smerchly

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  1. Pike should be in marinas , following minnows into spots like Jordan marina & harbour . I got a 10lb.pike about 30" at Jordan harbour 2 yrs.ago , using a 3 way with worm harness , looking for cats . Using spoons should get pike now .I like to use minnows-chubs under a float for them .....problem is trying to make up my mind to fish for carp or pike ....at the same spots ! .....soon ...
  2. Fish are fin-icky ....especially the females . They can be influenced by the sun , clouds , water temp. or change due to rain /runoff , water viz., currents , angler movement , noise/vibration , satellites , bad breath ....you name it . When it comes to colour .....it takes females a loooong time to decide ..... ....I am going to be hung up by the ladies here.......
  3. Nice pickerel rig ......do you troll or drift for them ? I have caught skis by accident using a minnow or J13 while targeting pike . Same fish , different skin , different attitude ......
  4. Ha....the camera be be deceiving , the carp looks larger than 3 lbs. Love the hair rigs , prob.work for cats too . "38 NEEDLES" ??? NOT GOOD !! I'd rather have a barbed hook buried in my foot than a used syringe ! This is what our society has become sadly .... Kudo's to your girlfriend ! Sometimes it's NOT the camera that deceives the size of the fish .....When Bigugli holds a 5 lb. crappie in his hands , it looks like a mere 2 lbs ....
  5. A bunch of pictures from the St.Catharines Standard . The southerly winds are helping to push the lake levels to the north shores .... http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/05/17/lake-ontario-at-highest-level-ever
  6. That monkey seems to like it snags .......
  7. Haven't been out lately Gunner ....been waiting for the waters to clear up a tad and been real busy in the yard . Having the roof done shortly ...had all the materials dropped off & bundles of shingles waiting on the roof to be laid . Last night ,abouy 8 pm we heard a LOUD crash/ thud ! One of the piles of stacked shingles came down but none made it to the ground ....could have done some damage to an awning & plastic railing below . I screwed down a 2 x 4 to keep is secure ....hope they get the job done soon , haven't heard from them yet ....... Carping will soon follow after the roof job !
  8. WTG ....looks like a good size carp ! Couple fins look beat up , prob. from digging a spawning bed . Using maize , or are those just big kernels from a can ? gotta get out there soon ....... .......going shack/yard whacky waiting for the roofers .....carp rod rigged & wtg....
  9. Well ......thanks for replying to the guys who answered your question . I usually keep an eye on my posts that ask the members for info . Carp are eaten by many people , especially by Europeans and Asians . They know many ways of preparing carp meat and I would be willing to try some of it if the carp came from clean waters , not warm muddy polluted ponds, etc. Recipes ? Google is your friend ....tons of delicious carp recipes ....... ....try this one for a great New Years dinner ...... bon apetit mon frere.... https://www.thespruce.com/guide-to-preparing-fresh-carp-dinner-1446834
  10. Yes Dave , I have to agree about carp doing damage in certain places I've read about , like Coot's Paradise in Hamilton . But I have to wonder about other places where I have caught carp back in the early 60's . I caught a 20 lb.carp at the Burnt River ( walleye water) & a guy got one 35 lbs in Pigeon Lake . Fishing continues there today . Obviously , carp have been in Ontario for many decades . Some of the spots I fish have plenty of carp and many large weed beds which don't seem to change much over the years . If the carp are destroying the environmental aspects of our lakes & rivers (12 Mile) I would expect the MNR to tell us to not release them as they do with grass carp . If the MNR wanted to reduce the number of carp , I would comply with their ruling . I think it is a complicated aspect of fishing and I'm certainly no expert . We have swans that apparently do damage to the eco system as well ......and thanks to free trade with the world we can expect many more harmful invasive fish , bugs and plants etc. . That has cost us billions of pesos of which we pay for through tax money. edit .....Dave ... looking at the Spec tonight , I see a write up about carp reduction at Coote's . I can't read the article since I'm not a paying reader .....
  11. WTG Bruce .... I heard Anna out fished the "ole' pro" 3 to1 . Nice colour on those beauties . Bon appetit ! (drool)
  12. Can't help you much with Gull Lake , but I have fished that area (Red Squirrel Lake) & got a few brookies in a stream there .(many moons ago) I would be wary of a lake called "Skunk" .....might be a few "white stripers" .....
  13. One man's meat is another man's poison .....Some people eat carp , catfish and suckers.... and others eat caviar ..... Carp are a delicacy in many countries and some people eat them here locally . If we check it out we may find other species that ply our lakes are also invasive species .I'm no expert but do bottom feeding fish help keep the lakes clean ? Too many fish of one kind may be detrimental to other species as well . Pike and crappies for example are not wanted in the Kawartha Lakes . I enjoy fishing for many species and salmon doesn't appeal to me for food . Today was another scrumptious haddock dinner !
  14. Caught this strange looking squirrel with no hair on it's tail .......took it to a location where it would find some fine garbage to dine on .....
  15. As an "older person" I remember when the smelts were thick in Lake E & O . At the end of my street was a pear orchard , & one day we could smell something really RANK ! The farmer had spread thousands of smelt around his small pear trees for fertilizer (maggots for the birds) lol ..... People dug them into their gardens ......cats would dig them up ! Thousands dead of alewives would line the shores of local beaches and stink up the waters . The salmon have taken care of that problem over the years . BTW , what happens with the big salmon that are caught-released-weighed in , and the same for the big walleye from Erie ? They are edible to a certain degree , but not to be eaten on a regular basis ......We have regs., eating guidelines & environmental concerns, etc. .... everyone has their own interpretation -view on this....