Garrett Paquette dreamed of making a living in the sport of bass fishing since he was a young teen. Over a decade later he is well on his way. A resident of Canton, Mich., a Detroit suburb, Paquette guides for bass on Lake St. Clair and competes regularly in Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open tournaments.
My goals are always the same,” Paquette said. “I want to put in maximum effort for each tournament and control what I can control. If I can do that, everything will align itself.”
Many of today’s young up-and-coming tournament anglers were introduced to bass fishing by a parent or a close relative. While growing up, Paquette traveled north to Alpena, Mich., with his parents on every weekend during the summer months. There, his father, Phillip, would troll for lake trout and salmon on Lake Huron from a 29-foot center console.
When Paquette wasn’t on Lake Huron with his father, he fished in the harbor for anything that would bite. He would cast a nose-hooked minnow without a weight with ultralight spinning tackle from the bank and any docks he could access.
When Paquette was 8 years old, he pitched a minnow into the harbor and watched a 10-inch largemouth swim over and engulf it.
“That was all I needed to see,” Paquette said. “I was hooked.”
At the heart of the Great Lakes, at beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, you will discover world-class fishing and breath-taking outdoors. Pristine lakes and rivers abound in the region, home to more species of fresh water fish than anywhere in the world. For the full-on experience, the best choice are these three experienced and knowledgeable guides.
Adam Vallee is a full time guide and tournament angler. When not traveling for tournaments across Ontario and the U.S. he spends his time guiding and promoting his home waters of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma.
John Giuliani has 30+ years experience guiding fishing on the historic St. Mary’s River Rapids and Algoma Country, up north to Lake Superior’s various tributaries in search of all species of fish.
Tyler Dunn offers unique fishing adventures along the shores of Lake Superior and on the St. Mary’s River, as well as many different lakes and rivers found in the Sault Ste. Marie area.