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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


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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


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