Charlie Wray has been the host of the very popular TV show, Fishful Thinking, since 1990. Part of the success behind the show has been the very informative format. Perfect for both the novice and experienced angler, Fishful Thinking provides entertaining insight for all audiences. Locations center around the heavily fished, public waters that are easily accessible for the majority of anglers. Charlie has been recognized as one of Canada's top fishermen, on a variety of gamefish. Even before launching the Fishful Thinking TV Show, Charlie had already won numerous national fishing contests.
Charlie heads out to Lake Ontario for early season salmon. The most consistent fishing has been in deep water; downriggers and spoons are the winning combination, and a few tricks of the trade can sure come in handy to put the odds in your favour.
First Charlie tackles the snag infested waters of the French River in Ontario. With a few simple additions, snags are few and far between, and the Walleye bite is on. Then Charlie and wife Terri head south to the Keys for some amazing King Mackerel action.
Charlie heads out to Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan for Pike. Today Charlie is out to test a brand new concept in jigs, and does it ever pay off big. Not only does this jig work incredible well, but you will have to see it to believe what this jig is capable of doing.
Charlie heads to beautiful British Columbia near Chilliwack. Joined by friend and guide Len Ames from Lens Sportfishing Adventures, the pair enjoy some tremendous Fraser River Sturgeon fishing. These fish do not come in without a fight. Get ready for this arm aching episode.
First Charlie targets the mighty King Salmon in Lake Ontario. Charlie discusses the tactics for being successful, downrigging for Salmon. Then, its time to tackle shallow water Pike. Charlie uses a few tricks of the trade to make lures weed free and sets the lake on fire with monster Pike.
Charlie heads to the Muskie waters of Lake St. Clair. Joined by Peter Strain from Water Depot; the two head out with Jim Fleming of Drifter 2 Charters. Shallow waters, planer boards and line counter reels are the name of the game.....not only numbers of quality Muskies, but this day is certainly one for the record books!
Charlie heads to the North Bay area of Ontario, for some largemouth bass, then off to Saskatchewan for some great pike fishing.
On Lake Erie near Dunnville, Ontario after huge walleye, then up to Reindeer Lake in Saskatchewan for pike.
Charlie heads to the Bay of Quinte for late season monster walleye. Then off to the Fraser River in British Columbia for some tips on floats and jigs for salmon. The third part of the episode, Charlie heads to Saskatchewan for lake trout.
Starting off at Lake Ontario near the city of St. Catharines catching salmon, then up to Lindbergh's Reindeer Lake Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan after pike using glow spoons.
Starting on the Niagara River fishing for smallmouth bass, then down to sunny Key West, Florida to join Captain Steve Roger for fun in the Gulf with the hard fighting king mackerel.
Starting on Lake Erie catching big steelhead using big water tactics and realistic looking lures, then up to Reindeer lake Lodge in Saskatchewan after northern pike using a different approach to catch them.
Starting on the French River after bottom hugging walleye, then up to Lindbergh's Reindeer Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan after monster pike using a pitch bait.
Charlie heads out to Lake Ontario. There is nothing better than downriggers when fishing deep, and when early season salmon and lake trout are the target, action can heat up fast.
Charlie heads to Cree Lake Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan. Monster pike is the focus of this incredible episode. Plastic shads and a new jig head will add life to your presentation.
Charlie heads out to the Bay of Quinte for some cold water walleye. The right tactics can sure pay off big. Then live bait fishing for toothy Barracuda in the Keys. Attention to detail can tip the scales in your favour.
The destination of this action packed episode is beautiful British Columbia. Joined by friend Len Ames, the duo enjoy the day fishing the Fraser River; pink salmon in the morning and the mighty sturgeon for the afternoon bite.
Charlie starts out on Lake Ontario for salmon then to the French River for walleye. This information packed episode reveals a sure fire technique for salmon success. Learn how easy it is to boat walleye with slip floats and Freedom jigs.
Charlie and Terri are at Reindeer Lake in Northern Saskatchewan for monster pike. Then Charlie is off to Lake Ontario for brown trout. Both segments are chalked full of great tips and information.
