Meet our Fishing Advisor, Rod Hsu

Rodney Hsu is the owner of Fishing With Rod Production, which promotes sport fishing in British Columbia through tutorials on his YouTube channel, website, and blogs. Rod is also a Fishing Advisor for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, and a contributor to the gofishBC newsletter and blogs. When he’s not fishing, Rod can be found at events such as the BC Boat & Sportsmen’s Show at Tradex in Abbotsford, and Family Fishing Day at the Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery. We gave Rod a series of get-to-know-you questions, and here is what he had to say:

1. Q: How old were you when you started fishing?
A: I started fishing when I was around four or five. It’s difficult to remember the exact age, but I vividly remember netting carp which were swimming in a pond while Dad patiently waited for the float to be pulled down.

2. Q: What was the first fish you ever caught?
A: The very first fish I ever caught must have been a carp, or a similar freshwater species in Taiwan.

3. Q: What did you catch it on?
A: It was caught on a dough bait, under a float.

4. Q: Most memorable fishing experience?
A: In my 35 years of fishing experience on several different continents, it’s pretty hard to pick one single most memorable fishing experience. If I had to pick one in British Columbia, I’d say it was the time when I spotted a huge rainbow trout chowing down on the surface before I cast my damsel nymph out for it. A few quick strips on the line, the fish grabbed the fly with no hesitation, and proceeded to do the 100-metre sprint. Eventually the fish managed to wrap the line around a submerged log just when I thought it was ready to be netted. The fish escaped, but I was left with a great story to tell, and a rather entertaining video clip which I watch regularly to relive the experience.

5. Q: What is your favourite fish to catch?
A: My favourite fish to catch in British Columbia must be coho salmon. They are abundant for several months from late summer to Christmas, and can be caught by using a variety of fishing methods depending on where you are fishing. I enjoy getting up before dawn and standing by the riverside in the dark until it is bright enough for that first cast. Whether it is the float being pulled down or the spoon being swiped, that first light bite is always worth getting up for at 5:00 a.m.

6. Q: Bucket-list place to fish or species you still need to catch?
A: The bucket list is still pretty long. Grayling in northern British Columbia, and thick-lipped mullet in the Baltic Sea are just a couple of species on the list. At some point I’d also like to return to Australia, and target the same species which I fished for during my teenage years.

7. Q: What’s your biggest fishing fail?
A: The biggest fishing fail, there have been many! Forgetting the fishing rods at home, drowning a couple of cameras in a lake or river, dropping a fish which I had dispatched in the river and the current carried it away...

8. Q: What’s the most random thing you bring in your boat?
A: I can’t think of anything random I bring in my boat… :( Usually I try to minimize the stuff I bring to keep everything tidy. The only thing I can think of is that big Rubbermaid tub of $6,000 worth of camera gear, or a stack of toys when Elliot comes in the boat.

9. Q: If you could go fishing with anyone (dead or alive) who would it be and why?
A: I don’t have a particular person who I’d still want to fish with. Any day fishing with friends or anyone with a positive attitude is a good day.
 
10. Q: What is your favourite fish recipe?
A: My favourite fish recipe right now is definitely slices of lingcod which have been coated with egg wash, Panko brand crumbs, and pan-fried until golden brown. That may change soon of course, as I am experimenting with some innovative ways of eating northern pikeminnow. A video recipe of that shall be available soon.

Author: Jessica Yarwood & Rod Hsu, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC
Photo Credit: Rod Hsu