On May 4th, 2011 I will be heading off on an exciting 1-year trek across Central & South America. I will be carrying two fishing rods in my backpack - one spin casting & one fly rod. Join my adventure as I search for each country's best fishing spots, learn local techniques, and show you how to get in on the action. Rainbow Bass fishing in Nicaragua, Machaca in Costa Rica, and Peacock Bass in Guyana are only a few of the adventures on the itinerary.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Morning Trout Fishing at Wilmot Creek (Bowmanville, Ontario)

Early-morning trout fishing at Wilmot Creek

The tranquility of early morning fall fishing can only be captured in a photo or experienced firsthand. This photo was taken at about 7a.m. on a Saturday morning. I was told to be there before sunrise to get a spot, but it was still surprising to see how many anglers were scattered along the shoreline for a chance to hook into a Lake Ontario, trout at that early hour. 

Have you fished at the mouth of Wilmot Creek? Do you have any advice for your fellow anglers? Leave a comment. 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Real Travel Magazine - High adventure in the low season (Costa Rica)

My Costa Rica travel article in Real Travel Magazine - High adventure in the low season

Holding your published work is a great feeling - especially after spending countless hours hunched over a keyboard trying to bring a story to life. This was the case for my first published 'travel' article to Costa Rica with my good friends Chris, Nikki, and Ryan. We dubbed our trip 'The 2010 Reckless Road Trip', and we packed as much action and adventure into 10 days as we possibly could. We did it all - partied on white sand beaches, fished at the base of an active volcano, soared through the rain forest  on  zip-lines, and tons more.If you would like to read about our adventure, be sure to pick up a copy of the February issue of Real Travel Magazine - you won't be disappointed.

Who would have thought that one part-time travel writing course at George Brown College would lead to a feature magazine article just a few months later? If you have ever though about writing but just never started, I would be more than willing to give you a few pointers on how to begin (just leave a comment). The most important thing is 'starting'. The second most important thing is to believe that you can write and continue writing'. I would like to thank everyone that has encouraged me to continue writing and continue to push me to live what I love. You can expect many more exciting articles this year as I write while trekking through Central and South America - starting May 4th, 2011.

Live what you love, 

Joel (AdventureJo)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Weekly Fishing Photo - Smiling Pike, Lake Dalrymple Ontario

Denver gets his Northern Pike to smile for the camera  (Lake Dalrymple, Ontatrio)

Instead of allowing them to collect digital cobwebs on my hard drive, I will post one fishing photo every week. 

Fishing Tip: Lake Dalrymple is a very weedy body of water. When pike fishing, you will want to use a flashy lure that is virtually weedless. It can get more than a bit frustrating if you have to remove big clumps of weeds after every cast. I tend to trade in the crank baits for safety-pin style spinner baits (1/2 or 3/4 ounce variety). There are many weed beds at the southern end of the lake and a really big weed bed right before the narrowing where the north and south lake meet. Let your lure fall just above the weeds and retrieve at a steady pace, ensuring that it is going fast enough to part the softer weeds. Pike just go crazy when a bright flashy spinner bait comes ripping through the weeds. You won't have to guess if you got a hit or not, pike are all business. 

If you don't have spinnerbaits in your tackle box, I highly recommend you buy a few (roughly $5 each). I have a variety of colours and blade types since subtle differences can determine whether you will have a good or great day on the water. 

Want to share a fishing photo with fishtalker readers?  Just leave a comment or a message and I will get your photo uploaded. If you would like to know more about fishing on Lake Dalrymple, just leave a comment and I will share what I know. 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Magazine - Rainbow Bass, Costa Rica Article

Real Fishing Magazine (Winter 2011) - Explosions from Arenal Article

My first feature fishing article is now out in Bob Izumi's Real Fishing Magazine (2011 Winter Edition). The article is about my exciting fishing trip to Costa Rica's volcano town "La Fortuna". I had the opportunity to fish for Central America's notoriously aggressive Rainbow Bass on Lake Arenal, which sits at the base of Volcano Arenal, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. I don't want to spoil any surprises, so if you get the opportunity, head to your local magazine stand or bookstore to pick up a copy. This is the first of many more adventure fishing articles to come, so stay tuned.

For more fishing articles and free online issues, visit http://www.realfishing.com/
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