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  1. 6 points
    Jmaz4

    Upper river

    Long time no talk or fishing for that matter! Anyways besides going up to nosbonsing during xmas break its been awhile since iv felt qhat a fish feels like on your line. ( all dinks in nosbonsing) Yesterday me and a buddy decided to get out. Dusted out the boat and ventured to the upper river. To be honest it was absolutely gorgeous out. Dressed for it obviously. Boat fired up first try which is always relieving. We set up shop and anchored tried jigs, swim baits, and even minnows. Seemed like the fish were turned off. Saw one boat bring in a walleye while we were anchored. So we decided to drift. First drift in my buddy lands a beautiful steelhead. After that, fish turned off again drifted for awhile and nothing. So we anchored and aet up shop again tossing everything. After looaing multple jig head and plastic to snags i have one rod left that was set up for a minnow so i through it out. Didnt even touch bottom and wham! A jice chunky walleye. Decided it was to big to keep, and the belly was fat! So unsure if preganant or it just ate a football haha. All in all it was nice to get out and catch a couple! Totally worth it. Hope everyones doing well! Cheers!
  2. 6 points
    cutthroat dan

    Simcoe ice fishing

    Good day on Lake Simcoe.
  3. 6 points
    Tyler0420

    Simcoe ice fishing

    We fished 1.1km straight outta gilford. Didn’t move all day. Got on the ice around 5:30 and had two in the bucket before sun up. Bite was pretty steady. Bigger fish cam on lures, mostly slab grabber. Post some pic shortly
  4. 5 points
    Hey everyone, I’m Brandon, newbie to this group but not to fishing in Niagara that’s forsure. I’m a 26 year old avid fisherman living here and I just wanted to introduce myself and share a photo from literally a couple weeks ago! Everyone forgets about Pike this time of year with the cold days, mixed weather with ice and open water, the main course being steelhead or anything in the River. Well that 5 degree day a couple weeks back landed me this Pike on first cast, that’s right! You heard it, skirted jig with a paddle tail trailer dragged along bottom was scooped up on my first 5 mins showing up! My buddy (just yesterday) and I were out on Gibson and he caught one jigging the current with an Acme Kastmaster! I sure love going out on days when people drive by and must think (these youngens are crazy, all they are gunna catch is a cold!) 😁
  5. 5 points
    knightfisher

    Lack of tackle shops

    The various dollar stores have all kinds of tackle, and let me tell you, do they ever produce. Can't believe how many gobies and sunfish I get on them.....
  6. 4 points
    genec

    NEW PLATES

    And the green hemp leaf should be positioned right after the word GROW!
  7. 4 points
    Snags

    Port .Dal. Snoop

    As much as they want to blame global warming or whatever the environmental phrase of the week is ... the water levels are controllable in Lake Ontario and they just need to manage how much water is put out by the St Lawrence river. Word came out two years ago (when water levels were too high) that they did not drop Lake Ontario to the level they normally should. Much like the flooding that happened in north St. Catharines this summer ... sure we had plenty of rain, but the city chose to blame it on "climate change" ... saw an article that has since been hidden or deleted where a worker failed to adjust a valve in the control room of one of the waste water plants and that caused the backups into hundreds of houses. End of the day, the different governments will blame lake levels on global warming/climate change and those of us who own will see our taxes go up through various different environmental fees they will screw us over with.
  8. 4 points
    Bubba14

    Lack of tackle shops

    JR's in Welland used to be a decent place to get stuff as well.
  9. 3 points
    мормышка

    Fishing or "Catching"

    Or you can drill one hole and sit all day in one spot and wonder why you aren't catching fish.
  10. 3 points
    Ryan

    Fishing or "Catching"

    Comparatively to many folks here, I don't have the same # of years under my belt fishing, but what I can say is that I have found the allure of fishing to be the chance to shut off the phone, email, screens in general. Just disconnect for a bit. This seems like more work, lugging all that equipment around.
  11. 3 points
    Jwl1

