The 2019 Odyssey will be presenting the best line-up of Muskie speakers ever assembled. Some of Canada’s best Muskie anglers and professional guides will share their strategies for success.
Of special interest this year will be Muskies 101 – How to get started with Muskie Fishing.
We will be featuring a great line-up of fly-fishing experts to show you how to target Muskies by fly-fishing, one of the most challenging but fastest growing segments of the Muskie community. More and more women are getting into Muskie fishing so we will have a terrific session by women, for women. Of course, the technical side of chasing Muskies is reflected by the rapidly changing world of gps and sonar technology, so we will have a great session to de-mystify this sector.
Jim Saric – President, Muskie Hunter Television
Jim Saric is a Legendary Angler in the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. He is the Host and Executive Producer of The Musky Hunter television series, Editor at Large of Musky Hunter Magazine, and a seven-time musky tournament winner. He has a monthly column in Midwest Outdoors Magazine, and is a contributing writer for numerous other publications. He has produced 13 highly acclaimed musky videos, co-authored the book “The Complete Guide to Musky Hunting” and recently released “Muskies My Way.” Jim conducts over 20 seminars annually, and teaches the University of Esox musky schools throughout the country. Jim has over thirty years’ experience fishing lakes, rivers, and reservoirs from Minnesota to New York and all across Canada.
Jim’s sponsors include YETI Coolers, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, Ontario Tourism, Shimano, G. Loomis, Power Pro, Motorguide, Lowrance, Musky Mayhem Tackle, Joe Bucher Outdoors, and Musky Innovations.
Mike Lazarus: Professional Muskie Guide
Mike Lazarus is perhaps the most prolific guide/producer of angling-caught Muskies of all-time, founder of the Montreal Chapter and Muskies Canada Hall of Fame inducted: Mike Lazarus!
Mike is one of the best Muskie guide in North America. While truly a diverse angler, Mike’s knowledge and array of precision trolling tactics over such a vast amount of water are legendary within the Muskie community.
It may be that no other Muskie fisherman in history has had knowledge over such a vast amount of Muskie waters, having an intimate knowledge of the entire Great Lakes system from Sault Ste Marie to the farthest east range of Quebec.
John Anderson – Guide and Owner, Ottawa River Musky Factory
John is a diversely experienced veteran of the Canadian Muskie scene in every sense. A Muskies Canada member for over 25 years, John is a well travelled fisherman who has chased different species on all corners of the planet but who’s first love is and always will be Muskellunge. He lives and breathes our favourite fish almost every day of the year by writing about, talking about, teaching about, or fishing for Muskellunge. His business, the Ottawa River Musky Factory will host over 200 charters this year and his guests will catch some of the biggest Muskies on the planet yet again.
Through his bait company, Musky Factory Baits, John and his partner Mike Spratt raise monies towards Muskie research and his pet project this year is “Save a Million Fish” – a campaign designed to teach anglers all over the world that you can stop bleeding on a fish using a can of soda pop or carbonated water. Formal research on this initiative begins this summer and you can hear all about it at John’s Odyssey presentation in April.
A hallmark of John’s teachings is linking the latest in Musky research (much of it having been done through or supported by Muskies Canada) to Muskellunge behaviour and applying this knowledge to best practices of presentation and timing to maximize your catch.
A presentation not to be missed!
Bill Hamblin – Guide and author of “120 Days” Muskie book
Bill has been fishing Muskies since 1972. His early quests started on Ontario’s Kawartha Lakes before his jump to the bigger waters of Georgian Bay, Eagle Lake and Lake of the Woods. After writing an article for Musky Hunter Magazine in 1992 a guiding career evolved and continued until 2001.
From 1996 through 2001 Bill co-authored the Musky Hunter’s Almanacs with Larry Ramsell. More recently he published 120 Days, a book inspired by Bill Gardner’s Time on the Water, documenting his search for giant Muskies on Georgian Bay.
Bill was recently inducted into the Muskies Canada Hall of Fame.
Shawn Maher – Guide and Owner of “Hosebaits”
Shawn Maher is a multi-species angler and a long time member of Muskies Canada, I have been Muskie fishing for over 35 years. I have fished all across the province including New Brunswick, specializing in Georgian Bay, I was lucky enough to personally see and measure Ken O Brien’s 65-pound world record. I have caught numerous fish over 54 inches up to a 56 1/2 inch monster.
