Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY SHOW: A Nice Sunday Afternoon.

A rainy Sunday had the family and I touring the DIY show that was exhibiting in Toronto. The DIY show incorporated 4 shows in one--the Outdoor Canada Show, the Explore Adventure & Travel Show, the Cottage Life Show and the Canadian Home Workshop Show. Being a hard core angler, I was glad to spend time during the off-season of trade shows walking around. Sure beats the mobs of people at malls. For the serious angler there wasn't too much there. Very few retailers and the ones that were there only sold camping and clothing. Unfortunately, the industry booths were absent as well and this made it difficult to see anything new.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

TOP BASS 2012 Schedule

2012 TOP BASS Qualifier Series
June 30th Lake Scugog
July 8th Balsam Lake
July 22nd Sturgeon Lake
July 28th Tri-Lakes #1
July 29th Tri-Lakes #2
Aug 11th Rice Lake #1
Aug 12th Rice Lake #2
Aug 26th Lake Seymour
2012 TOP BASS Classic
September 8th & 9th Balsam Lake

These dates may be subject to change

2012 Renegade Bass Tounament Registrations

2012 Renegade Bass Registrations
(Press Release)
The early bird draw deadline of December 1st is fast approaching. By registering for the early bird draw this is your only opportunity to better your starting position and it only costs you $350 (Dec 1st deposit) to participate in.

2012 Schedule
Qualifier #1 Mississippi Lake, Carleton Place Saturday, June 30
Qualifier #2 Ottawa River, Rockland Saturday, July 14
Qualifier #3 Lake St. Francis, Cornwall Saturday, August 11
Qualifier #4 Lake St. Francis, Cornwall Sunday, August 12
Qualifier #5 Big Rideau Lake, Rideau Ferry Saturday, August 25
Classic XVII TBA Saturday, Sept. 15 & Sunday, Sept. 16

Entry fee for the series is $1500 plus membership, launch and big fish fees.

Quinte Fishing Series – 2012 Season PRESS RELEASE

Quinte Fishing Series – 2012 Season September 29th, 2011
Firstly, on behalf of the executive, I want to thank all the anglers who took the time to complete the survey that was handed out at the Quinte Classic and those who also took the time to drop by and give us their input or sent emails. I want to convey a couple of things that we, as an executive, feel are very important. The results of the survey or conversations we had with anglers were not taken lightly and we spent over three hours Monday night going over the information and deciding if changes needed to be made. Every member of the executive had the mind set of “what is the right thing to do, what is best for the Series”, not what do I as an individual angler want or is best for me! Personally, I want to thank Bob, Brian, Danny, Art, Randy, Mat and Rick for their professionalism and dedication to the Series and trying to make the best decisions going forward.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend Show, November 25-27, 2011

You won’t want to miss:

·       Survivor Champion Boston Rob Mariano’s presentation and Survivor-style challenge at the show – Saturday, November 26 – 11:00 am; followed by a Q&A and autograph session.

·    Indoor Ziplining with Tree Top Trekking - take a high flying adventure right over the show - 30 feet off the show floor and 100 feet long - get the adrenalin pumping.

·    Endangered Species Fund of Canada – come and see endangered animals such as cougars, tigers, lemurs, arctic wolves and a red tailed hawk –a lot to learn about protection – 2:30 pm only each show day.

·    Siberian Huskies Sledding – these amazing dogs from Haliburton Highlands will show us how to cross country ski with your family is the latest trend called -  skijoring.

The Great Outdoors & DIY Weekend Show, November 25-27, 2011

The Great Outdoor & DIY Weekend 

                         Features four shows in one--the Outdoor Canada Show, the Explore Adventure & Travel Show,the Cottage Life Show, the Canadian Home Workshop Show--geared toward people who enjoy camping, cottaging, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hunting and hiking as well as home improvement projects and woodworking.  One ticket to any of these shows gets you into all four.

 Web Site:

WHEN:            Friday, November 25 – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
                        Saturday, November 26 – 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
                        Sunday, November 27 – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE:  International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, Ontario
Media Office: Hall 1, adjacent to Airport Road
Come to media office, sign in, get your badge and collect a map of the site
For TV satellite trucks, please use Door #6

ADMISSION:   Adults: 

$15 at the door, $13 online

                            Kids: (12 and under) Free; Youth: (13-17) $8

                        WEEKEND PASS:  $22
                        FREE PARKING

Friday, November 18, 2011

This Canadian outdoor store chain is launching two new super stores this month. Both are in the GTA area and will service the needs of campers, hunters and fisherman. They're known for having a knowledgeable staff and great sales. Each store is planning to open November 30th. For more information log on to

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Anglers Feeding America, Inc.


