Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Jason Barnucz is a fisheries biologist, a fishing ambassador, and an avid angler. As part of his job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, he can spend 100 days or more on the water. Added to the time he gets to spend teaching, volunteering and fishing for fun, Jason spends almost every day of the year focused on fish and their habitats. With a dedication like that, it's clear why Jason is a Champion of Recreational Fishing! Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here’s what Jason has to say about his career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Namely my father, grandfather and uncle introduced me to the sport at 5-6 years of age. Do you remember the first fish you caught and where it was? I don’t remember the first fish I caught but my first memory of catching a notable fish was in 1983 when I placed 2nd in the Bluewater Anglers Kids Fishing Derby with my Uncle and Grandfather. During that event I caught my first Northern Pike trolling a #3 Mepps spinner on a Fenwick Rod and an Abu Garcia Cardinal Reel. That was a moment I will never forget. Explain a little bit about the work that you do and how it relates to recreational fishing and conservation. Throughout much of my life I have been interested in fishing and this passion has carried over into career. I have built a 15 year career in aquatic resource research and management.  I currently work as an Aquatic Science Biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I contribute to various research programs in the Great Lakes focussing on endangered fish species research and [...]

May 9th, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Jason Barnucz | Champions of Recreational Fishing

“Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Jim McLaughlin has been part of the recreational fishing community for over 30 years. Affectionately known as "Big" Jim, he is a respected veteran of the industry, as well as a much-loved mentor to children and young anglers entering the sport. He is currently a spokesperson for National Fishing Week, as well as a sought-after speaker, emcee, and publisher of Just Fishing, Canada’s oldest & largest free fishing publication. For these reasons -- and many more -- "Big" Jim McLaughlin is one of our Champions of Recreational Fishing. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here’s what Jim has to say about his career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My parents introduced me to angling at roughly 6 years of age in the Rideau Canal which runs through Ottawa…. [My] first fish was a bullhead!!! What is your favourite fish to catch? I love them all, but largemouth bass hold my heart. What are your thoughts on the fishing community? Has it grown with the use of social media? Is it competitive? It certainly has grown through social media and it remains as competitive as ever. What's the worst or most embarrassing day of fishing you've had? Not that it’s happened to me?? But I’ve heard its embarrassing when you leave the plug out at a tournament and get heckled… Why do you believe recreational fishing is important to Canadians? I truly believe it is a simple way to relax and maybe rustle up the good old fish fry... What issues currently affect recreational fishing? What can we do to solve these [...]

April 11th, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on “Big” Jim McLaughlin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

The DFO released the 2015 Survey of Recreational Fishing in Canada in February 2019. It revealed some interesting insight into the fishing industry. According to the data, males made up 79% of all resident anglers. As well, the survey revealed that most anglers are over 45. One young angler is hoping to change these stats. Twelve-year-old Averie Rose Bonin is an avid angler and fledgling YouTube star. Averie Rose uses her YouTube channel to promote the fun of fishing. She hopes that her work will encourage other kids to get hooked on the sport. For these reasons, and many more, Averie Rose is one of our Champions of Recreational Fishing! Who introduced you to fishing? My dad is the person who first introduced me to fishing. He always tells the story of how he put me in my stroller and took me to Humber Bay Park in Mississauga when I was just seven days old. It was spending time with my dad that really sparked my love of fishing. How old are you and how long have you been fishing? I’m twelve years old and fishing has been part of my life since the start.  I have been going on fishing trips with my family since I was only a week old and have been fishing myself since I was able to hold a rod. My very first rod was a pink ice fishing rod that I used for everything. I was very small so instead of a big six-foot fishing rod my dad gave me the ice rod because it was a better fit. Why did you decide to start making YouTube videos? In March of 2018 I had the opportunity to go to the Bassmaster Classic.  It was such an amazing trip, and thanks to our family friend Dave Mercer, I was able to [...]

March 21st, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, KCF Exclusive, News, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Averie Rose Bonin | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Yvonne Brown | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Yvonne Brown is a Canadian angler and the founder of Ontario Women Anglers. In February 2016, Yvonne became the first female to receive the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence, presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, for her contributions to the sport. She is also an ambassador for National Fishing Week and Keep Canada Fishing.  For these reasons, and many others, she is one of our Champions of Recreactional Fishing. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here's what Yvonne has to say about her career on the water. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My father was not only the person who taught me how to fish as a child, but also responsible for my re-introduction to the sport after a 30 year absence. I recall the fun my siblings and I would have catching panfish off the dock on Rice Lake almost 50 years ago. Even more clearly, I remember that day in August 2008 that I spent on Crowe Lake with my dad and my youngest son where I caught my first smallmouth bass, which was also my biggest fish ever at the time. It was then that I made the decision to learn how to identify fish, rig my own rod, understand what baits to use when and just to spend more time on the water learning as much as I could about the sport. Why did you start Ontario Women Anglers and Fishing 101 for Women? I had the opportunity to be a fishing instructor in 2012 at the annual OFAH Women’s Outdoor Weekend where I met many women who had a similar history as me regarding their fishing experiences. A lot of them hadn’t fished since childhood and, during that weekend, caught their most fish ever, landed their biggest fish, learned how to set up their rods, [...]

February 14th, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, Issues, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Yvonne Brown | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Bob Izumi | Champions of Recreational Fishing

Bob Izumi is a Canadian fishing icon, and a true champion of recreational fishing. His fishing empire has made an indelible mark on the Canadian outdoors industry. In the early 1980s, Izumi became a household name with his television series, Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Show. He built on this success with a syndicated radio show and popular print magazine. He is also a Canada’s first full-time professional fisherman, and continues to compete and win championships throughout North America. Underscoring all of Bob's successes is his cheerful personality and passion for the sport -- one which he continues to support, promote, and participate in with unyielding enthusiasm. Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. We're pleased to have Bob kick off this ongoing series. Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience? My father, Joe Izumi, used to take myself, my brother, two sisters and the neighbourhood kids to Rondeau Bay. We didn’t have a lot of money, didn’t have a boat and he raised us as a single parent. To forget his worries he’d take us fishing. At one time he had as many as nine of us crammed in a Volkswagen beetle to fish off the bank Do you remember the first fish you caught and where it was?  I definitely don’t remember my first fish but we used to catch lots of panfish off the shore. We definitely had a good teacher! My dad used to say “You can’t catch fish unless your bait is ion the water”…he was a very competitive person. Do you have a favourite place to [...]

January 28th, 2019|Categories: Champions of Recreational Fishing, Fun, KCF Exclusive, News|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Bob Izumi | Champions of Recreational Fishing