My story · Travelling in Canada

Some facts about Canadian fisheries

 

 

As you know, I’m a passionate angler and has been so ever since I was a kid. My parents were into angling, as well, although my mother kind of found it hard to understand my dad’s passion, especially when he got into the hobby. At the beginning of his learning curve, she couldn’t understand what the fuss was about the whole idea of fishing and why he would scatter bait and artificial lures all over the place. He wasn’t particularly organized, and I’m afraid I take after him, to some degree.

I recently came across several stats that were jaw-dropping to me. For instance, did you know that Canada exports seafood and fish worth over 6 billion dollars? That was the figure back in 2015, but I have no idea how much money the Canadian government makes these days thanks to such exports. Now, I have nothing against the whole idea, but I believe that there has to be some balance to everything in life.

Is it a good idea for so many species to be targeted just to make some money off of them? I don’t think so. Of course, if this is farmed fish we’re talking about, the situation is entirely different. I know that farmed fish is less preferred by fitness aficionados and health freaks, but let’s get real. It’s a sustainable way of feeding the world population and has to be done, so that wild species get to live in their natural environment for as long as possible. If fishing for wild salmon, for instance, gets out of hand, in less than a decade, we’ll come to the nasty conclusion that it’s an endangered species.

For example, something that I found out by checking out the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website is that the country exports farmed Atlantic salmon. That’s good! However, exports of lobster and shrimp are less so, at least in my opinion.

Globally, it is said that aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food-related industries, and that shouldn’t be a surprise. There are people who have given up on eating red meat, poultry, and pork, but who live a healthy life based on protein sources consisting of dairy, eggs, and fish. Plus, fish is way healthier compared to other sources of protein, as long as it comes from a known source where it has not been exposed to dangerous chemicals or metals, of course.

In some respects, trying to farm marine species might be a good idea as this way, the chances of them being exposed to the formerly mentioned substances are slim.

All in all, I believe that the fishing industry is likely to grow in the following years. I’m hopeful that this way, we’ll be able to preserve the species we now have in wild waters.

 

 

Travelling in Canada

3 amazing RV routes in Canada

 

As you know, I come from a family of Romanian immigrants, so it was only natural for me to start discovering Canada as best as possible. While my job isn’t particularly flexible, I try to make as much time for going on trips either by myself or with a couple of buddies. This summer, I plan on renting a motorhome to go to some of the most amazing RV locations in Canada. I thought I would share them with you; maybe you might be interested in doing the same thing.

 

 

Southern Saskatchewan Discovery Loop

While the vast majority of folks tend to think that the flatlands are downright boring, I wouldn’t say the same about them. Whether you’re focused on seeing the sights or would like to taste a bit of the local cuisine, go to a bar or cafe, or just look at miles of wheat and barley, this region really has it all.

The neat thing about the Loop is that it’s 1,659 kilometers of driving, which means that you’ll spend enough time behind the steering wheel and take loads of breaks to visit more than enough places. I enjoy going on vacation and forgetting all about a fast pace. If you’d like to find out more about this route, you should check out what this guy has to say about it. I found it incredibly useful to read about his tips and tricks, and he was very helpful mostly because he also included a DIY route that he created by himself.

 

Going from St John’s to Central Newfoundland

Nothing beats Canadian cuisine when it comes to catching and eating fish. I love cod myself, so why not have a chance at trying out some local specialties? The trip is slightly shorter compared to the Southern Saskatchewan Discovery loop as you’ll have to drive for 1,401 kilometers. It’s not like that’s a lot less, but if you add it all up, it still matters a great deal.

Obviously, the areas scattered throughout this route are perfect for foodies like me. I’ve heard there’s a dish called Cod Tongues and I’m looking forward to trying it despite the fact that some of my friends have told me that it’s horrible. Who cares? You only have one life, and you should try as many things as possible. Otherwise, you’ll end up being old and sad because you haven’t gone there, kissed that girl, made the wrong choice, or whatever other reason for regrets you might have.

 

 

The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

This trail is for those people who hate driving for a lot of time. I find it hard to understand how you can set out for a trip with your motorhome and end up driving for only three hundred kilometers. If you take loads of breaks, however, it will certainly be enjoyable.

The region is scattered with panoramic views, wildlife, and all sorts of traditional fishing towns. I believe that it would be a good idea to spend up to a week on this route. I hope that this post helped you some way or the other.

