Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Date: 6/15/2016
Product type: Beaver Imitation
Manufacturer: Beaver’s Baits
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

 

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The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks. The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns

 

 

Introduction:

Ok folks.. At first glance this may seem like a novelty bait. But we are here to tell you that these are absolute BIG MUSKIE MAGNETS!   Each bait is hand crafted to absolute perfection. Not only are you getting a one of a kind bait but a product that will last and catch a lot of fish

 

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Specifications
Type Baby Beaver Imitation (muskies)
Length 12”
Weight 6oz
Material Rubber and Hair
Hooks 8/0 Mustad Treble
Colors 5 Standard (custom colors available)
Origin USA
MSRP $44.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks.  The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns.  The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable. The blade attachment (sold separately) clips onto the front eyelet of the bait, turning the Baby Beaver into a buck tail with a little attitude…it can be easily removed to go back to the natural swimming action of the Bait. Also available separately, are replacement rubber tails. At some point a little more detail in the head and face on the bait would be ideal.. Maybe more definition of the eyes..

 

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The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable.

Quality Ratings for (Regular Baby Beaver)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 5 5 18 20 9

 

 

Performance:

We have only had this bait for a short time but the fish landed and interest received has been outstanding!! They don’t just east it. They try to kill it!

 

Performance Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 5 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

The Baby Beaver is a unique blend of rubber and hair providing a swimming action during retrieve that is an almost irresistible target for a hungry Musky. The body is a 3 pieces and segmented to really provide a nice fluid swimming action in the water.  Not to mention the free floating body segments absorb a lot of head shake shock landing more fish in the net.

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Feature /Design   Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 3 18 18 10

 

 

Application: 

You can fish this fast, slow, deep shallow, straight retrieve, erratic pulsing retrieve.. It really is an all situation product that will not leave my rod all season long.

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 10
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 9.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

If you don’t have one.. You better get one.. because you are missing out on the next big thing in Muskie fishing!

 

 

 

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener:
Originally Posted here by our friends at Kawartha’s Northumberland
The second Saturday in June just can’t arrive soon enough for me! This is the kick off to the much anticipated Muskie season here in the Kawartha’s Northumberland region of Ontario.
Each season starts off differently depending on the spring weather conditions leading in to the weekend. Our spring in 2016 has been a relatively cool one and as such the water temperate has remained in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (not quite 20° Celsius). Water levels started out quite high but tapered down considerably to the point where we are experiencing mid-summer levels by early June. The week leading in to the opener yielded stable warm weather which in turn dramatically increased water temperature in a short period of time. Not something I was hoping to have occur but at least the weather was stable.
I knew going into the weekend that I would be facing some less than ideal conditions. Bluebird skies and little to no wind always equates to difficult Muskie fishing for me.
I decided to mix things up this year and kick the season off on a Lake in the Havelock area. This is water that I have not fished in many years. I was confident, however, that it would be a good place to start, in an effort to gauge the mood of the fish this year. We arrived at the launch at 6:00 A.M. and were raring to go! Our first stop yielded a spirited follow from a 36-inch fish. Showing great interest in my bait but quickly changing direction at the boat. Not uncommon here in the Kawartha’s unfortunately. I generally have a lot of trouble getting our fish to commit or engage in a figure eight maneuver boat side. Not to say that it doesn’t happen, because it certainly does, but not as commonly as it seems to on less pressured waters.
We fished another handful of spots throwing a mix of reaction type baits along with some slower offerings but to no avail. We saw one more fish in the 38-inch range that had no interest in us whatsoever. By 8:00 A.M. we had seen enough and decided to make our way back towards the Trent Severn, with a new game plan in mind.
Some would call this initial stop in Havelock a wasted trip. Not me! I knew now that the fish were sluggish and neutral. My years of targeting fish in the Kawartha’s Northumberland region told me that this meant suspending or neutral type baits with long pauses and hang time would prevail. That in combination with smaller profiles and bottom contact we were ready to get to work.
We had the boat back in the water by 9:20 A.M. The water temperature was 71°F (22°C), the wind still nonexistent, and the air temperature on the rise, and clear blue skies. The only variable still left in my mind was how much of a current did we have? Or was it just “slack water”. Which would the fish be relating to?  I decided to check an area with good current flow first. Quickly noticing a number of floating suckers and a handful in pods under us on the graph, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck start to tingle. You might think this is crazy, but this is something which I often experience when targeting Muskies. It’s all part of the attraction I think. I can almost sense when I am near one. Or just about to get a bite.
Well I wasn’t wrong! I made a few upstream fan casts, 45-degree angles, casting up and working my bait back downstream. On my fourth or fifth cast it happened. A nice sized Muskie came flying up from the bottom and crushed my offering! Big head shakes and a couple good jumps landed her right in the Frabill for a rest until I could get her unpinned. She posed for a couple quick photos and gave me a good face washing as she darted back in to the water to fight another day.

