Well the first of December is generally not a time of year that we get much fishing done in the Northern states or Canada. But this year I'm determined to become a 12 month a year angler. Earlier this spring I purchased a Hobie Pro Angler fishing Kayak and much of the reason (other than the fact that fishing from a Kayak is totally awesome) was for portability, ease of maintenance, and the ability to be the last on the water before the ice comes in and the first on the water when the ice goes out.
Well, where I live in Muskoka, Ontario (about 2 hours north of Toronto) we had our first couple of snowfalls this week. Combine that with the fact that we've learned that our small lake we live on has been stocked with Rainbow Trout for the last few years, I knew I had to go out and try and catch one. Usually my fishing season comes to a halt in late October and I have to wait until January for ice fishing season.
Not this year.
I bundled up in a survival suit cleared the snow from my yak (that itself seemed like a strange experience) and launched in the snow storm. My brother, some of you know him as Andy TheCameraMan, lives 5 doors down on the lake so I called him out to grab so photos to capture the memories of this for me.
I have to say it was one of the most peaceful and beautiful experiences I've had fishing. Obviously, I had the lake to myself (not too many people are as crazy as I am) and the beauty of a fresh snowfall and the snow laden trees were stunning. As awesome as these photos are, they don't do it justice.
So, I guess the next question is "Did you catch anything"? Well, I'm proud to say, YES, my dedication paid off with a fish. I did catch a Rainbow. Although, not a keeper or anything to really brag about. It was really about the experience and the beauty for me - the fish was a bonus.
If you haven't been able to tell by any of the other videos and posts by Andy TheCameraMan and I, we LOVE our Hobie Pro Anglers. I've had the best fishing of my life over the past 7 months. Whether it be Bass Fishing at the mouth of the Niagara River, Salmon Fishing on Lake Ontario (check out Andy bringing in a monster in his yak), Musky Fishing in the Kawartha's or Trout Fishing in the snow it's freaking awesome.
I always get a kick out of reading other Angler's experiences and stories, so I encourage anyone else to post theirs here on GetReeled to keep the passion flowing.