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Hello All,

I am pleased to announce that my new photographic portfolio website has now launched. This new site will feature all of my images, in specific categories dependant on specie, activity, etc. Simply click on the drop down menu and browse the images you are interested in.

For those that love wildlife, fishing, and hunting scene photography, feel free to check out all of the images on my latest offering.

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Home Page

Click here to be directed to the site: http://www.JustinHoffmanOutdoors.zenfolio.com

Yours In The Outdoors,

Justin

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Hello All,

This week has been a hot one – both in terms of temperature and the activity level of largemouth bass.

In sharp contrast to the previous two weeks, when weather fronts were playing havoc with the bite, fish are once again feeding heavily – and hitting most baits with reckless abandonment.

I fished a stretch of the Rideau River Monday and Tuesday. Wind-blown slop was the ticket, with fish holding on the outside edge and smashing flipping jigs as if their life depended on it. It made for two of my best days on the water this season and my ‘bass thumb’ certainly attests to that.

Here is a short video I shot showcasing some of the action. Always nice to get back-to-back fish, especially on film!

Good Fishing,

Justin

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Hello All,

The following video was shot during my recent trip to Nova Scotia. Jamie Stewart of Waleaha Charters (run out of Ballentyne Cove) was gracious enough to let me tag along on a fishing adventure for Great Blue Fin Tuna. These fish average 700lbs and can reach speeds of over 40mph! For those looking for extreme thrills and massive fish, give Giant Blue Fin Tuna a try. There really is no other experience like it…

Good Fishing,

Justin

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Hello All,

I look forward each summer to a visit from my good friend, Christine Cope. Working as an MP in Cold Lake, Alberta, doesn’t afford us the time we previously shared in the boat, but our yearly adventure is always ripe with laughter, a bunch of fish, and good memories.

Choosing to fish the same Eastern Ontario lake we did the year before, we launched at 8:30am to sunny skies and a high temperature. We headed off to fish some flats, chucking cranks, jigs, and spinnerbaits. A few fish came over the gunnel, but for the most part, fishing was slow.

As the morning wore on the activity levels changed. We began pulling fish from under docks, slop, wood, and pads. Of course, Christine pulled out her signature lure – a wacky rigged soft stick bait – and I became the spectator in the boat sitting on the sidelines. (OK, I had too much pride to switch and stuck with my obviously losing pattern!)

Christine began pulling largies from the flats, off the weed clumps, and what seemed to me, out of thin air. The really cool thing happened later in the afternoon, when two nice smallies fell prey to her presentation, sitting in less than 6-feet of weed-strewn water. These fish fought like stink and were definitely cool to see!

We ended the day with a mixture of 28 bass….and a few delicious beers at the local pub.

Here’s looking forward to next years visit and more bassin’ fun, Cope Style.

Good Fishing,

Justin

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Hello All,

Thanks to those that entered my TUF-Line giveaway. The response was great and I will be running another contest in the not-so-distant future.

The randomly selected winners are:

 

First Prize – Doug Wade, Seeleys Bay – Ontario

One (1) 600 yard spool of 50lb Test (12lb Dia) Tuf-Line XP in Green.

Retail Value – $49.99

 

Runner-Up Prize – Robert Rice, Barrie – Ontario

Two (2) 125 yard spools of TUF-Line DuraCast;  (1) 12lb Test (6lb Dia) and (1) 15lb Test (8lb Dia) in Green.

Retail Value – $21.94

 

Prizes will be mailed out this week.

Good Fishing,

Justin

 

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Hello All,

With fishing season upon us, and to acknowledge my partnership with TUF-Line, I wanted to give my loyal readers a chance to win FREE fishing line. And not any old fishing line but THE BEST on the market.

Rules

Send an email to Justin.Hoffman@rogers.com with the following information:

Subject Line – “TUF-Line Contest”

Your full name and address.

Answer to the question.

Question

How many colours is TUF-Line XP available in?

Hint – Head over to TUF-Line to find out.

Prizes

First Prize

One (1) 600 yard spool of 50lb Test (12lb Dia) Tuf-Line XP in Green.

Retail Value – $49.99

Aerospace technology has been utilized to produce our TUF-Line XP fishing line. Tension Lock Technology TUF-Line XP is produced under high tensions allowing more compaction of the fibers during the finishing process. TUF-Line XP is more compact, smaller in diameter, packs better on reels, offers better knot performance, casts farther, reduces rod tip wraps, and boasts higher abrasion resistance.

Runner-Up Prize

Two (2) 125 yard spools of TUF-Line DuraCast;  (1) 12lb Test (6lb Dia) and (1) 15lb Test (8lb Dia) in Green.

Retail Value – $21.94

TUF-Line DuraCast is the braid solution for spinning reels. Its revolutionary patent-pending construction process eliminates tip wraps, wind knots, rod guide noise and common bail trip issues associated with standard superlines, yet delivers the strength and sensitivity advantages anglers have come to rely on. TUF-Line DuraCast’s Tri-Axial, bi-compound construction ensures long wearing durability, permanent colouration, and unparalleled abrasion resistance. While DuraCast offers a quantum leap forward with regard to braid performance on spinning reels, it also performs flawlessly on casting reels, offering a complete braided line solution for bass, walleye, panfish, trout, steelhead and inshore saltwater anglers.

Fine Print

Contest begins April 19, 2012 and ends May 5, 2012 at midnight (eastern standard time.)

Contest is open to all residents of Canada and the United States.

Winners will be randomly selected.

One entry per household.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded.

Failure to follow rules or entries with incorrect answers will not be eligible for the draw.

For all of your TUF-Line needs, please check out eTackle. This Canadian-owned online tackle retailer offers exceptional value, excellent customer service, and attention to detail.

Good Luck!

Justin

P.S. Make sure to subscribe to this website in order to stay up-to-date on my latest fishing reports, posted videos, articles, and contests. Sign up information found to the right of this page.

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Hello All,

With the warm weather of today, and with an itching to find a spent antler, I headed out with camera in hand for a day of shed hunting.

Conditions varied at my favourite hiking spot. Deep snow in some spots, bare ground in others, and miniature ponds scattered amongst them for good measure. Regardless of the terrain, wearing only a t-shirt and having the sun shine on my face sure felt great.

I have certainly had a fascination over the years for finding a deer antler. But, for the many miles  I’ve walked in the woods, a shed I have yet to spot. The signs were excellent on this outing – dozens of deer trails, plenty of scrapes, and scat everywhere.  Sadly, after 5 hours and 8.6 kilometres of working the brush, I came up empty handed.

Deer Trail

Deer Scat

I was fortunate to spot this fella, although with the diminishing snow and him still clad in his winter coat, it wasn’t all that hard. For his sake, I hope it changes quickly.

Snowshoe Hare

I also spent some time photographing birds today. Many were camera-shy, but I was able to capture a few decent shots.

Cedar Waxwing

Black-capped Chickadee

Hairy Woodpecker

With the warm weather forecast, open water fishing is just around the corner!

Enjoy the Outdoors,

Justin

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