Anyone who knows anything about fishing knows that when you find a sweet spot with plenty of monster fish… you want to keep that to yourself.
Too much traffic means the tranquil spot will turn into a tourist location and reduce the amount of fish in the area. Mike Borger of Ontario, Canada, knew that and tried to keep his special spot a secret, but a jealous fisherman was determined to locate the spot and asked the government for help. Completely childish.
Mike Borger and his son first came to the public eye when they began posting videos on YouTube showcasing their massive catches from a lake in Algonquin Park in southeastern Ontario.
Many commenters wanted to know where this sweet fishing spot was that contained so many alluring specimens, but Borger was not willing to give up the information freely.
“I kind of just have kept it in my back pocket. I’ve been busy these last few years. I haven’t had time for a trip of that substance, because frankly, it takes days to get in there and days to get out,” Borger said.
Having fished in the area for nearly 15 years with breaks in between, Borger has said that he wouldn’t even tell his friends where the fishing hole was, but for one determined fisherman not giving up the location of the lake prompted him to take matters into his own hands, the fishing website GearJunkie reported.
The fisherman who wanted so badly to know Berger’s secret filed a request with the government using the Freedom of Information Act, demanding to know the locations that Borger had obtained permits to visit for camping.
Borger learned of this when he received a five-page letter from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry detailing the request, according to CBC News.
The Freedom of Information Act gives any person the ability to request information from the federal agencies and records. The federal institution then has 30 days to respond to the request and some records can be withheld depending on the agency’s discretion.
Borger tried to explain his desire for secrecy to the ministry. The ministry wasn’t going along with the effort to make Borger spill his secrets, explaining that it would not “confirm or deny the existence of his record to the person pursuing it.” But it did warn Borger that the unknown asker had the right to appeal the decision, meaning the government could well be exposing Borger’s secret fishing hole in the future.
“I’m going to give him credit, because it was an incredibly smart — underhanded and a little bit devious — but also very smart way to get this information. If somebody has a copy of my interior camping permit, which shows which lakes I camped on each night, they can clearly and easily figure out which lake I caught these trophy fish in,” Borger said.
While the fisherman who requested the information can appeal the ministry’s decision, it points to a larger problem of people using government resources for frivolous things. This sneaky man could have just found another fishing hole but he was so determined that he used a government provision to help him with his whining request for information.
“It just goes to show you how popular brook trout fishing in Algonquin Park is and the lengths some people will apparently go to find your fishing spot,” Borger stated.
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