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Bob Izumi on Port Colborne

'Reel' find

Bob Izumi's fishing show puts Port Colborne in focus


Tribune Staff

PORT COLBORNE — Bob Izumi has spent most of the past three decades fishing all over the world and he spends as many as 300 days a year travelling.

“I’ve been everywhere. Coming up, I’m going to Ottawa. I have a British Columbia trip. It’s on and on. Every probably three days is another adventure,” said Izumi, host of Bob Izumi’s Real Fishing Show.

But he’s spent the past few days in Port Colborne, casting his line in Lake Erie.

“The reason I’m down here, the real reason is I love fishing down here. Lake Erie is one of my favourite places to fish in all of the world because of the diverse fishery and the size of the fish. And I like big water, I think it’s awesome because there's so many places you can go and fish.”

Though he’s fished in Lake Erie many times, this time he’s here on business rather than pleasure — but in Izumi’s line of work it amounts to pretty much the same thing.

“I’m going to film a couple of shows down here this year. We shot (Thursday) and got some big bass out on Lake Erie.”

Yesterday, Izumi was in Port Colborne filming footage — at the museum and along West St. — to show “some of the local flavour.”

And next week, he plans to return to the open water to finish filming footage for the episode that won’t be aired until some time next year.

This is not the first time Izumi has shot footage for his show off the coast of Port Colborne, but this time he said “it’s more official.”

“I’m shooting a few shows to promote the area and of course the fishing that’s here.”

Despite the weather Thursday, Izumi was impressed with the fish he was catching.

“Just in the short time I was down here, I talked to guys that were out.”

One group of fishermen brought in dozens of large perch, while another group pulled in “a half a dozen nice walleye.”

Everyone he spoke with Thursday “caught what they were after so to see all three species being caught, and good sized ones to boot, it’s pretty good — almost too good.”


From the Welland Tribune, Saturday July 4th, 2009.