Captain Johnny Dadson is a twenty-year veteran of the Great Lakes, chasing the World Record Musky. As a Trophy Musky Guide and with his personal Hunt for Queenie, the chase has taken him all across the Musky’s range, from Wild West Virginia to the beautiful Lake of the Woods as an angler and as a speaker.
Having started a small tackle company in 2006 from Georgian Bay, Canada and having watched it grow to be recognized across the board as the World’s Finest; has been and remains his life’s’ work and most cherished title.
John is a diversely experienced veteran of the musky world. He began guiding on the LOTW system over 40 years ago and is the owner of
the OttawaRiverMuskyFactory.com and MuskyFactoryBaits.com. Guide, author, researcher (saveamillionfish.com), educator, and TV personality – John lives muskies 365 days a year, and loves it. He has also been a proud member of Muskies Canada for over 25 years and represents them publicly at shows and events throughout North America. His seminar on advanced musky techniques is one not to be missed.
Owner of Red October Baits. Tube jig expert. Mutli-time tournament champion. National Seminar and Podcast participant. Musky hunting focused on the Great Lakes Watershed of the Northeastern US and Southern Ontario.
Roughly 20 years ago Johnny Lubera stumbled onto a Musky Hunter magazine in a corner store and it changed his whole perspective on fishing! From that point on he had one objective, to learn everything possible about Muskies and hunt them often. Every other fish was now just bait! Johnny’s obsession has brought him all across Ontario in pursuit of trophy Muskies. His personal best was a 57” giant that ate an orange perch 57 big lubowski. Over the years he has successfully hunted numerous giants over the 50” mark. He loves casting but trolling is his bread and butter. Johnny has been tying lures since 2003 and in 2013 he officially launched his own lure company – Lubowski Lures. His lures have garnered quite the reputation with anglers and pro guides all across North America
Andy has been a Muskie angler for almost 40 years and has been a very active contributor to Muskies Canada much of that time. He was voted into MCI’s Hall Of Fame in 2013. Andy had already caught hundreds of Muskies by the time he started guiding in 2007. Among the waters he has done countless hours on are some with “big fish” reputations – the French River, Lake Nipissing, and Georgian Bay. Andy has a pro-staff relationships with St.Croix Rods, Okuma Reels, Huskie Muskie Leaders, PDeez In-lines, Sledge, Drifter Tackle, Beaver Lures and Hosebaits.
Having served as chair for the Ottawa chapter and President of Muskies Canada, Peter is currently Editor of Muskies Canada’s “Release Journal”, the quarterly Canadian Muskellunge magazine. He has been a professional Muskie guide and is a member of the Muskies Canada Hall of Fame. Peter is the overall organizer of the Odyssey and will host the “Big Fish Panel”.
Everyone can benefit from a fresh review of the basics. Brent Bochek is a talented multi species angler with a special passion for chasing Muskie. Brent owns and operates FISH NV Multi Species Guiding. As a member of Muskies Canada since 1990, Brent was invited to fish in the 1992 World Musky Hunt, the youngest member to date to have fished this event. Brent will be the host of a new TV show called “Setting the Hook”, which is set to debut in September 2020 on “Your TV” Niagara, Cogeco.
You can follow Brent on social media
Fred has become well known as one of the Musky Boys, a social media phenom. Musky Boys have built a significant following on You Tube with their informative short Muskie videos. Fred is a professional guide during the early summer on the big-fish waters of Northern Canada, while he waits for his Muskie time on Canada’s big waters later in the fall.
Kyle is an exciting young guide on Lake St. Clair, one of the world’s best Muskie fisheries. Kyle started young. He has been an avid angler since the age of 7. He won a place in the World Hobie Kayak championship tournament against some of the best. Since then he has competed in Muskie tournaments including the PMTT Circuit, some West Virginia tournaments and a lot of Muskie Canada Outings.
Kyle has been a licensed Muskie guide on Lake St. Clair for the last 5 years. St.Clair is an incredible Muskie fishery where he competes as a guide with some of the best anglers in the world.
