At New Wave Fishing Academy we believe that practicing catch and release as much as possible is an anglers duty to the sport! It is a group effort to ensure the health of our fisheries can be maintained for future generations to enjoy as much as we have. To promote practicing catch and release we are going to share some of our favourite stories of fish we have caught & released for someone else to catch one day and create memories like the ones we are sharing with you all. If you have a story you want to share please reach out to us and we will gladly share.
This weeks Throwback Thursday story comes from New Wave Fishing Academy content creation team members Brandon & Collin who decided to work smarter not harder on the extra day off from work during Thanksgiving to put some Georgian Bay giants in the boat!
"Thanksgiving weekend isn’t just for us to eat until we can barely stand. The fish are also putting on the feed for winter and with an extra day away from work we decided to offer them up a feast. After confirming the big pike had moved from the weeds into deeper water a few days prior we bring out the big baits (14” crank baits from our friends at BS Lures) to troll the depths for a shot at some Georgian Bay Giants.
Trolling success all comes down to keeping your bait in a productive area for as much time as possible. This means finding the bait and working that area thoroughly. After covering over 20 km of water with nothing on the electronics we finally start to see some activity. Moving out towards a sharp dropping windblown point on the way to a collection of islands the reel starts clicking. It pulls like the bait has just snagged on bottom, but being the rod further from shore and the boat sitting in 20 ft we know this is a fish; and a big one! As Collin tightens up on the fish it tail dances on top of the water way out at the end of the line. Its a big one thats for sure. As I scope it into the net I say to Collin that its a 40" er for sure. He looks back at me like I'm silly and says its way bigger that that. It's not until he pulls it out of the net for a measurement that I realize just how big it really is. Being a new personal best for Collin we had to know the weight of it so using the bag method to not harm the fish we get its measurements to be 45.25" & 20.1 lbs. An absolute mammoth and the longest pike either of us has personally seen from Georgian Bay.
While riding high on the excitement of the catch we continue on for about 5 km before we turn around and hit the same spot from the other direction. Just as we approach the spot where the first fish bit, Wham, the rod goes off again. Fighting it to the boat rather easily and getting it into the net we see its another giant. 42.75. Good weather, driving around on the bay listening to tunes, and two absolutely giant fish in one day. It really doesn't get much better than this. "
To experience this day with us be sure to check out a YouTube of the day at the link below:
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