    Another Wednesday off

    Got a text this morning about having the day off....man I wish I could plan better ahead or I would have rounded up someone to join me....by about 11 the itch got me so I headed out for a few casts...river is cleaning up a bit but still not that ideal...but with a bit of time and effort you get get something shiny out of the tarnish..lol...seems a run of bigger sized fish came in with the cold snap...got a couple decent sized ones today...no real need to share techniques and bait tips...I always do what's tried and true for me...no new secrets up my sleeve that I haven't shared in the past.....had to keep a chrome for a friends table ....dont usually but one was a bleeder and I'm not a wasteful guy....another one must have gotten embarrassed cuz man its cheeks turned red when I told him that fishing joke...haha
  12. 2 points
    The_Fish_Dawg

    Old Reel

    That reel is perfect for 5 colors of leadcore line on Erie for walleye or a rigger reel for walleye and salmon.
  13. 2 points
    Mbocco

    Fishing or "Catching"

    My fishfinder on my kayak helps me understand where to fish not because it helps me find any fish I catch but: -helps me know depth -helps me find baitfish -helps me find structure
  14. 2 points
    fredfisher

    Fishing or "Catching"

    Ahhhh the yellow brick road ⚓️
  15. 2 points
    Bass-turd

    Fishing or "Catching"

    I agree, when I’m on the water it’s about being successful, and I can’t deny that my electronics have helped me be more successful as an angler. A lot of times I may only be out for an hour or two so I’d rather spend it catching then thinking why I’m not, afterwards I can evaluate what I did. I don’t have a camera but I definitely don’t leave without my portable sonar/down imager when I can use it. One advantage a sonar has over a camera during the ice season is you don’t have to drill a hole to see what’s under the ice as long as the ice surface is clear and solid, just put the transducer on the ice and most times it’ll read what’s under you, no need to drill 100 holes, makes for more efficient use of your time
  16. 2 points
    smerchly

    Cheap Gas

    $1.01 in St.Kiitts , plus 5 cents off if using C.T. card . People who have long drives to work or fishing spots are saving a bunch of pesos this winter . ....waiting for store prices to come down ...............
  17. 2 points
    toaster

    Flasher Fly Setup for Salmon

    Those swivels are fine. Tie direct or make a loop ar the end of your flies to swap them out easier.
  18. 2 points
    dave524

    Lack of tackle shops

    Orvis was a Fly Fishing shop that used to be where Stoney Inn was near Grays and 8, Didn't last long, it was a high end Fly Fishing shop. Yeah , that was started by Searle Industries. They manufactured clay targets for trap and skeet shooting in a facility at 35 Covington, just off Barton . They had a high end gun shop at the front of the factory and I spent a lot of bucks there in the 70's. Expanding and moving into the Orvis shop was their downfall and as you say it didn't last long.
  19. 2 points
    Nice going man...gotta love all the winter fishing options we have in our area
  20. 2 points
    dave524

    Jordan Harbour Marina

    You remember any of these ? maybe the last one 🤣
  21. 2 points
    Surf and Turf

    Lack of tackle shops

    Best not to take the wife to any outdoor stores incase they realize what fishing and hunting equipment actually costs!😜
  22. 2 points
    мормышка

    Lack of tackle shops

    I remember Steve's Custom Tackle. First on Main St. and then on Lakeport Rd. Eastside Bait & Tackle on Rooker Rd. ….. great location, but shame about the break ins.
  23. 2 points
    Surf and Turf

    Lack of tackle shops

    Yes, need to support our local stores or they will disappear. For me either Grimsby Tackle or Fishing World. Both have great selection and prices and best of all know what they are talking about. If they don't have it in stock they can get it in pretty quick as well. The staff at Bass Pro and Sail all "know it all" just ask them! I was in Bass Pro to pick up a box of rifle cartridges that Fishing World was out of and had to wait 10 minutes while the sales guy recommended a 17 HMR to a customer as the best coyote round there is. "Shoots like a laser and destroys them as far as you can hit them". Another friend of a friend just getting into hunting this year was sold a 20 gauge shotgun this past year specifically for goose hunting on their recommendation. Buddy bought a new kicker motor and fish finder and had them rig his boat, what a mess. They spiced into his fuel line with valve so you had to manually turn the valve to either the main motor or the kicker, they also wired his fish finder to the same battery as the trolling motor so when he ran the trolling motor it created crazy interference rendering it useless. The best was Rasso's Best Value in Welland, John was the best. ask him for something and he'd drag out a big box from a pile of other boxes, rummage around up to his armpit and pull out exactly what you wanted. Ask him how much and he'd say whatever it is in the Lebaron's catalogue. You could buy Milk, Bread, fishing tackle or a shotgun! Erie Bait in the Falls was our regular spot for minnows or worms back in the day.
  24. 2 points
    FishingDayz

