Fluorocarbon main line, Freedom Herring Cutbait lures, Mustad Siwash hooks, Hot Spot Flashers, Cannon downriggers, track system and adjustable rod holders, Humminbird Helix fishfinders with Mega Imaging Plus, Crestliner 1950 Fish Hawk, Smooth Moves Seat mounts, Mercury 200 hp V6 four stroke motor, RAM 1500 with 5.7 litre Hemi engine.

Technique: Salmon – Salmon love that enticing cut bait roll. The largest problems with real Herring cut bait, is it is often hard to get, messy, very speed sensitive, and if it slips from the ideal roll or gets hit without being noticed, you can be trolling for long periods of time with an unproductive or damaged lure. A lure that is designed for Salmon, and to imitate the perfect look and roll of cut bait, is the new Freedom Herring.  Same perfect roll as cut bait, tremendous colour choices and works at a wider range of trolling speeds.  The Freedom Herring has that perfect rolling action, works at a wide range of speeds, and is made from a very hard plastic. It can stay fishing no matter if it was bumped or grabbed and has proven basically indestructible, even after dozens and dozens of big fish. Daiwa line counter reels are idea to repeat the exact amount of line out that has been working.  If you have never invested in a line counter reel before, it makes a huge difference.  

TackleMuskie - Daiwa Lexa 400 reels, Humminbird Helix 10 with split screen and GPS, Mapping by Navionics, Daiwa DXM Muskie Specialty rods, 80 lb test Seaguar Thread Lock High Impact Braided lines, Mustad Stay Lock snaps with Ball Bearing Swivel, Seaguar Abrazx 130 lb test 100% Fluorocarbon Muskie and Pike Leaders, Muskie Factory double bladed inline spinners with saltwater flashabou, Viking 100% waterproof Jackets and bibs, Viking NBR palm coated cut resistant gloves, Minn Kota Terrova 36 volts with 112 lbs of thrust, Crestliner 1850 Raptor, Mercury 150 hp Four Stroke Motor. RAM 1500 with 5.7 litre Hemi engine. 

Technique:  Muskie – Casting Muskie Factory double bladed inline spinners for Ottawa River Muskie.  Boat control in rivers with strong currents can be deceiving. If you spend long hours and days fighting currents, it might be time to consider a 36 volt Minn Kota Terrova with 112 pounds of thrust to enjoy your day to the very end.

Special Thanks: PLACE 1967 in Plantagenet, Ontario

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #357 Salmon Secrets & Inactive Bass

The Mercury Marine Destination starts on Lake Ontario just out from Toronto.  Charlie joins up with buddy Captain Al Stewart for Salmon on Lake Ontario.  The Crestliner Authority has plenty of room, and they need it to haul in todays catches.  Downriggers are ideal for fishing deep water and trolling speeds can be crucial.  But it’s the time-tested secrets that make the difference today.  Then, Charlie heads to Georgian Bay for Smallmouth Bass.  Drop shotting is a great way to trigger inactive Bass and new hook styles can even make it easier. 

Species: Salmon / Smallmouth Bass

Tackle:  Salmon - Daiwa Sealine and Saltist line counter reels, Daiwa Great Lakes rods with triangular EVA foam grips, Seaguar 30 & 50 lb 100% Fluorocarbon leader material, Cannon downriggers, track system and adjustable rod holders, Mustad Ultra Point 3X strong treble hooks, Mustad ball bearing swivels with welded ring,  Costa RX 100% polarized and 100% UV A, B and C protection, Smooth moves shock absorbing seat bases, Crestliner 2250 Authority, Mercury 250 hp Verado motor and 15 hp Mercury Pro kicker fuel injected motor. 

Technique: Salmon - Trolling wire line and side tracking dipsy divers.  A few valuable tips to avoid getting bit off by the sharp teeth of the mature Salmon.

