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FISHING THE WILD WEST TV
Wes David is a professional angler and hunter from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. Wes is an established freelance outdoors writer who has had articles in many popular publications including Outdoor Canada, Alberta Outdoorsmen, B.C. Outdoors and Alberta Conservation Magazine.
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Name: Lisa Roper
Location: Lac La Biche, Alberta
Favourite thing about fishing: Fishing to me will always be so much more than just catching a fish. It’s about traditions, relationships, the fishing trip adventures, and the enthusiasm of having a fish on your line. It’s about the determination to try again tomorrow when you came up short today. It’s all those fishing moments we remember forever.
Favourite Len Thompson Lure: The Faithful - Five of Diamonds and the Dimpled Series Grey Ghost
Best fishing tip for beginners: My best tip for beginners is have fun, enjoy the journey and really appreciate and respect the feeling of having a fish on your line.
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Name: Scott Bulat
Location: Edmonton, AB
Favourite thing about fishing: Taking new people out in my boat that don’t normally get the chance to catch fish and let them experience a fun day
Favourite Len Thompson: No. 16 SS (Sun Set)
Best fishing tip for beginners: Always keep your rod perpendicular to your line on your retrieve, that way when you get a bite, the rod can do it’s job and flex and you can sweep the rod to the side to set the hook.
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Name: Adam Gamble
Location: Spruce Grove, AB
Favourite thing about fishing: The memories. No one looks back on a fishing trip with friends, family, or even by yourself with anything other than fond memories!
Favourite Len Thompson: No. 2 Lemon Flame Five of Diamonds
Best fishing tip: Don't be afraid to change up sizes, or colour. If you find a pattern is working for you and fish are following but not committing, try going to smaller and/or larger lures!
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Name: Graham Cloutier
Location: Castlegar, BC
Favourite thing about fishing: I love flyfishing and chucking lures, not sure which I like better though because I just love fishing. Also I just love the water, that is my main draw to fishing, I love being on it, swimming in it, just being around water makes me happy.
Favourite Len Thompson: Five of Diamonds
Best fishing tip for beginners: If you're not catching anything, try casting where you don’t think fish would be, they like to hide in places where you wouldn't think they are hiding.
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Name: Henri-Vine Hétu
Location: Mascouche, Québec, Canada
Favourite thing about fishing: The excitement of a fish battling at the other end of the line and not knowing what it is until it's almost in the net!
Favourite Len Thompson: Reverse Red Platinum Series, this lure attracts the Northern Pike like if it was their dessert!
Best fishing tip for beginners: Don’t give up, read online or subscribe to a monthly magazine to learn the best tactics from the pros!
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Name: Martin St-Louis
Location: Kingston, ON
Favourite thing about fishing: I live at the east end of the magnificent Lake Ontario and have a part time Fishing Charter (Friend with a Boat). My favorite species to target are Chinook Salmons. The great thing about the east end of the lake is that you can also catch Coho, Steelhead, lake trout, walleye, pike, bass... you actually never know what will bite your lures.
Favourite Lure: In 2017 my best Northern King lure was MAG Mixed Veggie. Man! Did I get big salmons and steelheads with this lure. For pike if you never tried Brass and Flame you missed something.
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Name: Al Benoit
Location: Garson, ON
Favourite thing about fishing: Being a tournament angler I love the competitive nature of tournaments. Competing against other anglers and the Fish. Whether it be a Bass, Northern Pike or Salmon Tournament, nothing feels better then having success and seeing your name on that leaderboard at days end.
Favourite Len Thompson/Northern King: Yellow/Red 5 of diamonds/ Northern King MAG Purple Thunder
Best fishing tip for beginners: My best tip for beginners getting into the sport would be to look for and join a local fish and game club chapter. Fish and game clubs have a good mix of beginners to seasoned tournament anglers and are a great source of information for the new anglers coming in and networking with fellow anglers.
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Name: Rob Ouellette
Location: Ontario, Canada
Favourite thing about fishing: It's all about spending time with family and friends - build those memories, connect and reconnect with your kids as the grow up and change in front of your eyes. Sometimes the best and deepest conversations you will ever have will be on the water and in the truck on the ride.
Favourite Len Thompson/Northern King: Cant beat the Len Thompson 5 of diamonds and for me the Watermelon Northern King is the bomb
Best fishing tip for beginners: Watch "Fishing the Wild West" and "Fishful Thinking" for all around tips - research your lake of interest before you go out to have target areas to go to such as sunken shoals, points, breaks and underwater bowls...these structures hold fish --- keep your hooks sharp!!
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Name: Jenn Dang
Location: Victoria, BC Canada
Favourite thing about fishing: My favourite thing about fishing is the unknown of what might be at the end of your line and the feeling of reeling your catch in with excitement and incredible hope. I love being able to catch and bring fish home to share with friends and family.
Favourite Len Thompson: Reverse Red
Best fishing tip for beginners: Always respect every fish you bring in. Respect the waters and the land. Try to leave as little trail or footprint as possible. You don’t need to buy all the bells and whistles to start fishing. You just need a fishing rod, a positive attitude, and a Len Thompson Lure.
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Name: Huy Tran
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Favourite thing about fishing: Fishing is a relaxing sport that you can do at any age. At the age of 80, you bet you will see me on the water.
Favourite Len Thompson: Of course it has to be the 5 of diamonds. It's a tackle box staple!
Best fishing tip for beginners: Be sure to fan out your cast and cover water. Take your time and the fish will come.
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Name: Alex Boutin
Location: Magog, Quebec
Favourite thing about fishing: It is prima therapy.
Favourite Len Thompson Lure: Anything with crazy uv paint
Best fishing tip for beginners: Find a mentor, and bring him/her lunch!
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Name: Mat Weaver
Location: Cold Lake, AB
Favourite thing about fishing: Having the opportunity to teach new anglers ranging from kids to adults. Nothing shows genuine excitement more than a kid landing his first fish including that ear to ear smile! These are the moments that we live for in passing on our passion of fishing and conservation onto the next generation.
Favourite Len Thompson Lure: Hands down the classic 5 of Diamonds. This is one of the first lures in every kid's tackle box! On the big water for lake trout, I would recommend Northern King Mag Mixed Veggies
Best fishing tip for beginners: Never stop learning! Utilize all the online resources at your disposal; there are lots of extremely talented anglers sharing everything from the newest techniques, to the ones they've mastered over the years to help shorten your learning curve.
Instagram, Facebook & YouTube: @weaversbentrods
Name: Kynan Vine
Location: Calgary Alberta
Favourite thing about fishing: Making memories in the outdoors with my family and friends
Favourite Len Thompson Lure: The one and only Five of Diamonds!
Best fishing tip for beginners: Ask questions from those who know and fish with experienced anglers while learning if possible.