Shawn is a certified Captain and the owner operator of Hoser’s Sports Fishing, in which he guides for Salmon as well as Muskies. He is also the founder of Hosebaits, his hand-crafted Muskie lures that he has been producing for over 20 years. Hosebaits have been responsible for some of North Americas biggest Muskies in recent years.
Rob Cadeau – Northern Outdoors Canada Guide Service
Rob is a true multi-species angler, and has been operating his guiding business since the mid ‘90s. He fishes and guides for all species throughout Ontario, but specializes in Muskie, Lake Trout, Pike and Salmon. He is also an avid and very successful big game bow hunter and 3D archery competitor.
Rob is an active member of Muskies Canada, and volunteers on the Lake Simcoe Muskie Restoration Program (LSMRP), as well as many other conservation initiatives. He was one of the guest speakers at the 2017 Muskie Odyssey, hosted by Muskies Canada, and has been featured in numerous fishing magazines and blogs by some of the top writers in Canada, and filmed TV shows with some of the best in the business, including Angler and Hunter TV, as well as Musky Hunter TV.
Rob’s current sponsors are: Lund Boats, Tucker’s Marine in Apsley Ontario, Panther Power Steering, Midland Chrysler, Drifter Tackle, Suick Lure Company, Georgian Bay Bucktails, Action Car and Truck Accessories in Orillia, Len Thompson/Northern King, and Clam Outdoors.
John Cowan – Muskie Hunter TV Co-Presenter
John Cowan has been a guest angler on the Musky Hunter TV show since 2013, and has been seen in eposides exploring Stoco Lake, The Kawarthas, Balsam Lake, and Restoule Lake.
After immigrating to Canada in 2008, he started Muskie fishing accidentally in 2010. John’s expertise comes from precision trolling and casting learned from fishing for Australia’s Muskie-equivalent “the Barramundi” for many years and with many of the same lures and techniques which are used on Muskies here in North America.
John created and continues to fish using an algorithm utilising his skills as an actuary to target Muskie in a scientific way with significant logs and tables. He also continues to support many causes of Musky Canada like the Wounded Warriors and an advocate for sustainability.
Home range for John is the Kawartha’s in Ontario but he spends many weeks in other areas both with the Musky Hunter and his fishing partners in many US states and Ontario.
John has often used “panel” discussions in his business world as an effective way to pull together a great amount if information in a compact format. John will chair our “Big Fish Panel” during the Odyssey program.
Bill Barber – Guide and owner, Trophy Hunter Fishing Charters
Bill has been guiding on the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario since 1983. Born and raised on the shores of Lake Ontario, he represents the third generation of his family to fish these “home” waters.
Bill is a two-time Gananoque Big Fish of the Year award board and is the winner of two Swan Trophies during Muskies Canada Outings with fish over 55″. He is currently running a Lund Baron for trolling and a 20 ft. Ranger for casting.
Bill is the Release Director for Gananoque Chapter of Muskies Canada and a participant in St. Lawrence River Telemetry Study.
Brent Bochek – Muskie Guide
Brent Bochek is a talented multi species angler with a special passion for chasing Musky. 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 owns and operates FISH NV Multi Species Guiding, concentrating on Musky, Walleye and Bass in the Kawartha Lakes and Lake Erie and for the Salmon or Trout enthusiast, in Western Lake Ontario.
When not guiding, Brent also fishes various tournaments for Salmon, Walleye, Bass and Pike. Brent speaks at many Angling club meetings; his seminars are entertaining to say the least! He has also been a featured seminar speaker at the Toronto Boat Show, Niagara Sportsman Show, Hamilton Boat Show and the Hamilton Boat Fishing And Outdoor Show. He enjoys writing about his adventures and is a frequently featured host guide on “NEED TO FISH ” Which airs on Roger’s TV Midland.
Brent is currently a proud Pro-Staff / Ambassador for, Lowe Boats, The Boat Warehouse, Raymarine, Abu Garcia, Berkley, Suick Lures, Handlebarz Musky Lures and Traxtech
Women & Muskies
Ashley Rae – Guide, Blogger and Women’s Angling Advocate
Ashley Rae is a year-round multi-species angler based out of Ottawa, Ontario. She shares her passion for fishing through writing blogs and articles for various publications and websites internationally.
