HuntNetwork Menu

Advertisers

New Page 2

Video Adverts

submitted by philipp on Sat May 18 2013 at 06:06am
Indianhead Ranch Outdoor Summer Camp

Views 4712
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Sun May 5 2013 at 01:09am
African Feather, Fur & Scale Safaris

Views 4264
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Apr 26 2013 at 05:22pm
Stormberg Elangeni Safaris

Views 5157
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Apr 26 2013 at 06:50am
Chris Troskie Safaris

Views 4313
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Mar 29 2013 at 06:32am
Game Trackers Africa

Views 2760
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Feb 22 2013 at 05:12am
McDonald Safaris

Views 2910
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue Feb 5 2013 at 04:58am
Phillip Bronkhorst Safaris

Views 4664
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Jan 11 2013 at 05:15am
East Cape Safaris

Views 2935
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Fri Jan 4 2013 at 05:41pm
Schoonbee Safaris

Views 3467
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Wed Dec 12 2012 at 05:45am
Fish'n'Crab Charters

Views 2905
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue Dec 11 2012 at 05:09am
Blaauwkrantz Safaris

Views 3049
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Mon Nov 5 2012 at 04:31am
Wild Footprint Safaris

Views 5061
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue Oct 30 2012 at 06:34am
Baobab Jagd

Views 3144
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Sat Oct 20 2012 at 05:39am
Nick Nolte Safaris

Views 3104
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Wed Sep 26 2012 at 11:21pm
Dolphin Marine

Views 3165
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Sat Jul 9 2011 at 05:13am
Tollie's African Safaris

Views 9244
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue Jun 21 2011 at 11:23pm
Aloegrove Hunting Lodge

Views 10361
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue May 24 2011 at 11:17pm
McDonald Safaris

Views 5650
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue May 24 2011 at 09:49pm
Baobab Jagd Namibia

Views 5255
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Sun Nov 7 2010 at 04:02am
Sambar Hunt Victoria - Music by Steve Lee

Views 10026
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Sun Nov 7 2010 at 04:01am
Aussie Challenge

Views 6026
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Tue Jun 1 2010 at 11:10pm
Author Ron Thomson

Views 6178
**YouTube**
submitted by philipp on Wed Nov 25 2009 at 06:34pm
Wild Country Adventures

Views 15096
**YouTube**

McDonald Safaris

New Page 2

HuntNetwork Store

New Page 7

Canada Fishing : Canada: Canadian fishing adventure results in world record Arctic char for Baldwinsville angler

on 2013/10/6 6:46:50 (1271 reads)

t was a trip that ended with a huge Arctic char being caught that appears to be a new world's record for fly fishing.

But the excursion taken this summer by Jim Sollecito and Dennis Ouellette to the edge of the Labrador Sea in a desolate area of northeastern Canada was much more than that.

"It was an expedition, an adventure. I've never done anything like that," Sollecito said, adding it resulted in several scary, white-knuckle moments.

"I made my peace with the Lord - twice," the Baldwinsville resident said.

It all began with Ouellette, who owns Ontario Orchards in Oswego County, fishing last summer for salmon at Big River in Labrador. At that fish camp, he met French Canadians Keith Richardson and his son, Patrick. After finding out the two had a float plane and a small helicopter, Ouellette made plans with the pair to head up further north into Labrador the following year, with an agreement that the gas costs would be split among all those going.

"Dennis figured this was a place he wanted to explore. He was told he could bring one more guy but he had to be of an adventuresome spirit," Sollecito said. "They also decided to bring a dog to keep the bears away."

Ouellette, 67, who lives in Sterling, had been on outdoors outings before with Sollecito, who owns Sollecito Landscaping Nursery in Onondaga Hill. The two have fished together in Alaska to the Baja in Mexico.

This most recent trip stretched from July 28 to Aug. 10. Because of pending bad weather, the two local anglers left two days early with six hours notice. After driving to Montreal, they took off in Keith Richardson's float plane, arriving at their destination on Tasiujak Lake 10 hours later.

"There was no cook. We made our beds - literally, using hammers and nails and available wood," Sollecito, 59, said.

The weather didn't cooperate. The first four days the group was fogged in. Sollecito and Ouellette took their fly rods and fished around the camp.

"It was tremendous fishing," Sollecito said. "We were casting egg sucking leaches and muddler minnows. We were landing countless lake trout up to 12 pounds - and there were some we couldn't land that were probably pushing 30 pounds. We were also a ton of brook trout up to five pounds and Arctic char up to 8 pounds."

There was one major inconvenience, Sollecito said.

'Both of our waders sprung leaks. We had wet legs the entire time we were there," he said, adding that fortunately the weather during the day stayed in the 40- to low 50- degree range, dropping down to the low 30s at night.

The fog lifted on the fifth day, and the two were helicoptered and dropped off alongside the first of severeal unnamed rivers, some 50 miles away.

"We were left to fend for ourselves and told the helicopter would return between 5 and 7:30 p.m. to pick us up," Sollecito said. "We had bear spray and shared one rifle (in the case of a bear attack)."

