Dec 6, 2018 10:00 PM
by: David W. Reid

This week I want to introduce an angler that has devoted numerous hours volunteering his time of deliver aggressive walleye occasions for anglers, right here, different provinces and a few from the U.S. to return and compete right here in northern Ontario.

His devotion and fervour to work alongside facet different volunteers has resulted in each the Geraldton Walleye Basic and the Northern Ontario Walleye Path to repeatedly develop annually.

In addition to volunteering, his fierce aggressive nature has allowed him to win a number of occasions and to continually place in most of the NOWT occasions through the years. 

I want to introduce this weeks angler, NOWT President Cory Nephin :

Q: The place had been you born?

CN: I used to be born in a small city positioned on the western a part of northern Ontario referred to as Atikokan.

Q: Who performed a job in getting you began in fishing?

CN” I spent most of my early years fishing with my grandfather and uncle on Perch Lake, close to Atikokan, the place our household camp was positioned. They had been each instrumental in instilling a love for the outside and particularly fishing and searching in me. 

Q: As a youth, the place did you fish and for what?

CN: Though I moved to Thunder Bay at a really younger age, I returned to Atikokan each summer time as a youth and a teen to remain at my grandparents cottage and work at an area bait store. My brother, cousins and I’d spend numerous hours on the water exploring new locations to fish whereas unknowingly honing our fishing expertise that may later assist in our event careers. We regularly focused walleye and bass though would occasionally seek for massive northern pike. 

Q: At what age did you begin fishing?

CN: I don’t precisely recall the primary time I moist a line however there are photographs of me in my grandparents boat sleeping in a bassinet. So, I think about the primary day I used to be sufficiently old to take a seat up alone and maintain a fishing rod, would have been the day I started fishing.

Q: How did you get into walleye event fishing and why?

CN: I fished my first ever event over 30 years in the past on the age of 16 with my father. Though it was a bass event and our inserting was lower than stellar, I used to be instantly addicted on event angling. I fished largely bass tournaments till I moved east to Geraldton and located that the bass fishing was restricted, particularly tournaments. Fortunately for me there have been a variety of walleye tournaments to fill the void. As soon as I attempted one, I by no means regarded again. There are a variety of the reason why I like the game of event angling. In fact I like competing with the very best anglers the world has to supply, however extra vital is the comradery we’ve got as opponents and anglers. I can actually say a lot of what I’d take into account my finest mates have been met by way of fishing tournaments. 

Q: What was your most memorable fishing expertise and why?

CN: I’ve had many memorable experiences on the water with my household and mates. Whether or not it’s enjoyable fishing, a event win or a event catastrophe, I bear in mind all of them equally simply not all in the identical gentle. Though I’m not in a position to selected a most memorable as we speak, I’ve a sense by the tip of subsequent summer time my most memorable and possibly most emotional expertise can be fishing a event with my 9-year-old son. It is going to be his first “grownup event” and I cant wait to see his first morning jitters and the thrill in his eyes as we await our boat quantity to be referred to as.

Q: Checklist any anglers that helped you study extra about fishing through the years.

CN: Honestly, whether or not its watching a seasoned veteran or a first-timer, I proceed to study each time I’m on the water with them or listening to them describe a day of fishing off the water. There’s all the time data to be gathered and strategies to be discovered when round any angler. I’ll chorus from mentioning names as I’d have an inventory too lengthy to say and I concern I’d neglect to say somebody vital. 

Q: Checklist sponsors and event finishes.

CN: I’ve been sponsored by Princecraft boats for a few years. They’ve been very beneficiant to myself as nicely the Northern Ontario Walleye Path, which I’ve been a long-time board member of. I like my Princecraft boat which has been an vital part in my good fortunes on the water permitting me to win a variety of walleye and bass tournaments through the years. 

Q: Largest fishing supporters through the years.

CN: I’m extraordinarily fortunate to have a really supportive household. My spouse Amie has made many sacrifices through the years whereas I’ve been gone fishing tournaments. I even have two superior youngsters – daughter Caitlin and son Liam – each of which love fishing and perceive how vital fishing is to their father. I bear in mind just a few years in the past I needed to cancel a event on the final second on account of a piece dedication. Once I defined to my daughter, who was about 6-years-old on the time, that I couldn’t go fishing due to work, her eyes welled up and tears began to kind. Not as a result of she was lacking out on something however as a result of she knew how vital it was to me. 

Q: What are a few of your favorite fish you want to fish for and why? 

CN: Actually, It really doesn’t matter what I’m fishing for so long as I’m fishing. I simply completely like to fish. Its troublesome for me to elucidate the eagerness and delight I get from being on the water to anybody aside from a fellow angler. Possibly that’s why all of us get alongside so nicely.. 

Q: What’s your favorite fishing method(s) for walleyes?

CN: I take advantage of many alternative strategies for walleyes relying on situations and water our bodies. Nonetheless, if I had to decide on a favorite, I’d most likely need to say casting and ripping cranks in shallow water. It’s a very aggressive strategy that permits me to cowl water rapidly. To not point out the agency strike and closely bent rod that accompanies each chew. The adrenalin rush on the strike is unmatched particularly when a event win is on the road.

Q: Why do you fish walleye tournaments?

CN: I fish walleye tournaments as a result of I like walleye fishing, competitors, and growing new and present friendships. In a nutshell, that is what event angling is all about.

Q: Why did you conform to have your bio carried out?

CN: I believe it is vital, for these of us who’ve spent a number of time on the event scene, to advertise the game to potential new anglers. Whether or not younger or previous it’s a sport you may compete with each other on a equal footing. Belief me after I say in case you fish only one walleye event you may be hooked.

Q: Any ideas you’d give to a brand new Walleye Angler fishing the NOWT?

CN: Though everybody collaborating in a event has the ambition and expectation they will win. Realistically, with all issues being equal, every crew has lower than a 1 per cent likelihood of hoisting the winners trophy. So set some lifelike objectives and take part with the intention of studying and having enjoyable. You’ll with out query meet some nice folks and study some new walleye fishing approaches. In case you are lucky sufficient to money a cheque, be humble as a result of irrespective of how good issues went for you this occasion, they’ll go simply as dangerous the following. 

Q: What could be a few of your best accomplishments through the years of fishing?

CN: I’m most likely most happy with the accomplishments I’ve made with respect to my volunteer hours put into making the Geraldton Walleye Basic (GWC) and the Northern Ontario Walleye Path (NOWT) extra fashionable. Again within the early 2000’s Donna Pelletier and myself had a imaginative and prescient for the way forward for the GWC. It took us just a few years and a number of effort however we had been lastly in a position to notice our imaginative and prescient of operating a top-notch walleye event that anglers had been prepared to journey from throughout to take part in. The recognition has grown a lot that the sphere that when solely had 17 groups now boasts a discipline of 130 groups with an intensive ready checklist. I’m additionally very happy with the work I’ve carried out on the board of the NOWT. I’ve been an lively board member for over 15 years and have seen the path steadily acquire in reputation over this era.

I want to thank Cory for all his volunteer work he has carried out through the years and for locating the time to have his profile carried out throughout one among his busiest occasions of the 12 months.

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