FAVORITE PRODUCT: Rapala Interface rain jacket and bib. When I fish tournaments, I have to be prepared to go out in any kind of weather. This rain suit keeps me absolutely dry, warm, and comfortable no matter what the conditions are.
FAVORITE SPECIES: Smallmouth Bass in recent years have become my favourite sportfish to target. In a very close second is pretty much any local species that I can catch on a rod and reel.
FAVORITE LURE: X-Rap XRD10 in Glass Ghost pattern. Everyone has a confidence lure and this one is mine. I throw this crankbait all year long in any body of water and catch fish with it.
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER: If you count the Red River to Lake Winnipeg to the Winnipeg River at Pine Falls all the way through to Minaki and into Lake of the Woods as one body of water, then that would be it.
BOAT MOTOR TRAILER: Alumacraft Competitor 185 with a Mercury 150hp 4-stroke on a Karavan trailer.
BEST FISHING STORY: Losing a fish in a tournament is never good. Losing a big kicker is worse. Losing a big kicker at the side of the boat is even worse yet. Imagine my feelings when on the third day of the Kenora Bass International, I lost a surefire 4lb plus bass after its bottom jaw glanced the frame of the net. It took me awhile to peel myself off of the casting deck. Just when I was wallowing in absent-minded self-misery thinking that was the worst thing that could've happened, on my very next cast attempt I slammed the back of my head with the football jig.
I spent the rest of the day with a slight concussion and a towel wrapped around my head to soak up all of the blood. The lesson? When you're down in the dumps, always keep in mind that it could ALWAYS be worse.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Selected as a Pro-Staff for Guertin Marine. Selected as a Pro-Staff for Rapala. Created the website kickerfish.ca, which is an online resource for all things competitive fishing in Manitoba and Northwest Ontario. Fishing & Outdoors writer for the Filipino Journal publication. In 2008,
I organized the first Manitoba Youth Centre Greenback Classic. We are now going into our 8th year, have expanded to include all of Manitoba Corrections, and we raise funds for local charities.
COMMUNITY: Born and raised in Winnipeg, MB.
FAVORITE PRODUCT: Alumacraft’s Competitor tillers. These are serious boats for serious angling – capable of handling tough conditions, and configured for comfortable fishing all day long.
FAVORITE SPECIES: The challenge of chasing big walleye is hard to beat, especially on the tournament trail. There’s nothing quite like the excitement that comes with setting the hook on a heavy walleye.
FAVORITE LURE: Rapala Scatter Raps. The series includes different shaped baits that work for targeting walleye at different times of the year, and the erratic swim and kick pattern is great for triggering bites.
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER: Lake of the Woods is my idea of paradise. The beauty of the shield landscape is second only to its amazing fishing opportunities.
BOAT MOTOR TRAILER: Alumacraft Competitor 185 Tiller with a Yamaha 90 hp 4-stroke and Shorelander trailer.
BEST FISHING STORY: Heading out to fish with our kids is always the start to a good story. In 2016, I took Lily (then 11 years old) in her first “grown up” fishing tournament – the Falcon Lake Walleye Masters Cup. We didn’t win, but we landed plenty of walleye that day including Lily’s personal best. Our results were good enough to win us the runner-up prize for Top All-Female Team of the Year in the Central Walleye Trail. Taking the stage with Lily to accept our prize and celebrate an amazing day on the water was a special moment for both of us.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Rapala National Pro Staff of the Year 2014. Prostaff angler with Alumacraft, Guertin Equipment and Rapala/Normark. Helped found the Central Walleye Trail (CWT) and serving as a volunteer committee member since its inception in 2014. Past tournament director with the Manitoba Bass Anglers. Published outdoors writer with Hooked Magazine, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Winnipeg Sun, Outdoor Edge Magazine and Conservator Magazine. Volunteer/instructor with Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and Ducks Unlimited Canada. Currently working as the Online Content Editor for Ducks Unlimited Canada.
COMMUNITY: Reside in Winnipeg and Lac du Bonnet, with a family cottage in Northwestern Ontario.
FAVORITE PRODUCT: St Croix's Legend Elite Rod. St Croix has a full line of top of the line rods, but if I was to pick just one, it would be the Legend Elite hands down!
