Tips & Tricks

Fall may be in the air but boating and fishing season are far from over! Fall provides plenty of opportunity for a variety of gamefish such as, sunfish, crappies catfish, walleyes, and bass. Due to the cooling water temperatures and shorter daylight hours, it will have the fish moving from their summer locations to where they will set up shop for the winter. Jerkbaits will be the lures to utilize in this crispy season so, here are some of our favourite Rapala lures to use along with some awesome fall fishing tips that will help you reap the autumn harvest!


Many anglers will tell you that “covering water” is the best option for fall fishing and the best lure to use for this tactic would be the X-rap for long-casting jerkbait. The struggling baitfish action of this lure will have fish seeking it out. In early autumn you may want to use this lure to fish fast and erratically as opposed to later in the fall where you will want to slow things way down as you reel in.

Cooling shallow water temperatures will cause baitfish and predators to leave the shorelines and head to deeper water. On lakes and rivers that are full of weeds, you will find bass and walleye near bays, tributaries and flats. By retrieving a jerkbait over top of the weeds or simply on the outside edge, you will be sure to catch both smallmouth and largemouth bass as well as walleye.


This lure has a tail design that creates a fast-ripping swimbait action. It has a strike-triggering power that has a hard-stopping, forward motion that stops extremely fast with just a subtle shimmy before coming to a rest. It then slightly lifts its head with a super low-rise that predators won’t be able to resist.

Bass and walleye have been known to hang out in deep portions of a point in early morning. As the sun and temperature rises, they may move a little further up on the point. Deep-diving jerkbait is the bait to use in this case. In the mornings, you will want to work the bait along the ledges and make some casts away from the point into open water for the chance to hit a suspending fish. Later in the afternoon, sun-hit rocks are the target you will want to aim for.

Husky Jerk

This lure is perfectly balanced and can be cast or trolled at any speed. The rattle chamber transmits sound waves that amplify through the water. They can suspend on pause which is an important feature when experimenting with different pause lengths. In early fall, quicker pause lengths are more ideal while later in the fall season you may want to consider have a 10 second pause before retrieving.

A tip that can help land that trophy fish is the tactic of “strolling”. Leave the bait behind the boat and let out another half or full cast of line. Slowly troll your jerkbait using the wind and the boat motor as you quickly pull the rod forward then slide it back to imitate a dance-like movement for the jerkbait. Weighting the jerkbait in the late fall will increase its running depth as the fish will be deeper at this time of year.

Ensure you don’t leave the dock without a variety of jerkbait, depending on the time of the season. By putting these tips and lures into practice, it can help you have the best fall fishing adventure yet!

Posted By
September 13, 2018

#Categories: Tips & Tricks, Tips & Tricks - USA

According to a study conducted by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation Bureau of Fisheries, New York has been regarded as an abundant bass-fishing state as the bass population has increased in most waters of the state.  The bass season in New York runs from the third Saturday in June through to the end of November. Before embarking on your fishing trip, there are a few things to consider to ensure a fun and safe day on the water. Checking weather and water conditions is an important first step before heading out on the boat. By checking the local weather forecast or the National Weather Service, you can collect the relevant information needed before heading out on the water to avoid potential hazards that may put yourself and others on board at risk.  You will need to bring a chart for your routes which is an essential tool for marine navigation.


Lake Erie

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the best smallmouth bass fishing in New York State and arguably the entirety of the United States can be found in Lake Erie. Lake Erie is ranked by Bassmaster Magazine as first in the Northeast, claiming that the “odds for catching a 20-plus-pound limit of five smallmouth bass may be better here than anywhere. And, you can do this in any season.” – Bassmaster Magazine. Smallmouth bass are widely distributed within the lake and are typically between two and four pounds. The usual hotspots for bass are along rocky structures and drop-offs in 15-35 feet of water.


Black Lake

Black Lake can often be overlooked amid the many choices of fishing holes, but this largemouth and smallmouth spot should be on your list. It is quite shallow with the maximum depth hitting only 40 feet, so navigation should be handled cautiously. National publications have rated Black Lake among the top-ten bass waters in the country and hosts many fishing events throughout the year. Often, largemouth will be found in shallower, warmer bays while smallmouth can be found swimming in the drop-offs. Check out the mouth of the Indian River, around the shoreline of Big Bay, Bullhead and Conger Islands.


Oneida Lake

This lake’s bottom is the perfect environment for largemouth and smallmouth bass as it consists of reefs and rocky bars. With the introduction of zebra mussels, they have impacted the water clarity which allows the sun to penetrate, creating more vegetation for the bass to thrive off of. This lake is situated in the center of New York State, northeast of Syracuse and the Great Lakes. While you’re looking for that honey hole, don’t forget to look around and take in the beautiful scenery that this lake offers. It was created over 12,000 years ago after the Ice Age ended and was originally a vast inland sea called Lake Iroquois which covered much of Central New York.