Tackle:  Smallmouth Bass -   Daiwa LT spinning reels, Daiwa Tatula Elite Finesse Drop Shot rods, 8 lb test Seaguar Finesse 100% Fluorocarbon Performance line, Mustad Ultra Point No- Twist Drop Shot Hooks, X-Zone Pro Series Finesse Slammer with X-Formula Scent, Minn Kota Ulterra bow mount motor with auto stow and deploy, Humminbird Helix 10 Fish finders, Costa RX Polarized sunglasses with 100% UV - A,B and C protection, EGO Guide nets, Crestliner 1950 Fish Hawk with 101 inch beam, Mercury 150 hp four Stroke Motor, RAM 1500 with 5.7 Litre Hemi Engine.

Technique: Smallmouth Bass – Drop shotting for inactive bass.  Boat control is essential and the Minn Kota Ulterra with Spot Lock makes boat control and holding still a breeze, even in stiff winds. Balancing your tackle makes this technique highly efficient, from the incredibly sensitive Daiwa Tatula Elite Finesse Drop Shot rods, to the Mustad No-Twist Drop Shot hooks. 

Special Thanks: Humminbird Helix 10 Fish Finders

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #356 No Where to Hide Sturgeon

Today, the Mercury Marine Destination takes us to Mission in British Columbia.

After an early morning launch with the RAM, Charlie & Terri join good friend and Guide Len Ames for Sturgeon on the Fraser River.    It doesn’t take long to get into the action - and hits can happen fast!   This is British Columbia so dress for the conditions, rainy one minute, then sunny the next but the Sturgeon keep on biting.  Good fishing can even get better when you can eliminate dead sections of water and concentrate where the fish are.  No where to hide today with Humminbird Side Imaging.     

Species: Fraser River White Sturgeon

Tackle: Humminbird Helix 10 with Mega Side Imaging Plus, Mustad Ultra Point Big Gun Hooks, Daiwa Saltiga reels, 130 lb test Seaguar Threadlock High Impact Braided Lines, 7 ½ foot heavy action Daiwa Proteus rods, Rod Glove rod protectors, Mustad Stainless steel ball bearing swivels with welded rings, Costa RX sunglasses, Mapping by Navionics, RAM 3500 with 6.7 litre Diesel engine, Viking 100% waterproof raingear.

Technique: Using the Humminbird Mega Side Imaging Plus to find Sturgeon holding areas before setting any of the lines.  It was absolutely amazing to see the detail in which the Sturgeon show up on the Humminbird screen. It is truly a tremendous time saver to be fishing where the fish are.  Even checking local hot spots that are usually packed with fish, and seeing areas void of Sturgeon are an eye opener that just makes you shake your head.  Time was taken to travel sections of the river, even 30 minutes at one time and going over many a usual fishing area before groupings were found and lines were set. This is a time saver you simply can’t put a price on. 

Special Thanks: Len’s Sportfishing Adventures

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #355 Pike Paradise Can Even Get Better

Today, the Mercury Marine Destination takes us to Cree lake in Northern Saskatchewan.    

This is truly land of the giants and a much-anticipated annual trip for Charlie to Cree Lake Lodge.  Fly-in fishing trips to the far North are always fun, but experienced guides, and paying attention to even the slightest detail can turn great fishing into fantastic fishing!  When you find the magic ticket you better be ready with quality equipment; these can be true heavy weights!!  Even fishing in Pike Paradise can get better when you adjust to the conditions.  Hang on tight! 

Species:  Northern Pike

Tackle:  – Freedom Hydra Live action jig heads, 5 ½ inch X-Zone Mega Swammers, Daiwa Lexa 300 reels with twin Winn Grip handles, Daiwa Tatula rods, 50lb test Seaguar Threadlock braided lines, 130 lb test Seaguar Abrazx Muskie and Pike Leader, Mustad fastach connectors, 6/0 Mustad Big Mouth Tube hooks, Costa RX sunglasses, Viking 100% waterproof raingear.

