This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
OUTDOORS MARK PAPOUSEK Mark, Paul and Jerry with Dad

Doin’ what comes naturally – Let’s de-bait the issue

It has been said: “If you give a man a fish

you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish you feed him for a lifetime.” This quote has been attributed to an

ancient Chinese Proverb. It has been modified somewhat over the years to “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.” Fishing for sport reaches back into antiquity.

An Egyptian angling scene of about 2000 BC shows figures fishing with rod and line and with nets. A Chinese account of about the 4th century BC refers to fishing with a silk line, a hook made from a needle, and a bamboo rod, with cooked rice as bait. Sport fishing has been around a long time. While living in Renfrew as a kid, we had a

neighbor named Harold Eady Sr. I will always remember him heading out to creek-fish with a can of worms, and a long Bamboo pole (with some line wound around it) sticking out the window of his car. I never thought he would catch fish with that rig, but every time he arrived home, I would hustle over to his house to see the beautiful brook trout he caught in the creeks that surrounded my home town. He was a bait fisher. I remember my father taking his three

boys, Paul, Jerry and me, fishing for walleye at Spadell’s Bridge on the Aquasabon River near our home in Terrace Bay on the north shore of Lake Superior. We would fish from the river bank using live minnows under a bobber, or we would just let the minnow drift to bottom with a split shot sinker against the current. We would always catch a fish or two for supper using this technique. Bait fishing! I will never forget the four of us going on


an overnight fishing trip to Craig’s Lake to fish large Brook Trout. Again we used live bait − in

this case, dew worms, packed in sphagnum moss in waxed cardboard milk containers; and fish worms, dug from the clay along the river. We trolled slowly in a row boat or canoe

using gold, two-bladed Williams Firefly spinners tipped with a worm. Another technique was to sit in the boat about 30 feet out and throw the spinner and worm at the shoreline, letting it sink to near the bottom and retrieving it evenly back to the boat. I was quite young at the time and with my

dad in the canoe and my two older brothers in a small row boat, we would have contests for most and largest fish - and the way I remember it, we would beat my brothers every time. Bait fishing! So now fast forward to the present. Make

sure you keep those polarized fishing glasses on when you walk into a modern tackle shop. The brilliance of the wall displays could blind you. The sheer number of the various spoons and spinners and crankbaits will make a well-heeled angler go into ecstasy. You would need a small boat running alongside of you just to carry all the stuff that is “guaranteed to catch more fish”. A lot of those shiny hooks on the wall were designed more to catch fisherman than fish. Artificials! My dad always had a few spoons in his

coveted tackle box. He would cast small Alligator or Crocodile spoons into the swells of Lake Superior in the fall for giant brookies known as “coasters” on the North Shore. A few red and white Daredevils and a couple of pike plugs rounded out his artificial lure inventory. When we moved to the Ottawa Valley in the

late 60s (yeah, those 60s), our fishing habits changed a lot. We were introduced to bass and pike, muskies and walleye. It took a while to learn the locations of the smaller trout lakes and so we concentrated our efforts on coarser

Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64