Canuck
Meet Canuck
I've been fishing since I was 5 years old. Mostly Trout with some Salmon, Mackerel and Smelts until around 2010 when I started Bass fishing in Eastern Ontario. Now I am back in Canada after 3 years in Virginia re-acquainting myself with fishing in my native Nova Scotia. Happy to share that experience with fellow stackers and I hope to get more Canuck Stackers online.
Member Since: Jan 18 2016
Rank: Cuda
Lives In: Dartmouth,NS
Fishing Since: 1964
First Catch: Brook Trout
Target Species: Salmon
Sponsors: CinCHomeFleet, My kids and other family members. People with money are welcome as well.
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First of the season
It has been a long winter and a cold wet spring but finally this guy dropped in to pay his respects. #bos-mon #mb1mbc
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 6/1/2019 8:25:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 06/01/2019 20:25 PM

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Opening Day Skunk
The long winter has ended. The snow mostly melted, with only the dregs remaining in the deepest, shadowy places of the forest. Lake ice, retreating from the shore in a glum surrender to wistful spring has opened an area large enough to cast for any fish willing to play along in this great resurgence of primal instinct. I stand there on the low point and ponder which lure to tempt them. In the end the choice is easy, my tried and trusty whopper-plopper. The WP is fun to cast and anticipate even when it does not draw an explosive strike. I’ve had fish grab it savagely as soon as it hit the water, just before I pulled it out and anywhere in between. I trip the bail, swing the rod back and sweep it forward….

Forty-five minutes ago I had paraded out of the house with my gear, proclaiming that I would not be back before dark. This gave me about two hours to fish. Upon arrival I realized that I was too late to get the best spot, but the cool temperature, steady north wind and thin cloud had discouraged any other rivals. Here I was now in the second best spot having used each of my lures enough to realize the fish were not interested in them. I don’t know if it is just me but I have noticed that as I get older, cold temperatures cause my kidneys to reach levels of production that rival happy hour at my favourite pub. That hot post-supper cup of tea had magically expanded to an alarming volume. Cleaning weeds after each cast had dampened my hands enough that they were now numb. My three layers of clothing, wool cap and two hoods had surrendered to the invasive pressure of the wind. My feet were cold. Had I caught anything, or even had a convincing bite, I am sure none of those sensations would have registered in my adrenaline fired brain. But I hadn’t and they did. It is time to go home and rejoice that fishing season is now upon us and we have six more months of better days. But this one was still better than my best day at work. Yaaaahoooooo!
fishing report photo of Skunked photo taken on 4/1/2019 6:46:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 04/01/2019 18:46 PM

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Personal Best Smallie on my soon to be home lake
I haven't been out much over the last year and a half as my wife and I are preparing our retirement house for permanent occupation. @tdawg reminded me to check the site again so I thought I'd post the highlight of a very limited fishing season. I was just out cruising the lake in #bos-mon and took some rods just in case. About 1.5 miles from my house in 6-8 feet of water I found a huge school of Smallies suspended over a large flat sand bottom. I hooked the first one with a white whopper plopper #wwp but lost it after a fierce fight. This one took a white rooster tail with a chartreuse blade #wrtcb. The reel broke when I set the hook and I had to hand line her into the boat. She put on quite a show and pulled so hard she cut my finger. But here she is, all 18 inches of her and now she is back in the lake building up for round 2. I have 96 working days left before I retire and can fish full time. You guys will see more posts starting then.
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 9/15/2018 3:10:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 09/15/2018 15:10 PM

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Birthday Fish
Out celebrating my Birthday this morning with my wife and favourite fishing buddy. The fish were frolicking on the surface out in the middle of the lake. I caught this 16" SMB on a #mbcb1m. Tied for best ever. He rolled on the surface within casting distance of #bos-mon just as I finished a retrieve. I cast over there and FISH-ON! Nice fight all the way to the boat. I was happy for his contribution to the festivities.
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 8/11/2017 8:44:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 08/11/2017 8:44 AM

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JimmyHappy birthday Jed!
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My sister's first smallie
My sister had never been out on #bos-mon before so today I took her for a cruise on my local lake. It is full of baitfish today and so are the Bass. Lucky for us this guy volunteered to be the first of his kind that she has ever caught. My old reliable #bfsvs5 did the trick. #netcam
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
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Post Net Cam
The Net Cam was deployed but failed to get a good shot. So this 15.5 inch Smallie had to pose in the usual way. Caught on the #bfsvs5 from #bos-mon. The lake is close to an airbase that hosts a remote control aircraft club on Sundays. I was treated to an airshow while fishing. Some very impressive RC flying and no crashes.
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 7/30/2017 7:39:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/30/2017 7:39 AM

