My Underbrag

I learned a new word today… “underbrag“.

A guy like me, well most of my life I’ve been underbragging. I don’t need a reason to underbrag, I am just telling it like it is.

In any case, I don’t want to not blow my own horn, but, here we are, heading into late August, and I have yet to catch a fish in the new canoe.

I’ve tried. I’ve been out several times. I’ve paddled over giant carp, and returned the next day with my rod. I’ve asked in fishing shops, and brought my young son out to help. I’ve scoured the internet looking for Toronto’s hot fishing spots.

This morning, for example, I got up at 4:45 (mainly thanks to the baby, I have to admit) had a quick coffee, jumped in the car and was off to Pickering, for a sunrise launch at Frenchman’s Bay. OK, I was a few minutes late, but you know, the warmth of the sun really is required that early, what with air temps of 11C and a stiff breeze off Lake Ontario, with myself dressed for summer in shorts etc… it was really “fresh”.

Anyhow, I was a man of action, keen for adventure. A fresh box of 24 lively Night Crawlers just out of the fridge from Tight Line…. yeah okay, sure, I got them on Sunday, but these were nice worms. All the reports from the internet as well as the guy at the tackle store talked about “non-stop action”.

Well, the only real action I saw was when I headed back to the shore for a whiz… that’s something else I haven’t yet successfully done from the canoe.

A la prochaine…


(I have to admit, the only thing that kept me smiling was the fact that I had read this interesting post from Owl Jones last night…)



Urban Paddling: Crossing from Cherry Beach over to Toronto Island…

The forecast was for winds from the NW at 5km/h. It seemed like the perfect day to try a crossing over to the islands.

I wasn’t really sure if I had the strength, or the courage, to face, however briefly, the open waters of Lake Ontario. When I got to Cherry Beach, and saw that I was going to have to paddle straight into the wind, I was hesitant. But, hey, here was a challenge, and there were also plenty of lifeguards!

In the end, no big deal. It took me about an hour to get to Centre Island, and that was because I went out into the greater harbor, enjoying the view: dynamic urban skyline, sailboat classes, and the Island Ferries.

I had a nice time, and did some scouting as to where I might actually land my canoe when I head over to meet up with the family. I checked out the “Lagoons” the waterways that carve their way through the Islands. I had the chance to talk to some other fishermen in a canoe, and a guy in a Hobie Kayak. The word was that there were lots of small perch, and perhaps some big carp if you knew where to look.

I paddled around a bit, and returned home thru the “Lagoons”, making a much easier ride. I did see lots of perch, and oh baby, I saw some really big carp lounging about. Next time, I am going to try and put the first fish in the canoe!



The new Leet Canoe

Samuel and I went out on Friday evening and got a great deal on this new (to us) canoe….

….and it cost us just $150!

The previous owner ran the keel over some rocks, and repaired it with “fiberglass foam” and say it’s watertight, but I will rip out their repair and fiberglass it properly at some point in the next week or so.
I’ll probably try and do a little reading on the internet on “how to repair”, of course…

Samuel and I are very excited!

I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have gone out and bought a couple of paddles, because of a new canoe, and here I am, at it again.

Saturday, we bought ourselves a couple of paddles, and had a quick tour of the lower Rouge. While it did take on a little water, we enjoyed being two men against the wild!

I managed to quickly and successfully remove all the old gunk this afternoon, and hope to get the boat back in the water by next weekend!


Family Fishing Fun

Nothing to do with serious angling here, or anything that I might have learned, but in the last few weeks we’ve had some fun as a family putting the rods out, casting and catching!