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Montreal Hunting Fishing and Camping show 2015



It’s February, and like every year at around this time,  the Montreal Hunting Fishing and Camping show was held at the Palais des Congrès.

With 250 exhibitors there was plenty of  information on gear, lures and fishing trips all in one place.   There were also over 80 outfitters and reps from various tourist organizations, ZECs and national parks which was really helpful in choosing new places to explore this year.  Finally, it was great to get my hands on a bunch of the latest different rods and reels all in the same place as well as have the opportunity to meet and learn from some experts.


At the Rapala booth the two new 2015 lures  I really found interesting  and I think will really work well for pike are the Rattlin’ Minnow Spoon and the BX Waking Minnow.

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At the Daiwa booth I learned about their magsealed reels and got some hands on with the ballistic EX and Certate -HA reels. Check out the video below on the Magseal technology.

At the Shimano booth I finally got my hands on a Stella reel and decided that one day I’ll own one of these.  It’s ultra engineered and silky smooth – requiring very little force to initiate the handle into rotation.  In addition to very little resistance on the rotation and unlike other reels the Stella is very well balanced and without the slightest hint of mechanical drag. It’s apparent that the mechanics have really been tweaked to achieve this level of performance, which makes it worth the premium price.

After I was sold on the Stella reel, I was happy to find the Montreal fly fishing club.  Meeting them made it easy to imagine I’d be learning fly fishing one day soon.    They’re a non-profit organization which organizes many different activities throughout the year.  Visit their website at:

At the Ontario parks booth I found out that you can fish the Voyageur park with a Quebec fishing licence so that will definitely be trip I will take this year.

I sat in on a ice fishing seminar which was very informative and I’m thinking I will give ice fishing a go next year.

I saw slip disks at the Scotty booth, which allow you to make micro adjustments to your holders making them a must for your kayak setup.

Finally, I saw and bought some new Live Target Bait Ball lures which should work well for both bass and pike.


It was a great show overall and if you have never been I recommend you visit next year;  especially if you are looking to plan a trip or buy some new gear. The only negative was that the kayak fishing scene wasn’t well represented at the show,  but with the popularity of kayak fishing growing in Quebec I’m sure that will change.

Good luck and good fishing.

Kayak Tackle Management

During last year’s kayak fishing season the one issue that kept popping up for me is tackle management. So I thought I would write this article to share some of the tackle issues I encountered and my plans for remedying these for this season.

If you have already visited this site you know that I own a Native Ultimate 12 which has a lot of options for mounting rod mounts and has plenty of storage space. All of the storage space is great but I found that I had trouble using it effectively and started to think if there were things I could do better. Here are a couple of the problems I encountered and the solutions I applied.

1.  Tackle box storage

A little bit of research brought me to the milk crate solution and I used that for all of last season but found quite a few issues with that solution.

Although the milk crate fit behind my seat perfectly, I would have to twist around to get to my tackle boxes evertyime I wanted to change out a lure.

To make them more accessible,  I tried to secure the crate using the elastic cords provided with my kayak but then I lost all the storage area that I  I needed for my camping gear on a multi-day trips.

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Reno toolbox solution

My solution  is to mount it in front of myself which will give me quick access to everything, as well as giving me a location to mount my fish finder and action camera.  Here’s a picture of my prototype I created for this season.

I think this will be a good solution for my boat and it may not work well for a sit on top boat but I thought it could spark some ideas for someone facing the same issues.  If it works out I will post how to make one of these tackle boxes in the projects section.

2. Keeping small stuff secure

The second biggest issue was how to keep all the small stuff like my line cutter, hook sharpener and jig eye punch secure and off the floor of my boat.  The solution for this was actually pretty simple. I found the T Reign extractable gear tether for those.

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T Reign Retractable Gear Tether

As for my anchor, pliers and gripper those are still attached with a string  to my seat and I’m still looking for a better solution so that they’re no longer on the bottom of my boat.

Good luck and good fishing.