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TerryBLooking good Canuck!
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TdawgGreat SMB! I remember standing waist deep at Fort Pickens in Pensacola Beach catching Pompano and Mackerel and watching the Blue Angels practice...no better way to spend a morning!
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CanuckThat must have been very cool
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JimmyNice Catch Jed!
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Canuck Net Cam 2
This little Chain Pickerel took on a White Whooper Plopper that was almost as big as him. 2nd one on the #netcam #bos-mon #wwp
fishing report photo of Pickerel, Chain photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
Introducing the Canuck Net Cam
Today I set up my SJCAM to get these sort of action shots. This guy volunteered to be the first to get his photo taken as he entered the net. #bos-mon #bfsvs5 #netcam
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
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TdawgGreat action! How did you mount to the net?
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TerryBCool pic.
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CanuckI'll send a photo, it is easier to show you than explain.
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Daily Lunker
After returning from the Salt Marsh Trail I launched #bos-mon on my local lake and soon boated this one, her slightly smaller sister and two Chain Pickerel, all on the same lure. The irony is I was after Trout using one of my favorite Trout lures, a Blue Fox Super Vibrax Silver size 5 #bfsvs5 At least now I know that it works on a variety of fish.
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 7/8/2017 5:47:00 PM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/08/2017 17:47 PM

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Musical Mackerel
Out on the Salt Marsh Trail to celebrate the completion of 24,000 kms of Trans-Canada walking trails. They had a bagpiper, cake and local politicians speaking about it. I brought along my Mackerel rig for when the speeches got boring. (Which was right after they started). Even though the tide was falling, this frisky Mackerel hit the lure and put up a good fight to wash off the Skunk. Lucky for him he wasn't big enough to feed everyone so I threw him back. I could have got a better photo but for the fact that I don't have a third arm and I was balancing on rocks beside a roaring ebb tide current.
fishing report photo of Mackerel, Atlantic photo taken on 7/8/2017 10:57:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/08/2017 10:57 AM

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JimmyGood job avoiding the skunk Jed! Is the tide change up in Dartmouth near as dramatic as the Bay of Fundy?
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CanuckThe Tide change here is around 4 feet. It was ripping out through a narrow cut under a bridge that forms part of the trail. Just to the left of the picture was a 9 or 10 knot current.
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Canada Day - Best
This one waited until the rain was pouring down before pouncing on my Mann's Baby 1- Brown Crawdad. Great fight from a long way out. 16 inches #bos-mon #mbcb1m
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 7/1/2017 8:23:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/01/2017 8:23 AM

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JimmyHappy Canada day!
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CanuckThanks, Have a great Independence Day! Some people write it Canada D'eh :)
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Canada Day Fishing
Out at the crack of dawn for some C-Day celebrations. This 15 3/4 " beauty decided to join me on the boat. Berkley Red Crawdad Crankbait. #bos-mon #berkleyredcrawdad12
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 7/1/2017 5:40:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 07/01/2017 5:40 AM

Next largest personal best
You know it is a going to be a good day when you catch your first and second largest of the species within a half hour. The water here is so clear that most of the time I can watch the lure all the way back from where it landed. These guys will run a long way to hit it and the effect is like being slammed in the chest. Caught on a Mann's Sexy Shad Baby 1 - #mssb1m #bos-mon
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 6/13/2017 5:23:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 06/13/2017 5:23 AM

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TdawgNice!
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Personal best Smallmouth Bsss
My second cruise onto my new local lake and this 16.5 inch beauty slams my White Whopper Plopper as a much appreciated welcome home to Nova Scotia. Within two hours I had three more of his buddies, the smallest being 13 inches. The others were all caught on Mann's Sexy Shad Baby 1-. #wwp #mssb1m #bos-mon
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 6/13/2017 5:08:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 06/13/2017 5:08 AM

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TdawgGreat fish! Whopper Plopper goes international!
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CanuckI haven't found them on sale up here so right now I seem to be the only one using them. The few other fishers I have talked to weren't aware of them. Good for me!
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Angry Birds
So these are not fishing lures - yet. Some Marketing genius at Angry Birds ( A Finland based company) got the idea to team up with Rapala (another Finland based company) to produce Key chains using Rapala lure bodies painted up as Angry Birds characters. They were originally priced at $5.99 (CA $) but when I found them they had been marked down to $0.93 (CA $ - about $0.68 US $ at the time) No body was buying them at that price either. I could have picked up around 500 of them but I only bought 80 for just under $75 (CA $). Add 160 treble hooks et voila! 80 new Rapala crankbaits for less than $100 (CA $). Quite a catch, eh guys? I'll keep you posted on how well this works out.
fishing report photo of Lures And Baits photo taken on 6/11/2017 6:04:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Brand: Rapala

