Mid-Canada Boat Show on now at RBC Convention Centre
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.
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.
Don Lamont aboard his well-appointed fishing boat.
Darrin Bohonis on a Crestliner boat equipped with a Mercury engine.
Jeff Gustafson fishing in Florida.
This offering from Lund, powered by a Mercury engine, is a great boat for family fun and fishing adventures.
MirroCraft boats can convert from a fishing boat to a high-performance ski boat.