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Why Choose Steve Wickens / STRIKE ZONE?

*  Over 24 years muskie fishing experience (since 1981);

*  Over 8 years muskie guiding experience (since 1997);

*  Over 30 years total experience as a multi-species angler;

*  The ONLY IGFA Certified Charter Captain in the Kawarthas (any species);

*  Has landed 50" + muskies casting and trolling;

*  Has boated and released muskies from 15 different lakes & rivers across Ontario
including waterbodies in the Huronia, Kawartha, Haliburton, and Ottawa areas;

*  Has boated and released over 1,000 lifetime muskies;

*  Winner of numerous derbies, tournaments, and awards;

*  Currently holds the record within Muskies Canada for the most qualifying
inches ever caught and released at a single event - 5 fish / 208" (1998 Can-Am);

*  Owns & operates one of the safest, most unique, and most comprehensively
outfitted muskie boats in North America;

* Volunteer Co-ordinator of the Lake Scugog CFWIP Tagging Project (since Feb. 2000);

*  Member of Muskies Canada since December 1981;

*  Has held numerous National & Chapter Executive positions with MCI;

*  Current National Education & Release Director within MCI;

*  Member of Muskies Inc. since March 2001;

*  Member of the Outdoor Writers of Canada since June 1986;

*  An ambidextrous caster, equally proficient with left or right-handed reels;

*  Builds his own custom casting & trolling leaders;

*  Builds his own custom spinnerbaits;

*  One of the first anglers to utilize longer non-traditional trolling rods;

*  Routinely modifies a variety of commerical baits to improve performance;

*  Proficient with net, release gaff, or BogaGrip;

*  Recognized as one of the most innovative, versatile, and effective precision trolling
specialists in North America by his peers;

*  Year over year, Steve has consistently out-produced all other muskie
anglers and guides on Lake Scugog for the past ten years;

* Utilizes planer boards, downriggers, and outriggers as conditions dictate;

*  Founding member of the Scugog Chapter of the Kawartha Fisheries Association;

*  An award winning writer/photographer (since 1986);

*  Regular Contributor to Esox Angler magazine;

*  Pending material with Ontario Out of Doors magazine;

*  Past articles have appeared in: Ontario Fisherman, Real Outdoors, Musky
Hunter, Ultimate Fishing, PikeMasters, Pike & Muskie, and GiantFish;

*  Has done numerous seminars:  Toronto Spring Fishing Show, Muskie Odyssey,
Durham Fishing Show, Muskies Canada, Muskies Inc., Peterborough Muskie
Information Night, and Kawartha Fisheries Association;

*  Has appeared on Fish 'N Canada television and radio shows (with Pete Bowman);

*  Recently appeared on the Hooked On Fishing With Aaron & Barry television show;

*  Pro-staff support member for:,, and internet sites;

*  Long time advocate of catch & release / effective handling practises;

*  Supporter of and Information Officer for the World Record Muskie Alliance;

*  Has assisted the M.N.R. with spawning surveys and netting studies on
Pigeon Lake and Lake Scugog;

*  Participated on the Kawartha Panfish Advisory Committee by MNR appointment;

*  Coordinated work and final completion of the Lake Wilcox CFWIP Pike Spawning
area (OakRidges Ontario) as President of the York Central Anglers & Hunters;

*  Currently working to add flyfishing for muskies to his list of accomplishments,
including tying his own flies.

The decision to choose a guide is an important one.  A day on the water is about much more than just catching fish.  It's about learning, and about having fun; having a memorable adventure/outing.  The bottomline is that no other guide operating exclusively on the Kawartha Lakes has the experience, the breadth of knowledge, and the demonstrated ability to produce fish that Steve continues to demonstrate from year to year and season to season.   Whether you're after your first muskie, your largest muskie, or just looking to enhance your level of knowledge or skill level, Steve is YOUR guy!

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