Our current mission is to help feed low income families for this Christmas Holiday. Every gift basket is filled with food to make a complete holiday dinner for every family. Our goal is to feed 100 families for 2011. We will be distributing the baskets to families in need on December 22, 2011. If you would like to help families in your local community or would like to sponsor our cause please go to

Cool Video of Alabama Rig

In a serach for greater info on the Alabama rig, I came across this interesting version from BASS. They have a neat video that illustrates how this new wonder rig runs underwater.
Check it out.

Mann's Bait Company exclusive licensee of the Alabama Rig

 Official Press Release
Slick Lures, LLC, the owner and developer of The Alabama rigR, and Mannfs Bait Company Inc. have concluded an agreement which designates Mannfs as the sole and exclusive licensee for the manufacture, marketing and sale of The Alabama RigR to the fishing tackle trade.
Andy Poss, the inventor of The Alabama RigR, explained, "It was vitally important to our company and to the long term success of The Alabama RigR to affiliate with a high profile company having a widely recognized brand throughout the fishing tackle industry. In these uncertain times, we are particularly pleased to be able to partner with a company that is committed to making 100% of its products in the U.S.A."
Mann's Bait Company, a leading manufacturer of a broad range of artificial lures for both freshwater and saltwater fishing, has sold its high quality products to recreational fishermen around the world for over 50 years.

Monday, November 14, 2011

What's Happening?

The last few weeks have a time of transition. All the major league tournament circuits have called it a year. Many of us have traded in our flipping stick for a tree stand and started headed into the deer woods instead of the lake. Depending on where you live, bass fishing is done. Tearfully we are getting out boat ready for winter storage; mine is going in at the end of the week. Spent the afternoon yesterday sorting lures and rigs from the bottom of tackle bags and storage compartments allowed me to reflect on a great year. Hopefully, the year was a great one for you.

What’s in store for in the next few months? It will be a busy time but at a leisurely pace. Personally, I have numerous articles on the go and need to sort out the photography for each article. So keep your eye peeled for some interesting stuff in Ontario OUT OF DOORS’s Fishing Annual.

It’s Alabama Time!
The Alabama rig is and will continue to be a red hot technique for the next few months. Most will not have a chance to use it this fall. The original rig is being fabricated day and night to meet demand and many other companies are trying to cash in on the action. On Saturday, I photographed a prototype of a new Alabama rig version that was going into production this week in China. It looks great and will be offered with a few versions to ensure it remains legal in the state or province you’re in.

I have also heard of another in production from a Chinese/Canadian company and that should be released in time for the winter fishing and boat shows. The buzz around these contraption is interesting. The recent trends has been finesse with the exception of Froggin,  yet almost everyone I have chatted with is willing to fork over the cash to give the Alabama rig a whirl.  One criticism I’ve encountered is that it seems barbaric compared to the resent desire for ultra realistic baits but the proof is in the pudding and the Alabama rig certainly quashed many a naysayer.

Except more on the Alabama rig in the near future.

New Lures
ICAST was a long time ago yet most of the baits still have not hit the local tackle shops. I’ll be focusing a few blog entries on 2012 trends. I’ll also try to give you the very best and most up-to-date info as many baits are coming to market. Last year’s BASS MASTER CLASSIC saw the launch of Berkley’s HAVOC line of baits. It is non-traditional to introduce a new line of baits outside of ICAST but Berkley did very well, so we might expect a something new again from them in February.

Keep in touch and I'll try my best to keep you up-dated.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mercury announces Films Festival winners: The King Family Wins!

Thanks loyal fans for voting! The King family won a great motor for their video "Merky Dreams" in the Mercury Marine Video Contest.  Lonnie King is an old friend and fellow Ontario OUT OF DOORS editor who can sure use a free motor. Thanks for voting for him.



New for 2012 the Veritas not only picked up new crankbait actions, but now the rod that took the fishing world by storm has Micro Guide models. Micro Guides improve the balance of the rod by pulling weight away from the tip allowing for a lighter feel in your hand. The new models include 6'6" M, 6'6" MH, 6'9" MH, 7'0" M and 7'0" MH rods.

The Veritas Winch crankbait medium actions include a 7'0" M and 7'6" MH rod and are a perfect match for the Revo Winch reel. For you die hard power fishermen we've also added a 7'11" flipping stick.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cold Weather Preventative Boat Maintenance

Learn how to prevent boat and motor problems during the fall and winter.  Follow these tips will ensure your motor, pumps and fuel remains safe. This video will explain some preventative boat maintenance that will keep you on the water and your rig out of trouble.