Fiberglass Canoe – Build Pontoons

you did what to a canoeThe first time I took my wife fishing was to a place at the time called Severn Dam, just north of Rosebud, Alberta. This was a very small body of water stocked with Rainbow Trout. We were fishing from shore using pickerel rigs for Rainbow Trout baited with Powerbait. My wife caught a 2 lbs fish that day ( I caught nothing) and she has been hooked ever since. When seeing how excited she was to catch a fish, I was excited as well, for fishing is one of my most favorite hobbies. I told her that I had a canoe in Saskatchewan and that we should go get it and try fishing in larger bodies of water. So us newly met in love couple headed off to get the canoe.

you did what to a canoe

The Canoe – Not A Good Place To Stand

After our journey from Calgary to Yorkton to pick up our canoe, we decided the first place to try our new fishing adventures would be at Eagle Lake just east of Strathmore, Alberta. After much paddling around the lake and learning how to maneuver this canoe together we tried fishing. My wife hooked onto a good size Northern Pike, which in her efforts to get it into the canoe (that’s right) we flipped the canoe over. The canoe is not a good place to stand up while fishing. Nope not so much fun for her anymore. Oh and I did not catch any fish that day either, seems I started a new trend taking her fishing (no fish for me).

Fishing In A Canoe – Not Unless I Can Stand

My wife said she would not go fishing anymore unless I was sure the canoe would not tip over. Unable to afford a boat and motor at the time, the idea came to me, ‘what if I could make the canoe stable’. Yep I came up with a plan to build some pontoons for our canoe. I did all the research I needed to in order to build the pontoons. I bought some aluminum patio door jamb, chicken wire, eight 2 liters of coke (drank the coke while building pontoons, needed the empty bottles), duck tape, fiberglass car repair kit, some quick release pins, big chunks of Styrofoam, paint etc. Voila, I built the ugliest looking pontoons on the planet. That was in the summer of 2004 and we went fishing and fishing, no the canoe did not sink that day.

you did what to a canoe

Paddling A Canoe – With Pontoons

The canoe is a fiberglass 12 footer, so when I built the pontoons I had to make sure I had the right girth or we would have still flipped over. In creating this expanded girth it had a major effect on the paddling of the canoe. The shortened strokes made it hard to get anywhere on the water in a hurry or the ability to achieve great distance very tiresome. In the summer of 2006 while camping at Cow Lake, Albert, I had this idea that I could add an electric trolling motor. I drove up to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, went into Canadian Tire and bought a 30lbs thrust trolling motor and a 12 volt car battery. Took it back to the lake and clamped that sucker to the side of the canoe. Wow we were creating a wake now. We trolled that lake from sunup to sundown before the battery gave out…oops no battery charger. Talk about learn as you go. All is well though I took the battery out of the truck and installed the dead one to charge it back up. That was indeed a great fishing camping trip.

you did what to a canoe

Seats In A Canoe – Not So Soft As We Aged

The seats in a canoe are not so soft as we aged. My wife and I were fishing so much that we bought some folding fishing boat seats and installed them on swivels of course. Now we were in comfortable seating, did not have to paddle and the canoe was completely portable so there was no place we could not go fishing. Well the big lakes with the big waves were still a place we avoided. My wife she caught a lot of fish in the canoe, me still not so much, I was the captain of the canoe always watching the waves, the wind and the currents ensuring all was safe.

you did what to a canoe

Pontoons – You Did What To A Canoe

It had been 8 years since I built those pontoons before the countless wraps of duck tape and vinyl air mattress started to give out. I decided to upgrade and build us some pontoons out of diamond back aluminum. Flasher, longer and more stylish, right? you did what to a canoeWell they worked great for a few trips yet they always retained water and would make the canoe ride low in the water. I fixed that problem and all was going well. We live in Manitoba at this time which always seems to bring a big wind up from nowhere at any given time on some of our lakes. The battery on the canoe wears down faster and not once yet twice we had to be towed back to the docks by a boat and motor (thank you very much to Guy) yep same person two seasons running. I got this brainstorm to put a 2 horse power gas motor on this little canoe. Bad idea! you did what to a canoe

I sunk the canoe that day with my mother-in-law, my dog and catch of the day in the canoe, not being able to beat a big wave and get turned into it. The wave filled up the canoe. Now it was just under the surface and still semi a float, so all good and everyone was safe. That was 2014, that very week we financed a WC 14 foot Lund with a 15 horsepower motor and we have not used our canoe since.