That day, the anglers caught numerous brook trout in the 1- to 3-pound range, keeping some to cook over a fire for lunch. Both anglers said the water was "Windex water," meaning it was unbelievably clear, blue -- and drinkable. "You'd look at it and think it was only three feet deep and it'd be 30. It was unbelievable," Ouellette said.

The two saw a number of black bears, some more 600 pounds, near their base camp and while fishing, but there were no incidents. They also got close (within 100 feet) while riding in a helicopter to several much larger polar bears and their cubs. They were fishing at one point in the same area where a camper had been dragged out of this tent and recently mauled by a polar bear.

"Everyone was there because of the fish," Sollecito said. "Beforehand, I assured my wife we wouldn't be within 150 miles (of the area where the camper was mauled). We ended up finding his camp site."

On the final day, Sollecito, hooked a huge Arctic char on a No. 4 muddler minnow, fishing in an area where they had seen the polar bears just several miles away from the helicopter.

"It was a giant fish and fortunately it stayed in the pool where I was fishing," he said, adding he took care not to get into the water in fear of spooking the fish and having it take off.

"I beached it and conked it on the head with a rock," he said, adding he cut some nearby brush, putting some of it through the fish's mouth, put it the water and piled rocks on it as to not attract any nearby bears with the smell.

Three and half hour later, the helicopter finally returned. Back at the camp, the fish was weighed at 17 pounds, 8 ounces. Sollecito is a member of the International Game Fishing Association, which keeps track of salt and freshwater fishing records. He knew he had a record fish.

"We took pictures and then filleted it," Sollecito said.

This past week, Jack Vitek, a spokesman for the IGFA, confirmed that Sollecito's fish most likely will be a new world record in the fly fishing category for a 12-point tippet (leader). The current record in that category is 17 pounds caught by an Australian angler.

"Everything looks good and is lining up nicely," he said. "He completed the application, had witnesses, had a photograph, sent us the tippet and we tested it. He also had the scale certified by the Syracuse Scale Co. and gave us proof of that. He should get approval in the next month or so."

The trip's scariest moments, though, didn't involve a bear attack, getting lost or being left overnight in the wilderness. It was the float plane trip back home to Montreal.

During the trip, the plane was low on gas and made several loops around a desolate mountain pass looking for a place to land while cruising at 100 feet above the tree tops. And once they hit the St. Lawrence River, the plane was zipping along at only 46 feet above the water to avoid the fog and bad weather. In both instances, Sollecito admits to being unnerved.

The shaken Sollecito said he'll never forget Oullette's comment once they finally landed:

"Well, that was a lot of fun."

http://blog.syracuse.com/outdoors/201 ... venture_in_northeast.html

Rating: 0.00 (0 votes) - Rate this News -


Other articles
2015/9/2 21:20:00 - Phasa Applauds SAA Decision To Lift Cargo Embargo On Certain Hunting Trophies
2015/9/2 17:20:00 - At South African hunting reserve, US bow hunters lie in wait for antelope and other wildlife
2014/8/25 17:57:01 - Hunters need to be aware of bogus forwarded emails
2014/8/5 9:10:00 - Africa’s elephant haven: Botswana a rare bright spot in dire battle against poachers
2014/7/3 17:20:00 - Beloved African Elephant Killed for Ivory—"Monumental" Loss
2014/5/21 19:09:57 - ILLEGALLY CAPTURED WILD DOGS RETURNED TO THE WILD
2014/5/16 16:30:00 - Wisconsin hunter bags five-bearded turkey
2014/4/29 14:50:00 - Two Durban Fishermen injured by Marlin during competition
2014/4/16 13:10:25 - Madison: Remington Arms announces voluntary recall affecting Model 700 and Model Seven rifles
2014/4/16 12:59:17 - Virginia: Last Shipment of Elk from Kentucky to Virginia Furthers Reintroduction Efforts
2014/4/7 14:08:49 - Cincinati: Female Sumatran rhino dies, none left in US
2014/3/31 15:50:00 - Minnesota: Bois Forte opts against 2014 moose hunting; no decision from DNR yet
2014/3/31 14:51:00 - Legs for wolf-hunt moratorium?
2014/3/17 16:15:03 - North Carolina: Hunter bags 500-pound wild hog
2014/3/12 20:28:06 - Gobbler shells: Wild turkey seasons begin soon across the country

Fish"n"Crab Charters

New Page 1

Login

Username:

Password:

Remember me



Lost Password?

Register now!

Advertisers

Hunting Photos

Buffalo Bull Gravel... (2015/9/2)
Buffalo Bull Gravel...
Crocodile (2014/1/30)
Crocodile
Elephant (2014/1/30)
Elephant
Bear Hunting (2013/8/20)
Bear Hunting
Roebucks in Romania (2013/6/11)
Roebucks in Romania
Hippo (2013/6/7)
Hippo
Eland - South Afric... (2013/6/5)
Eland - South Afric...

Fishing Photos

Mozambique: Bazarot... (2013/10/29)
Mozambique: Bazarot...
Mozambique: Bazarut... (2013/10/21)
Mozambique: Bazarut...
no title (2013/9/20)
no title
Mozambique: Wave Wa... (2013/8/16)
Mozambique: Wave Wa...
Marlin Fishing (2013/8/14)
Marlin Fishing
Mackrel (2013/6/30)
Mackrel