Technique: Swim baits and Freedom Hydra jig heads for giant Pike. The Freedom heads have proven themselves as one of the absolute best lures for these monster Pike. Since the hook is not locked into the lead head, but instead attached by a unique twisted wire loop, that also allows you to change hooks as needed for different situations or even to replace a damaged hook, the loop gives absolute freedom and a life like look to the swim baits.  Watching the action in the water, the Freedom heads have an independent swimming/rolling action, and the plastic X-Zone Swammer has it’s own swimming action since the hook has freedom of movement on the jig heads wire loop.  From even the first time testing the Freedom jig head, it was obvious the action was special, as the fish almost always targeted the rolling Freedom head.  The Freedom Hydra has the line tie on top of the head, the Freedom Stealth has the line tie on the nose and allows it to slink through the thickest vegetation and snags without hanging up. A perfect 1-2 punch for specific applications. With the ability to easily change hooks on the Freedom, a Mustad 6/0 Big Mouth Tube hook is used for a little extra strength with these giants. Once a hook is damaged or in this case with numerous Pike….simply worn out. In seconds a new Mustad is looped on and fishing continues, a great time saver and no time is wasted to re-tie. 

While there are many leader types on the market with wire being the most common, 130 lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon has quickly become the choice of the more experienced angler for many applications. Virtually invisible in the water, the Seaguar has almost the same refraction index as water.  Out of the water it might simply look like mono, but in the water, it almost looks like the water and is virtually invisible, even the 130 lb test. It may be thicker than wire, but it is still less visible in the water. The thicker diameter actually adds many advantages.  The angler can grab the leader without risk of being cut up like wire would, it doesn’t kink and break like wire does.  And a huge plus for the fish, when they roll in the leader, it doesn’t dig into and cut up the fish like a thinner wire would. The 130 lb test Seaguar Abrazx is truly ideal for Muskie and Pike fishing. 

Special Thanks: Cree Lake Lodge

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #354 Go Fly a Kite for Bluefin Tuna

Today, the Mercury Marine Destination takes us to North Lake, Prince Edward Island.  

After a two-day run in the RAM, Charlie and Terri join up with Captain Tony MacDonald of Tony’s Tuna Fishing.  Giant Bluefin Tuna are the target over the next two days, and this fishery is always full of surprises.  The mornings start by catching a supply of bait for the day.   As soon as the bait tanks have enough lively Mackerel, it’s not long before hooks are baited and lines are set.   There is always a trick or two to help out, and before long……FISH ON and the reels are screaming!   

Species:  Bluefin Tuna 

Tackle:  Daiwa Tanacom 1000 power assist reels with automatic stop feature, Seaguar Threadlock High Impact braided lines, Harvik – Comfort Lite boots by Viking, Mustad Ultra Point hooks, Seaguar Blue Label 150 & 200 lb test leader material, RAM 1500 with 5.7 litre Hemi engine, Costa RX Sunglasses, Viking 100% waterproof raingear – Viking Norseman and Bristol Bay jackets and bibs.

Technique: Bluefin can be extremely spooky and boat shy.  When the winds are sufficient, kite fishing can be the magic ticket. A kite with a release clip, much the same as a downrigger release, takes the baits out and away from the boat and presents the baits to fish that are not even aware the boat is drifting towards them. With baits dangling on the surface from the kite, even hooks and leaders are undetected since all the Tuna sees is a struggling Mackerel on the surface and an easy meal. A wonderful addition is the Daiwa Tanacom 1000 power assist reel.  This battery powered helper is like having an extra person on board. The reel can be pre-set to stop at any distance away from the boat you want on retrieve, so when changing baits or bringing in the kite during frantic action with a giant Bluefin Tuna on the hook, all you need to do is slide the power lever up and walk away and the reel does it all by itself.  This powerful Daiwa reel pulls in the kite and stops exactly where you want it at boat side without any assistance, an awesome helper!!! It is truly amazing to see the huge boil of water as the bait disappears and the kite line is ripped from the kite release on the hit. 

Mustad 4X strong Circle hooks are used with confidence, incredible holding and hooking power. Circle hooks are designed so a soft mouthed fish can take in the bait, even deeply, and with only steady pressure,  the Mustad circle hook slides back up, turns, and only hooks the corner of the mouth preventing deep hooking and damage caused by hooking deeper in the throat.   This makes for very healthy releases.  

