Nov 26

The eye of the fish



Eye of the Fish

Have you ever wondered what keeps grown men going back to a river, stream or lake to the point where it’s an addiction for some?

The secret is in the eye of the fish. It’s not the colors, not the water, not the beer. It’s hidden there in the dark pupil of a fine trout, the kind you’d find on Alberta’s Bow River as evidenced by this portrait provided by Mike Robertson, the

You have to look closely, better if you peer in. With a little imagination you can see the image of the photographer. You might even detect his excitement. Anyone who catches one of these rainbows, whether by spinning rod or fly rod, knows of the adrenalin that runs through one’s veins, even if your standing next to the person who caught it.

Like a large percentage of the International sport fishing population, Mike releases his trout for another day’s catch. So it’s not the meat, though healthy for consumption, that attracted this Canadian.

So what is it then?

I think, and if you look closely, you can see it there, it is the need to escape, to get away, to experience something more than worrying about numbers or selling people in business. It is the need to step away from the often stressful atmosphere of human life if even for an hour or two where you can put brain activity on hold and connect with something alive, something rewarding. It’s the need to refresh yourself from things that otherwise drain your attention away from happiness.

Do you see it there, deep in the pupil of that dark pool of protein in the eye of the fish?

Comment about why you think fishing is so addictive. Give us a good answer. Think it through and be true about it. If we connect, we’ll bring you on board with YourOnTheHook.

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Nov 26

Ari Vineberg of The Fishing Life (Part two)

This is part two of a wonderful interview with The Fishing Life’s Ari Vineberg. I asked Ari how he got the opportunities to fish all over the world. Ari is quick to point out that he “has always taken the opportunity. Opportunity is something you make; it is something you don’t wait for”.

Ari then talks about his fishing adventure to the Florida Everglades where he spent three weeks camping living on an island. He fished everyday from morning to night catching their own baitfish and reeling in species of fish that were unknown to them. He made a list of all the fish they caught and came back home to find out that he caught 61 different species.

Ari then goes on to talk about a trip for sailfish where he used nothing but a hook and some monofilament fishing line to hook his quarry pointing out he almost got his arm ripped off pulling the fish up by hand.

Take ten minutes of your time and check the whole interview out now, you will not be disappointed.

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Nov 26

Your On The Hook with Ari Vineberg of The Fishing Life

A great interview with a great fisherman, Ari Vineberg. Ari is the brain behing his new website The Fishing Life.Com Soon, Ari hopes to make his fishing experiences into a popular television show. We look forward to seeing that show in the very near future. I met Ari on a popular website called Bounty Fishing. As soon as I joined Bounty I started posting pictures to my profile. I love to share my catches with others and I also love to look at other anglers trophy’s.

Ari was quick to comment and give me praise on some of my images. Ari always has positive things to say about all the anglers he interacts with. A true class act right to the core.

One day I hope to fish as many places as Ari has had the privlidge of fishing. Hopefully one day soon Ari will fish with me and share his many stories in person, over a shore lunch!

Please watch as I sit and chat with Ari about his passion for sport fishing.

Ari Vineberg, YourOnTheHook.

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Nov 21

Kids Hooked On Fishing NOT On Drugs With Brittney Novalsky



Recently I discovered a wonderful cause I just had to pass on to you. It’s called “Kid’s Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs”. It was founded by a 14 year old named Matthew Deakins who wrote a letter to the Future Fisherman Foundation in 1986 to say he had avoided drugs in part because he spent so much time fishing. He wrote that he thought fishing could help other kids, too.

His thought was the seed that started Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs.

Today’s national HOFNOD program helps kids develop skills for life. They learn to be patient, set goals, solve problems, make decisions and improve self-esteem. HOFNOD also connects kids with strong role models which I believe is very important for young children to have in their lives, I know it was for me.

Today I sat down with Brittney Novalsky who is an active member and involved with this great program which introduces kids to the outdoors through this program. Brittney shared with us how she became involved and how you too can get this program started in your local province or state! You can see what this benefits of this program do by clicking this link and viewing the smile on these kids faces as they enjoyed a day on the water with Kids Hooked On Fishing.

Thanks for taking the time and watching the video, if you can help start this program in your area then feel free to do so, you might be saving a child’s life and you don’t even know it. A big thanks to Brittney as well for taking the time out of her schedule and chatting with me here today. If you want too see more information on this program, click here to view their website.

