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  1. 4 points
    mooseslayer

    Yote down

    One less fawn killer out there. Have seen and heard more than usual hunting deer this year. Going to try and get out with rifle after deer season but bow does the job as well.
  2. 3 points
    toaster

    Centerpinning during the winter

    bare hands, or cheap dollar store gloves and cut fingers off. winter fishing separates the men from the boys.
  3. 3 points
    smerchly

    what animal is this??

    During my hunting days I have left a few piles at the base of a tree or two ...... Where were you hunting ? Me thinks that animal has 2 legs ......
  4. 3 points
    Surf and Turf

    Controlled Deer Hunt

    This year was our best year in quite a few years. Lots of deer seen and shot. The second day of the hunt in the early afternoon I was doing a few grunt calls. I noticed a bit of white on the far side of a hedge row dividing a hay field. Checking with my binoculars it was the the biggest buck I've ever seen coming across a field towards me, I could hardly hold the binoculars on him my heart was pounding so hard! It was now moving slowly, cutting on an angle to my left along the hedgerow about 200 yards out . I had my sights on him waiting for him to step through an opening just before the bush line, but instead he stepped into the bush. I'm pretty sure he circled me in the bush to get down wind. contemplated getting out of stand and trying to cut him off in the bush but thought I'd make to much noise, and rather hoped that he give me a shot. Unfortunately I didn't see him again. On Wednesday around 7:30 am, again after making a couple of grunt calls, I spotted another buck , much smaller than the day before, working it's way across the same field towards me. This time he kept coming. When he was around the 100 yd and quartering towards me I made a soft grunt stopping him in his tracks. I put the cross hairs on him and squeezed off a shot. He ran about 50 yards back into the field and dropped. Buck down, a nice six pointer! Of our gang of 5 we all tagged out, with 2 being taken on Saturday which I wasn't there for. I keep thinking of that big buck. Should I have chanced a shot, should I have tried stalking him. I guess I'll never know, but I hope that he passes along his genes one more year and I get a crack at him next season.
  5. 2 points
    I might have posted this before, But old funny fishing stories never dies. Dumb and Dumber! I have never bothered seeing the great Niagara falls during the first 8 years I had became a landed immigrant. I just focused on establishing my life and career in Toronto area.(the city was not yet called GTA), Until I heard of whirlpool fishing, where someone could catch a big trout called steelhead. My impression of trout was just a small one lber fish that people caught while fly fishing. Internet was very primitive back in the early 90's, still no GPS technology available. I only read from the first Original fishing forum founded by UofT Zoology student, about fishing Niagara region. the forum was just a one liner chat primitive fishing board that works on AOL, a privilege to those who have a dial up account, they could access the fishing forum. Some anglers tip/mentioned about big trout being caught at Niagara region, and warned that it was challenging area to get to. Kawarthas lake used to be flooded with fish, so I never bothered venturing out farther than an hour drive, still not much traffic back those days. Getting to places was by Mapping. Mapping was using a magnifying glass to read from a paper map, then we need to jot down all the street to know when and where to turn. So I told one of my friend that we should stay overnight at the Brand new Redroof Inn (cost $35/night back then and was promoted at Toronto Star paper) visit Niagara falls with our family on Victoria Day, then fish whirlpool when our family was still asleep early next morning. Then after we had fished, we can take them to the famous Flying Saucer restaurant and have our cheap 99 cents breakfast meal (also advertised off Toronto Star) What could you get for 99 cents back then? Two toasted bread and two eggs cooked at our preference, and decent amount of home fries. unlimited Coffee was $1 extra. Who said only cheap people go there.,we always give a 50% tip! My friend and I woke up by 7am, then drove to the whirlpool parking lot. As the leader, I excitedly head straight across the parking lot, with my friend cautiously tagged along not too far behind. After standing at the edge and speculated the hill's steepness . I told my friend "This is doable, we just have to slide down with our butt when it gets really steep." He replied, "Are you sure?" I then insistently replied "How else could anyone get down there?". So with one hand holding our small tackle box and our 6'rod, while another hand , we tried to grab whatever small tree or branches we can get a hold of, we nervously went down, mostly slid down with our butt off the dried leaves. After 15 minutes, we finally got to the helicopter platform. I told my friend that we got lucky that day , since it was not a rainy day , where the leaves were dry and were there to cushion our butt. My butt was somewhat sore, but our pants were not dirty and we got there safely, was my big sigh of relief! We only saw 3 other guys and one kid fishing that morning by 8am , i realized the limited amount of people was all due to the steep hill to get down, and Kids were natural in sliding on anything Everyone was catching fish, including the kid, who had used a worm as bait on white cheap/red round bobber. I never forgotten many big fish swam just beside the clear water shoreline in front of us. I cast with a mini size one spinner, after few cast, ....Fish ON! I landed the steelhead very fast since I was using a mitchel combo graphite rod and reel combo bought from CA tire, it was made in USA, with original 15lb mono line,(no braided line then) and zero drag, the line I never bothered to replaced in years, the line seemed strong, could last forever and had landed lots of fish. I did not even know the importance of the reel drag system. Tight drag for me meant the line would be strong to ensure fish could not go too far from where I caught it. After I landed the fish, and took some pictures before I released it. I told myself this Niagara place is a gem. Then I told my friend that his lure was not effective so I gave him another mini spinner. After few cast, he also landed as well, with his 20lb mono, and no drag fishing equipment. With contented feeling, we were forced to quit by 9am, we never seriously imagined we would actually caught a fish that morning, especially, we promised our wives to be back at the motel by 9am. When I was about to finished packing up , I noticed my pliers went missing, so I confronted the guy if he had seen it, and just felt someone had stole it. I did not know that time, the water rises due to city released more water during daytime. So my pliers got buried from the rising water after all . I then asked one of the angler if there were other faster trail for us to get back up..........He replied, "There is only one trail , and the stairway is also there." I felt so stupid grinning at my friend, and said .........." At least we both caught fish!" We went back to our family and took them to the Flying saucer restaurant. They originally did not believe we had caught fish , then I told them, we will have proof after the film gets developed. I then told my friend that we should do this more often. He did not respond that moment, .............All I remembered was that was the first and the last time we fished together! Since that first great adventurous experience fishing Niagara , I never stopped going to Niagara often, even if it felt a tedious chores having to face traffic congestion coming from Toronto area. When someone or a foreign guest asked me what else to do at Niagara Falls, I always insisted of Fishing and Hiking! ................but I ensure i excluded Butt sliding activity!
  6. 2 points
    Laker

