Aurora Bassmasters Present Lake Simcoe Bass Tagging Research Report

For Immediate Release: Today the Aurora Bassmasters are proud to release and distribute a report on their Lake Simcoe Bass Tagging Research Project . This report was written by Steven Kerr (retired MNRF biologist and renowned science report writer) with assistance from Wil Wegman (conservation director for Aurora Bassmasters club). It summarizes the results of a five year (2006 – 2010) cooperative research project involving the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) and the Aurora Bassmasters. This project helped determine characteristics of bass (Micropterus spp.)  angled during eighteen different competitive fishing events on Lake Simcoe and or Lake Couchiching. These catch and release tournaments were comprised of smaller Bassmaster club tournaments, larger one day open events and even the three day Eastern Division B.A.S.S. Federation Nation Championship in 2009.

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Wil’s Five Tip’s For a More Productive and Safe Late Season Perch Bite

1) Accept Climate Change! It’s taken me awhile to accept that in my neck-of-the-woods (Lake Simcoe 40 minutes north of Toronto ON) late season ice is nothing like it used to be and there are no signs this will change anytime soon. It seems like just a few short years ago that I would be writing about that glorious perch bite that really doesn’t begin until early April – long after all the huts had to be off and lake trout and whitefish season was closed. That bite often lasted until mid-April and would consistently see perch moving in shallow right next to adjacent spawning sites.  Days of 100 or more jumbos were not uncommon and we’d take great pride in breaking the magic two pound barrier time and again. Unfortunately – those magical days and that typical late ice period has changed dramatically – but the perch fishing can still be absolutely incredible if you adapt to the changing conditions and accept climate change!

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Wil Wegman inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame for 2017

Many of the who’s who of the Canadian sportfishing industry gathered at the International Centre in Mississauga this morning for the induction of the latest member in the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame. As well, the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence and the Conservation Project of the Year honour were presented. All three awards are presented annually in conjunction with the popular Spring Fishing and Boat Show.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductee was 57-year-old Wil Wegman, a tireless champion of fisheries conservation and recreational angling. “Wil literally lives fishing, from dawn till dusk, practically every day of the year,” said Outdoor Canada’s Patrick Walsh, who had the honour of introducing Wegman during the annual Industry and Conservation Breakfast. (For more on Wegman, see the full transcript of Walsh’s remarks, below. Also, please visit www.wilwegman.com.)

Fishing Boat Show 2017

Story and photo courtesy of Patrick Walsh - editor of Outdoor Canada Magazine

For more visit Outdoor Canada: http://www.outdoorcanada.ca/HOF2017

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Making a List and Checking it Twice or Maybe Three Times or…

Tis’ the season to start fretting about what to put under the tree or fill that Christmas stocking with for the angler, hunter or outdoors person on your list, and as you know, it’s no easy task to come up with something they don’t already have and will actually use.

What follows are some gift suggestions that would be appropriate for someone either just new to the sport(s), or for that really hard to buy for individual.

When doing your shopping it may help to think in terms of “theme packages,” such as a rod/reel/lure combo for a bass or walleye fisherman, a shore lunch kit (details below) or perhaps some lure or rod making materials.

There are also some new items on this years list, including drones, the ever-widening selection of “wearable” technology, and a source for some great “fish art.”

All of the items suggested are likely readily available either on line, or at most sporting goods stores, so the good news is that you likely won’t hear those dreaded words – “Sorry, it’s on back order.” – or have to go on eBay and pay five times the retail price for an item that has been sold out in every store from coast to coast since October.

I would be more than happy to help you out with your choices, so if you have any questions just drop me a line on either Facebook or through this site.

Happy shopping!

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Christmas Gift ideas for Your Favorite Angler

Helping to fill an angler’s tackle box with some of the hottest lures can be a daunting task, but if you’re thinking of a really welcome Christmas gift then it would be tough to go wrong with the following hot picks for a variety Ontario’s species. We broke down our suggestions for both open and hardwatertackle boxes. These lures are great stocking stuffers or gifts coming in at around $10 or less.

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