Today's destination takes Charlie to Cree Lake in northern Saskatchewan for some trophy lake trout fishing. An irresistible lure and a little customizing makes this episode a must see.
First Charlie joins Captain Jim Fleming and friend Jeff Griffin for some amazing action on Lake St.Clair. Muskie action heats up fast! Then stay tuned for a new lure that pike can't resist.
Today's destination takes Charlie to the Grand River in Ontario for channel catfish. Joined by Fishmaster's Steve Hardcastle, the two enjoy the day bottom fishing with circle hooks.
Today's destination takes Charlie to Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. This week, Charlie faces two entirely different conditions for monster pike, and techniques must be changed for continued success.
Today's destination takes Charlie and Terri to the West Arm of Lake Nipissing. This episode covers the variety of fish found on these waters for a fun day of family fishing.
Charlie heads to the Fraser River in beautiful British Columbia for sturgeon and pink salmon. Joined by Micheal Tamburro from Freedom Tackle Corp. and buddy Len Ames of Lens Sportfishing Adventures, the three enjoy the day fishing the mighty Fraser River.
Today, Charlie heads to Cree Lake Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan. Joining Charlie is owner Brandon Schreiber for some incredible monster pike action. Be prepared to change tactics daily to keep the giants biting.
Charlie joins Fishmaster's Captain Steve Hardcastle for some amazing Lake Ontario salmon fishing. Tune in to this informative episode for a 'mix bag of tricks' to keep your rods bent and the fish wanting more!
This three part episode focuses on walleye and pike. Charlie and Terri enjoy Reindeer Lake Lodge in Saskatchewan, first fishing for walleye then enjoying the pike action. Then Charlie is off the French River in Ontario for snaggy bottom walleye.
This is a two part episode with lots of fishing excitement! First Charlie is in Northern Saskatchewan fishing for Northern Pike on surface baits...check out the top water explosive action! Next Charlie and Terri are in the Florida Keys for yellowtail and shark. Get your fill of some toothy excitement during this episode of Fishful Thinking!
Charlie heads out for some salmon fishing on Lake Ontario and then Lake Erie for walleye. When the bite is tough, reading the conditions and changing the tackle slightly can make the bite happen.
Charlie joins Brandon Schreiber at Cree Lake Lodge in Northern Saskatchewan for some incredible Pike fishing. Attention to detail can often make the difference for success on the water. Join Charlie for this episode for some great tips and incredible catches.
Today's destination is the Haida Gwaii Islands (formerly known as the Queen Charlottes) on the coast of British Columbia. Joined by Paul Cain from West Coast Resorts; Charlie and Paul enjoy their trophy salmon fishing and the beauty of the area.
Charlie is joined by Brandon Schreiber as they enjoy the fantastic lake trout fishing on Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. When you dial in a pattern, as well as the productive lures, it makes for epic fishing.
Todays show is a reminder to think outside the box when the fishing is slower than usual. Today Charlie is out on Lake Erie for the Walleye bait. Crystal clear water makes for a challenging bite but with a newly designed lure and Charlies innovative technique - it really makes a difference. Then off to Saskatchewan for Pike. When the Pike are shy, change your tactics for a great day of fishing. Always keep learning, this week on Fishful Thinking!
Today the destination is North Lake PEI for the amazing Bluefin Tuna. Tony MacDonald of Tonys Tuna Fishing treats us to another wonderful trip on the water with these incredible creatures. Tony knows his Tuna fishing and this episode promises BIG fish!
In this episode, Charlie heads out for some toothy creatures. First, northern pike fishing during cold water conditions with a product that will increase hook ups. Then Charlie and Terri head south for bigger bites.
Charlie is joined by friend and guide Len Ames fishing the Fraser River in British Columbia. Today, the mighty Sturgeon do not disappoint. The bites are fast and continuous...and these giants are always a lot of fun to catch. With quality gear and tackle, this fishery is a most to try. Stay tuned for some beautiful British Columbia Fraser River Sturgeon on Fishful Thinking.
