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Taking children out fishing requires a lot of patience but can be extremely rewarding. The look on a child’s face when they catch a fish just can’t be topped. Here are a few tips to help make your next fishing adventure a success. Happy fishing!
Getting your child excited about a fishing trip starts early. Show them fishing pictures and videos or take them to pick out a new fishing lure at the store. You can also get them involved by assigning a job. Ask them to help you re-spool your line or pack a picnic. These small steps can really help build anticipation.
Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd., manufacturers of Len Thompson Lures announce that the “World’s Largest Fishing Lure” in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada is now Guinness World Record certified.
The former Guinness World Record holder for Largest Fishing Lure is located in West, Texas, USA with a length of 15 ft 6.72 in. Lacombe’s lure measures in at 40 ft 5.25”, nearly 25 ft longer than the previous record. To break the dimensions down even further, the spoon itself is 27.5 ft long and 9.5 ft wide. The treble hook is 14 ft long and 8 ft wide. Lacombe’s lure was painted with Len Thompson’s most popular pattern, the Yellow & Red Five of Diamonds®.
The World’s Largest Fishing Lure project was tackled in partnership and with the generous support of The Lacombe Fish and Game Association, Echo Lacombe Community Grant Fund and local fabricator Comet Welding. The monument was installed in May 2019.
Officially the title is held by brother/sister Brad Pallister and Jessica (Pallister) Dew – the fourth generation owners of the Thompson-Pallister Bait Co. Ltd. The record is posted on the Guinness World Records website at https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/largest-fishing-lure.
“This project was so special to our family, community and of course, our project partners. Although we knew the lure dimensions easily beat out the old record, it took several months for the application to be processed. We are very excited by the official approval,” Jessica comments.
The structure is located at the Len Thompson Pond in Lacombe, situated at the end of Len Thompson Drive and is visible from Highway 2A. Managed by the Lacombe Fish and Game Association, the pond’s waters are stocked annually with rainbow trout providing accessible fishing opportunities for locals and visitors of all ages.
“I hope it’s going to be a big source of pride for a lot of years – hopefully decades” Brad told reporters at the Kids Can Catch event where the lure was unveiled to the public on June 1, 2019. “If it inspires just one more person to pick up a fishing rod, take their kids out, or visit our town, we’ve done well.”
The lure was constructed in celebration of Len Thompson Lure’s 90th anniversary in business. Len Thompson started selling his lures in Abernethy, Saskatchewan in 1929. The factory has been located in Lacombe, Alberta for sixty-one years and remains proudly family owned and operated.
For more information visit www.lenthompson/worlds-largest-lure
Lake Trout prefer cold, deep waters. I recommend using a sonar to find the right location and to help determine the proper depth of setup. If downrigging is not an option, try using a trolling weight or dipsy diver to get your tackle down deeper.
I found out about NKs through Len Thompson. I love using them because they are light and have a super awesome wobble behind the downrIgger ball. Seems to drive the fish crazy! My top producing patterns in 2019 were Homeland Security, Green Goblin Glow and Orange Crush.
Scott's Trolling Set Up at ~45-85ft
With the open water season coming to an end and thoughts slowly shifting to the upcoming hard water season, here are a few tips to help you while putting away your summer gear.
CLEAN UP/CLEAN OUT
Fall is a great time to go through and clean out any clutter accumulated over the summer season. Food wrappers, line/lure boxes, and general garbage that may have collected during the past season should be thrown out. Avoid any unpleasant surprises when opening your tackle box in the spring by removing any smelly baits and liquid suntan/bug repellant bottle that may leak and store them properly.
Fall is also a great time to check on your line to see what shape it’s in and if you should be looking to replace it. It’s also important to take a quick look at your reels and rods for any preventative maintenance. Take a few minutes to check for unwanted holes in your net, test your lip grabbers/jaw openers, weight scale calibration, etc.