St. Lawrence River

A variety of different fish species can be found here including small and largemouth bass during your next fishing venture. This river ranks as the largest east-west river in North America as it flows across the top of St. Lawrence County, the river forms the border between New York State and the Province of Ontario. A Canadian license is required in Ontario waters so be sure to bring along your river charts which will come in handy. Bronzebacks are the river’s “summer fish” which you can find along mainland points, island shorelines, rocky areas and large flats. In early season spinners, surface bait and tipped jigs work well and as you move to the later season and deeper water, live bait such as minnows or crawfish work far better. As for largemouth bass, the water temperature isn’t as suited for this species and as a result, the early mornings are the best time to find them in the backwaters of most large bays. Autumn is classified as the most abundant time of year for largemouths.


There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to bass fishing in New York city; there really is no shortage of fishing spots, it’s just important to note the season that’s best for each specie as well as the ideal spots they hang out in. It’s also a smart idea to consider the safety tips before leaving to ensure you feel confident when heading out on the water. Hopefully you have some luck in these fishing spots in New York and have an epic fishing story to bring back home!

Posted By
June 19, 2018

#Categories: FAQ New York, Tips & Tricks

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We know that cottage upkeep can be a big job. From water system repair work to fixing up loose shingles; there’s always something to do before relaxing and enjoying your oasis. This Summer, make life a little easier with these smart hacks to ensure you can spend more time creating memories and traditions at the cottage.

1. Natural Mosquito repellents

Mosquitos have been annoying us for years and don’t seem to be stopping any time soon. These frustrating insects can often put a damper on our ability to tap into the true Zen of the outdoors. Here are a few hacks to keep those pesky bugs away:

1. Cut lemons in half and add them to a jar with a handful of cloves. This will repel the mosquitos while giving off a nice sent for you and your guests.

2. Face a fan towards your patio or lounge area to keep mosquitos at bay. They aren’t strong fliers so the air flow from the fan will be enough to keep them away.

3. DIY your own citronella candles to distribute across your property. Citronella is a natural, non-toxic alternative to other chemical repellents such as DEET and is derived from leaves and stems of various lemongrass species.

2. Quickly chill beer

An easy trick to cool your beer on those hot summer days is to place the cans or bottles in a cooler, bucket or large bowl and cover with ice and water until the beer is completely submerged. Add more ice on top to ensure total coverage and then sprinkle a thin layer of salt on top. Wait about five minutes, pick up a beer and enjoy your refreshing, cool beverage.

3. Make a water-jug lamp

For those unreal, memorable days that carry on into the hours of the night; singing around a campfire, sharing fishing stories and smores, there’s a way to shed some extra light on the party. Grab a headlamp or flashlight and press it against a gallon bottle full of water. This will add some illumination and help keep the good times rolling.

4. Homemade fire starters

There’s a new use for all that dryer lint… who would have thought? Fill a cardboard egg carton with the lint, melt some old candles, pour the wax over the lint and then let it dry. Once the wax has dried, cut the individual carton cups to use for your next bonfire.

5. Use frozen grapes to keep wine cool

This is a great hack for wine-lovers everywhere. Instead of adding ice cubes to your wine which will water it down, freeze grapes ahead of time as a replacement. These will keep your wine nice and cool on those hot cottage days spent lazing on the dock and will look really nice as well!

6. Beach towel pockets

This hack will take the stress out of carrying everything you need for a day in the sun, without trying to perform a juggling act that you’ve never rehearsed before. Find a large towel and fold it over about six inches. Using a sewing machine, make six pockets for all your beach or dock necessities to be neatly stored in. Now you can start catching those rays hassle-free!

7. Aloe vera ice cubes

It’s often inevitable that at some point throughout the summer we’re too preoccupied to reapply that third coat of sunscreen and at the end of the day we’re feeling a little crispy. Be prepared for that burn by freezing aloe vera lotion in an ice tray and popping them out when needed to soothe your skin.

8. Smartphone sand protector

If you prefer spending your days on the beach; this cottage hack is for you! There’s nothing more frustrating than sand infiltrating every crevasse of your phone after a sunny day at the beach. Next time you’re headed to the beach, bring a plastic Ziploc bag with you. As long as the bag doesn’t have any holes, your phone should be safe from drops of water and sand.

9. DIY outdoor speaker

Speakers are an essential part to any cottage outing, but quality speakers can typically cost you a pretty penny. Create your very own “bucket speaker” using orange utility buckets, a 5-inch woofer, a 2.5-inch tweeter cut-out, and plywood to keep the party rocking all summer long.

10. Muffin tin egg breakfast

This is a quick and easy breakfast you can whip up for the whole family, so you can spend as much time outside as possible. Place English muffins, eggs and precooked bacon into greased sections of an oversized muffin tin and bake at 375 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes.

The cottage is a place to escape to and enjoy with the whole family, but that can often be hard to do when there is so much upkeep. Hopefully, with these cool and easy cottage hacks, you can cut some corners and get back to soaking up the sun and singing your favorite tunes around the campfire.

Posted By
May 14, 2018

#Categories: Lifestyle, Tips & Tricks