First Light Tackle
By YP Contributor

Crazy about Carp Fishing

For Steven Su, owner of First Light Fishing & Tackle – a Burnaby shop specializing in fishing gear and supplies – one of the greatest challenges a fisherman can take on is carp. “Most people think carp are bottom-feeders, they are ugly and they are illegal to introduce as an alien species because people in the province only care about salmon and trout and pretty fish,” says Steven. “But carp are actually very smart and are actually the number one sport fish for angling fishermen worldwide. They are very popular in the UK, across Europe, across Asia, and they are gaining popularity in North America.”

Steven cites their heightened activity in the BC spring as one of the best times to fish for carp, particularly from the last week of March or beginning of April to about June. This is when carp are beginning to feed heavily in anticipation of spawning and swim in numbers that favour any angler.

Steven likes to head out on the water to fish for carp with a telescopic multi-piece rod and line, rather than relying on a rod and reel. “You only attach the line to the very tip of the pole,” he says, explaining the use of his gear, “and you have the line equal length as the rod length, so it’s a very exciting way to fish for carp or any other small fish. You really need to know how to play the fish and know the techniques.” Because of his enthusiasm for fishing carp and wanting it to be as successful in Canada as it is elsewhere in the world, Steven specializes in accessories that make carp fishing enjoyable.

The best part is, I really enjoy what I’m doing. Every day, I come in here 7am, 8am, and the next thing you know it’s 9pm and I didn’t notice I worked 12 hours straight. - Steven Su, owner
First Light Fishing & Tackle

Salmon Fishing in the Winter

Carp isn’t the only kind of fish that Steven enjoys conquering – steelhead salmon are another of his top picks. “I like to fish for steelhead because they’re very challenging and they are very hard-core fishing,” he explains. “You go out there in the wintertime and chase them, and they are rare, so I like the challenge.”

Heading out in the colder months to spend hours hunting down an elusive prey as it twists and dodges is a hallmark sign of a fisherman truly dedicated to the craft, and it’s something that’s in Steven’s blood. He can’t imagine any other kind of life for himself and happily makes First Light Fishing & Tackle his second home.

First Light Fishing & Tackle

Fishing for the Pure Joy of It

When you can transform your passion into a lifelong career, you’ve got a pretty magical opportunity. Steven feels that way about First Light Fishing & Tackle, joking that the worst part about his business is not being able to fish when his customers head out. When it comes to the best part, though, there’s no hesitation in Steven’s mind.

“The best part is, I really enjoy what I’m doing. Every day, I come in here 7am, 8am, and the next thing you know it’s 9pm and I didn’t notice I worked 12 hours straight. When I make everything, I really put in my heart and soul. When I hear people have success using a particular thing I crafted myself, then it really makes me happy.”

First Light Fishing & Tackle
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