Special Thanks: Tony’s Tuna Fishing

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #353 Slider Salmon & Rattle Up Walleye

Today, the Mercury Marine Destination starts us on Lake Ontario out from the Niagara Region.   

Early season Salmon are the target today, and with waters being cold, trolling speed and boat control are crucial.  Mix up your offerings until you find a successful combo, and when you do it becomes obvious!   Then later in the show a run in the RAM takes us to Cochrane air services in Northern Ontario.   Small lakes full of Walleye are always a treat, and with the help of an extra set of eyes and a lure that just screams eat me, the Walleye almost line up to be next in the net. (#9) 

 Species:  Salmon / Walleye 

Tackle:  Salmon – Daiwa Saltist line counter reels, 20 lb test Seaguar Abrazx 100 % Fluorocarbon main line, Northern King spoons, Mustad Siwash hooks, Hot Spot Agitators, Cannon downriggers, track system and adjustable rod holders, Humminbird Helix fishfinders with Mega Imaging Plus, Crestliner 1950 Fish Hawk, Smooth Moves Seat mounts, Mercury 200 hp V6 four stroke motor, RAM 1500 with 5.7 litre Hemi engine, Costa RX Sunglasses, Viking 100% waterproof raingear.

Technique: Salmon – Northern King spoons and attractors for Salmon. A double Hot Spot Agitator is run from the downrigger ball with the main line attached to a release clip 18 inches above it. this allows the angler to fight the fish without the attractors on the line. Without attractors on the line, you now have the ability to run a slider on the line without worry of tangles.  A slider is simply about a 6-foot length of line, larger swivel on one end, normal swivel and Northern King spoon on the other, that is attached to your main line once your first presentation is set in the Cannon downrigger. This finds the belly in your line and adds an extra spoon in the spread.  Simply from water resistance, a belly is in the line while trolling and the slider finds that spot by itself.  Hits can look different, instead of a hit being on your main line in the release clip that pulls out.  The slider hit can be a lot of shaking at first until it pulls the main line from the release clip.  At this point it might look like the fish fell off, but what is happening, is the slider now needs to be pulled down the main line until the swivel on the slider stops at your spoon on the main line before tightening up.  With smaller fish, you will need to pop the release clip on your main line since there might not be enough pressure on the slider to do it. When using a slider, it is helpful to keep the main spoon from the release clip on the shorter side…..no long leads since the slider hits still have to slide the entire way before tightening up. Great system to add another lure in the water.  Mustad Ultra Point hooks are sticky sharp out of the package and help greatly in hooking the fish.

Tackle:  Walleye – Daiwa LT Light and Tough spinning reels, Seaguar Smackdown Tournament braided lines, Daiwa Tatual rods, 15 lb test Seaguar Blue Label Leader Material, Mustad Fastach connectors, Humminbird Helix 5 Portable fish finders, EGO telescopic nets, Minn Kota Traxxis with one hand stow and digital maximizer.

Walleye -  Dark water Walleyes love vibration and rattle.  Small Rat-L-Trap lures can be magical when slow fished and worked almost like a jig on the bottom.  A slow lift… just enough to feel the rattle and a controlled drop is ideal.  It is amazing how you can feel the vibration so strongly with a sensitive rod like the Daiwa Tatula, telegraphing the lightest hit or even when debris is picked up.  Dark waters make it next to impossible to quickly find edges and holding areas, especially since everything looks the same in dark water….even with great sunglasses cutting the glare.  A portable Humminbird Helix fish finder is worth its weight in gold to find structure and holding areas quickly.  Small lakes are fun, you can cover the entire lake with the fish finder and map it out entirely and drawing out your own map.  Without some underwater eyes, you are fishing blind. The Humminbird is a huge time saver and makes the experience so much better.  Boat control and drift speed is also crucial and a transom mount Minn Kota is an awesome accessory to bring along, you need to keep a slow drift speed to work the lures properly.  Even a Minn Kota drift sock is very helpful to slow the drift.

