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Jim Brabant, Fishing Guide, Clayton

Jim remembers old time fishing guides in Clayton when he was young.
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Meet the Masters: Jim Brabant, 1000 Islands Fishing Guide

Jim Brabant of Clayton is a fifth generation river man and a quintessential 1000 Islands fishing guide. In his teenage years he would hang out with the old guides in the same boathouse where he keeps his boat on French Creek Bay today. Hear him talk about stalking the king of St. Lawrence River Muskies.  Go to full article
Jim Brabant of Clayton is a fifth generation river man. His grandfather was one of the settlers of Grindstone Island; his grandfather drowned while working on a Lake Superior freighter; his father ran boats out of Cape Vincent. Having taken fishing parties out from June to October for over 30 years, Jim represents the quintessential 1000 Islands fishing guide. In his teenage years he would hang out with the old guides in the same boathouse where he keeps his boat on French Creek Bay today. Many of his customers--including some of the rich and famous--have returned to him for many seasons. He specializes in a traditional guide's shore dinner, featuring the catch of the day, corn on the cob, guides' French toast, and all the trimmings. Since guiding has always been a highly competitive business, Jim, a fine storyteller himself, maintains that "the only way to beat the other guides is to tell your story last."

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