On Nov 30th 2006, I decided to make a trip to The Bay of Quinte in Picton Ontario. I invited a couple of friends to come along for the trip, they complained all the way about how far it was but little did they know that it was going to be the best day of fishing on Quinte to date! I told them two and a half hours was not long especially when you’re talking about the best giant walleye fishing in the world! When we arrived at the boat ramp, my buddies started to get the idea when the saw all these different license plates from the United States. When they saw one of the plates from Georgia, I could see it in their eyes that they knew they were in for a special fishing day. Who would come all the way from Georgia if the fishing wasn’t unbelievable???(running through their minds…). Anyway we were on the water by 8:30 am and finished around 4:00 pm. We trolled all day and caught 28 fish with the biggest being a 17 plus pounder!!!
Here’s how we caught them. First off, the line we found to be best and that really has made a difference for me over the years is BPS fluorocarbon 8-10 lb test line. This line sinks and gets the bait down a little deeper than monofilament. Sometimes that extra depth really helps to put fish in the boat. The fluorocarbon also really helps on calm days when the bay water is clear, this line is virtually invisible so finicky walleyes can’t get line shy. The rods we were using were 7′ St.Croix crankbait rods and 8′6″ trolling style glass/graphite trolling rods. If you don’t want to get too hardcore right away just start with at least a seven footer that is soft enough to prevent tearing the hooks out of the fish’s mouth. The reels we used were baitcasters with a lot of line capacity as well as line counting trolling reels. Line counters are great because you can always duplicate productive depths. The baits that I use are Deep Down Husky Jerks in blue/silver, firetiger, clowns and rainbow trout (good for depths between 23-30 ft).
I also use DD Taildancers in clowns, blue/silver, purple and rainbow trout (good for 25-35 ft depths). Manns stretch 20’s, Reefrunners and DD Luckycraft Pointers have also produced well. The next key piece of equipment are planer boards. If you’ve never used them just go buy one, they are the easiest things to use, it’ll take you two minutes to learn. In the past I just flat line trolled but now that I use planer boards, my catch has at least doubled! What boards do is take your baits out the sides of your boat so that the fish you may drive near are not spooked. Another big advantage of the boards is you can run deep diving baits relatively shallow, sometimes those fish are keyed in on certain wobbles that only a deep diver can produce so even when the fish are up high in the water column you can run your favorite bait shallow without spooking fish! I like to run my boards ridiculously wide. I usually let out approximately 200-300 ft of line from my board to my rod. It may look funny to other boats passing by but who cares when you’re smashing fish! Time and time again those wider boards have produced more fish, just watch out for other oncoming boats who may not expect your boards to be so wide! I believe that the really wide board produces more variations of actions in your bait and the fish also never get spooked because the bait is so far away from the boat. I see so many guys out there running their board so close to the boat and I think to myself what’s the point of that?? In other words, boards that are run wider than usual are a must in my opinion!
Lastly, a decent graph is a must. First look for baitfish, if you find good amounts of bait you’re likely to find big walleyes nearby. Sometimes when the fish are mainly up high in the water column, I may never even mark a fish because they have been spooked out of sonar range but in these areas you will still mark bait. These areas can be the most productive water available and not a lot of guys fish it because they are not marking fish! Another suggestion is to use a graph with a speed gauge. With this you can determine the best speed fish are responding to on your troll and adjust accordingly. If you have a two stroke engine and don’t have a kicker engine you can use drift socks or a tiller to adjust your speed. I have trolled as slow as 1.4 mph and as fast as 3.2 mph! Never be stuck on one speed, let the fish tell you how they want it! Pay attention to strikes that happen on turns, sometimes the outside board will get hit on a turn meaning that the fish wanted it faster and if the hit is on the inside board, then you can conclude the fish want it slower. This should help tell you how fast to generally go on the straight troll and keep you in the prime speed range.
All these components combined made for the best day of fishing that I have ever had on the Bay of Quinte! If you ever head out to the best walleye water in the world, keep these few tips in mind and maybe you too can I have a day of a lifetime too!!
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Passion best describes Taro Murata. Introduced to fishing at the age of 3 by his grandmother, Taro’s love of fishing remains unchallenged!
Growing up in downtown Toronto, Taro had limited access to rural fishing experiences. Taro then began exploring and fishing every body of water that was accessible in downtown Toronto. He challenged the myth that good fishing was only found in northern locations. Taro’s experiment of fishing urban waters quickly proved to be an overwhelming success! This philosophy of fishing urban waters even influenced where he went to university! Talk about passion!! He researched various universities that didn’t meet his criteria of being next to a body of water until Taro chose Carlton University in Ottawa. His decision for going there?, “because it’s located along the Rideau River and the Rideau Canal!” He quickly proved his theory correct once again. His enthusiasm and passion for fishing quickly spread across campus introducing the sport to a new generation.
After completing university, Taro found himself teaching English in Hong Kong. Surrounded by water, fishing was never far from his mind. It was during this time that Taro began to combine his love of fishing with his natural ability to teach. Taro’s passion and energy transformed fishing into an art form! He wanted to spread the word that you could catch fish in urban waters! Taro has taken this philosophy all over the world; from monster Sea Bass in Hong Kong to Stripers in the Bronx!
Taro created Fish City TV to introduce urban fishing to the masses. He wants to share his wealth of knowledge with the hope that they too will be inspired! Like Taro always says, “get fish or die trying!” Taro is also a top ten tournament angler, a full time sport fishing guide, [http://www.fishcitytours.com]
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