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Castaways: Canadian Wilderness

Matt Hayes & Babs Kijewski show off trophy catch in all-new fishing adventure series, Castaways: Canadian Wilderness.

Matt Hayes and Babs Kijewski catch the fish of their dreams in Ontario



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If you’re a fishing fanatic, you’re probably familiar with the 24 Hour Rod Race starring renowned UK angler, Matt Hayes. Matt is back, along with one of Germany’s top anglers, Babs Kijewski, in the all-new fishing adventure series, Castaways: Canadian Wilderness. Matt and Babs catch fish they’ve always dreamed of, and experience nature "up close and personal" in this journey of fishing, adventure and natural history.

MONSTER MUSKIE AT LAKE OF THE WOODS

This vast sheet of water is famed for its monster fish, most notably the giant Muskie. Known as the "fish of 10,000 casts" due to its rarity, a muskie has been on the duo’s bucket lists since they were children.

Experience it for yourself at www.totemresorts.com

THE WILD WATERS OF SESSAGANAGA LAKE

Heading South down Highway 17 through Dryden, our adventurers stock up on provisions for their flight to Ignace Outposts aboard the iconic 1950s de Havilland Otter. It’s a 40-minute flight into Sessaganaga Lake – 60 km of wild water with hazardous underwater rocks.

Experience it for yourself at www.ignaceoutposts.com

Renowned UK angler Matt Hayes experiences some remote fishing in Northern Ontario via Float Plane.
Renowned UK angler Matt Hayes experiences some remote fishing in Northern Ontario via float plane.

WALLEYE, SALMON AND TROUT AT LAKE SUPERIOR AND THE NIPIGON RIVER

Matt and Babs go to Thunder Bay on the banks of the world’s biggest sheet of freshwater – Lake Superior. Babs searches for a big walleye and salmon, and after a quick overnight stay, it’s on to the Nipigon River that just celebrated 100 years of holding the world record for brook trout.

Experience it for yourself at www.nipigonriveradventures.com

SEARCHING FOR WALLEYE AND PIKE AT LODGE 88

The duo board a float plane and touch down at Lodge 88, home to big walleye. The fish provide great sport and great bankside food for the partners, who also cook up a competition to make their own lures. The results are instant but then Matt trumps the trip with a last gasp pike!

Experience it for yourself at www.lodgeeightyeight.com

SALMON IN SAULT STE. MARIE

Matt and Babs head to Sault Ste. Marie by the waters of St Marys Rapids in search for salmon. They’re fishing on First Nation grounds and to understand the culture and history of the area, meet with Chief Sayers who invites them to a Pow Wow.

Experience it for yourself at www.saulttourism.com

Babs Kijewski, one of Germany’s top anglers, enjoys some fishing in one of Ontario's many picturesque landscapes.
Babs Kijewski, one of Germany’s top anglers, enjoys some fishing in one of Ontario's many picturesque landscapes.

BASS HUNTING ON THE FRENCH RIVER

It’s the famed French River where Matt and Babs step back in time to relive Champlain’s journey. They then go hunting for bass, a species that inspires million-dollar tournaments.

Experience it for yourself at www.chaudierelodge.com

CARP AT RICE LAKE (AND ONE LAST SHOT AT A MUSKIE)

Matt and Babs explore the Severn-Trent Waterway where carp have exploded onto the scene. At Rice Lake, the friends catch giants from the rich, weed-fringed waters. Weary from their travels, Matt treats Babs to a trip to Niagara to celebrate the Canadian experience while he has one last cast for a muskie.

Experience it for yourself at www.elmhirst.ca

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