Blind Adventurer Miles Hilton-Barber Comes to the Long Sault
By Lawrence Euteneier
The 3rd and final leg of my fishing adventure with Mile’s
Hilton-Barber involved fishing for Carp on a section of the St.
Lawrence River that is now known as St. Lawrence Lake. Miles
contacted me through my website ( www.blindfishingboat.com ) to
set up a Blind Canadian fishing adventure, and what adventure
wouldn’t be complete without a session of monster Carp fishing
on the St. Lawrence Lake.
The St. Lawrence Lake was formed with the construction of
several dams and locks in the 1960’s to allow ships to pass
between the Atlantic and the five Great Lakes. Flooding of this
section of the St. Lawrence River resulted in three communities
Miles and I were joined by Alain Danis and Mark Macie, who
served as our volunteer guides for the three-days of Carp
fishing. Jeff and Marian Vaughan , owners and operators of both
the Canadian Carp Club and the Long Sault Motel, were our hosts
for the next three nights.
We left Ottawa at 3: a.m. in order to secure a prime swim on the
banks of the St. Lawrence. The spots Alain and Mark had in mind
were still available when we arrived at 5: and by the time a van
and three other cars pulled up at 6: we had already landed and
released our first Carp of the morning.
morning bite that day was quite active with the majority of that
days catch being caught by 9: a.m. This included two Carp in the
teens for Miles, and a 33lb 8oz Fish for me, my new personal
Alain had brought his portable BBQ and camp stove which meant a
hot breakfast, lunch and supper was enjoyed by all with no
interruptions to the fishing. Total caught on day one equals
We packed up at 8: that night and headed back to the Long Sault
Motel where Jeff and Marian Von were busy serving up a feast of
their own on the front
lawn of the motel to their 30+ guests for the weekend. They were
all there for one thing – to catch Carp, and had come from
across Ontario and the U.K.
Day two didn’t look very inviting with the morning weather
calling for continuous heavy rain. Instead of setting up and
getting soaked, we elected instead
go exploring. By noon we were back and fishing, with Alain
catching his new personal best, a 35lb 2 oz Carp, which was a
Mirror to boot. We caught a total of ten that day.
Jeff stopped by our swim that afternoon as usual to check if we
needed anything and to find out how we were doing. He showed
Miles and me a way to introduce an audible marker into my line
so that I could make casts at a consistent distance.
morning of our third and final day had us set up in the same two
swims we fished the previous two days. The bite was furious
necessitating the cancellation of that morning’s hot breakfast
opting instead for some of Alain’s wife’s excellent cake. By
nine the bite on the swim Miles and I fished from had slowed,
netting us five for the morning, and by 11: the bite on Alain
and Mark’s swim had cooled as well netting them 15 for a total
of 20 Carp that morning.
packed up by noon so we could get Miles back to the airport in
time for his afternoon flight to the U.K. Jeff and Marian were
quite generous in letting us check out well past their posted
checkout time, and of course, the trip wouldn’t have been
complete without spending a few minutes in Jeff’s Carp tackle
shop admiring all the wonderful gear Jeff brings in from the
U.K. – much of which isn’t available here in Canada.
A big thanks to Alain and Mark for their excellent company,
knowledge and sighted guiding assistance throughout the three
days, and to Jeff for his hospitality, swim suggestions and
expert advice on making Carp fishing a truly accessible sport to
fishers with vision loss.