Is anything worse-for-wear? Now’s the time to get that Christmas wish list done early.
CHECK THE NECESSITIES
While you are going through your tackle box, why not get truly organized and make sure you have all the important items pre-packed. These items can mean the difference between a great trip and one that is miserable and ends early. Here are a few key items I find invaluable to have in my tackle box. In no particular order:
Now that you have everything clean and organized it’s time to store your gear.
Depending on your set up, you may want to put your summer gear away in exchange for your winter gear, or you may simply need to switch up some tackle organizers/compartments. Everyone seems to have their own way of doing this one.
My preference is to store my open water gear in travel cases and out of the way on a shelf or tucked in nicely under the stairs. I don’t want my gear damaged accidentally by someone throwing something on top of them or passing by and getting hooked by a rod end. I’ve seen many man-caves, dens, he-sheds or doghouses (as some would put it) and all the fishing equipment is displayed like a museum which makes an amazing visual but there can be an issue with that. Not many people take into account the effect of UV light on your gear. Some brands of fishing line are particularly susceptive to the effects of UV light. A few months of storage with the line in direct sunlight through a window could cause it to fail in the spring and usually when you’ve finally hooked that lunker you’ve been after for what seems like forever. The line isn’t the only thing affected by UV rays, in fact most of your gear in some small way is affected by it. Over time it can weaken everything from fabric to plastics and since that gear is usually exposed all summer long, it’s nice to give it a chance to hibernate.
Make sure you put all your summer gear in the same spot year after year. This will help ensure an easier load up when open water season starts again and with the right setup, it can be easy to see what’s missing at a glance. I’ve been on too many fishing trips where folks have their gear stored in multiple places and hence they seem to always forget something important on the first trip of the year.
FISHING WITH CUSTOM LEN THOMPSON LURES
Story and photos shared with permission by Jerry Wipft
Thought you might enjoy a little update. We went to Lake Nipissing last Friday and fished through the week end. I made a gift of the full set of 4 lures that I had received on time (BIG thanks again to your production team and in particular to yourself for them arriving on time and being stunning) to my two friends who were fishing with Dorothee and I.
I was the only one catching fish Friday and Saturday, all on my new lures. I caught pike on all but the green (because of the cloudy water I did not use the green). I caught both pike and a great pickerel/walleye on the yellow. My two friends did not use any of the lures I gave them, later admitting they thought I had made them as a joke. One friend in particular was determined to catch a Musky fishing extensively with a variety of large plugs. We made a special effort to troll the usual Musky haunts for him.
On the last day of fishing I caught Pike, again on my Len Thompson fishing together (white and red this day) and my friends were not having any better luck. One even took one of his gift lures apart, removing the hook, to use it as a flasher. I said, 'You will catch nothing using it like that!'. I was right, he was blanked.
My other friend (the Musky hunter) became so discouraged he stopped fishing, taking a break to pout.
He was shocked out of his funk when my wife caught a nice pike on her yellow fishing together lure. That she was catching fish and he, a superior fisherman had not, finally woke him to the fact that if you want to be successful then you use a Len Thompson spoon and the yellow fishing together one in particular. He replaced his huge plug, put away his huge flys and put on the yellow LT fishing together. Third cast and he was rewarded.
Here is a picture of Tom, trying to lift a 52", almost 50 pound Musky, caught on the CUSTOM, YELLOW/RED, LEN THOMPSON LURE.
Best regards and I hope you enjoyed this little story.
ps. He later admitted to thinking I had some cheap lures mocked up, he had never really been aware of how great the Len Thompson brand is (he is from Quebec) and he was totally floored by the fact that a fish of that size had not damaged the hook at all.
pps. Musky under 48" caught in Nipissing are to be released, over that you can keep one. After a very brief discussion we released this magnificent fish for someone else to have the thrill of seeing it on the end of their line...………...if they are smart enough to use a Len Thompson lure.