Drift away

Mid-Canada Boat Show on now at RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - OUTDOORS - DON LA­MONT

AS we ease into March, many of us are think­ing of an­other year on the open wa­ter. For those look­ing for a new ride, this week­end is al­ways spe­cial. Why? The Mid-Canada Boat Show takes place at the newly ren­o­vated RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. I had a chance to tour the ex­panded fa­cil­ity about a month ago, and I think those who visit the show will be im­pressed by what they see. All the boats, booths and prod­ucts will be on one floor, the third. No more hav­ing to nav­i­gate through three floors. All the fish­ing oper­a­tors will be in the north sec­tion, along with the re­turn of the Lunker Tank. Bob Izumi is in town to do some pre­sen­ta­tions along with top re­gional pro Jeff Gustafson. I will be at the Hooked Mag­a­zine booth in that same sec­tion, so come by and say hi! and then take the fam­ily wa­ter ski­ing in the af­ter­noon. Many com­pa­nies are now mak­ing th­ese ver­sa­tile boats. Here are a few that are out on the mar­ket

Edge 185 Sport. This com­pany has ex­panded its lineup and flex­i­bil­ity in model se­lec­tion in re­cent years. Their Edge 185 Sport has a wide va­ri­ety of fea­tures to make a day on the wa­ter spe­cial. New mod­els for 2016 fea­ture large com­fort­able jump seats, ski py­lon ready and a new 18’9” hull on the 185, and 17’8” on the 175, both with a 95” beam.

The Dual Im­pact con­verts from a full-fea­tured fish­ing boat to a high-per­for­mance ski boat. With ad­di­tional beam width, th­ese two mod­els eas­ily con­vert in min­utes. What­ever type of wa­ter ac­tiv­ity you choose, the Dual Im­pact se­ries gives you the abil­ity to choose be­tween fish­ing, wa­ter ski­ing or cruis­ing when­ever the mood strikes you. Swivel bucket seat­ing, an alu­minum ski py­lon and all-new dual fi­bre­glass con­soles with full wind­shields add up to great ski boats. Pedestal seat­ing, aer­ated livewells, and rod stor­age are fea­tures the avid an­gler will ap­pre­ci­ate.

The Lund Cross­over se­ries al­lows to­tal flex­i­bil­ity and a va­ri­ety of great fea­tures in­clud­ing a ton of stor­age for both wa­ter skis and rods and reels, plus a wide va­ri­ety of seat­ing op­tions. This in­cludes fold down seats in the back, a huge rear livewell and a four-rung lad­der to al­low swim­mers and skiers back in the boat with ease. It also has a re­mov­able front cast plat­form among myr­iad op­tions for this best-sell­ing model.

Try this ver­sa­tile 19-foot alu­minum fish­ing boat. A real chameleon on the wa­ter, it en­ables you to switch ac­tiv­i­ties at the snap of a fin­ger. Feel like fish­ing? You’ll love the spa­cious fish­ing plat­form. How about a lit­tle plea­sure boat­ing? No prob­lem, the plat­form quickly con­verts into a com­fort­able sit­ting area thanks to the seats stored in the deck. Rated for up to 200 HP, you can take up to eight peo­ple on-board. So what’s your plea­sure to­day — fish­ing, wa­ter­ski­ing, or go­ing for a de­light­ful cruise?

Op­ti­mized fish­ing per­for­mance doesn’t sac­ri­fice the Su­per Hawk’s abil­ity to own leisure and sport. This pow­er­ful and adapt­able boat was de­signed to reach new wa­ters, with am­ple fish­ing fea­tures and all-day com­fort to match. And with Crestliner’s all­welded alu­minum hull con­struc­tion, you’ll have full con­fi­dence to take on any fish­ing, leisure and sport ad­ven­ture you can find.

Get more from your time on the wa­ter with the value-packed Ti­tan 186 alu­minum fish­ing boat. You’ll take the helm of a stylish con­sole with easy-to-read lighted gauges, rocker switches, an AM/FM stereo with J-port and a 12-volt power point. In-floor lock­able stor­age al­lows you to safely stow up to five rods, and rear flip-up seats eas­ily con­vert from ex­tra seat­ing to a full cast­ing plat­form. You can also add a rear lad­der and insert a ski pole when you want to take a break from fish­ing.

Ice fish­ing for wall­eye on Lake Win­nipeg has been pretty darn good all win­ter. Many an­glers from all over North Amer­ica have been en­joy­ing some spe­cial suc­cess. Un­for­tu­nately thieves have been tar­get­ing ve­hi­cles left on the ice or in park­ing lots while their own­ers are roam­ing around on the ice. Four­teen ve­hi­cles were hit in one spot last week. Dono­van Pear­ase, who op­er­ates Black­wa­ter Cats Out­fit­ter, has started a Face­book page to help deal with this hot topic. Visit it at face­book.com/lakewin­nipegice­fish­ing. Pear­ase says the pub­lic can help by work­ing to­gether and be­ing vig­i­lant.

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Whether you’re look­ing for a fam­ily boat to pull wa­ter skiers and wake board­ers, or a fish­ing boat, the Mid-Canada Boat Show show­cases a mul­ti­tude of craft.

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Don La­mont aboard his well-ap­pointed fish­ing boat.

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Dar­rin Bo­ho­nis on a Crestliner boat equipped with a Mer­cury en­gine.

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Jeff Gustafson fish­ing in Florida.

LUND

This of­fer­ing from Lund, pow­ered by a Mer­cury en­gine, is a great boat for fam­ily fun and fish­ing ad­ven­tures.

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MirroCraft boats can con­vert from a fish­ing boat to a high-per­for­mance ski boat.

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