Another Salmon fishing legend and strong family man is lost Friggin' bad news
Sad news indeed...Yes, Mike was a legend. This was unexpected, and devastating.
Mike was introduced to me in my 18th year through our Fraternity. I was tasked with the procurement of t-shirts for an event and he ran a large sporting goods business here in Halifax. Later, when the salmon bug was firmly implanted in my brainstem, I was around him often with his close friends Jim, Eric, Greg and David. He became inseparable with these salmon chasing men; acquiring camps on the Margaree River, then the development of Camp Bonaventure with Glen LeGrand, and the purchase of the Salmon Lodge on Grand Cascapedia. They ran that business with great success before selling to a customer and beautiful gentleman from Ottawa. They took aim on Labrador acquiring camps on the Pinware River, Hawke River, and recently the Flowers River, along with a trout camp on Crooks Lake.
Mike took the reins of the NS Salmon Association with gusto, and moved the membership from a few hundred to a thousand in 2 years. He routinely held dinners at his home in support of the Miramichi Salmon Association. October 2020, he travelled to my camp on the banks of the West River to pay for and participate in casting instruction in support of the Antigonish Rivers Association. He didn't need lessons, but an appearance from the head of the association was important so he made the time; and took a 45 minute nap on my couch😁
I am going to miss him...he gave me a lot a really great advice.
Sad news indeed...
Here are a few photos of a legendary Restigouche salmon, estimated over 60 lbs., that he caught on a Bomber. Mike’s salmon fishing expertise, generosity, and compassion for conservation will be sorely missed by all who knew him.....RIP Mike.
Regards from the Restigouche....Jim
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