Lawrence Gunther is North America’s only blind professional tournament angler, outdoor writer, podcaster, blogger, filmmaker and TV host. Having competed in over 150 tournaments, Lawrence applies his non-visual senses to earn numerous top-ten finishes and wins. He’s a frequent contributor to Outdoor Canada Magazine, where you can also find episodes of his weekly podcast “Blue Fish Radio”. His award-winning documentary “What Lies Below” currently airs on CBC’s Documentary Channel. Lawrence founded “Blue fish Canada” in 2012, a charity dedicated to informing and inspiring the next generation of conservation-minded anglers.
Best known as the founder of Ontario Women Anglers, Yvonne is a strong advocate for getting women and children outdoors and on the water. As a Keep Canada Fishing ambassador, she promotes the National Fishing Week initiative and license-free fishing days at every opportunity.
As a novice Muskie angler, Yvonne became a member of the Kawartha Lakes Chapter of Muskies Canada in late 2016 to increase her own knowledge and to get more women fishing for the species.
In February 2016, Yvonne became the first female to receive the Rick Amsbury Award of Excellence, presented by the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame, for her contributions to the sport. She also writes for a number of outdoor publications.
Megan McGregor is an avid musky angler from the Shimano Canada field staff team. Megan has always loved everything about the outdoors. After living beside Lake St. Clair for 2.5 years and fishing 4 days a week she quickly realized her hobby of fishing had become her main passion. She now spends every weekend during the musky season travelling all over Ontario and Quebec with her fishing partner Luke Patterson. During the off months, you can find Megan and Luke ice fishing on Chemong Lake in their ice hut or targeting walleye and pike before the musky season. Megan’s knowledge, outgoing personality and creative mind-set have led to partnering with some of the largest brands within this industry. She is a proud ambassador for brands such as; Shimano, Lululemon, Musky Maniacs, Dadson Blade Baits, Blue Water Baits, Musky Candies and DK Musky Lures. Megan is an active member of Muskies Canada and has been a great addition to the executive team with the Kawartha Lakes Chapter as their social media director.
Check out more about Megan on her platforms
Severely addicted to muskies! Although she caught her first musky only eight years ago, Lisa will tell you that that fish changed her life. She is one of only a handful of full-time female musky guides in Canada. In fact, John Anderson will tell you that she is at the top of the list of female guides in our country. With fish up to 51.75 inches in 2019 she more than earned her stripes in her first full season. Lisa is a member of Muskies Canada and volunteers with Blue Fish Canada because she is passionate about teaching sustainable fishing practices and ensuring the future of recreational fishing in Canada.
Alyssa (A. J.) Lloyd
Alyssa founded BushWoman Workshops, a labour of love to help other women learn new skills in the outdoors. Alyssa started fly fishing seven seasons ago, specifically to target Muskie, a fish that’s unhealthily held her attention for nearly ten years now. Only four years ago did she get her first Muskie on a fly rod. Since then she’s used both fly and conventional gear for all species she targets. She is a photojournalist hailing from Bancroft, Ontario, doing mostly editorial and tourism work, often coinciding with the outdoors.
Fly-fishing has been a passion for over 28 years for Jason Newell. He has been fortunate to travel to some very interesting destinations including, Belize, Cuba, Los Roques Venezuela and the Florida Keys. His addiction to saltwater fly-fishing was the reason he decided to chase Muskies with a fly, as this is the closest species he could relate to Tarpon fishing. Jason owned and operated a Fly Shop for 10 years, which included teaching the art of fly tying, fly casting and guided many of clients into their first experiences with a fly rod. Jason has presented at numerous fly-fishing clubs, fly-shops, fishing shows and enjoys sharing his knowledge from what he has gained over the years. Chasing a Muskie with a fly has consumed a lot of his time over the last few years and his experiences include fishing the Kawartha Lakes and Lake St. Clair. Stop by the Predator Fly Company booth if you are interested in fly-fishing for Muskie and he will help you get started. Jason is a proud member of Muskies Canada and writes a column on fly-fishing for Muskie’s Canada’s official magazine, the Release Journal
Marlon Prince is a licenced professional guide in New Brunswick and is credited by many as the pioneer of musky fly-fishing and fly tying in Eastern Canada. Marlon is the Vice Chair of the Saint John River Chapter of Muskies Canada, and is a promoter & advocate for the conservation of New Brunswick’s incredible natural resources. Marlon is a proud ambassador for brands such as: Hardy, Fenwick, Abu Garcia, Gaspe Fly, Penn, Pure Fishing and Smith Optics.
