Mission: pickerel


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I’m heading out in about half an hour for my annual canoe trip, this time on the Lievre River in the Laurentians. My mission: catch at least one delicious pickerel like this one I caught last year on the Noire. (That’s “walleye” for you Americans out there.) Also, try not to add any scars to the big one on my hip that I picked up last year while navigating a 200-metre-long rapids a few metres behind my upside-down canoe. At least this year I’m bringing a helmet! I’ll be back in a week…

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