We have been experimenting with lighter gear as well as fly reels and mooching reels to make the battles even more exciting. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake: Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Fishing Charters Nelson B.C 250-505-4963www.reeladventuresfishing.com Mostly surface action for our boat, so the magic lures have been the usual bucktail flies. Lately the lucky numbers have been 203,210, 215, 224, and 228. Colors have been purples, blacks, or grays. By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Sportfishing We have had some pretty good days on the lake lately. Most days with 8 –10 fish being caught. Sizes have ranged from two to 13 pounds. The water temperature has dropped below 50 degrees and our fish are still feeding more on the surface. Which makes for some exciting bucktail action. My favorite kind of fishing. December is usually a good month for fishing, so hopefully the pattern continues. Either way, we’ll be out there, so stay tuned………………. What are they biting on???? Our latest trip had some boys from Alberta join us for their annual Kootenay Lake trip. And while the weather was freezing cold here, they were still happy to not be back at home where it was even colder and a lot more snow. A nice get away for the crew. Mix it up a bit and run both surface lines and deep lines and you should catch some fish. Tight lines……………………. They managed to land 10 fish up to 10 pounds during their trip. Day one was a bit slow because of the weather change, but day two made up for everything. Lots of action on the mooching reels. Line peeling and fish jumping made for a few exciting battles. They are already planning their next trip. Looking forward to it. On one of our trips last week, a young lady asked to bring her fly rod on board and we accepted the challenge. Throughout the day we hooked numerous fish on all of our rods except the fly rod. However, patience prevailed and in the final hour of the day the fly reel started screaming. Kalyn was quick to grab the rod, and just in time because the reel had only three wraps of line left on it when she grabbed it and slowed the fish down. After about a 15-minute battle with her 6-weight fly rod, we finally got the fish to the boat. A beautiful nine pound Rainbow. What a great battle on this light rod. I think we are hooked on this new found technique. And now with lots of two to three pound Rainbows being caught, I think the lighter gear will be a lot of fun. As long as the gear can still handle a 10 – 12 pound fish, we should be ok. Either way, it will be exciting. Looking forward to experimenting more as the season continues. Also catching a few Bulls on the downrigger with Lyman plugs or flashers & hoochies. There seems to be a lot of fish showing up on the sonar at depths between 80 – 120 feet. Although most of the fish seem to come to the surface when they want to feed.
– as St Vincent’s Justice Saunders takes the baton from Dennis ByronThe Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the highest judicial forum in the Caribbean, will have a new President as of today; when Justice Adrian Saunders of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines takes over from Sir Dennis Byron.Incoming CCJ President, Justice Adrian Saunders of Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesThe announcement was made by the CCJ on Monday. The event, according to a release, will take place as part of the activities before the 39th meeting of the Conference of the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom). The conference will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Montego Bay, Jamaica.“The event will be live-streamed, starting at 4pm AST, so that the public can also experience the event,” the release also said. The CCJ will also host two special sittings of the Court to commemorate its new President. The first will take place at the CCJ, starting at 09:30h on Friday, July 13.”“The second Special Sitting takes place in Mr. Justice Saunders’ home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, 20 July at 9:30 am at the House of Assembly in Kingstown,” the court added.Saunders is also the Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO) and the Course Director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute’s CJEI’s Intensive Study Programme. He is also one of the Institute’s Directors.Justice Saunders has also co-authored the book Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law and is a contributor editor of the Caribbean Civil Court Practice. In April 2018, he was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill – 1975) and the Legal Education Certificate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 1977. He was called to the Bar of St Vincent and the Grenadines in that same year.He worked with Sir Dennis at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and was later reunited with him in 2011 when Sir Dennis was appointed President of the CCJ. Through the development of measurable performance standards throughout the Court, Byron had facilitated a progressive environment that promotes sustainable growth and evolution.In the release, Justice Saunders paid tribute to Sir Dennis’ tenure at the CCJ, “to say that his impact is immeasurable is not hyperbole. During the period that Sir Dennis was President of the Court, we went from attorneys having to courier voluminous files to the CCJ, to filing by email and now full e-filing.”Final rulingsThe final two judgements that Byron delivered was one on presidential term limits for Guyana and one that struck down mandatory death penalties in Barbados. In the case of Guyana, Byron presided over the 6:1 ruling upholding, among other things, term limits for Presidents.The constitutional challenge case brought by Georgetown resident Cedric Richardson in February 2015 had sought the court’s interpretation of the National Assembly’s changes to Article 90, as those related to four restraints on the freedom of choice by citizens at national elections.Former Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang had ruled in July 2015 that the alteration of Article 90 by the Act No 17 of 2000, in substance and effect, undoubtedly diminishes the democratic rights of the electorate in electing a person of their own choice as President.He had noted that such an amendment needs a referendum and is invalid and without legal effect for reason of non-compliance. He further ruled that Act 17 of 2000 seeks to dilute the pre-existing democratic rights of the electorate to elect a President of their choice. As such, while the Constitution provides for representative democracy, such representative democracy cannot encroach on popular sovereignty from which it derives and which is entrenched by the requirement of the referendum.However, the High Court’s decision was appealed by the Attorney General’s Chambers and former Speaker of the House Raphael Trotman; both of whom were named as respondents in the court action. They asked that the ruling be “wholly set aside”.Guyana’s Court of Appeal is scheduled to hear the appeal against Chief Justice (acting) Roxane George’s decision to uphold the contentious appointment of Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson on July 25. The PPP has already indicated its intention to go all the way to the CCJ, if necessary… in which case Justice Saunders will likely deliver such a ruling.