    Lack of tackle shops

    I find you have to wait for the sales at bass pro for it to be worth it. Remember they will price match anything on the Cabelas site as they are the "same store". I just recently purchased an inflatable life vest for 99, and the cabelas site had the same one listed for 219. Such a monopoly. You just have to do your research.!!! Sometimes I compare prices between the local shop and the big box, and it's hit and miss. sometimes local is cheeper, and sometimes big box is. I would much rather support the local however.
  25. 2 points
    fishingking

    Lack of tackle shops

    Take a drive out to port Colborne ...it's open everyday except Sunday I believe ...more geared up for Erie but they do have most stuff there as far as hooks sinkers swivels rods reels line lures but not so much the corkies streamers type things...and probably a bit pricier but if you guys know what you would typically be using this time of year why not stock up and save on your gas money instead of making several trips across town?spend that has money on stock and if somethings working that you don't have then make the trip...Erie trackers also has minnow shack open all night 5$ a scoop for minnows if your in need of bait early morning or some night fishing..I've been shopping at Peter's since it opened in like 1993-94...always great prices and just about everything you could need..I think if Angela could find a knowledgable worker to be there full time she may open up earlier and or be closed less but good helps hard to find at minimum wages. Just my 2 cents!
  26. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Lack of tackle shops

    Always have 6 cans of corn on me
  27. 2 points
    bigugli

    Lack of tackle shops

    Ugliboys is always here in the weird hours.
  28. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Lack of tackle shops

    im Done with bass pro, walked out with nothing the last two times I went. Ct their prices are ridiculous, thought big box stores were suppose to be cheaper. I hate how most tackle shops don’t open till 9:00am and I wanna be on the water by 6am then they close at 5:00 and I work till 7.
  29. 2 points
    Jwl1

    Your thoughts????

    Another point someone that doesn't have alot of experience might not take into consideration while learning is....although someone might be quite a ways down stream from you if they are casting far out....their drift often ends with their line actually being out in front and across..even past where you are standing...(watch as lines get reeled in)..you will be surprised....like I have mentioned in some of my steelie posts...I also take the time to pick and choose my casts according to the current flow as well...it takes experience but learning how to read the current helps alot as well...when its flowing fast I dont even cast...its more often then not snag city seconds after your line hits the water....also watch if its pushing toward shore..this can often run your bait into a snag before your line even tightens...and also can tend to tangle people's lines together..using weights on the heavier side..even an oz or more will help you control the drift...keep your line out in productive water for longer...allow for a more natural presentation...a longer drift time...and contact with the bottom (hence the term bottom bouncing)...you always want your line to be tight after contact with the bottom so you can feel your weight dragging the bottom...lift the rod slightly to keep your sinker upright....it will come..none of us learned how to do it in a day....I have over 40 years experience fishing the river in all different situations.....and it also wouldn't hurt for the more experienced anglers to have a bit of patience...or better yet..lend a bit of advice on technique and tackle in a busy spot as well.... we all have our reasons we love fishing...I'm more than happy to help the person beside me catch one...I've caught more than my fair share of trophy sized trout over the years 🎣
  30. 2 points
    bobert

    Your thoughts????

    All good points, obviously experience is key and understanding how to join the " flow" will help. Personally, I won't fish in a line of fishermen and will put in the leg work to get away from the crowds. For me, getting away from crowds while fishing is just as important as catching. Hope you have some " drag free drifts" sooner than later!
  31. 2 points
    Jwl1

    Your thoughts????

