Tides for fishing

Tides and solunar charts for fishing

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Bass fishing has a fascinating history. It started in the late 18th century and continues to progress until today.

It probably was originally practiced in search for food among the people in the south of the United States. Since then, it has started gaining numerous audiences of all ages and nations. Today, countries such as Australia, Cuba, South Africa, United States and most of Europe participate in this kind of event.


•             The William J. Jamison Co introduced the overly ornamented Shannon Twin Spinner in 1915 and was improved to create today’s spinner baits.

•             Five years later, DuPont Company filed patent for nylon fishing net, this was later developed into nylon monofilament fishing line.

•             The year 1992 is one of the most glorious events in the history of bass fishing. Larry Nixon, the famous fisherman in the history of bass fishing won $1 M total earnings for this sport on this year.

Bass Fish

Several fish species that are being caught in the bass fishing events are the following:

•             Micropterus salmoides (Lacepede) - Largemouth Bass
•             Micropterus dolomieui - Smallmouth bass
•             Micropterus punctatus - Kentucky Bass

Other species of Micropterus are also caught but one that remains popular is the Largemouth bass. However, it should be emphasized that Australian Bass are different from the above North American Bass variants although most share similar features.

Perhaps, the most robust success of Bass Fishing was in the 1950s. The popularity of the game during this period is the springboard to the development of modern fishing equipment’s from bass boats, rods, lines, lures and various fishing gears.

Electronic gears were also incorporated among the host of equipment’s bass fishers used at that time. Reels of different types, which function in hauling and hoisting, were also created.

The contribution of bass fishing industry to the US economy records $50 to $70 Billion and the number continues to grow. Statistics show that the audience base of this sport is increasing and that more and more people are getting interested in it compared to tennis and golf.

Thursday, March 6, 2014


Successful Bass fishing  comes down to equipment, timing, structure and bait.
Basic equipment for Bass fishing includes a surf rod and reel a sand spike, appropriate tackle, appropriate line, and appropriate clothing. A typical surf rod is 8–12 feet long, and after casting, is held vertical in a sand spike. Typical line is 10-20 pound test monofilament line. Terminal tackle includes a large array of devices, each a variation of the same theme: the thing at the end of your line with the hook on it. Baits, lures, plugs, poppers, and artificials all have their place in fishing for bass. Each has their advantage, depending on conditions and fish activity.
Now that we have the information about bass. How would you like to catch this Bass!

Come Nova Scotia and try your luck

Friday, February 21, 2014

Ice fishing

This winter we had a lot of storms that dumped lots of snow on our rivers and streams, combined with cold weather.Now that spring is in the air,we should take caution when fishing on lakes and rivers.Always check
the thickness of the ice and any open spots that are visible.Tell someone where you are going and take a buddy with you.Lets have a safe ice fishing season.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Solar Powered Boats

“In 2010, the Tûranor PlanetSolar, a 35 metre long, 26 metre wide catamaran yacht powered by 537 square metres of solar panels, was unveiled. On May 4, 2012 it completed a 60,023 kilometres (37,297 mi) circumnavigation of the Earth in Monaco after 585 days and visiting 28 different countries, without using any fossil fuel. It is so far the largest solar-powered boat ever built.”
"Most of water vessels are powered by diesel engines, with sail power and gasoline engines also remaining very popular, boats powered by electricity have been used for over 120 years. Electric boats were very popular from the 1880s until the 1920s, when the internal combustion engine took over Since the energy crises of the 1970s, interest in this quiet and potentially renewable marine energy source has been  on the rise, especially as solar cells became available, for the first time making possible motorboats with an infinite range like sailboats. The first practical solar boat was probably constructed in 1975 in England."

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Slip and Slide

Here is a awesome video that I would like to share with my fellow bloggers

Saturday, May 11, 2013

A Fishing Story

I just thought I would throw in a fishing story, This story is taken from this is not my story but I thought I would share it anyway.

