Tips on fishing to come March 21

This is the first instalment for a season-long weekly column on recreational fishing along the South Shore. The focus will be to help individuals and families get started fishing, as well as enticing folks who used to fish to get back into fishing again. Let me introduce myself. My name is Carroll Randall is a lifelong fisherman, an accomplished tournament angler, a guide course instructor and I operate a fish guiding business called dacaraFishin.

In the first few weeks, the column will have tips on how to get started in recreational fishing, what gear you will need, how to get your children into fishing and information on rules and regulations. If you have fished before, I will talk about dusting the old gear off, putting it back into angling shape and getting ready for a fun fishing season.

Over the course of the season, I will cover what species of sport fish can be caught along the South Shore and some tips on how to catch them, what is the best time of year to go after each species, rules and regulations for each species and some salt water opportunities as well. Although some species such as shad, striped bass and salmon are not readily available along the South Shore, there will be some information on where, when and how to catch them. It will mean some travel will be required but could be a great adventure for the family or a group of friends.

I would like to hear from you, the reader, about what is happening in your area. I do not want you to give away the secret of where your favourite honeyhole is but if you find a lake or brook that is producing some nice catches and can take some increase fishing pressure, I would love to tell the readers. Boat access is becoming an important issue and there are many public launches throughout the South Shore and many of these will be highlighted throughout the season.

The province, through their Inland Fisheries Division, has a program of stocking trout in easily accessed local lakes. They do this because many of us cannot make it through the woods or truck long distances any more to catch fish. Several times each spring at designated lakes, fish are dropped into the lake for one purpose — for you to catch them. This is great for seniors and children. I will profile these lakes and give you as much notice as I can as to where and when the fish are put in.

Got questions? Send them to my email and I will try to answer them all and I will profile some of the answers in future columns. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences with you over the upcoming season on April 1.

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