Special Thanks: Cochrane Air services

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #352 39 Muskies in 2 Days

The Mercury Marine Destination takes us to Lake St. Clair. After an early morning run in the RAM, Charlie and Terri join up with Drifter 2 Charters, and long time friend and Muskie guide Captain Jim Fleming.  This shallow water fishery is better suited for planner boards, with line counter reels making it much easier to repeat the success.  Jim has always been one to constantly tweak his presentations, and it certainly works well today.  

Charlie and Terri love Muskie fishing, but today is one for the record books with an amazing number of fish caught and landed.  

Species: Muskie

Tackle: Daiwa LEXA 400 reels with line counter, Daiwa Saltist line counter reels, 50 lb test Seaguar Threadlock, Mustad Stainless Steel Double hooks, 80 lb Test Seaguar Blue Label Leader Material, Mustad Fastach connectors, Costa RX Sunglasses, Daiwa Sealine rods with E-Glass construction, RAM 1500 with 5.7 Litre Hemi engine.

Technique: Planner Boards and down rods for shallow water Muskie.  Lure action and colour choice is more important than many think on this water system and it has been proven year after year that colour and finely tuned lures make the difference. Once the diving depth to match the water is determined, Daiwa line counter reels are extremely important to repeat the lead of line exactly.  Too much line out, the lures are fouled in bottom debris.  Not enough, they can be running to shallow. Floating weeds are often a problem on Lake St. Clair, a special system with a dropper weight not only makes it easy to change weights during the day, but make for a wonderful weed collector. Rods need to have a strong backbone with yet a flexible tip to show lure vibration, this makes it easy to tell the lures are working correctly and not fouled with weeds. The Daiwa 7 foot Sealine rods with flexible yet powerful E-Glass construction are ideal. 

Special Thanks: Drifter II Charters

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #351 Pay Attention to the Fishes’ Mood

Today, the Mercury Marine Destination takes us up to Cree lake lodge in Northern Saskatchewan.   

It’s Pike and Lake Trout territory and the fish get huge up here!  Weather patterns can slow things down anywhere, even in paradise you need to figure out the fishes’ mood on slower days.  The only difference, with lakes full of fish you can dial it in much faster.  Let the fish tell you their activity level, by either aggressive hits or even how they are hitting the lure.  It can tell you a lot about lure choices. Equipment can even make a major difference when casting into the wind or with lighter lures.  

Species: Northern Pike – Lake Trout

TacklePike -  Rat-L-Trap lures, Seaguar Smakdown performance braided lines, Daiwa Tatula reels with T-Wing System, Daiwa Tatula rods, Rod Glove rod protectors, Mustad Fastach connectors, Mustad Ultra Point triple Grip hooks, Knot 2 Kinky Nickel Titanium Leader wire, Costa RX Sunglasses.

Technique: Pike - Long casting Daiwa Tatula reels with the T-Wing system for smaller lures.  The ¾ oz Rat-L-Trap lures are wonderful for stained waters, as well as for sending out vibration and noise to alert fish to their presence without being too large a presentation for inactive fish cold front Pike. The Daiwa Tatula reels have a unique T-Wing system that offers incredible casting distances. When the reel is in free spool, the T-Wing drops down allowing a wide – unrestricted area for the line to come off the spool.  When the reel is engaged, the T-Wing pops up and your line drops into the level wind grove that layers the line on the spool perfectly.  Not only do these reels cast extremely well without backlashes, they cast long distances since the line is not always forced through a small eyelet in the level wind. The level wind action is only engaged during the retrieve. Great system!

TackleLake Trout – Daiwa Saltist line counter reels, Daiwa Great Lakes trolling rods, Viking 100% waterproof raingear, Seaguar 50lb test Threadlock High Impact braided line, Freedom Herring Cutbait lures, 50 lb Test Seaguar Blue Label leader material, Mustad Swivels, Mustad Big Gun hooks , Rod Glove rod protectors, 18 ft Crestliner Kodiak boats, Mercury 60hp motors.

Technique: Lake Trout – Trolling for Lake Trout is an ideal way to cover water and find the schools, but they can be fussy. A lure that is designed for Salmon, and to imitate the perfect look and roll of cut bait, is the new Freedom Herring. But it works incredibly well for Lake Trout as well. Same perfect roll as cut bait, tremendous colour choices and works at a wider range of trolling speeds.  The largest problems with real Herring cut bait, is it is often hard to get, messy, very speed sensitive, and if it slips from the ideal roll or gets hit without being noticed, you can be trolling for long periods of time with an unproductive or damaged lure. 