    Valens Lake ice conditions and derby

    As of today there is nearly 3" of ice on the lake, if the weather cooperates Valens Lake should be open in a week or so! We require 6" of clear ice before we can open for ice fishing. Check here for updates or visit our website www.conservationhamilton.ca Day entry fee is $10.00, if there aren't staff at the gate please use the automated gate system, it accepts bills, coins and credit cards. We do not have bait or and fishing supplies. Valens Lake is hosting its annual ice fishing derby on February 17, sunrise till 2:00PM. $25 per person children 12 and under are $15, top prizes for the largest pan fish caught (bluegill, crappie and perch are the only fish accepted), senior and junior division. Lots of great prizes and many door prizes, so even if you don't catch a fish you have a chance to win something. There will be hotdogs and sausage available on the BBQ as well as coffee and hot chocolate. Paul Karbusicky Valens Lake CA Superintendent
  7. 2 points
    Looked pretty good to me but I'm not a centre pin guy. Maybe a thin washer would help on what little play it has. Like you say just starting out and only centre pining once in awhile, who cares if it's $50 or $1000.00, you'd fool me. You're only going fishing to have fun, not to impress is the way I look at it.
  8. 2 points
    DaveC

    MNR - Your Voice Matters - Zone 16

    Yes, your 100% on all that. We run a small flyfishing club and to host a tournament is one major pita. We had to have a 5 million dollar insurance bond freeing County of brant from all liability to fish a fun tournament on the grand with about 15 people. Jump hoops, and letters sent around to the local residents for their permission and input to use the grand river from our own personal boats and canoes. We also had to obtain all sorts of permits as well. Same scenario on the upper grand river. Seems like these rivers belong to a select group of people and you need their permission as well or expect to be frowned upon. We needed a permit to use a public park for access to the river, because we are a club and running a not for profit tournament. A release waiver is not sufficient enough apparently. Money involved with everything...and the city and local townships want their piece or its not happening. That's what I'm saying about a voice....you really don't have one, and your talking to deaf ears unless you belong to one of the OLE BOYS clubs that its built around.
  9. 2 points
    Mike Pike

    What's in the water ?

    Nice Smerch. Any day you can go out somewhere close to home, float for perch, and bring a few home for a meal is as good a day as I can think of.
  10. 2 points
    fishfight

    Post Your Improvised lures!

