Moose Country Minute – September 02 2017


Whenever I hit the road on one of those spiritual getaways to fish at the side of the roads, to stay in cheap motels, and maybe even splurge on a boat rental, I always pick up a copy of the local newspaper.

While up Blind River way a couple of weeks back, which was a topic talked about here, I grabbed a copy of the Nipissing Reader while chowing down at a local diner where the food was home-made and plentiful.

It was 40 pages of quality newsprint, chock full of ads, and a monthly rather than a weekly.

There is a fishing guide on Lake Nipissing who writes a fishing column. His name is Dan Colomby, and he writes a damn fine column from what I can tell.

But here’s something I have never heard before.

We all know that pickerel are called walleyes because of the size of their eyes, and that they are very sensitive to light and therefore can be usually found at deeper depths when the sun is shining brightly.

So what does Colomby do when he catches a walleye on one of those bright summer days when he isn’t taking clients out to chase down Lake Nipissing muskie?

Well, if he is fishing catch and release, he puts his body between the fish and the sun, so as to not blind it.

Not doing this, he says, can cause delayed mortality in the fish, which is something true sports fisherfolk don’t want.

As he put it, fish don’t have eye lids.

It is something that has never crossed my mind before, and therefore something worth remembering.

His column is called Fishing Points to Ponder.

Makes even more sense now.


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