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Now… You might think this is crazy, but this did not sell me on the fact that the fish were relating to current. Close by were a couple slack water areas that I frequent. I needed to check them just to convince myself of the pattern I was building. I spent about an hour in these areas methodically picking them apart to no avail.  So back to the current we went. And within minutes I raised a nice mid 40-inch fish that seemed to spook as she saw the boat. Another minute or two went by and I raised a low 40-inch fish… Hmmm. Pattern established! They were using the current to ambush suckers and Walleye. Laying on bottom, in waiting for a meal to make a mistake and swim by, at which point they would simply dart up and take advantage. We continued to work the area drifting further down at this point when she showed herself. She had “shoulders”. A high 40-inch fish… 48-50-inch I’m thinking, was hot in behind my bait. Gills flaring, nipping all the while until she got within figure eight range and slowly sauntered back down to the bottom.

Although only a handful of fish were landed a pattern had been established and I plan to start my next search right where we left off on Saturday.

Some would say that this was a loss. A disappointment even. Those people may not have fished Muskies because the experience allows for the greatest of highs and lowest of lows. It is such an unexplainable happening really, but also becomes very, very addictive. The adrenalin rush that charges through my body when I come in contact with a big fish…paired with the unexplainable sense of gratitude and accomplishment that follows when a fish is hooked and landed! Relationships are born during these events. A brotherhood amongst Muskie nuts. Lives are changed! Each fish creates a new experience. And a new bond with the sport, and those that target these majestic giants.
I know now where she calls home. I know where to find her. And I will be back for my day! We will meet again! And when that time comes she will find the bottom of my net. Solidifying my passion even more. Get out there. Come see what I see! Join us in the chase!    The Kawartha’s Northumberland region is a Muskie fisher’s paradise! Yielding a very good population of quality fish–not only in numbers but big fish as well. Your fish of a lifetime awaits!
Baits and Tackle used on opening day to establish the pattern include:

Figure 1 Kamooki 4″ Smartfish
The Kamookie Smartfish 4-inch version is a great standup multi-function rattle type bait that I was able to utilize when matching the hatch this weekend. Fan casting this bait up stream and hopping along bottom, much like the Suckers and Walleyes in the current were also doing, allowed for the first fish of the day. Downsizing your tackle for the first few weeks of the season is always a great idea. The forage starts small and grows in size as the season progresses.

Beavers Bait Baby Beaver
The Baby Beaver is a novelty item to some. But believe me, these fish eat much bigger prey and this little bait produces very aggressive strikes! A technique I lean heavily on in the early season.

The Tandem Nutbuster from Llugen
Muskies flat out love Spinnerbaits. This particular model is the perfect size for our Kawartha Lakes fish. Not only do they look awesome, they catch big fish regularly. This is a bait that I like to use early into the season through the summer months. Lures slow rolled along weed line edges will generate a tone of strikes and is an early season staple!
Double bladed bucktails have been around for quite a while. In my opinion they are starting to lose their appeal as the fish become more and more accustomed to them. For that reason I prefer the triple bladed 8” Apache for early season Muskie fishing. The Muskies have not seen or heard this before and the results speak for themselves. As we move to summer and into late summer I will increase to size 9 and triple x baits Apache baits to keep up with the ever growing forage size in the area.

The Musky Frenzy Triple 8 Apache
Triple 8 Apache Bucktail is the perfect early season bait. Smaller profile and lots of vibration and flash to call fish in! This is a terrific Kawartha Lakes color.
Scent! Don’t leave home without it! If nothing else it is important that the fish cannot smell you! So mask your odor with something that resembles the forage base that these fish are feeding on.
Scent is not commonly used by some when Muskie fishing. This is a mistake! The ability to mask your own odor will greatly increase your odds of success. I apply a small amount of Liquid Mayhems Pike and Muskie Attractant to every bait I will be using on each given day.A
I can’t say enough about the importance of a good leader. Every rod that I have rigged will have one of these at the business end. This will save me from losing a very expensive bait and also ensure I land that fish of a lifetime without fear of breaking off. Huskie Muskie Fluorocarbon Leaders are a must!
All of the fish images displayed in this article were caught and released in the Kawartha’s Northumberland Region of Ontario. Come see for yourself!
All  Fish Images portrayed in this write up were caught and promptly release in the Kawartha’s Northumberland Region of Ontario. Come see for yourself!
Downrigging 101

