Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Meet Catman Joe

Tuesday was an early start down to the Power Dam, temps were forecast to be in the high 80's again and they were not wrong. Fish came very, very steady throughout the session and by the time we packed up, we had totalled 11 fish between us including 3 - 20's and this 8lb catfish to Joe...........remember these Wazzy. Best fish of the session was a 23.14 to Joe

Monday, 20 June 2011

Bit of a disappointment

Went out to the new swim on Sunday, warm temps and north west winds didn't help matters and I only managed 1 fish around the 14lb mark, fish were moving along the shelf in front of me and were topping all over the place but obviously were not in a feeding mood and by 1pm I was heading home, I do think though that this swim has promise when the conditions change. It's back to the Power Dam on Tuesday..............we'll see how that goes

Saturday, 18 June 2011

They're at it again

Went out today (Friday) to pre-bait a swim ready for fishing on sunday, the carp are spawning again so there is floating weed everywhere, on entering the bay where I am pre-baiting you could actually smell the fish, water depth is 23ft so hopefully due to the very warm weather we are having at the moment they will have taken refuge in the deeper water. We will see.

Friday, 17 June 2011

A good day at the office

On Wednesday we were up at the crack of dawn and leaving the house at 4.30am, on arrival at the Power Dam we set up the gear to the sound of crashing fish and cast out, my lead hit the bottom and immediately went off in my waiting there then. Fish came thick and fast in the morning but action slowed down by around 11am as the sun came up and the air temp reached a very muggy 34 degrees, with no fish in the last 3 hours we decided to pack up at 6pm. Total catch for the day was 16 fish..................9 for Joe and 7 for me but the weights were impressive being 21.12, 22.6, 24.8, 25, 25.2, 26.8, 29.4 plus 9 mid doubles. No fishing now until saturday or sunday but we are going out in the boat to feed a new swim for a couple of days, the water is deep and hopefully will hold some big fishies.

On a non-fishing note, the Boston Bruins have just beaten the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup in ice hockey after a seventh game decider in Vancouver, this didn't go down well with the thousands watching on big screens in the streets as riots followed with cars overturned and set on fire, 3 people stabbed, shops looted, and major damaged committed. All in the name of sport.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

The young-un shows the way

Thursday saw a return the island view swim, spawning activity was starting to decrease even if the temperatures weren't. Action again was very slow to start with but picked up by lunchtime and then got hectic for a couple of hours, in that time Joe managed 8 fish with a pb on the float of 26lbs-8ozs.....................I trailed behind with only 6 fish and a best of 24lbs-6ozs. By the time we reached home the air temp was approaching the 90's again, it's more like Florida than Canada at the moment.

Friday saw us once again back in our now familiar swim but this time activity was at a premium. We had intended to fish all day but with very little surface activity and only 3 small fish by early afternoon, we decided to call it a day. It seems that this swim is now finished for the season, once the fish have moved in to spawn they then move to deeper water out as the water temps increase in the shallows.....I am already looking forward to next May. We called in at the Motel on our way back, evidently all the guests were catching fish, big ones as well in the well known swims, for us Saturday and Sunday are days around the house, then on Monday its back down to the Power Dam, let's see if we can get Joe his 30.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011


Sunday saw me heading for Montreal Airport to pick up Joe, he wasn't meant to be coming out till the end of June but has arrived early. He loves and misses his dad really but won't admit it.
Anyway on Monday we decided to fish from the bank close to the Marina, a swim that I had fished a few weeks earlier with Stuart, the weather was very hot and by lunchtime we had only 2 fish to show for our efforts......Joe had one around 11 and I had one which I would have put money on being a 30 but weighed in at 26-12. We decided we were flogging a dead horse by staying longer and packed up by 1pm. On the way home the temp was being shown at 94 degrees F.

The boat had developed engine problems over the weekend and was being repaired in the Marina, I got a call Monday evening that all was now fixed and we could take it out Tuesday.

We arrived at the Marina at 6.45am and decided to have breakfast first in the restaurant, copious amounts of coffee along with bacon, eggs, sausage and toast were devoured before we set off for my newly named ''island view'' swim ( romantic dont you think). Boy were we in for a shock, masses of floating weed covered the bay where hundreds of carp were busy thrashing about in spawning mode. Some just lay there and we were nearly able to touch them. Eventually after removing weed from the prop on more than one occasion, we reached the swim. I think we both knew we were wasting our time and with only 1 fish before lunch, we headed home making a few detours on the way, checking out possible fish holding areas. I told Joe not to be despondant, in a few days time things will change and the place will catch fire, just wait and see.

Wednesday was lie in day......well 8am, followed by office work all morning, we had a drive down to the power dam in the afternoon for a spin for walleye but the water is very high and still on the cold side, another week or two will be needed until this fishes me thinks

We aim to go out early Thursday morning, we'll see what that brings.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

A slow start..........................then

Went back out today, conditions were not perfect as there was a north west wind blowing. I started fishing at 8 am and by 12 noon had nothing to show. Finally I was rewarded with my first fish and at 26-12 was a new pb on the float. This was then followed by a 21-4 before the icing on the cake being a new pb of 35lbs on the nose. I would like to say that it fought lke stink but alas it didn't......until it was in the net that is. I finished the session with eight fish all taken on the float and went home a happy man. God I love this place.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Wow its windy

But it wasn't when I took the boat out on Thursday.......nor was it forecast to be as strong. Went back to where I had cut out my new swim and found, probably 20 yds below, an area where I could actually sit on hard ground out of the water. 30 minutes with the secateurs and hey-ho swim No.2 was done. I catapulted a couple of pouches of corn out and literally within 10 minutes had caught a 20lbs 8ozs fish. Fish came thick and fast but the wind intensified so much that I had to stop fishing after 4 hours and get the boat to somewhere sheltered. I had caught 16 fish including 3 - 20s best going 24lbs in only 5 hours........not a bad mornings fishing. then spent 3 hours sat in the reeds waiting for the wind to subside so I could safely get back to the marina. Colin a guest with the Canadian Carp Club was having a red letter days fishing to remember, he only came out from the UK on Thursday and by the time he packed up he had caught 81 fish including 3 - 30s and a 25lb mirror, all on the polaris ( a new record for the CCC) I sat with him for the last hour, there must have been thousands of fish in front of him as the rod was never still.