Jim McLaughlin has been part of the recreational fishing community for over 30 years. Affectionately known as “Big” Jim, he is a respected veteran of the industry, as well as a much-loved mentor to children and young anglers entering the sport. He is currently a spokesperson for National Fishing Week, as well as a sought-after speaker, emcee, and publisher of Just Fishing, Canada’s oldest & largest free fishing publication.
For these reasons — and many more — “Big” Jim McLaughlin is one of our Champions of Recreational Fishing.
Over the next few months we will be chatting with Canadian anglers who contribute to the overall success of sportfishing as a heritage activity. Here’s what Jim has to say about his career on the water.
Who introduced you to fishing? Can you describe any fond memories you may have of that experience?
My parents introduced me to angling at roughly 6 years of age in the Rideau Canal which runs through Ottawa….