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Our Favorite Knot – Palomar Fishing Knot

Why the Palomar fishing knot is my favorite for fishing.

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Palomar Fishing Knot

Our favorite fishing knot is the Palomar Fishing Knot, it is easy to tie and very quick. We find this knot to be the one we use most often. It is very strong, coming in handy when we are fishing for Walleye because the Northern Pike here in Manitoba love their Walleye. Palomar fishing knot on Wikipedia.

Northern Pike Chomp – Goodbye Walleye

I have lost fish using the Palomar Knot, yet I can count on one hand how many times I have lost fish due to this knot failing. Most often it is because I tied the knot wrong in the first place. Shortly after I caught the 43 – inch Northern Pike on my crank bait, while vacationing at Perch Bay Resort in Ontario. I was reeling in a small Walleye when a Northern Pike chomped on the little fish and snapped the knot right off the eye of the crank bait. Palomar Knot YouTube.

The Downside – The Good The Bad

This knot uses a bit more fishing line than some other knots. When used in a tapered leader it will chew up your fishing line faster. I also find it difficult to use on any lure over 3 inches in length and trying to tie this knot on a Walleye ring will possible cause stress. Using the Palomar knot for small crankbaits, swivels and hooks will create a lot more excitement, when your daughter screams out, ‘I Got A Big One’

I caught a big fish
I am so excited

and you are confident that she will land that big one! Or you could just blame it on the knot and create a no stress fishing rest of your day.

Cold Hands – Palomar Knot

For as quick and easy tying this Palomar knot may be, I find it tough when I have been fishing all day with the family in the cold weather. My hands start to cramp up, fingers shake and I keep dropping the hook or lure. Makes me wonder if I have arthritis some days. This is when I cheat and use a knot fishing tool. The crimp tool kit is good for jigs, hooks and Walleye rigs.The Gerber 6-in-1 is handy to have in the tackle box.

Two Thumbs – Palomar Fishing Knot

    • Quick to tie
    • Easy to do
    • Can be tied in the dark
    • Very strong
    • Loose less fish

I will continue to use the Palomar fishing knot when I take the family fishing. I trust this knot to get the job done with no stress.

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Welcome to Family Fun Fishing Gear

Welcome to Family Fun Fishing Gear. My family and I love to go fishing. When it comes to family fun fishing we like it to be stress free because that is why we get out of the city and go on family fun fishing trips. We use family fun fishing gear, the best knot tips and play family fun fishing games. Our family fishing boat is great for Walleye, Crappie and Bass fishing here in Manitoba.

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Fishing With Family

I have gone fishing on my own in the past, this in itself creates a fun stress free fishing experience. I have found that the best and fun fishing experiences have been with my family members.

My wife loves to fish for Walleye, which makes her the best wife in the world to me. My daughter loves to fish, my niece, my nephew, my brother loves Bass fishing and I believe most of my family loves to go fishing.

Loading up the SUV and fishing gear in our boat brings a great smile to my face and sense of excitement within my heart every time. Driving down the highway to the beautiful lakes and rivers in our area fills us with anticipation of ‘I hope we catch something today’. When we get on the shore or on the water, wherever we choose to fish, that first cast brings on the ‘this is the day we are going to catch the big one’. No matter whether we catch fish or not, the city has been left behind and for a brief moment in time, there is ‘no stress fishing’.

Family Fishing Should Be Fun

When we go fishing I always make sure all the fishing gear, the fishing line knots, the boat and weather (which we are not able to control) are as safe and ready for a great stress free fishing day. Ideas on how to keep food fresher while out fishing for the day or week.

I hope to share ongoing Fishing Reduces Stress do’s and do not’s as I have experienced them since I was a small boy. I wish to share some safety tips, which at the end of the day, ‘we all want to have a safe stress free fishing experience’. I plan to share some gear we have found very helpful and some knots for fishing line, that have worked for my family. As an Amazon associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

To Help Fishing Lovers Of All Ages

I wish to share our fishing experiences, the fishing gear we have used, the knots tied, the places we have camped and the weather we have fished in, with the hope to help you and your family have a better no stress fishing experience. Crappie fishing secrets.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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