Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Pretty good blooper

So this past weekend, the day after the Catch 'n Kayak striped bass derby in Bathurst I got out for a quick fish with IPop and Noah.   It was a beautiful morning, and we each caught a few fish, all was going great.  

Now when I'm in the Old Town Predator PDL, I like to troll by sticking my rod handle behind my butt on the seat, and then peddling.   If I were to use they rod holders that I have, the handle of the rod would impede my peddling.   Trolling this way is comfortable, allows me to to keep a hand free (thought I usually rest it on the rod), and react quickly if a fish were to strike.  

This is how I troll, one hand on the rod, with it sticking out from my chair.

So Noah found a school of stripers and called me over to snap a picture.   So I trolled over, as described above and went ahead and snapped a few pictures.   No problems right?

Then I forgot all about the rod I had stuck out from behind me, and I proceeded to lean forward for something.... out falls the rod!    By the time I realized, it was too late, off it went into some pretty strong current in 22 feet of water.

Noah was quick to react though.    He dropped his grappling anchor down and was able to hook the line!   Then he proceeded to pull the line and then the rod back up!   Way to go Noah!   Turns out Noah had his video camera going the whole time!    Too bad there was no sound!

My lesson?   I need to invest in some zooka tubes, just like Noah has mounted there on his kayak!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Big Kayak Tournament This Weekend!

This weekend is the first of what will be an annual kayak fishing event in the town of Bathurst, NB.   It is going to easily be the biggest kayak fishing event in all of Eastern Canada in terms of prizes with both lots of cash and other items including a new kayak up for grabs!    There is a shore fishing division as well for those folk who do not wish to participate in kayak.

The Catch n' Kayak tournament will be a striped bass catch/photo/release fishing tournament held on Saturday, and promises to be a fantastic time.  Mother Nature looks to be cooperating as the forecast calls for a wonderful day with no precipitation and next to no wind as well, so conditions will be ideal for fishing in and around the Bay of Chaleur!

For those who are going to make the trek up, you are encouraged to register online ahead of time, which will both save time and help the organizers plan things out.    The schedule for the event is below.

With my upcoming move to Ontario, this may be my last time out in kayak in New Brunswick, and my birthday is on Sunday,so if you are able to make it, come out and say hi and perhaps raise a glass with me Saturday night at the post event reception!

Schedule of events
Friday July 14th
6:30 – 9:30 pm: Opening reception at the Old Post Office, 96 Main St, Bathurst. 
All pre-registered participants must sign in and pick up registration package from tournament officials.  New registrants will be accepted (LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER)

Review of rules and regulations will be provided and tournament officials will be on hand to answer any questions related to the 2017 Catch ‘n Kayak. Entertainment will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Saturday, July 15th
6:00 – 6:45 am: Pre Launch boat inspection (kayak Participants) at the designated launch area.  Continental breakfast sponsored by Inter Marché.
7:00 am: Shotgun start
11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Free BBQ lunch at Youghall beach sponsored by Epicerie Frenette
5:00 pm: Conclusion of Angling hours

6:30 pm – 9:30pm: Closing ceremonies at the Old Post Office, 96 Main St, Bathurst.  Prizes will be awarded for each division as well as the drawings for door prizes. Entertainment will be provided and cash bar will be available.