Marlon continues to be the most successful Muskie guide on the Saint John River in New Brunswick. One look at his Facebook page will confirm that Marlon knows how to find those big green monsters. Marlon is an accomplished fly-fisherman and shows his guests how to make fly-fishing successful. Marlon is sponsored by Hardy and is the Chairman of the Saint John River chapter of Muskies Canada.
Throughout his career as a naval officer, Dan has fished for a range of species in many locations including Atlantic Salmon, Pacific Salmon, Steelhead, Trout, Bonefish, Trevally, Tuna and Barramundi. He has been fly-fishing for Pike since a teenager and has travelled to fish them in the Yukon and Northern Ontario. He took up Muskie hunting with the fly six years ago and has focused his efforts in the Ottawa and Kawartha areas.
Dan has introduced many of us to the joys of fly-fishing for Muskies. Recently he was awarded the prize for the biggest fish in 2019 for the Ottawa chapter. Dan will be sharing his expertise in the fly-fishing panel and the fly-fishing workshops.
Chris Pfohl aka “FISHBOWL” has fished all over Ontario for Muskie during the last 25yrs. This includes fly-fishing for Muskie during the last 5 years developing techniques and flies that have been effective to capture the mighty Esox. Muskie on the Fly has been a growing sport over the last few years and he has presented to numerous Fly Fishing Clubs and written articles on how to capture these elusive fish on a fly. “FISHBOWL” has been an integral part and cast member of the first two Canadian Muskie on the Fly Films, including “The Pursuit” featured in the 2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) and just recently “The Grind” both produced by Nick Pujic, owner of Vantage Point Media House (VPMH). Chris uses his experience from conventional Muskie fishing techniques and lures to create flies that have proven successful in many different bodies of water across Ontario and the US. As a former member of Team Canada he was the first Canadian to bring home an International medal at the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championships in New Zealand in 2008. Chris has had the opportunity to compete for Canada in numerous International Fly Fishing Competitions across the World including the World Fly Fishing Championships in Scotland. He was top Canadian rod at the Commonwealths on the isle of Islay in 2009.
Fly-fishing is more than just a passion for Ken – it’s the way he makes his living. As owner of Grand River Troutfitters, fly-fishing instructor and an accomplished guide, Ken is one of the best when it comes to fishing for multiple species with a fly. In this seminar, let Ken’s enthusiasm and knowledge walk you through his successful Musky fly-fishing tactics. You will learn rods, reels and lines, and most importantly proper leader-rigging for efficient and productive Muskie fly-fishing. Bring your note pad because he will also be sharing some of his innovative, hard to stop a Muskie from striking, presentation techniques. Learn to set a Muskie properly is crucial. By the end of this seminar you will be ready for your own toothy predator challenge.
Michael is an avid fly-fishing angler in Ontario with a lifetime of experience in the Northumberland and Quinte areas, focusing on numerous species including: Muskie, Trout, Salmon, Walleye, Bass, Pike, Crappie, and Perch. Growing up on the banks of the Ganaraska River in Port Hope allowed him to appreciate the art of fly-fishing at an early age. The “Ganny” has an amazing Trout and Salmon runs and produces large catches! Fly fishing in the Trent River or on Rice Lake for Bass is a unique and exciting experience on the fly rod.
Recently, Mike organized the “Monster Mash”, Canada’s first Muskie fly-fishing tournament on Stoco Lake. Mike was also involved in the production of the new #Muskie film called #TheGrind ! which will be shown at The Odyssey. He was also part of the epic Flymen-sponsored film THE PURSUIT, presented by Huk, featuring Flymen guide Michael McNaught with Jay Newell, Chris Pfohl, and Kim Rood as they chase musky in Canada. Catch the whole film at the 2016 International Fly Fishing Film Festival – IF4.