Today, Charlie is fishing Lake Trout on Lake Ontario. With big water fishing, covering as much water as possible is a plus. And Charlie shows a creative trick to put more fish in the boat. Then Charlie and Terri head north, where they test out a jig head that will not disappoint. Tune in for lots of big action on this episode of Fishful Thinking.
Today Charlie is on the French River in Central Ontario. Variety is always fun and this area offers multi species action along the entire river.
This week, Charlie heads to Lake Ontario, near the city of St.Catherine's. Charlie joins up with Captain Steve Hardcastle of Fish Masters Ultimate Charters.
Charlie joins up with long time friend Glen Aims at the Frase River in British Columbia to fish for some Chum Salmon. Then up to Cree Lake Lodge with owner Brandon, to fish for some huge Pike.
Charlie heads out for Salmon and Lake Trout on Lake Ontario. Small details for clear water fishing put more fish in the boat. Check out this informative episode of Fishful Thinking.
The destination of this action packed episode is Northern Saskatchewan for Pike. When those fish of a life time 'come calling', have the right tackle to get the job done. Check out the hot lures and big bites during this episode of Fishful Thinking!
Today Charlie is joined by Len Ames from Len's Sportfishing Adventures as the two enjoy the Sturgeon fishing on the Fraser River in British Columbia. Tune in today for some great Sturgeon action, this week on Fishful Thinking.
This is a two-part episode that starts out in Northern Saskatchewan for pike, then on Lake Ontario for salmon. Spoons work great for both species. Charlie shares a few “tricks of the trade” to maximize your catch.
Todays destination takes us to Georgian Bay in Central Ontario. Smallmouth bass are the target today. With clear waters it's time to slow down and finesse fish. Charlie shares a few tricks that keeps the bite on, with an extra surprise catch.
Today’s destination is Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. The area is better known for its trophy pike and lake trout fishing, but there are always a few untouched gems in the way of walleye. Finesse fishing with light jigs can be incredibly rewarding.
Charlie and Terri join up with Capt. Jim Fleming from Drifter 2 Charters on Lake St. Clair in Southwestern Ontario. Rigging lures to keep the baits free of debris is a key to successful fishing on this shallow lake. Also, Jim shares a tip on tuning a lure to produce more hits.
Today’s destination takes Charlie to the Land O’Lakes area in Eastern Ontario, where he is joined by friend Chris McMillan. The two are fishing new territory. Charlie shares tips on exploring new lakes for a successful day on the water.
Charlie heads out on Lake Ontario in the Princecraft for lake trout. Scraping the bottom downrigging, Charlie shares the details for success out on the water.
Today’s destination is Northern Saskatchewan for northern pike. Be prepared for the big trophies when they show up. The right equipment is important and the habit of checking your equipment equally important.
Today’s destination is Northern Ontario for walleye, thanks to the folks at Cochrane Air Service! A fly-in to a small remote lake you have all to yourself, always a great treat. A few helpful aids can sure help you find the magic areas.
Today’s destination takes us to the waters of Georgian Bay, in central Ontario. First Charlie targets smallmouth bass with huge success. Then off for the muskie bite for the big trophy!
Today’s destination is Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. When the bite slows, how do you entice the giants? Check out this finesse presentation that always works time and time again on the inactive brutes.
Today’s destination takes Charlie up to the Land O’ Lakes area of Eastern Ontario for smallmouth bass. Charlie joins up with friend Chris McMillan as the two enjoy a day of bass fishing. The two share techniques for clear water lakes. Chris gives away one of Charlie’s secret tricks.
Today’s destination is Cree Lake in Northern Saskatchewan. Check out Charlie’s tip on modifying your tackle for large lake trout. Then, off for an often ignored walleye bite that will have you wanting more.
This week Charlie and Terri join up with Capt. Tony and brother, Capt. Bradley MacDonald from Tonys Tuna Fishing. North Lake PEI has the bragging rights to the very best in big game bluefin tuna fishing and it is a very successful few days out off the coast enjoying these monsters.