Downrigging 101

Downrigging 101

When fishing a big body of water, you often feel intimidated and somewhat afraid, don’t feel bad, those were my emotions too! The mistake most people do is look at a map of the whole lake and start planning the spots you want to hit, there is nothing wrong with that at all, in fact that’s what we should all do, but in reality, most of us try to do too much at once. Instead of looking at the whole lake, cut it into pieces, just like a pie! Concentrate on a certain area, learn it, fish it and master it!

Downrigging can be scary for some, and for others, they call it “the lazy man fishing” I call it “Strategic Fishing”! Why is downrigging so fun? I’m glad you asked! All thru the summer I spend time trolling Lake Simcoe in search of big lake trout, but what I am also doing is using this time to find unmarked shoals, humps and potential jigging areas for summer and winter. As much as we think the lakes are well mapped and we can see every shoal or hump from a smartphone sitting on the couch eating pie, you can always find unmarked areas, trust me, I have found a few in my days and they still produce fish to this day! As much as we like to think we know the lakes like the back of our hand, there will always be that one spot that you found that no one knows about, or at least no one else talks about, in that case, it’s still your secret spot!

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The gear:

In today’s market, we have options, and plenty of them. No need to go out and break the bank on downrigging equipment, there are plenty of cost effective ways to get set up which I will share with you. Till this day, I still run a couple of manual downriggers on my boat, that’s right, the old hand crank ones! Of course I would love some electric ones but it’s not in my budget at the moment and besides, electric downriggers do not catch more fish, trust me! Make sure when you find your downriggers that you check the cable for any frays or kinks, if you find any, replace the cable right away. What you will need next are some downrigger weights, the ball that attaches to the downrigger to get your lures to the desired depths you are fishing. The weight of the balls depend on the depths you are fishing, I fish between 50 and 100 feet of water so I don’t use anything less than an 8 pound weight, I do have 10 and 12 pound ones for those windy days but getting yourself an 8 pound ball will work for you in most conditions and lakes!

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At the end of your downrigging weight, you will have a release clip, this is where you will attach your main fishing line too. Now, here’s where some people get confused and the most common question I get. How much lead, or line do you put out before attaching your line to the release clip? I have no right or wrong answer for you because that all depends on the day, fish species you are targeting and lure that you are using. Some days I let out 10 feet of line and other days I will let out 40 feet of line, it’s a big difference, I know, but a general rule, start around 10-15 feet and then experiment different lengths as the day goes by.

Once you find your desired length, put your rod on free spool or loosen the drag to allow your line to be let out freely as you lower the downrigger. Once you have reached your depth, reel up any slack line and set your drag. I like my drag to be tight enough that your line won’t get let out as you troll. As far as what rod to use, obviously downrigging rods are the way to go but if you don’t have any it’s ok! Doesn’t mean you can’t go fishing. A medium heavy rod will work just as good, even a spinning reel will work for you. Bait casting or open face reel is ideal for downrigging.

Trolling speeds also vary based on your target specie, if you are fishing for lake trout, I troll at speeds from 1.5 to 2.0 mph, if I am fishing for salmon, I will troll anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 mph. Always check your bait beside your boat before attaching it to the downrigger to make sure it is running properly.

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A quick tip for you as you troll around, drive in an S pattern, this will allow your baits to speed up and slow down depending on your turn, always pay attention when a fish hits, if you got a fish on a turn, then most likely you need to fine tune your speed to a little faster or slower depending on the direction of your turn. Every little detail matters when you are downrigging. Observe, pay attention and repeat!

As you experience downrigging, you will notice that it’s actually pretty fun, especially when success finds you! Don’t be afraid to give it a go, they make downriggers for any size boat big or small.

 

 

My 2 biggest tips I give to anglers getting into downrigging are, remember your line lead, that’s the amount of line you let out behind the ball. And for my second tip, it’s speed, don’t be afraid to speed up and slow down, you will be shocked at the amount of fish you will get by doing this! And pay attention to the small details, ok that was 3 tips! Get out there and give downrigging a go, you won’t be disappointed!

