YAC Visit to Warren Collegiate
A couple of months ago I received a request from Warren Collegiate to come out and do a presentation on ice fishing to two Grade 10 Physical Education classes in the school. Long-time teacher and instructor Rene Comeault told me a number of his students loved to venture out on nearby Shoal Lakes so he wanted to incorporate ice fishing in the curriculum.
We agreed that February 11th was to be the day. Upon arrival a number of students helped me unload my gear and I set up for a fun afternoon with the students. I started out with basic fish biology and then moved on to the different gear needed to catch fish through the ice. This included augers, rods and reels, lures and electronics. As it turns out a high percentage of the students had a great knowledge of the sport, one even guided part-time.
At the end of the day each student received the winter edition of Hooked Magazine and information about the Youth Angling Card Artwork Contest. Thanks students for such a great time. Hope to get out on the ice with you guys in March.
On March 21st, about 30 students, teachers and helping adults made the day a reality. The school bus pulled up to the door of the school at nine am and by ten o’clock everyone was fishing on nearby West Shoal Lake.
About 35 perch and two pike were caught by the time the students loaded back on the bus at 2:45. As the day went on, students were introduced to the use of electronics in ice fishing along with different presentation methods to catch the target species, in this case perch. At the end of the time on the water, I also demonstrated a couple of ways to clean pike so the fillets were boneless.