Ashley has been documenting her adventures on her own blog, titled, SheLovesToFish.com, since 2009. She has hosted and has appeared on fishing television shows on the World Fishing Network and beyond. In 2018, Ashley launched a fishing guide service, titled, Ladies Learn To Fish, catered towards teaching women to fish. She spends most of her time fishing throughout Southeastern Ontario but also enjoys traveling to new destinations throughout Canada and beyond.
Ashley is very active on social media and loves connecting with anglers around the world. Learn more about Ashley at: SheLovesToFish.com
Jessie Baker – Muskie Angler and Social Media Star
Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, surrounded by the water, Jessie left her short reality TV appearance with a new outlook for life and a purpose to find her true calling in the outdoors. She is an avid angler, outdoor enthusiasts, and self-proclaimed free spirit. Despite catching her first Muskie at the young age of 7, it didn’t ignite her passion for chasing Muskies until the summer of 2014. She has been blessed to spend the last 9 years on her home Muskie waters, where her family owns the resort, Cedar Island Lodge (http://www.cedarislandlodge.com).
As she continues to grow as a female angler, in a male dominated sport, she welcome new opportunities to help educate other female anglers on the techniques and tools she’s found useful in her most successful season yet!
Chelsea Lynn – Muskie Angler and Pro Staffer
My name is Chelsea. I’m 25 years old and North Bay Ontario is where I call home. I have spent my life growing up in the outdoors, but never fishing. I only started truly fishing four years ago. If you fast-forward to now, you will see I have developed a true passion for the sport. Weekends and any other free time is spent in the boat or on the ice. Fishing has taught me so many things and I look forward to every chance on the water to grow as an angler.
The fish of 10,000 casts is what truly got me hooked. There are no words to describe the feeling when you finally have that Muskie in the net after those long days that may have turned into weeks of unsuccessful outings. Muskie give me a satisfaction unlike any other fish, there is something about the chase I truly love. If it were easy it wouldn’t be musky fishing.
Lauren is an avid angler and hunter that grew up fishing on Lake of the Woods, Ontario. Her father sparked her interest in fishing and the outdoors at a very young age. After a chance encounter with a Muskie on Walleye gear in 2014, no other fish has measured up. Muskie has been the prime target species ever since.
Lauren is an ambassador for Pure Fishing Canada, Mustang Survival, Trophy Strike, and Dadson Blade Baits.
Lauren’s Instagram: @thenorthernfox
Fly Fishing For Muskies
Marlon Prince – Saint John River Guide
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. Passionate about giving back, Marlon is an organizer of the “Casting for a Cause” youth fishing derby for The Kidney Foundation of Canada, as well as the annual Big Brothers/Sisters fishing day with Muskies Canada
Dan Lougheed is a retired naval officer currently employed with the Department of National Defence in Ottawa. His time with the Navy allowed him the opportunity to fish 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.
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.
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. He has been involved in the fishing industry for the last 25yrs as a tackle store manager, progressing into beginner casting and fly tying lessons, guiding, competitive angling and former sales rep for an international fly tackle company.
Pro-staffer for local shops and equipment brands, hands on seminars and talks are part of his commitment to help grow the sport of fly-fishing locally. 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. Not only does he have a passion to fish, but also protects the sensitive habitats used by aquatic life in his full-time career as a Senior Aquatic Ecologist and Consultant. He was born to fish and takes part in multi species and techniques angling during all seasons, worldwide. Chris will present with fishing partner Mike McNaught on how both films were produced, some of the highlights over the past few years along with footage captured of these elusive fish eating flies
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 me 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.
Mike was 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.
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
Joslyn Leung – Tech Talk
Joslyn is always popular at the Odyssey. Don’t miss his session about GPS, sonar and the latest angling technology. Joslyn is the owner of Angling Outfitters in Woodstock, On. He is considered the foremost expert on sonar setup and installation of both Hummingbird and Lowrance. He sells 900 units per year and is the largest reseller in the province. We have an 11 part video series with very detailed information for all anglers.