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Exist To Fish Canada Writer Justin Girard

Product Review: Simple Fishing’s Aggressive Box

Product Review: Simple Fishing’s Aggressive Box

Date: 6/13/2016
Product type: Random Lure of The Month
Manufacturer: Simple Fishing
Reviewer: Exist To Fish
   

 

box contents

Live Target Frog, Super Striper Bucktail Jig, Impulse Reactionary Baits, Wahoo Spinnerbait, Whizkers Pickeral rig=MSRP of 25$!!

 

 

 

Introduction:

Simple Fishing is Canada’s top monthly fishing lure subscription box. Simple Fishing is the only fishing subscription service to offer a choice based on your skill level. Perfect if you are just starting out or an advanced angler.  They have something for you. Random Lure of the Month-Aggressive is a great way to discover new and exciting lures that help you become a better angler. With each monthly shipment you can expect top quality brand name lures like Berkley, Rapala, Luhr Thompson and so much more.

 

 

 

 

(Aggressive Box) Specifications
Type Aggressive Box
Length NA
Weight NA
Material NA
Hooks NA
Colors NA
Origin NA
MSRP $25.00 CAN (cost for customer $13.33/month 1yr membership)

 

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Quality/Construction:

 

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality products that were included in our June box! Hi end, name branded tackle that was half the retail cost.

Quality Ratings for (Aggressive Box)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
19 20 9.5

 

 

Performance:

Included in the box are several baits that can be used to target multiple species of fish at all levels of the water column. Topwater, live bait rigging, drop shot plastics, straight retrieve spinnerbait and a reaction type ripping jig. You will catch fish on these. Period.

 

Performance Ratings (Aggressive Box)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
24 25 9.6

 

Features/Design:

All of the products contained within the June Aggressive box are of high quality and value. Each with a different application design to help you catch fish!

Feature /Design   Ratings (Aggressive Box)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
        13 13 10

 

 

Application: As indicated above the products supplied are designed to allow the user to catch fish in any given situation. It would appear as though a great deal of thought has gone in to selecting the contents and the user will not be disappointed!

 

 

(Aggressive Box) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   9.5
Performance   9.6
Price   9.5
Features   9.6
Design (Ergonomics)   9.5
Application   10
Total Score 9.6
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion: Simple Fishing has provided an affordable avenue to give fishing a try as well as a less expensive option for those currently involved in the sport. What a fantastic concept! Exist To Fish Approved!!

 

 

PICK A PLAN

Aggressive or Youth Plans. And length- Monthly, 3 Month, 6 Month or Yearly Plans

WAIT FOR YOUR BOX

Youth and Aggressive ship out on the 10th of each month. Canada Post states 6-10 business days for delivery. (Within Canada)

GO FISHING

Try out your new gear and share with us on Instagram. Tag @simplefishing.ca in your photos for a chance to win free lures!

THEN WAIT FOR NEXT MONTH AND DO IT ALL AGAIN!

Product Review: Nifty Fifty Spinner

Product Review: Nifty Fifty Spinner

Date: 6/9/2016
Product type: Inline Spinner
Manufacturer: Upscale Lures
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

 

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Introduction:

Blending the lines between beauty and brawn Upscale Lures has put together something that any angler can appreciate.

(Nifty Fifty Spinner) Specifications
Type Inline Spinner
Length 5.5 inches
Weight 1.2 oz
Material Silicone glitter skirt
Hooks Gamakatsu 1/0 2X strong
Colors Many
Origin USA
MSRP 9.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

To insure the appearance they have used a very durable paint on the body, clevis and beads that other lure makers often miss. Something to note when determining value!

Quality Ratings for (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 4 4 17 20 8.5

 

 

Performance:

This little bait has been hand made from the bottom up to have the strength to withstand the crushing blows from Muskie and pike along with the finesse to entice monster bass..

 

Performance Ratings (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 5 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

Equipped with a heavy set split ring and a Gamakatsu 1/0 2X strong, extremely sharp hook, you’ll be ready for anything! It will attract even the most finicky of fish with the silicone glitter skirt that is more lifelike than flashabou. We would really like to see this bait in a 9 or 10” model.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (Nifty Fifty Spinner)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 4 2 16 18 8.9

 

 

Application: 

This is a great size for finicky early season Northern Pike or Muskie but we also had some BIG smallmouth Bass show interest during testing. This could be used to target a variety of species.

 

(Nifty Fifty Spinner) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   8.5
Performance   10
Price   9
Features   8.9
Design (Ergonomics)   8.9
Application   9
Total Score 9
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

 

We would definitely recommend this product as an entry level Pike or Muskie Angler. While the bait is small in comparison to other bucktail manufacturers it does still entice those predatory fish to strike. Tie one on and try yourself

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