|The Russian with a Barrie "bugle trout"|
Недостајеш риболов са вама Будди!
Anyways... they started their day fishing the Barrie marina and were catching 6" to 8"perch at will. Next up was a quick trip to the town of Ivy and the Nottawasauga River, which unfortunately was blown out. Another quick trip brought them to the Holland River in Bradford for some crappies. The crappies were a no-show but they did manage a few sunfish, catfish, a largemouth and a surprise bowfin which Tackle Shop lost in the wood at the water's edge.
Over the years I've researched the general areas we fish and tried to "bundle" our trips with nearby alternate sites to prevent the occasional threat of skunk and lately this strategy is starting to pay off.
This weekend's weather forecast was calling for heavy rain Saturday and Sunday, so if I was to continue my weekend warrior status we'd have to go out on Friday. Thursday night at work was surprisingly uncomplicated so before sunrise I called Tackle Shop and he met me at the factory door at exactly 8am. Because I work in the east end of Toronto it only made sense to travel due north and check out the southeast shores of Lake Simcoe and it's tributaries. Our first and only stop was in the town of Keswick where we hoped to find some prespawn crappies in the lower Maskinonge River.
Harry guided us to where the majority of the fish were schooling and within a few minutes had landed several dinner plate sized crappies slowly retrieving a tube jig suspended 20" below a float. Taking our cue from the crappie master (or crapster) it wasn't long before TS and I were into fish
|Keswickian John's first crappie|