Issue #64 March 2018
Wishin’ I was Fishin’...
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Mark Baker: A Passion for Fishing professional bass fishing.
By Molly Kett
ifty-five-year-old Mark Baker was born in Cornwall and has lived in the area his whole life. He’s lived on the shores of Lake St. Francis (St. Lawrence River) in Summerstown, just east of Cornwall since 2004. Baker is self-employed, and the owner of The Squire Shop, a men’s and ladies’ wear store that his dad started back in 1968, which means that 2018 is the shop’s 50th year in business. Baker has been a local fisherman for as long as he can remember. “I always fished as a kid with the family on the shores of the Raisin River in the spring, growing up, but after I bought my first used fishing boat, Marc Clouthier was a huge influence on me and taught me a lot,” says Baker of his fishing experience. His earliest fishing memory is fishing for catfish with his dad, brothers, and cousins along the shores of the Raisin River, early in the spring with long bamboo poles and a fire roaring in the background. In his earlier days of fishing, Baker caught mostly walleye and perch. His favourite part of fishing, Baker says, is “living on the river and being able to go everyday and getting up ridiculously early and being out there when the sun is rising. Store doesn’t open till 10:00 a.m., so there’s lots of fishing to be done before I go into work.” Since 2009, Baker says that his passion lies in the world of
“With great circuits here in Ontario and Quebec, it’s easy to get into and extremely addictive. This summer I will be fishing ProBass Canada with my good friend Luc Richer and also more local and provincial tournaments later in the summer,” says Baker. “I can’t wait!” Baker’s fondest fishing memory, he says, is by far “after buying our first boat, the days I spent with my dad fishing walleye up at Hooples Creek and then later down here in Summerstown for perch and walleye,” says Baker. “We would work all week together, but we still couldn’t wait to be together early Sunday morning for a day out in the boat.” Even with all of his fishing experience, Baker’s favourite place to fish is still where he lives. “Anywhere between the dam in Cornwall and Lancaster,” shares Baker. “Preferably deep, drifting down the channel for smallmouth bass, always looking for a new spot for any upcoming tournaments. I really enjoy the opposite now, going up in really shallow, in two to five Mark Baker with his catch of the day. Photo Submitted feet of water, hunting and searching So, what is it about fishing that Lawrence River is something very for smallmouth bass.” special. Whether it’s fishing, boating keeps Baker going back for more? According to Baker, fishing in or pontooning with family and “I think the peace and quiet from the Eastern Ontario is “world class.” friends, there is nothing like being disconnect you get when you are out “We have professional guides on the water by yourself is something on the water. Fishing can also be a locally that get you out to fish for everyone should experience. The very inexpensive hobby to get into as your species of choice,” says Baker. loons diving, the muskies jumping, well, making it easy for anyone to get “I work a lot, so getting out on the early in the morning, it’s something started. Once you get started, you’re river is very therapeutic. Or at least I else,” says Baker. “The natural generally “hooked” for life. See you on the water!” have convinced myself that it is!” resource we have here in the St.
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