    I delete my tweaked lure post out of my own decision. since I realized it would be hard to change people's habit anyway, and many just threw away useless lures aside with today's disposable minded consumerist society. I have been tweaking many thing for years, to not waste any salvageable goods around us. I also almost forgotten that we have sponsor to support, so better just buy new updated technology . Based on years of experience, I landed many more female with artificial lures that I used as stocked or tweaked................or due to Karma...fish just like to get caught by me knowing I will release them! The Confidence and satisfaction it can provide us when we outsmart the fish with our improvised lures, rather then just following others where we were being told that there are only limited specific ways in catching fish.
  11. 2 points
    Symmetre

    Baitcasters and float fishing

    Exactly what Tyler said. On a big river where the fishing tends to be a little coarser, where you need use floats and a ton of weight and heavier lines, then baitcasting outfits will work fine. But once you get into slower currents, lighter lines and more finesse rigs, you can just forget about it. The tiny diameter of a baitcaster's spool (even the best reels made) won't spin anywhere near as freely as a decent quality centerpin will. And, it will have to spin a whole lot more to let out the same amount of line, which is a major problem on slow drifts. When you need to fish gentle currents or use precision presentations, a baitcasting outfit can't keep up to a centerpin rig. I use both centerpins and baitcasting outfits. I use spinning outfits and fly gear too, since everything has its time and place. But for steelhead fishing, if I was restricted to one outfit only, it would be a centerpin rig hands down.
  12. 2 points
    fishfight

    Post Your Improvised lures!

    I am trying to create enough ideas to pitch them to Shark Tank TV show, hoping some of them will invest on this multi-million dollar business venture. Anyone have any idea how to convince Kevin O'leary to invest, feel free to pitch in. I heard he was the only person that does not fish, I heard he has a huge yacht, and has professional fishing guide to catch fish for him to eat freshly caught fish. I also need a Swimsuit model to be our spoke person, no need English spoken language. Just sent pictures here for everyone's approval. Most of the investors have Iphone translator anyway. I was told sex sells products, so the focus will be on the model ! Since Miss Columbia, the finalist, just miss out on Miss Universe pageant. i will also contact her this week ,to potentially bring her to our team, so she could have more meaning to her life, rather then just flaunt her beauty! This will prove to the world she was not just born beautiful for nothing, .....but she could also Fish! She does not speak English and yet made it to the finals, so we should just be more considerate and not discriminate her as well.
  13. 2 points
    Take your rod apart, reel in what you can and wrap your leader/“shot line” around your reel and back up the rod and place the hook on a eyelet arm. Get some elastics and wrap the ends
  14. 2 points
    DaveC

    Etiquette

    Sometimes , friends and I have fished 10ft apart no problem, as long as like mentioned the guy below you casts first and you all drift together and retrieve together then repeat. Some people cant fish tight quarters but with like minded people its pretty simple. I never chase a fish either, a little respect when someone is fighting a fish removing your line and alls good. Now throw a fly guy into a mix of pinners....and its an ass kicking in the making...lol. I give fly guys the space they need...but if they think they are going to invade my drift, its going to be tangle city til they say uncle.lol
  15. 2 points
    Centre_Pin_Assasin

    Etiquette

    Usually the guy down river cast first and let it drift until you feel it's far enough also you can for sure cast over another's line as long as you don't touch his line keep your rod up and fish on. But use common sense and not every pinner is decent enough and can cast and retrieve well. See how they cast and how they fish then make a decision on where to drift and how to drift. Or just cast and don't give two $h!t $ lol.
  16. 2 points
    it is because of all the green energy projects the liberals have going on. the power plants do not need to draw as much water. lots of information out there. they have screwed up more than our water levels.
  17. 2 points
    It could take you years to get your first fish out of the niagara. Unless you fish it often and can get the river dialed in. Took me probably 2 seasons fishing about 5 times a year (usually dec,Jan) to get a fish. My 1st few fish (lakers) came on kwikfish jus letting it sit out in the current. I’m still learning something new every time I go 5 years later. You really need to get your bait down so big float(16-24g) and heavier then normal weight works. If beads aren’t working throw a pink worm on some days that’s all they want and if the current is too strong and your not feeling it go fish some back eddies down the glen(lower section below the whirlpool). Anyways I’m still no pro at that river but hope this helps a Bit. Good luck and post a pic when you catch your silver bullet.
  18. 2 points
    yakfish

    TREE GRUBS

    Habs Suck!
  19. 1 point
    gunner-2

    Yote down

    Yes it would have been a nice mount only 2 mounts so far did some real nice bucks from some bow hunters i get busy with yotes more so after most of the other season are done but get a few around deer season
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  22. 1 point
    Decided to end this topic as the harm might outweigh the benefit for the board . It's a cheap reel, so of course it won't perform like an expensive one. I think for the price it's surprisingly decent. But as suggested, if I find myself ever fishing with it on a regular basis (doubtful, but who knows), I'll report back.
  23. 1 point
    Gil

    where to buy minnows in Fort Erie area?

