This day turned out to be a really warm day considering it was end of September. The fish did not want to bite and I had to entice them to bite by dipping the bait in mint or roe trout dip. Dipping helped and I was able to get a few on line.
A week earlier was one of the best days on the water – great weather and very active fish but today the fish were very lazy. But any day spent fishing is a great day.
Date: September 16, 2017 Temperature: 23°C Water depth: 10-13ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
What a day to be fishing. Amazing sunrise, lake like a mirror – not a ripple on it, and fish biting one after another.
All fish were caught at around 6ft depth. You can see that some were popping up to the surface quite often and were very active. The reliable trout nuggets worked great here again.
I tried using fishing gloves hoping that they would help me get a better grip on these very slippery fish, but turns out, they are worse than holding them in naked hand. The rubber on the gloves gets wet and the fish easily slips out, much worse than from your hand. If the fish dried out a bit it would work, but if you’re releasing them then you want to unhook them and put them back as soon as possible to reduce stress. They work better when filleting the fish.
Date: September 4, 2017 Temperature: 20°C Water depth: 10-13ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
This was shot on Monday long weekend in September. The bites were slightly better than 2 days earlier and I caught a few more fish than on Saturday. But overall it was still a slow day compared to early season.
I tried different depths and the best results I got when fishing mid water at around 5-6ft in 12ft spot.
Date: September 2, 2017 Temperature: 17°C Water depth: 10-13ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
The first thing I do when I arrive at the location is I get my rig in the water, before I unpack my gear. Once it is in the water, I set up my seat, tackle and camera. That’s why sometimes I don’t get some early catches on camera if the fish take the bait soon after casting. This time I had 2 decent size Brownies take the bait almost immediately one after another that were not in the video. I turned on the camera while reeling in my third fish.
Once I was set up, not much was happening. It turned out to be a very slow day and I caught only 4 Brown Trout and some suckers and minnows. What surprised me was that suckers were taking bait mid water. They probably could smell the bait and really liked it to leave the bottom and take it in the middle of water column at around 6ft in 12ft deep spot.
Date: May 22, 2017 Temperature: 15°C Water depth: 4-6ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
I went back 2 days later, on Monday long weekend in May, since last trip to have some more fun with the Brownies. The bites were still great, even that the weather was not. The clouds were dark and it looked like it was going to rain at any moment. Thankfully it didn’t and it was still a great day worth 2 hour drive from Toronto.
Date: May 20, 2017 Temperature: 18°C Water depth: 4-6ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
This was recorded a month after last video on long weekend Saturday. As you can see in the video trout nuggets are still a killer bait here and many fish took it as soon as it hit water.
You can’t use full size nuggets as they come in the package, because they are quite big and these Brownies won’t take it. Believe me, I tried.
I cut each piece in 3-4 smaller pieces, roll them into a ball the size of a salmon egg and put it on the hook covering it, so the fish can’t feel the hook point. It just works wonderfully.
I use 5g float weighted down so it shows slightest touch and therefore I can set the hook on the fish before they swallow it deep. Well balanced float also doesn’t put a lot of resistance to the fish and fish take the bait more readily. I noticed also that the fish seem like they taste/play with the bait before they finally take it and swim away with it and if they feel resistance they leave it.
P.S. I had an encounter with the deformed fish you see at 16:09 twice more. About a month later (I didn’t record that day) I caught it 3 TIMES on the same day. I was surprised that it recovered so fast and was eating so soon – I caught it about every 1/2 hr.
I also caught it and released it next year, in early trout season, however that was the last time I saw it. I guess someone took it.
Date: April 29, 2017 Temperature: 12°C Water depth: 3-5ft Location: Allan Park, Ontario Bait used: trout dough, trout nuggets (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
The first time I fished at this pond was a day before this trip and I didn’t record it. The pond was packed with people, as it was trout opening weekend and it was hard to find a spot. On that day I was pretty much experimenting with different baits and looking for the best one. As you can see in this video I was successful in my search. These Brownies go crazy for trout nuggets and trout dough in dark colors. These fish are stocked from hatchery, where they feed them fish pellets, so if you use small dark ball on a hook to imitate it they should take it. These fish were stocked at the beginning of April so they were still easy to catch as they never experienced being hooked. Chumming your spot with fish food helps tremendously as they are used to it and will stay nearby. I fished for about 4 hours and it was probably the most fun I had on the water.
After the first fish we heard a loud bang coming from the parking area and you can see in the video I went to check out what happened. When I got close to the parking, I saw a parked car that rolled down the hill and crashed into the trees. That must have been a nasty surprise for the owner.
Date: April 22, 2017 Temperature: 8°C Water depth: 18-36ft Location: Parry Island, Ontario Bait used: pink trout dough (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
It’s just my luck. I catch pb Rainbow Trout and the camera is off. Here is the story.
I was fishing most of the day with my float rig rod rotating different baits but I have not had a single bite on it so I decided to get my bottom rig rod out of the car. I turned off the camera as I walked to the car – no need to record that. When I got the rod and walked back to my fishing spot I put pink dough on one hook and chartreuse on the other and just dropped it right in front of me just to see how deep it is. I just wanted to test it and not intended to fish there.
The sinker touched the bottom and I started to reel in immediately. As it was getting closer to the surface, I noticed huge Rainbow chasing it. I stopped reeling hoping that it would take the bait. It swam around it twice and took the pink dough bait and the fight began. I fought with it for about 5 minutes because I was afraid it might break off as I was using fairly light setup. I had to lay down on the ground and stretch to net the fish because my net was a bit too short.
When I landed it and put it on the ground, I thought that I’m going to have an awesome footage of my personal best Rainbow and then it hit me. I realized that I didn’t turn on the camera after I got the rod. I felt crushed. I turned the camera on, grabbed the fish and posed it in front of it just so I have record of it. This Rainbow weighted 7.02lb and it was the only fish I caught that day.
Date: December 25, 2016 Temperature: -6°C Water depth: 12-18ft Location: Parry Island, Ontario Bait used: pink trout dough (on Amazon Canada or Amazon US)
At the beginning, you can see something funny that happened to the angler next to me. The pup stole that person’s bait and as he was chasing the dog, it ran to me and gave me his bait. It is not my dog; it belongs to someone living there. I guess the puppy wanted to help me score some extra bait but unfortunately, whatever they were using did not work because I didn’t see them catch anything.
I, on the other hand caught 4 fish that day. I caught the first 2 fish just as I was setting up, one after another and they were not recorded. One was small like the first one in the video and second one was decent at around 14in. But my last one in the video was a really nice size fish.
I was using float rig with 30cm 0.18mm line leader and very sensitive float weighted so it would show most delicate hit and create minimal resistance. The first 2 fish I caught at around 6ft depth but after I had no strikes for about 2 hours so I decided to go deeper. The 2 fish in the video were caught at around 12ft. This was a great day on the water even that it was cold.
Date: August 25, 2016 Temperature: 30°C Water depth: 8-9ft Location: Holland River, Ontario Bait used: Minnows
On this day I wanted to go boating but it looked like it was going to rain so I decided not to go far and actually fish from shore just in case it started raining. I decided to try fishing on Holland River with minnows – I caught many small Largemouth Bass here so I thought that big ones have to there as well. Instead of Bass I caught a small Northern Pike. I released it a bit too early, it didn’t recover enough, and did a barrel roll before swimming away. I fished for only an hour before it started raining and about another half hour while it was raining but after the thunderstorm moved in I decided to head home.