Dec 22

Your On The Hook With Richard Schafter Of Bounty Fishing


Check out this interview with the founder of the world’s largest online fishing tournament, Bounty Fishing. Bounty Fishing is a website where anglers can compete for cash fishing their home water and submitting their catch to Bounty Fishing’s website for validation and confirmation.

A member signs up for their website and enters the tournament. There is a tournament for most every species that are found worldwide. You pick the species you catch most often and buy in for a day or a week. Then you go fishing; take two pictures of your catch. One picture is the “Angler with fish” and the other picture is the “fish with ruler”. On the day you compete, or at the end of the week, you submit your catch and hopefully have the longest fish for that tournament and you then win the bounty for that tournament.

This is the way the average angler gets to compete in a tournament style environment without the need for a boat, sponsors and a fancy truck and trailer to haul that 30,000 dollar Bass boat to the next event. Granted the prizes are not massive but there is a chance to compete against some semi-pro or very skilled anglers across the globe.

All you need to do is head over to and create your profile. Once your profile had been created you can then enter their tournaments, add pictures of your biggest and best fish and so much more.

So click the above link and check out I look forward to competing against YOU this fishing season!

~Mike Robertson

Oct 28

Your On The Hook With Teeg Stouffer Of Recycled Fish

If you do not know the name Teeg Stouffer then you need to do yourself a favor and Google his name. Better yet head over to his site at and have a look around. You will see copious amounts of cool information pertaining to fishing. More over, you will see what it takes to become a steward of your local resources. What is a steward you ask; well here is a little sample of what it means to become a steward at Recycledfish. “I pledge to live a Lifestyle of Stewardship on and off the water. Living as a steward means making choices throughout my daily life that benefit lakes, streams and seas – and the fish that swim in them – because my Lifestyle Runs Downstream”. “I will encourage others to take on this ethic and will connect others with the outdoors to grow the stewardship community”.

So with that I encourage you to head on over to http://recycledfish.organd take the stewardship pledge right now. And then pass this information on to all your fishing friends and encourage them to do the same to all their friends. Before you know it, you will make a difference in helping us protect our water ways for many generations to come.

Thanks for tuning in,

~Mike Robertson

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Aug 01

How about you?

A sweet Bow River Brown trout is fooled by a Rapala minnow immitation

Why on earth do we pull ourselves out of bed on a weekend time after time in all parts of the year, trudge over snow and stand in cold wind on the icy banks of a river in winter flow?

This 20″ hook-jawed brownie just off spawn is one good reason. But there’s greater answer, I suspect, than a 4-pound trout in hand.

We fish because the line connects us to something. Every cast into dark water is a toss of hope. Every calculated, carefully placed lure or fly is the laying out of thought toward an understanding that all things relate if we just hold ourselves sane.

Every fisher’s river is the flow of life. The fish within are energies that, once hooked, surge and struggle within our souls to find place. Poetic? Perhaps. Real? For sure. We just express it in different ways.

Fishers fish because they must. We fish because we find solace and peace in the art of it. We fish because the contact we make to a flowing reality is testimony to life lived fully. We’re there because tugging fish pull something out of us that’s tangible, honest and lasting.

Why do you fish? Let us know.

We’re cooking up some pretty rewards for the best of comments and as one of my Canadian friends might say,  “me thinks you won’t want to miss out on that one, eh?”

Register to comment and give us your best shot.


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Jul 22

Trout in the River of Night


How is it that sometimes we escape into thoughts of a river flowing with quiet all about except for the sound of a king fisher or meadow lark and the sight-filling flutter of insect wings, the dapple of trout feeding in the cool breeze that strangely warms our hearts to a better way of life? Sometimes when my days seem too full, I drift off remembering the very first trout I caught on my own, a fine cutthroat from Sand Creek in the Panhandle of North Idaho. I’d ridden my bike out a dirt road to get there, stashed it and waded into the cold mountain waters of mid-June, walking up the free-stone stream that tumbles out of Schweitzer Mountain where skiers go. That rush of water was then as wild at its source as Hemingway’s tale of a boy fishing his way out of trouble.

Russ Moore shows us it can be done, two fish taken in one one cast !

I remember wading in the cold, post-runoff, clear-as-glass water and seeing trout, some of them good-sized, as I shivered in jeans and tennis shoes in those days of skinny legs and not much fat. I remember looking into pocket eddies in the shadows of log jams spying on dandy trout holding in submerged-root pockets. I remember balancing tenuously atop a bleached log trying to get over a ripple too strong to wade so I could fish an eddy I couldn’t reach otherwise, hesitating half-way across where falling off would have done me no good, thinking my mother might kill me if she knew where I was, that she might kill me if I lived long enough to get home and tell her about it.

