Fish or no Fish

Posted by Scott Sibley on

Sometimes with all the commotion and excitement of getting your line wet and catching the big one, or just trying to out fish your friends we forget about the beauty that surrounds us.  The feeling when you first arrive at the lake, you see the sun come up, the morning dew, the fresh smell.  It's those reasons I am still fishing today.

When I first started fishing all those years ago, trying to figure out what lure for what fish, before I knew the importance of different depths and temperature I would leave the lake empty handed and discouraged.  But I never really labelled it as a 'failed' outing.  Fish or no fish I like being outdoors and fishing ponds and lakes offer some of the most picturesque scenery, especially if you get the chance to fish in the rocky mountains in Banff and Jasper, Alberta.  

Lake Maligne (pictured above) in Jasper is a great example.  It is full of Rainbow and Brook trout and is 318ft at its deepest and is very unlikely you would leave without landing a few nice trout, but if you did happen to have one of those epic bad days the backdrop of this gem still makes it feel worth it.  So the next time you get skunked take a deep breath of that fresh air and look around, things really aren't that bad.



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Fishing Knots

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I am a guy who just fishes for the fun of the sport. I enjoy the quiet of the outdoors, the sound of the water rolling up on the shore, the sway of the boat in the waves. All this enjoyment comes to a hauling end when you're reeling in a fish with a good fight and SNAP!!! there goes your line and your favourite fishing lure. (If only you took the time to make a couple more loops in your knot).  

Hey, I've been there. When I first started fishing I was so excited to get my line in the water I would tie my knot as fast as I could and lose my first fish every time, and we all know the one you lost was the biggest one of the day.  Here is a link for an improved clinch knot. It is easy and secure.

It is always good to have everything ready the night before you go so there is less time wasted in the morning. I always found if I waited till the morning to get my tackle box or snacks ready I would forget something.  Every time!  There is nothing worse that being out on the lake and realizing you forgot your sandwiches, sun screen, sun glasses or your tackle box.  But that is a story for another day..


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Classic Trout Recipe

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For all those who love trout fishing, here is a quick, simple and delicious recipe for baked trout. 



- 2 teaspoons olive oil

- 2 whole rainbow trout, gutted and cleaned

- 1/4 teaspoon dried dill weed

- 1/4 teaspoon dried thym- salt and pepper to taste

- 1/2 large onion, sliced

- 2 slices of lemon (optional)



- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F ( 200 degrees C)  Grease a 9X13in baking dish with 1 teas spoon of olive oil  

- Place trout in the baking dish and coat with remaining olive oil. Season the inside and outside of the fish with dill, thyme and salt. Stuff each fish with onion slices. Grind pepper on top and place 1 lemon slice on each fish.

- Bake for 10min; add water to dish. Continue baking until fish flake easily with a fork, about 10min more  


Adding water to the dish after the first 10min of baking is very important, it will prevent the fish from drying out.

Simple, easy and delicious. Stay tuned for another fish recipe next month.




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How Weather affects Fishing

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A great article on how weather affects fishing.

 Good anglers know that there are many factors to consider when preparing for a fishing trip, including the type of equipment, the type of bait and the location. Also important for maximizing chances for success is an understanding of how the weather will affect fishing conditions. Fish, like many other animals, have very good senses about the weather. They are extremely sensitive to passing fronts and pressure changes.

The weather ahead of cold fronts will lead to favorable fishing conditions due to lower pressure. Because fish are so good at sensing changes in pressure, they will often increase their activity in the days before a cold front moves in, creating good conditions for catching.
"Ahead of a cold front, as pressure is falling, air bubbles are released in the water," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel. "They can take small particles and organisms with them up to the surface, bringing fish up to feed on them."
After the front passes through and for a few days after, conditions will remain poor, however. The high pressure that follows behind cold fronts contributes to lethargic fish that won't move as far or as near the surface. Fish are less likely to come up and feed as frequently during high pressure as they will when the pressure is lower.
Warm fronts also offer up ideal fishing conditions. Lower pressure and weaker winds will bring fish coser to the surface and liven them up for swimming longer distances.
Rain can affect how well the fish will be biting as well. Fishing during a light rain makes casting lines more discreet. Insects are also more likely to be out flying near the surface of the water during or immediately following a light rain, which will bring fish closer to the surface and make them more susceptible to being caught. Rain can also cause more organic matter to run into bodies of water and lure fish to the surface to eat.
Other important factors to look into before going fishing are the local and state regulations. Always be aware of what is legally required before setting out on the water, including getting the proper licenses, and be sure not to fish for any species that are not yet in season.


By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
June 6, 2014; 6:27 AM ET


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