 

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3 essential resources for beginning anglers

 

 

Back when I got into fishing, I wasn’t an expert. Unlike other people, I was fortunate enough to have the advice of some of my fishing buddies, but not all individuals have teaching skills. That’s why I had to do a lot of research all on my own. While YouTube and other websites of this kind have a plethora of video resources that can help you understand how you’re supposed to tie a knot and virtually everything else that has to do with an actual move, some theoretical basics about using a rod and reel are harder to understand.

One website that I found particularly helpful in this sense is Fishing Noob. What I really like about it is that it is organized as a beginner’s guide for the angler who doesn’t yet know what he or she wants to use or fish for. The guys who are behind this website made it very clear that they would present all the important information and they’ve done just this.

Using this resource, you can find out about anything from diagrams consisting of the parts of a rod or reel to the methods that you can utilize to assemble your pole or load a line on a reel. The guide also comes with a bunch of gear and equipment recommendations, which got me thinking that the name they chose for their website was definitely on point.

Another link I can recommend is the website titled Dummies.com. Probably everyone in the world has heard about the book series for dummies, whether you’ve ever wanted to repair your plumbing, start reading about online marketing, or just learn how to use a microscope. I don’t know if these two, the website and the book series, are related some way or the other, but the fact of the matter is that this particular website has an extremely useful cheat sheet that you can use to become a prepared angler.

With the help of the guide that you will find on Dummies.com, you’ll be able to correlate the rod power with the perfect line size and the right lure weight. It’s simple, really, as everything is designed to be either a user-friendly table or some sort of drawing.

Finally, the last resource I can tell you about is a book called The Total Fishing Manual by Joe Cermele and the editors of Field & Stream. This guide has as many as 317 essential fishing skills including techniques, tactics, and various tools that you can utilize to up the game.

I hope that this post has helped you one way or the other. If you have any suggestions, be sure to leave them in the comments!

Bass fishing in Canada

How to buy cheap fishing gear

 

 

Since I’ve started fishing in Canada I’ve discovered that gear can be expensive. While I don’t mind spending my money on quality products, I don’t want to overpay. Sometimes I felt like I was doing just that when I was buying my gear so I decide to do a little research to see if I could save some money. What I found was that you could buy cheap fishing gear without sacrificing quality. If you love fishing but hate spending a lot of money on your gear, you will want to keep reading this post. Here’s how to buy cheap fishing gear that will still last for seasons.

 

Photo: http://shaunwaitersfishingtrips.com

 

 

Compare prices

Before you start spending your money compare prices at the different sporting goods stores around town. While stores are often pretty close in price, there are times when there can be a significant difference. Some store managers will even meet or beat their competitor’s lower price if you aren’t afraid to ask. This is especially true on items that are priced above $50.

 

 

Red tags

Every savvy shopper knows what a red tag means. When you see that bright red color you know that it is one sale. Sporting goods stores and tackle shops often use these tags to denote their clearance items, and trust me it is always worth it to stop and take a look. Even if it is just lures, leaders and hooks on sale it is always advisable to pick up a few extras. Not only will you use them eventually, who knows if they’ll still be on sale when you finally need them.

 

 

Shop online

While you can’t try the gear out when you buy it online, you can find some really great deals. I’ve saved a ton of money just buying what I need from the online retailers. In most cases they also cover shipping and handling fees so I don’t have to worry about that raising the price. I do want to mention that you should be careful when you buy your fishing gear online. You will want to make sure that you are buying from a reputable dealer or the actual manufacturer so you don’t end up with a cheap knockoff. There really will be a difference in quality that you’ll be able to feel on the first cast.

 

 

Be patient

Sometimes all you have to do is wait a little bit until the gear goes on sale to get a great deal. I have learned that during the spring the prices on almost everything are significantly lower. I’ve even found the latest rod and reel models on sale in the spring. It really will be worth it if you can wait until then to start purchasing your gear. If you can’t wait, it is still the best time to stock up on your gear.

 

Online Stores we recommend: tackledirect.com & basspro.com

Bass fishing in Canada

My recommendations for bass fishing gear

 

Bass fishing tackle generally comprises just a few items and they include a fishing rod and reel, a variety of lures, and some fishing line. That being said, the variety of options differs across brands and manufacturers. Your choice of bass fishing tackle determines your success in landing trophy catches.

