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Well, here I am! This is my trophy of a lifetime! It's a thirty-six pound, forty-two inch Striped Bass caught in Eel Lake some years ago. I know, all fish stories get bigger as the years pass, but I assure you, the only thing that's gotten bigger is my waistline!                                 "That's one big fish!!"

I live in Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, and go fishing whenever I
can. I also teach school in my spare time!

I hope you enjoy touring my web site. A lot of hours have been spent surfing the web so you wouldn't have to. Please email me with any comments, good or bad, and don't forget to sign my guestbook before you leave.

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This is my favorite quote. I've heard it and read it many times and in many forms, but I was never sure to whom, if anyone, it should be credited.

jump.gif (7567 bytes)"The best time to go fishing is when you can get away." - Robert Traver -

Looking for a reason why we fish? Check out this site "Why We Fish" for reasons from several famous fishing authors.

Check out my top excuses for NOT catching any fish!!

"Fishermen are born honest, but they get  over it."
- Ed Zern -


Brook Trout - 7.5 lb. (3.4 kg) When caught: 1871
Brown Trout - 7.5 lb. (3.4 kg) When caught: 1979
Striped Bass - 57.5 lb. (25.9 kg) When caught: 1979 (never registered)
Striped Bass - 54.06 lb. (24.3 kg) When caught: 1994 (official Canadian record)
Smallmouth Bass - 5.25 lb. (2.36 kg) When caught: 1997
Atlantic Salmon - 52.7 lb. (23.6 kg) When caught: 1927
Landlocked Salmon - 4.26 lb. (1.9 kg) When caught: 1988
White Perch - 1.5 lb. (0.675 kg) When caught: 1978
American Shad - 4.1 lb. (1.8 kg) When caught: 1979
Chain Pickerel - 5.7 lb. (2.56) kg) When caught: 2002 (official Canadian record)


Ever wonder how much that fish you released weighed? Try these fish weight formulas to get a very close estimate of the weight of your fish.

        BASS = (length² x girth) ÷ 1,200                              PIKE = length³ ÷ 2,700   

        TROUT = (length x girth²) ÷ 800                             SUNFISH = length³ ÷ 1,200

        SMALLMOUTH BASS = length³ ÷ 1600                    WALLEYE = length³ ÷ 3,500

*provided by The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


Nova Scotia

For a highway map of Nova Scotia, click here.

The largest natural lake in Nova Scotia is Lake Ainslie, which has a surface area of 5736 ha (1,173 acres).

Nova Scotia has approximately 6700 lakes.

The deepest lake in Nova Scotia is Black Lake, Cumberland County, with a depth of 72 m (210 ft).

The Atlantic whitefish is an endangered species. The only place in the world where it is found is in Southwestern Nova Scotia. Confirmed occurance is restricted to the Tusket and Annis Rivers, Yarmouth County and Petite Rivière, Lunenburg County.

A 61 cm (24 in.) sea-run brook trout weighing 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs) was caught in Halifax County in 1871.

Nova Scotia holds the Canadian record for chain pickerel. One weighing 2.44 kg (5.38 lbs) was caught in Doctor's Lake, Yarmouth County in 1989.

Nova Scotia holds the Canadian record for striped bass. One weighing 24.57 kg (54.06 lbs) was caught in the Mira River, Cape Breton County in 1994.

Fisherman’s Prayer
                          God give me strength to catch a fish,
So big that even I,
                When telling of it afterwards,
Have no need to lie.

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