A man went fishing one day. He looked over the side of his boat and saw a snake with a frog in its mouth. feeling sorry for the frog, he reached down, gently took the frog from the snake, and set the frog free. But then he felt sorry for the snake. He looked around the boat, but he had no food. All he had was a bottle of bourbon. So he opened the bottle and gave the snake a few shots. The snake went off happy, the frog was happy, and the man was happy to have performed such good deeds. He thought everything was great until about ten minutes passed and he heard something knock against the side of the boat. With stunned disbelief, the fisherman looked down and saw the snake was back with two frogs!
Courtesy of carolina_outdoors.If you have a better story email me and I will publish it for you

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Tides for fishing in Minas Basin

Fishing season starts soon, I thought I would post a link to the tide
tables and solunar tables for the sport fishers in the Minas Basin area.We all like to know where the tide is when we go bass fishing
Find out the forecast for high tides and low tides before setting out to fish, and other fishing-related data such as the lunar phase, tidal coefficient, sun and moon rising and setting times, hours of maximum fish activity, weather conditions in Minas Basin ... I came across this web site and thought I would share this infromation with my readers

We want you to enjoy to the max a well-planned fishing expedition! Good luck!

Harper's Changes to E.I.?

How do you feel about the# changes that the Harper Goverment introduced to the E.I program.? They gave us very little warning about the significant changes.These changes will harm industries like farming,fishing,food processing,forestry and tourism.Seasonal workers are not lazy,we work hard,and we are not incompetent. I work seasonal digging clams,and I don't find any thing easy about my job!These changes are going to force Canadians to relocae or lose access to EI benefits.

Canadians work hard and they pay into EI,when the market is strong.When the market is'nt,EI is there for you.Thats supposed to be the deal.These changes are breaking that deal.And more changes to come called claw back.This is for peaple who find part time work while on a claim and is aimed at seasonal industries and seasonal workers.

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This helps get  my post out to more peaple, and also gives us a broader audience to help with these issues.

We need to fight bask against the unfair changes.Please post comments on your thoughts about this matter.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

To Miss Ally

I wanted to share this video on my blog to remember all the fisherman who risks there  lives every day to make an honest living on the Atlantic Ocean.My father was a Lobster fisherman, Clarence Aurthur Stanton.He and his brothers fished off Digby neck.They used to row to their lobster pots every day.The risks that the fisherman take and the money that they get for there catch hardly seems worth it.The fisherman work hard for there money and the middle man makes all the profit.So the next time you see a fisherman on the side of the road,stop and buy from him,because he earned it and he should profit from his catch.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winter Sport Fishing Season Opens

·         Anglers have a choice of more locations to enjoy fishing in Nova Scotia during the winter season. Nova Scotia Fishing areas are expanding, having more lakes open for rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, chain pickerel or perch.
·         The Cape Breton Highlands Special Trout Management Area will be open for brook trout angling this winter and in the tidal waters of the Brasd’Or Lakes, anglers may now fish for brown trout and rainbow trout.
·         A 2012 general fishing license is required to fish. Can be purchased at the Department of Natural Resources offices.
·         Licences are valid until March 31, 2013
·         For more information visit

If you Fall Through The Ice

·         Get off your snowmobile or four wheeler immediately.
·         If you fall through the ice and end up in the water, go to the edge and break your way to ice that will hold your weight. Time is of the essence.
·         Crawl on your belly and get up on ice, spreading your weight as far as possible. Use caution and grab on to anything that is close for added traction.
·         Immediately find a warm place to remove wet clothes. Go to shore and quickly building a fire. Hypothermia can set in quickly and leave you helpless. Get help as fast as you can, your life will depend how fast you take control!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ice Fishing Safety Tips


 Outdoor activities usually take place near the ice. As much as we love to skate and fish, ice over lake water can have some serious dangers.
Guidelines when playing near or on the ice:
·         Don’t walk on ice that is less than 10 cm (4 in.) thick. Do not drive on any ice that is less than 30 cm (12 in.) thick.
·         Stay clear of ice near the inlet streams. Be cautious on river Ice can vary in thickness and strength from area to area because of temperature. Do not park near another vehicle on the ice. Ice can crack with the weight of people and vehicles keep an eye on ice and snow conditions. If the weather has been warm there may be hidden slush traps that can trap a vehicle.
·         When travelling in a vehicle on lake ice, you shood keep your seat belts off, and open your window a crack, or half unlatch your door. Keep a shovel and tow rope in your vehicle.
·         Carry waterproof matches and spikes in your pocket, also a bit of rope to help you get out of the water.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Injunction granted against New Brunswick fishermen protesting lobster prices

