There are many talented and passionate anglers in the local Fil-Can fishing community. One of them is Marius Velena who is quickly making a name for himself as a hard core multi-species angler. Twenty-eight year old Marius had a recent photo of his selected as the cover image on the Government of Manitoba Angler’s Atlas publication.
Arriving in Manitoba in 2010 with his wife Cherry and oldest son Gavyn from Cavite in the Philippines, Marius enrolled at Red River College to enable him to continue his career as a Registered Nurse. He has since taken on a role as an Orthopedic Nurse at Seven Oaks hospital. In his spare time, Marius has taken to sportfishing as his primary hobby, “In 2013, me and a buddy decided to try fishing. We fished at Lockport like everyone else we knew and one day I hooked into a Master Angler carp. After that experience I got really hooked and am now always looking for the thrill and excitement of catching my next big fish”.
Marius, who considers himself a multi-species angler, has been successful targeting big fish of various species like channel cats, smallmouth bass, drum, walleye, and trout. “My favourite fish to catch is bass. I hope to become a great bass angler someday.” This past winter was his first season fishing through the ice and he was able to ice several Master Angler northern pike, burbot, and perch as well. What’s remarkable is that most of his trophy class fishing is done from shore, “I’m hoping to get a boat next year.” Marius plans to continue his hunt for big sport fish this summer although with a new baby on the way, he might not be able to get out as much as he wants to for awhile.
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