I have been fortunate enough to have visited and fished La Reserve Beauchene in Quebec on three different and very unique occasions. My fourth visit in July, 2015 was another exceptional opportunity that I just couldn't pass up … and that was to guide some visitors who were there for a large corporate event. My first visits to Beauchene several years ago included lots of fishing but I also assisted with some research and stocking efforts. My third visit, was while I was editor of the seasonal "BASSMAN Magazine" and I was there on assignment to write about this fabulous one of a kind fishing resort and it's world class bass fisheries. You can read about those experiences here.
Nothing beats good outdoor family traditions and for my two sons Tyler and Izaak our first Fathers Day weekend trip began way back when they were in kindergarten. We haven’t missed a year since and for more than a decade now my brothers Marcel and Paul and their sons Josh and Cody plus a couple close friends have all enjoyed a camping, canoeing, kayaking and fishing trip together on this weekend.
During the last half hour of our 4 ½ hour drive from the GTA to New York’s Lake Chautauqua my son Izaak and I were beginning to think we might not get out fishing as the constant rain, cold and wind did not look all that inviting. When we pulled into the gates at We Wan Chu Cottages, it had stopped raining and Peter, the owner was there to greet us. We would be staying in the same cottage as last year and our boat in the same slip. This would be our home away from home for the next five days and the familiarity and inviting atmosphere of this fish-friendly resort helped get us into vacation mode right away. As it was already close to suppertime, and the rain started again, we chose to just launch the bass boat, tie her up to our slip and get ready to fish the next day.
Orillia Ontario: Wil Wegman of Bradford Ontario, might be better known for catching fish than swimming with them but it’s exactly the latter that he will be doing once again on Saturday August 8th in the fish-filled waters of Orillia’s Lake Couchiching. “I’ll be swimming in my third Sun City Swim event across ‘Cooch’ and I’m really excited about it. In 2013 it took me 1 hour 35.5 minutes (placing 17th) and in 2014 I placed 15th and it took me 1 hour 29.3 minutes. I really don’t know if I can better that time, but I’m swimming laps 4-5 days a week just to give a good try” said Wegman. One of the factors that will definitely influence everyone’s time however ... is wind; and Cooch is known for its rough water. All proceeds from the Sun City Swim in 2015 will benefit the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka... supporting abused children
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