It was just after crossing that log, in the cold morning light of my first solo trip, that I placed a fresh garden-dug worm ensconced on a hook into one of those pockets and felt the bite. When I pulled the flapping trout onto the sandbar, a 12- or 13-inch wild cutthroat, I threw down my rod and pounced on it, grappling to hold it’s sleek, squirming body in my hands. I couldn’t let it go. I looked with wonder at its beauty, sparkling in the morning sunlight and remember still how with a breast full of pleasure I lifted my innocent eyes toward heaven where God lived and thanked him for the beauty he’d created for all of us who found it.

That wasn’t my first fish, but it was one of the best because it was the first fish I caught on my own. I was ten. I was growing up for sure! and the rest of my life was going to have fishing in it; I knew.

Except I didn’t know then what I know now. I didn’t know that I would go long periods without fishing, that life could rule and enslave you if you didn’t wake up to a better way, if you didn’t take courage and demand independence to live like a child full of joy. Though I’m on the other end of life now I dream still. As I sleep I dream of cutthroat and brook trout, of rainbows and browns too that ought not to be that big and of rivers wild and long.

I learned to read trout water on Sand Creek. I learned where the trout were and why they were there. I learned what lay hidden beneath the dark shadows of a log jam if you placed your worm just right, and I learned to whistle nameless tunes that kept me company and expressed my happiness about fishing.

It’s good to think back, good to reflect; but its better yet to think ahead and dream of the next river and the next big trout that comes to fly or spinner, spoon or crank bait–and it doesn’t bother me to fish with a worm, either–I’m not too proud. It’s the catching that matters to me. Methods differ in their delivery; the delight is the same in the catch if you let it be there.

So I’m counting trout when I go to sleep. You can count sheep if you want; I’m counting trout jumping from the lower pool into mine, jumping one by one over that soft white ribbon of water flowing through the River of Night.

How about you? Leave a comment; let us know of your first solo fish and your reason why.


Photo by Montana fishing guide Russ Moore

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Mar 05

Your On The Hook With Dave Mercer of Facts Of Fishing


Once again the generosity never ceases to amaze me. I contacted Dave Mercer who is the host of television’s Facts of Fishing through Twitter where I follow him. The massage read, “Hey Dave, I started new Blog interviewing fishing personalities, could I have five min of your time when you are at Bass Pro Calgary. Thx” Not too long after Dave replied to my message saying, “Sure did you want to meet me at 12:30 up stairs at the BPS offices. That should give us time before my 1 pm seminar”.

A few messages back and forth and we were all set for the interview. I arrived at Bass Pro Shops Calgary, with camera and tri-pod in hand eager to sit and chat with Dave about fishing and his television show. In the interview I stated that “your never to big to give back to the people that follow you” refering to our messages we exchanged and all the messages I see him respond to on his Facebook page and his Blog page. Dave pointed out that it’s “not him giving back, it’s just common courtesy”. I fully agree watching the interview back. I know I respond to all my comments and e-mails on my sites and that is an important part of keeping people interested and coming back year after year. Common courtesy indeed!

I am truly grateful for Dave taking the time out of his busy schedule and talking with me. I’m sure I will get to chat with Dave again sometime in the near future. Please watch as Dave Mercer talks with us about fishing and his television show.

Dave Mercer YourOnTheHook.

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Mar 01

Your On The Hook With Jim Hoey

Jim Hoey of the Dimestore Fisherman

I was up at Bass Pro Shop today to seek out my first interview for the website. A few major fishing personalities were on hand to provide demo’s and do some meet and greets with the customers of Bass Pro Shops. For those who don’t now Bass Pro has their Spring Fishing Classic on now so please go up and check it out.

I was very fortunate to meet with a local Calgary television fishing personality named Jim Hoey. Jim runs his own television show called “The Dimestore Fisherman”. I approached Jim and filled him in on what our new site was about and its purpose. I must say Jim was very accommodating and gladly offered to be interviewed for “Your on the Hook”. We made our way over to the cafeteria where I sat down with Jim and asked him a few fishing related questions.

I want to thank Jim for taking the time out of his busy day to be with us here on “Your On The Hook”. Please listen in to our interview as Jim Hoey is now on the hook.