By: The Canadian Press
08/10/2012 1:43 PM
The worlds biggest lobster sits not far from the Shediac Lobster shop (background) where fisherman have been protesting the purchase of Maine lobster for a cheaper price, in Shediac, New Brunswick, Thursday, Aug.9, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marc Grandmaison
FREDERICTON - New Brunswick Premier David Alward says he hopes a 10-day court-ordered injunction to prevent fishermen from blocking processing plants will help resolve a simmering dispute over the import of U.S. lobsters.
"It's my expectation, my hope, that the processors will be able to in an orderly fashion continue to process lobster so that it ultimately can create prosperity here in New Brunswick and in our whole region," Alward said Thursday in an interview.
"We need to resolve this through dialogue ultimately, and not through some of the antics that the fishermen were trying to use earlier."
The order is the latest twist in a dispute over lobster prices that came to a head last week, when fishermen held demonstrations in Cap-Pele, N.B., and Shediac, N.B., and trucks were blocked from delivering Maine lobsters to three processors.
Last Friday, lobster processors in the province agreed to pay a minimum of $2.50 per pound for processed lobster and $3 per pound for live market lobster. But the Maritime Fishermen's Union has said New Brunswick fishermen need $4 per pound for both fresh and processed lobster just to break even.
The union did not return messages Thursday seeking comment.
Alward acknowledged that the dispute has tested relations between his province and the state of Maine, where Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe has called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to raise the matter with federal Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
"It is certainly not making it any easier and I think that is clear," Alward said.
He added that about 60 per cent of New Brunswick's lobster processing industry comes from other jurisdictions, and in turn, the province exports about 85 per cent of that lobster to the U.S.
"So, it's very integrated," he said. "And the ability for our processors to continue to be able to process that lobster, whether it's from Maine, whether it's from New Brunswick, is very important — not only ultimately to the processors, but to the whole industry including the fishermen."
The provincial government has dismissed a request for compensation, saying it had no interest in "bridging gaps in salaries" and would set a bad precedent. Instead, it has offered to extend a loan program, but the union has rejected that.
The lobster season was scheduled to open Thursday in the Northumberland Strait in the southern part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, but the federal government delayed that until Monday at the request of the fishermen.
Officials with the union are expected to meet with federal Fisheries Minister Keith Ashfield on Friday.
— By Jane Gerster in Halifax.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fishing Stories

Fishing stories are about the tale of the one that got away. That's all about losing a fish is good for. Your buddies will get a laugh, your friend in the boat might rib you and you will, have to bear the harassment. When fishing in a tournament, the story could be deemed as an excuse. Fishermen are full of excuses. As avid anglers, we should do everything we can to eliminate this.
 Crank baits, jerk baits, are famous for losing fish. These baits have this reputation because of treble hooks. First thing you should do is make sure the hooks are attached to the bait with a split ring... If your hooks do not swing freely, they will lodge, and it will become easier for the fish to throw your bait.

 Spinner baits can have their problems too.  Look at the spinner baits length of the blade arm. On some spinner baits the blade arm is too long. What I mean by too long is that the end of the arm will hit the point of the hook. When the arm is too long, a fish can collapse the wire and cause it to interfere with the hook.
 You can correct this by cutting the top arm right behind the loop that holds the blade. After cutting the arm, put a new loop in.  You can take the end and overlap the shaft. Cut off the excess after locking the loop into place.
 Be sure the hook is sharp.  In the molding process the hook can get a little nicked up.
 Using a trailer hook when fishing open water or sparse cover will increase your landing ratio as well. The trailer hook should be attached with tubing, insulation off an electrical wire, or even crimped on with a pair of pliers.
 When fishing spinner baits, make sure the lure is tuned properly.  The blades should be parallel with the hook. If the bait is lying sideways the hook will be laying at the wrong angle.
 Jigs and soft plastics have the best hook-to-land ratio, but there are a few things you can do to make it even better. Trimming the weed guard on your jigs will help you hook more fish. Trim them at a 45-degree angle to the point of the hook. The last strand should be even with the tip of the hook when compressed. After trimming the end of the weed guard, trim the front strands down about 1/4 of an inch further, this will stiffen the bristles.