    Hi Dave. Was out a week ago yesterday off. ABINO perching. Too rough! 45nice ones. Boat now parked. Maybe hit. Upper for bows.. Cheers
  24. 1 point
    brookie slayer

    Road Kill

    Me and everyone I've talked to have seen so many skunks this year it's crazy...must be all this garbage eh smerch.
  25. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Carp

    I seen a bunch of ponds frozen over today. Ice fishing in no time.
  26. 1 point
    smerchly

    Centerpinning during the winter

    Good video displaying the reel ....very quick delivery considering it traveled half the planet ! Why no tax ? That's odd , considering our government taxes everything we buy here , sometimes twice . This would be the cheaper way to go if one wants to delve into center pin fishing to see if it's for them . Buying direct from China seems to be catching on ....eliminating all the middle men . It may be the future way we do most of our shopping . Our goods come from there anyway ..... Hope to see more about this reel in action .
  27. 1 point
    smerchly

    Gas

    This is fishing related as well as environmental ....heard just now on radio CKTB talk show , "they" are going to double the minimum 5% ethanol to 10% . It's well known the gas mileage drops with ethanol , and it has caused damage to our boat motors & lines ,etc. But we are going to save the world you know ! It is also known that our Lib.government contributes millions of pesos to the ethanol lords & they , of course, help them out at election time . We taxpayers are so generous..... So , if we need to fill up more often buy burning ethanol , are we really saving the planet ? The more we burn the more $$$ they get in gas taxes . I'm not sure about the U.S. gas ethanol rate , but I will be looking to find out .....or using non eth. gas , if it's still legal ....
  28. 1 point
    Fish Farmer

    MNR - Your Voice Matters - Zone 16

    Thanks DaveC I new I shouldn't have clicked on your link, taking another nerve pill We had a few great guys that volunteered to run one day fish derby's at pier 4 in Hamilton. Pay out was only a few bucks, was great for meeting a few friends, getting kids out, food trucks would be there. The city of Hamilton put a stop to it because they wanted the organizer to pay for permits, insurance, have meetings with the city to have permission. Little to say, no more fun derby's. But if it was putting a few bucks in the city's councilors pockets, no problem. I guess they don't know what volunteer means, doing something good for nothing but a thank You.
  29. 1 point
    Fish Farmer

    MNR - Your Voice Matters - Zone 16

    The letter I sent to them was the parking issue around Simcoe regarding Ice Fisherman. Outside residents have to pay big time, one example is Innisvil Beach. Residents don't have to pay. Plus There is a few signs that are posted that people don't know about, when it snows there is no parking anywhere on the roads around the lake that says you can park. They have vultures that drive around ticketing vehicles if it happens to start snowing after your out ice fishing and you come in you have a ticket. I NO longer support anything that concerns Lake Simcoe. The people that live there can keep THEIR LAKE! Stick It where the sun don't shine. The response I got back was take it up with the municipality.
  30. 1 point
    fishfight

    Post Your Improvised lures!

    Some of my improvised/Tweaked lures. I am willing to share these small secret improvised lures, not just to salvage some of our unused lures, but to also minimize on the usage of natural roe. THESE DESIGN ARE UNDER PATENT PENDING, BUT BEFORE THEY GET APPROVED , AND FOR LIMITED TIME ONLY, GO AHEAD AND COPY THEM. THEY ARE CALLED ....THE UGLY LURES1 The slogan on any future ad will be..............THEY ARE NOT JUST UGLY...........BUT THEY WORK! 1. Yarn Material found at dollar store. https://pix.sfly.com/7ri7iJ There were a lot of helpful tips that I had originally posted then eventually deleted few days after. Sorry for those who could have benefited from them. I JUST VOLUNTEERED TO ONE OF THE ADMINISTRATOR "DAVE" TO GET THIS THREAD DELETED. SINCE i ALSO REALIZED THERE ARE SPONSORS THAT WE ALL SHOULD SUPPORT TO BEGIN WITH. IN PARTICULAR, DURING SALMON FISHING SEASON, MANY FISH WERE SLAUGHTERED JUST FOR ITS ROE AND THE BODY LEFT TO ROT ON THE RIVER BANKS. ASIDE FROM THE GARBAGE BEING LEFT BEHIND BY INCONSIDERATE ANGLERS ! .............SO MY ORIGINAL MOTIVE OF THIS TOPIC WAS TO HELP OTHERS CATCH OR SALVAGE OLD IMPERFECT LURES THEY ALREADY GOT! IT IS HARD TO DO ANYTHING POSITIVE THESE DAYS WITHOUT ANY UNNECESSARY CONTROVERSY!
  31. 1 point
    boogaloo