Color: Various

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JimmyI bet they'll catch catfish lol
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The CrankstaWhat in the world!? I gotta get me some of those.
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CanuckSo far I have tried "Bomb" (big black shallow running crankbait) and Chuck (yellow lipless crankbait). No bites but White was the color of the day as it was a bright sunny day in this clear water. So possibly an unfair test. I'll keep trying them and report on the results.
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CanuckToday was overcast and foggy so I threw "Bomb" out there and trolled it for a while. I got two hits but no hook-up
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The real target of the day
Just a little while later I was greeted by this feisty Smallmouth who pounced upon my silver lipless crankbait #slc in about 15 feet of water. #bos-mon The total catch for the day (actually about 5 1/2 hours) was 6 SMB and 2 Chain Pickerel (CP) with another 2 CP released at long distance.

Even after very heavy rain the previous day the water was very clear and he could see this lure from at least 20 feet away. Felt like an open field hit when he grabbed it. Sadly there are no Largemouth Bass in Nova Scotia but there are lots of Smallmouth, Stripers, Trout Salmon and Chain Pickerel. I hope to be posting pics of all of them this summer and fall.
fishing report photo of Bass, Smallmouth photo taken on 6/10/2017 7:36:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 06/10/2017 7:36 AM

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JimmyEven without the largies, it sounds like fishing heaven!
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TerryBWelcome back to the board.
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williamNice Sallie
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First Resdient Licence Nova Scotia Catch in 31 years!
Jimmy, I promised you a fishing story and pic when I got back home. With all of the moving associated responsibilities it took just over a week to obtain a kitchen pass and get out but it quickly paid off. This lake is just a 2 minute drive from my house and is heavily fished by our standards ( I counted four other boats out there over the morning ). This Chain Pickerel (we call them "Axe handles") greeted my return with enthusiasm. #bos-mon. #berkleyredcrawdad12
fishing report photo of Pickerel, Chain photo taken on 6/10/2017 5:03:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 06/10/2017 5:03 AM

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JimmyHey Jed a big welcome back! I hope your move went well and I look forward to more of your NS stories.
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williamI have seen Nortern Pike that can move a 14ft Lund boat when hooked over 10lbs can fight and pull
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CanuckThey get much bigger than 10 lbs and they are ferocious fighters but a total pain to unhook and release. Even small ones can shred your fingers. I have met only two people who have said they like eating them. I don't.
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This fatty put up just a huge fight. He felt like a whale on the end of that line. @tdawg and I were using Green pumpkin baby brushogs aboard #bos-mon at our favourite honeyhole. Mostly just deadsticking the hogs but also on very slow retrieve and lift - twitch - drop presentations. The real trick was figuring out where they were schooling up as they kept moving about and pausing amongst the wide variety of creek furnishings present in the area. One prominent and usually highly productive feature was strangely vacant until very late in the day. #gpbh
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
Out once again at my favourite Honeyhole. This time with @tdawg. After he and I laid a beating on the Largies over two days last week using Senkos and Mann's Baby 1- the fish weren't touching plastic worms anymore so we laid out a banquet of Baby Brushhogs and the feed was on! Not quite as fast and furious as before but since these guys have been educated through our catch and release program it is understandable that it might take a bit longer to coax them into the boat. Then again they might just be camera shy. Fifteen in all, about 10 keepers, last year it took me until March 20th to have this many aboard Bos-Mon. Two months ahead of last year's pace! #bos-mon, #gpbh.
fishing report photo of Bass, Largemouth photo taken on 1/1/0001 12:00:00 AM contributed by Canuck
And you guys were expecting a photo of a Striper! Well I didn't catch one. Others on the boat did so we completed the Slam for the boat but no-one person got it himself. It turns out that running around the lake at high speed with no windshield in January is hard on a person's face. McCotter's Lake Anna Guide Service has thought of that and provides these "Face Savers" so you can keep your head up and eyes open while the boat moves around. They don't come with any "Power Ranger" type enhancement of your fishing prowess (or maybe they do - Who really knows?) but they do make the day more enjoyable.
fishing report photo of Fishing Humor photo taken on 1/16/2017 11:13:00 AM contributed by Canuck

Catch Date: 01/16/2017 11:13 AM

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Jimmy @canuck your impeding the progress of Stackfish! I'm working on the next version of the app to include FishCentral and saw this post whiz by and had to stop dead in my tracks. lol
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