Fishing with plastics is usually all about how you rig them. When using the Texas rig ,pull the hook all the way through the worm. With the hook pulled through the worm, lay the hook flat on top of the bait so everything is flush. With the hook flush and the bait straight, pull forward on the worm and slide it back over the hook point. This will keep the bait weed less and streamlined, plus leave less plastic for the hook to travel through on hook set. Playing a fish is just as critical as the components you are fishing with. Never get your hands above your shoulders. This means on the hook set too. When your hands get above your shoulders, you lose leverage, and that's the main advantage you have over a fish. Keep your rod tip low and at an angle to the fish when using crank baits and spinner baits. Keeping the rod tip low will decrease the likelihood of the fish jumping and throwing your bait. Giving a fish slack is the worst thing you can do with any lure.   When flipping and pitching it is important to get a good hook set to move the fish away from the cover as fast as possible. When doing this you still shouldn't get the hands above your shoulders. It is also a bad idea to jerk the fish completely out of the water. This will put slack in the line and the fish has a better chance of throwing your bait.   Breaking off a fish is going to happen but it can be avoided. Keep an eye on your line. Make sure there aren't any nicks or rough spots. If you find some, retie. It costs you nothing to retie.  Another thing to check is the eyelets on your rod. You can do this by running a cotton swab through the eyelets to make sure there are no rough edges.   The next time you're on the water; don't have a fish story about the one that got away. Show them the one that didn't get away.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

German Shephard sniffs out illegal lobster

What will the fisheries think of next,soon they will have dogs looking for under size clams.Hope you enjoy the video and look out for the German shepard next time you go on a fishing trip.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic

Open year round
Learn about Rum Running, whales and August Gales. Meet lobsters, flounder, cod and more in our aquarium. Enjoy our large collection of Bluenose memorabilia. During our summer season walk the docks, have a yarn with old salts, visit our wharf-side vessels and refresh in the salt air as you take in one of the best maritime moments in the world.If you are visiting Nova Scotia  this summer, why not visit the Fisheries Museum.This is a great place to spend the day.

The Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic provides the ultimate waterfront experience, in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While at the Museum, you experience life in a fishing community and discover, up close, life at sea.
Explore our magnificent aquarium and wharf-side vessels. Take a boat ride or make your way to the Ice House Theatre, where films are shown throughout the day. Browse at your leisure or take a guided tour. Come rain or shine, relax and enjoy! The entire family will enjoy their entertaining visit with us!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Shore Lunch

Bush Pilot John Lovelace covers every corner of wilderness Canada documenting his travels and discoveries for the Wings Over Canada television .

If this video makes you want to run  out and fish, I have recipe for a quick shore lunch
  • 8 fish fillets, 6 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled to bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1/3 cup corn meal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 teaspoon black pepper

Fry the bacon pieces in a large cast-iron skillet until almost crisp. Save a little of the bacon grease (to cook the fish ) and set aside. Add potatoes, green pepper to the skillet. Cook until potatoes are nicely browned and bacon is crisp. While cooking the potatoes shake together the corn meal, flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Add the fish, and shake to coat.
Put the potatoes to side of the skillet, then add the bacon grease and heat. Add  fish  without crowding, and cook until the coating is crispy and golden.  and serve piping hot with potatoes on the side.
A meal of fresh, fried fish and potatoes makes an unforgettable treat, a great way to spend a Nova Scotia  Summer Day


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Getting Started

Hello and welcome to the fisherman's net. This blog that I am creating is about situations that we as commerical fisherman run into. I have been in the industry for about 20 years, I made a good living for a long time and enjoyed doing it .I have a commerical clamming licence,but I also had an eel licence, a licence to set hooks for flounder. With these licences, I was able to do quite well. Then one day I get a letter saying that I am no longer able to fish for flounders, because of changes made by the Fisheries.Then they took my eel licence.Now on the Scotia Fundy Region where I have been working ,If we get stopped by the Fisheries, which happens a lot these days and if they find any clams in our catch that don't meet the requirements,we get a 500.00 fine.If we get caught the second time, which would be a nightmare for any of us,we lose our gear plus our truck ,catch plus a 800.00 fine.Our policy today is 0 tolerance,which means no under size clams.When you dig 80 lbs of clams each day,it is easy to make a mistake and the fisheries don't care.My  beef is why not try and help us with our fishing business.Most beaches along the Fundy coast are dig out. Some of the beaches have clams that don't grow because of soil erosion.Why don't the fisheries create programs to reseed these beaches to help us out? If you have similar stories feel free to join in.If we band together we may have a voice.