The Freedom Herring has that perfect rolling action, works at a wide range of speeds, and is made from a very hard plastic. It can stay fishing no matter if it was bumped or grabbed and has proven basically indestructible, even after dozens and dozens of big fish. Daiwa line counter reels are ideal to repeat the exact amount of line out that has been working.  If you have never invested in a line counter reel before, it makes a huge difference.  

Special Thanks: Cree Lake Lodge

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #350 Clear Water Smallies

Today the Mercury Marine Destination takes us to the Land O’Lakes area of Eastern Ontario.   

Charlie hitches up his Crestliner and joins up with friend Chris McMillan for summer time Smallmouth Bass.  With a huge casting deck, built in rod locker and open concept design, the Pro Tiller is perfect for this area; and there is no shortage of power on this rig.  Decked out with all the goodies, this machine is loaded and ready!  Clear waters can be challenging, but today surface baits with a little upgrade, and perfectly balanced rods and reels designed for long casts all add up to a very memorable day.  

Species: Smallmouth Bass

Tackle:  Crestliner 1850 Pro Tiller boat, 90 hp Mercury motor with Big Tiller handle, Smooth Moves seat bases, Mustad dressed Ultra Point Triple Grip Treble hooks, Daiwa LT light and tough reels with Mag sealed Ball Bearings, 20 lb test Seaguar Smackdown Performance braided lines, Daiwa Tatula rods, 15 lb test Seaguar Fluorocarbon leader material, Humminbird Helix 10 with Mega down Imaging directly from your Minn Kota, with spot lock and built in Mega down Imaging the MInn Kota Ulterra, X-Zone Pro Series tubes with X-formula scent. 

Technique: Surface poppers and tubes for clear water Smallmouth Bass.  In crystal clear waters, Smallmouth Bass are often eager to come up from deeper waters to hit a properly presented surface bait. Clear waters make long casts away from the boat extremely important.  Stay on the bite as long as possible as long as the action continues, but always check other presentations to see if preferences change when the action slows during the day.   Let the fish choose what they want. 

Special Thanks: Minn Kota Ulterra with Down Imaging

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more

Episode #349 Deep Water Spring Salmon

Today the Mercury Marine Destination takes us to Lake Ontario out from the city of St. Catharines.  

A short early morning run in the RAM takes us to Port Dalhousie.  Charlie jumps on board with Fishmaster’s Ultimate Charters, and joins up with buddy Steve Hardcastle for some early season Salmon.  Fishing deeper than expected is the game today, and there is no shortage of active fish.  Attention to details can pay off big with better hooking percentages when activity and aggression levels change.  Vary your techniques, it often goes back and forward all day long. 

Species: Chinook Salmon

Tackle: Mustad Ultra Point Siwash hooks, Northern King spoons available in custom finishes, Daiwa Saltist line counter reels with 6:1.1 gear ratio, Seaguar Abrazx 20 lb test Fluorocarbon main line, Humminbird Helix 12 fish finders,  Daiwa Sealine line counter reels, Hot Spot Agitator attractors, Daiwa Accudepth and Great Lake trolling rods, Cannon downriggers with stop at waterline feature, Viking 100% waterproof raingear, Mustad ball bearing swivels, RAM 1500 with 5.7 Litre Hemi engine. 

Technique: Early season, deep water trolling. Forget the perfect water temperatures, waters deeper than you expect can be holding large schools of unpressured Salmon.  When winds keep pounding the shallower waters, day after day, Salmon will seek out the protection of the deeper waters where temperatures remain consistent.  Even though they might want to move in shallower to warmer waters once conditions and temperatures become more consistent, it becomes more comfortable for them to remain in temperatures that are steady. 

Special Thanks: Fishmaster’s Ultimate Charters

About Charlie Wray

Charlie Wray has been host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences...read more