 

Rod and reel

 

You can opt for spincasting, spinning or baitcasting rods and reels. Bass fishing rods can be made of either graphite or fiberglass, with the material woven into cloth-like sheets. Finer woven material means a faster action rod, with the modulus indicative of the weave. Graphite rods come with 33- to 60-million modulus while fiberglass rods come with 6 to 13 million modulus. A stiff, fast and light rod, which also boasts greater sensitivity, comes with a high modulus, which unfortunately also means a more brittle pole.

 

Rod blanks also differ, with premium quality ones having a specific action and a lightweight design. For rods to provide the right action, manufacturers invest many hours on their products. The rod handle can be constructed using foam, cork or wood. You will want the handle to offer a comfortable, ergonomic fit in your hand while being firm enough to ensure the right level of sensitivity.

Photo from: http://learninghowtofish.com/fishing-equiptment/fishing-rods-reels/

 

Make sure the reel seat is made of sturdy composite material and fits all popular brands of reels securely. Check out modern design reel seats with cutouts that offer better sensitivity because you can actually feel the rod blank in your hand. In addition, make sure the ceramic line guides are of top quality, with a low profile and lightweight design.

 

A good spinning reel should be able to withstand regular exposure to the harsh environment of brackish or saltwater. The line capacity you want is determined by the targeted species, with muskie and large and aggressive offshore species including sailfish and tarpon being subdued through sufficient line capacity that supports long runs as well as an efficient drag system to handle the heat. Poor quality reels give a lousy performance with vibration and noise. Look for models with quality bearings even though those components are only few. A smoother retrieve is guaranteed by good quality bearings and when comparing products on these terms, even 10 poor quality bearings are no match for only 4 or 6 high quality ones that offer superior salt corrosion resistance. You want a lightweight reel to support long days of casting. All-metal reels are popular because of their durability. However, there are also graphite or copolymer reels and hybrids of copolymer and graphite. Quality machining is vital to ensure tighter tolerances. This in turn ensures secure, wobble-free attachment and smooth cranking.

 

Tackle box

 

To ensure a fantastic outing, you will want to have an assortment of bass lures on hand. Spinnerbaits and buzzbaits are best used with sensitive, lightweight 6.5 to 7-foot rods having a medium/soft tip and medium action. For continuous casting of topwater lures, crankbaits and spinnerbaits, a sensitive and lightweight 6- to 7-foot medium-action or light action fiberglass rod is ideal. For casting jigs and worms, check out lightweight and highly sensitive graphite rods 6.5 to 7.5 feet long and with medium light tip and medium action. For pitching and flipping, you want a 7.5-foot lightweight rod with a medium fast tip and stiff backbone.

 

 

My story

Getting to know Canada

Hi there! My name is Marc. I am a Romanian immigrant currently based in Manitoba, Canada, where I moved back in 2010. I have decided to start this community blog so that I can help other immigrants with useful information about moving to Canada, moving here, and all the documentation one may need in order to get prepared for everything. Since I made the decision of moving to another corner of the world, I’ve discovered that Canada offers lots of places to go fishing to. This is, in fact, one of my all-time favorite pastimes whenever I have some spare time on my hands. I’ll try to cover all my fishing experiences in the hopes that they will assist other beginning anglers such as myself.

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I come from a rather traditional family, and my parents would have expected me to stick nearby and try to make it on my own back in Romania. However, my character is anything but traditional, in that I like experimenting with new places, new people, and even tasting new dishes and specialities whenever I have the chance. Over time, I’ve traveled to France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Italy. I ended up traveling to Canada because I have some relatives here who immigrated to the country before the 1990s. I had nothing to lose when I came here, and soon enough I found that Canadians are friendly and warm and will always treat you respectfully as long you do the same.

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I also like the local cuisine and have tried my best to cook the fish I was able to catch in Manitoba. Whenever I have the opportunity, I will upload some recipes and talk about how an angler can make a mini-masterpiece out of an apparently uninteresting fish. I’ll make sure to give you all the detail with regard to the places I’ve gone fishing and about the catches I’ve managed to get over there. Manitoba has over eighteen species of game fish, and some of the most interesting ones are pike, trout, and goldeye.

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There are various small fish that can be targeted, as well, as the place is packed with creeks and streams and many lakes, as well. Ice fishing is another popular technique in these parts, and it’s the only one where it is legal to use two rods instead of one, as would be the case with typical angling. Manitoba has some of the cleanest waters out there, which is why there have been few cases where fish were reported to contain traces of mercury.

 

Given the fact that I would like this to be a community blog, I urge you to leave comments and interact with me as much as you wish. I’ll be sure to answer your questions as soon as I get to them.