FAVORITE SPECIES: Walleye
FAVORITE LURE: Northland's Buck-Shot Spoon
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER: Winnipeg River/Lake Winnipeg, Pine Falls.
BOAT MOTOR TRAILER: Triton's 216 Fishunter powered by Yamaha's Vmax SHO, sitting on a Marine Master Trailer.
BEST FISHING STORY: After 40+ years fishing Red Lake I have 3 Walleye 29+ inches, never breaking the 30 inch mark on Red. My Girlfriend Angie Fryklund after just 4 years of fishing Red Lake pulls out a monster just shy of 32 inches. Biggest fish I've seen come out of Red Lake to this day.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: 2000 Northwestern Ontario Angler of the Year and 2008 1st in the Winnipeg River Greenback Challenge. Every top 10 is a great accomplishment, and tough with todays competition, but the 2000 Angler of the Year still holds that top spot with me.
FAVORITE PRODUCT: Humminbird Helix 12
FAVORITE SPECIES: Walleye
FAVORITE LURE: Reel bait flasher jig
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER: Red River
BOAT & MOTOR: Alumacraft 205 Competitor with a Mercury 250 Verado (The bigger the better)
BEST FISH STORY: I was fishing with Lyle Bauer, when a fish took the rod right out of my hands. I dove into the river to retrieve it and not only did I get the rod back, the fish was still attached to it!! From that I received a Sponsorship with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS: One of Manitoba’s premier professional anglers. Dedicated countless hours in the promotion and conservation of the fisheries resource. Through this work, introduced 1000’s of people to recreational angling and the benefits of participating is the leisure activity.
I have appeared on numerous television and radio programs, am a regular seminar presenter at events and shows as well as showcases my skills and knowledge at fishing tournaments. I have supported and co-sponsored a number of angling programs including:
· Learn to Fish Clinics
· Fish Winnipeg
· Urban Fishing Derby
· Winnipeg Fish Festival
· Youth Fishing Camps
· School Fishing Seminars
In 1999, I founded City Cats Multi-Species Guiding Service to serve those individuals looking for an adventure of a lifetime. Whether it is catching monster catfish of landing master angler walleye, My motto is “Go Big or Go Home!”
Favorite Product: Minnkota Terrova Bow Mount trolling motor
Favorite Species: Walleye
Favorite Lure: Rapala Jigging Rap: Nothing is like the hit of big Walleye smashing this lure on the way down.
Favorite Body of Water: Lake of The Prairies followed by Lake of the Woods.
Boat/Motor/Trailer: Alumacraft 185 Dominator/150 Mercury 4 Stroke/Shorelander Trailer
Best Fish Story: Fishing Shoe lake several years ago and we went to shore for a Fish Fry, I helped rig a shore line for my friend so he could continue to fish while I cooked. He hooked into a nice Walleye and needed help to land it. I was so excited I fell into the water, but managed to still grab the fish. Was as nice fat 28" Walleye so despite all the laughs from our crew he will never forget his first Master Walleye.
Accomplishments: Being part of Guertin Marine Pro staff, and Kickerfish.ca. Fantastic group of people with wealth of knowledge in boating and fishing industry, have showed me so much in the past year!
Mike recently joined the Guertin Pro-Staff for A Guertin ft Boats, Yamaha Motors and Hummingbird Locators! He lives in Russell, Mb where he has resided for the past 40 years with his family.
Mike was the founder of the Lake of the Prairies Walleye Classic in 1991, when he was owner-operator of Mike’s Bait; Tackle. Mike ran the Prairie Classic for 12 Years then as it grew passed it over the Local Lions Club, who currently run it still today.
Mike has been an avid tournament fisherman and walleye fishing guide for over 30 years! Mike will be running a GNA (Generation Next Angler) tournament on June 29th 2019 at Pyotts West on Lake of the Prairies.
The GNA motto is Families that play together – stay together!
The GNA is a not for profit organization that is committed to introducing every family member to the excitement of tournament fishing. Mike tournament fishes mainly in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and is a member of the CWT. He and his son have just started a new Guided fishing outfit Prairie Eye Guiding on Lake of the Prairies, and both operate and promote the Alumacraft boats.
Mike’s favorite body of water is, of course, Lake of the Prairies!
If you ever need a tip on where the fish are biting on the lake just give him a shout.