Hometown: Laval, Quebec
How long have you been fishing?
When I was just 5 years old, my grandfather named Athanase brought me with him to fish for catfish. The result is that I am now a real fishing addict over the past 43 years. Even better, in 2011 I celebrated my 25th anniversary as a full time professional angler.
What inspired you to become a Lund Pro-Staff?
When I started my career, I was fishing in another kind of aluminum boat. The rides were rough and the water was spraying all over my head and the storage inside the boat was really limited. When you don’t know any better you think you own the best. When the Lund rep invited me 12 years ago for a ride, what I realized was that a real fishing boat was made by fishermen for fishermen. Since that day, I always wanted to be part of that great family.
Can you tell us the largest fish you have ever caught?
The largest fish I ever caught is a shark that weighed well over 150 pounds. But the fish I am the most proud of is a 7.1 pound smallmouth and a 10 ½ lb. and a 12 lb. largemouth as well as a 40 lb. lake trout along with a 13 ½ lb. walleye and a few pike over 20 pounds.
Where are you from?
I was born in a small city called Lachute which is approximately 40 miles from Montreal, Quebec in Canada. I was raised in the city of Laval which is the second biggest city in Quebec and I still live there. It’s only a few miles away from Montreal. The best part of where I live is the fact that it is surrounded by water and close to the St-Lawrence seaway.
Where do you mostly fish and what tournaments can we see you in this season?
I won the title of Bass Champion three times in Quebec. I qualified 44 times in the top 10 at professional tournaments and qualified 5 times in the top 10 at the Canadian Open so I fished many bodies of water in Eastern Canada. I retired from the tournament scene in 2000 when I won my third provincial championship. Since that time, I write for 14 specialized magazines and newspapers and I participate in radio broadcasts for more than 60 radio stations. It gives me the opportunity to fish all over the country but the spot I always go back to all of the time is the St-Lawrence seaway.
What is the best fishing tip that you ever received?
You have to pay attention to every small detail because it makes an enormous difference in between catching the big ones or just dreaming about them…
In what ways are you involved in the angling community?
I am the honorary president of the “ l’Association des Pêcheurs Sportifs du Québec (APSQ)”. This organization defends the rights of the recreational fisherman and it also makes the necessary processes to conserve the access to different bodies of water in Quebec and to be sure they are accessible to everyone. According to Outdoor Canada magazine in 2003, I am one of 30 Canadians possessing the most influence in the hunting and fishing industry in Canada during the past 30 years. In 2007, I received an honorary award from the Canadian Sport Fishing Industry Association for my involvement and dedication in promoting the sport of fishing. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 I was the official spokesperson for the Fête de la pêche major fishing promotion and event for the Québec Ministry of Wildlife and Natural Resources. In 2012, I am the official spokesperson for the French version of the Canadian National Sportfishing Foundation for the sixth time. Plus, over the past 20 years, I am the official animator for several hunting, fishing and boating shows.
Pick five words to describe yourself.
Passionate, perfectionist, promoter, communicator, addiction
What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever bought?
What I thought was a fantastic $200 rain suit was in fact only a wind resistant suit and not water resistant. I was so proud of myself…
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can be your own worst enemy when you’re not doing everything you have to in order to reach your goals or to realize your dreams.
What trait do you admire in people?
Honesty, sense of humor, loyalty and when a person treats other people in a way he would like to be treated. I also really admire the men and women who take the necessary time to be close to their kids and to help them discover all of the beautiful things that Mother Nature offers us.
What was the best year of your life?
It was in 1996 when my daughter Alexandra was born with her beautiful eyes and smile and her happiness which just makes our life better since that time.
What’s your worst habit?
Working too many hours in my office and sometimes I don’t have enough patience when it comes to some fishing spots. In some situations, I’d rather leave a spot and come back later instead of waiting for the action.
What’s your favorite model of Lund to fish out? Why?
My Pro V 1975 is more than just a boat, it is an incredible fishing machine which is designed by fishermen for very serious anglers like you and I. The word “fishability” does not exist in the dictionary, however, it can be found in Lund’s lexicon of terms. This means that all detail is thoroughly examined and featured in such a way so as to increase and maximize your experiences and your level of satisfaction for every one of your fishing excursions so as to fully profit from the fishing experience.
Anything else you would like to say to our entire staff at Lund Boats?
Thank you very much to all of the employees and for all of the collective efforts they put in everyday into making the best fishing boats on the market. If I am so proud to endorse the Lund logo it is because of your passion, your talent, your know-how and your personal touch. Merci beaucoup mes amis (which means Thank you very much my friends).
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