    Bottom bouncing in a crowd takes a bit of a knack....you kind of have to take turns casting...even with people you think are fishing pretty far away from where you are standing....but even then is a matter of timing...for example...watch the first couple people downstream to you.....one guy casts....the person beside them waits a few seconds for the first guys line to drift then casts and so on....watch when the person beside you casts....watch thier line and rod tip.....wait for thier line to tighten then watch the arch as it comes your way....when that line is into the last half of the drift then you should be good to cast....or wait until they start reeling in and then cast......often people downstream will wait for the upstream person to cast...but that's not always the case...the amount of weight you use and distance you cast is also a factor.....short casts will most likely have you tangle with someone's line alot....take a bit of time and try to watch what the other anglers are doing can help you get the idea....its more practice than anything....but people tend to forget that they had to learn how to fish this way as well...and always going to be a couple people who think they own the spot...if you get the chance to....get out with someone who is versed in the type of fishing you are doing....avoiding getting tangled with other anglers is only part of the learning curve...current speed...wind are also factors.....for starts...I tried to explain a little bit but watching what others are doing around you also helps alot
  32. 2 points
    Mbocco

    Your thoughts????

    ok Cool. Here’s a few tips. 1. Find a spot as upstream as possible. Those downstream of you need to pay attention to your line more so than the opposite. 2. Cast upstream to 10 o’clock and reel back no later than 2 o’clock if you have people downstream of you. Reel in quickly so that your rig skims the surface and keep your rod tip down while doing so. It’s less likely to cross that way. 3. Practice the accuracy of your casting at all times so that if u end up in the middle of the pack at some point you won’t cross because of a bad cast. 4. If you are downstream of other anglers then then it’s on you to pay attention to where and when they cast. If they cast out to 10 o’clock then you should wait until he bounces to about 12 o’clock before you cast out to 10 o’clock. Hopefully that made sense.l because it’s a key point. Those downstream of you also need to wait. A line of anglers can work in sequence with no crossing if everyone pays attention. 5. Be ready when it’s your turn so as not to inconvenience those downstream and to keep the sequence in good rhythm. 6. Reel in if someone is on a fish close to you. 7. If u happen to cross be nice and apologize. There’s likely more but that’s a good start!
  33. 2 points
    Mike Pike

    Winter carping

    Tyler, your pva presentation is da bomb! Looks like the harbour may not freeze over this year, so a bonus for winter soft water fishing spots. And Smerch, that bivvy is bigger than my first apartment( And nicer too! ). lol
  34. 2 points
    cutthroat dan

    Simcoe ice fishing

    I found this year simcoe perch is much bigger than past couple years ,but to catch 50 Jumbos in a day is rare 10 ,11 inch fish are the best eating anyways. I always buy a conservation licence that allows 25 perch which is plenty to feed a bunch of people.
  35. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Simcoe ice fishing

    Need to run and gun if you wanna find the jumbos. They gotta be out there. Leave the minnows at the tackle shop and use lures instead. Some quiet back lakes would be nice to fish, I could care less about the perch I hate cleaning them, I just needed to get out.
  36. 2 points
    cutthroat dan

    Simcoe ice fishing

    28 fow , Using bigger minnows with just the head on small slabgrabber type spoon and a berkly power nymph on dropshot hook
  37. 2 points
    boogaloo

    Simcoe ice fishing

    Wait what?? You still have some of the gunk in the freezer Bill???? LOL............................Daniel
  38. 2 points
    Captain Hooksets

    Simcoe ice fishing

    perch hands down is way better eating than eyes. imo.
  39. 2 points
    DaveC

    Potholes

    I had the battery knocked out of the tray of my camry and car would not start after hitting a massive pot hole in Canadian Tire parking lot. I boosted car and it started, and got it home. Checked and it was not charging. So I bought a new alternator $450 and $190 for a new battery. Then next day I went and took pictures of the pot holes almost 8" deep. I sent the claim to Canadian Tire to the place they instructed me to, and they sent me complete amount I paid. I had to send back a dispute settled form to them was all. Then about 2 weeks later they re-paved half of the parking lot. I told some friends, you can thank me for getting the Can Tire parking lot paved...lol. The person I spoke with on the phone was telling me that the people hired to look after maintenance on the lot was being notified of not properly maintaining the property. I hear most cities will pay for reasonable damages from road work of its a tire, rim or suspension..in fact Ive even heard Cambridge mayor advertise it on the radio if your car has suffered damages from neglected road repair to submit a claim. A lot of it is the regions responsibility. I doubt they get many claims, so Im sure youll get paid for damages...I think it cracked your fishing rod too, and damaged the bearings in your reel no? haha


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