A Ladies Fishing Trip to Remember

Bay of Quinte Fishing Charters

The Bay of Quinte is famous for its world class, four season fishery. Choose from Walleye, Salmon and Trout and then select the charter operator that suits you best. With over 100 years of cumulative experience between six Transport Canada certified marine captains, we offer the best fishing experience on the Bay of Quinte.
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During the fall and winter months, I spend as much time as possible out on the Bay of Quinte chasing the trophy walleye that migrate in leading up to their spring spawn. These are my home waters and although I have lived in Ottawa for a few years now, I still travel to the Bay frequently. Since being introduced to this late fall fishing experience by friends years ago, I haven’t been able to get enough of it. It’s not for everyone as it the weather can be quite cold and the wind relentless, but if you’re willing to bundle up and tough it out, you could be rewarded with the fish of a lifetime.

At the last minute, late in the open water season this fall, I came up with an idea to host a women’s fishing trip out on the Bay. This is a special fishery but it certainly requires the right equipment and vessel, especially in the late season when the temperatures are dropping. It’s a bucket list adventure for many. I knew it would be a lot of fun to get out there with a group of ladies who are just as passionate about fishing as I am. I was pretty certain that there would be some women willing to give it a shot.

I began discussing this plan with my friend Alyssa Lloyd (who is also a fellow writer here on the Northern Ontario website). Her enthusiasm inspired me to get a move on and start planning this out. I’d been having a blast this season out chasing walleye in my own boat, but I am not a charter captain nor do I have the space to bring a large group out. I knew the best thing to do was to reach out to some local expert charter captains who could help out with this adventure. Right away, I had the support of Joe Pickstock of PB&J Charters, and Greg Amiel of Fishing 4 Tails. Both gentleman are extremely knowledgeable and put their time in on the Bay making the fishing dreams of their clients come true throughout the season. I’ve been fortunate to fish with both of them over the years and knew that the ladies would have a great learning opportunity from both guys and have a fun experience all around.

The trip details came together quickly and I decided to open it up for 8 women in total for this 2-day adventure. I posted about it online and it blew me away at how quickly the trip filled up. Some of the ladies I had met before, while others I had not. They traveled from all over (one as far as 9 hours away) to join in on this experience. We all booked in at the Picton Harbour Inn and gathered in my hotel room the night prior to our first outing. I thought a potluck would be a great way to socialize and get to know each other before our 2 days on the water and it definitely was. We were laughing and enjoying each others company right away and so excited to start fishing the following morning. Conveniently, both charter captains launched out of Picton so we were able to just walk over to the nearby docks to meet them. We split into groups of four to spend one day on each boat.

Although the fishing was tough and the wind almost prevented us from getting out at all, I don’t think any one of these ladies had a complaint. It was a fantastic girls trip with amazing food, good laughs, hilarious stories, and new friendships formed. I mentioned the fishing was tough but in light of it, both Joe and Greg prevailed in finding some active fish and all the anglers were determined. Four ladies were ecstatic to accomplish their largest walleye ever!

To top it all off, one of the walleye so happened to be a monstrous trophy, the kind of fish every walleye angler dreams of. On the final day of the adventure, Alyssa landed this 14-pound, 3-ounce beast aboard Joe’s boat. This is truly the fish of a lifetime! Alyssa got some images and video of her fish and then released it.

Thank you to all the ladies who joined me on this adventure: Alyssa, Cathy, Kelly, Lori, Samantha, Jenn, and my mom too. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful captains, Joe and Greg. After such a great couple days, the ladies and I discussed plans for next year and are planning an extended 3-day event on November 22-24th, 2017. I’m also hoping to add a third boat for next year to accommodate a few more ladies on the adventure. We are already counting down the days until next years trip!

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