    These winds could be good

    For bringing water temps down. If air temp stays low and the wind subsides we may get some early ice. Heres hoping............................Daniel
  32. 1 point
    smerchly

    These winds could be good

    She's ripping up a storm right now Boogs ! Had to put a canon ball on each foot today ! According to Intellicast Weather , next Tues .should be only -6C , then -10C overnight with more colder than normal after .... If the wind subsides we should get a start on some ice . I was practicing a few days ago , using a short ice rod, using a 1" Ice Rap ....caught my first "Ice" perch !
  33. 1 point
    DaveC

    MNR - Your Voice Matters - Zone 16

    I find these meetings usually have an agenda for select groups. Seen it all to often with the ole boys clubs. MNR does not listen anyway...just another dog and pony show as far as I am concerned. Keep things the way they are and add more enforcement...which we all know will not happen when your licence fees goes into the general fund. They make big bucks to make decisions as it is...and even when they do get consultation from outside groups they don't listen...wont be wasting my time that's for sure.
  34. 1 point
    Sent them my reply on Lake Simcoe Not good They push for local residents fishing only. We should do the same for south shore lake Ont. angling.
  35. 1 point
    Symmetre

    Post Your Improvised lures!

    Your ideas are not "patent-pending" until after you have done the paperwork, submitted them to the patent office, had them accepted by the patent office for review, and paid the appropriate fees, which run anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 per item. You should also know that you cannot patent modifications to someone else's product. It has to be your own invention from the ground up. You can't patent someone else's lures that you doctored with stuff you bought at the dollar store. Nice ideas, but people have been doing similar stuff for years. Fishing magazines from the 60s and 70s often had articles showing how to modify crankbaits by adding weight, including winding solder around the hook shanks, or add reflecty tape or fake eyes, or refinish them with glow paint to make them more visible. One of the best articles was making your own twister tails by cutting big spiral-shaped chunks of rubber from balloons. They looked great in the water and lasted way longer than any of the plastic twisters did. If you like to tweak tackle go to the library and rummage through old fishing magazines, they have all sorts of cool ideas like that.
  36. 1 point
    I like to use a longer leader. 24- 30" to the swivel. Might be ok when its dirty water to go short, but generally go a bit longer.
  37. 1 point
    steellee

    Baitcasters and float fishing

    Yes easily. The 13' I have is actually a 13', 4 pc shimano clarus too. All I did was rewrap the 3 guides on piece #2 in a spiral pattern shifting the line gradually to the bottom guides, the 4th guide that is on piece #3 makes up the full transition to the line being on the bottom guides. I also cut the cork back from the top and put on a casting reel seat with a nice short foregrip. It probably took an hour or or so all told and I took it off the rod dryer and was fishing with it the next morning. Later on after a few trips I realized the guides were too small and rewrapped the 4-5 last guides with a larger minima style guide much better for winter. The whole thing was basically a project I wanted too try with a gift card I had, a rod on sale, and components I already had laying around. If you do go this route make sure the float rod you choose has medium or low frame guides or you won't get a nice transition or need to rewrap the entire rod. It does have a time and place but I prefer my 10'6 it's just a much nicer feeling rod.
  38. 1 point
    DaveC

    Baitcasters and float fishing

    Got mine @ Sail
  39. 1 point
    corsara

    Etiquette

    Thanks. Went down today, water becoming clearer. There wasn't a crowd, so couldn't test my etiquette skillz today
  40. 1 point
  41. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Baitcasters and float fishing

    Lube I use is from “loon outdoors” works great.
  42. 1 point
    steellee

    Baitcasters and float fishing

    I floatfish with a baitcasters all winter as my hands do much better with a baitcaster than a centerpin when it's cold and I can wear gloves. You re on the right track. Casting should get easier. With a top end baitcaster adjusted right I can out cast the same rig with a centerpin I believe. You definitely need a good quality baitcast for floatfishing. I'm partial to shimano and use a Calcutta te DC. The inline sinkers help a lot with casting and simplifying your rig if you can find them. I like them in 1/5, 1/4 and 3/8 size. You can also make your own with hollow pencil Lead. The thill stops should help if not than look up nail knot it is a float stopper knot you can tie yourself with mono line and trim. I have a 13 spiral wrap and a 10'6 for the purpose and I actually much prefer the 10'6, only use for the 13' is when it gets super cold and slip float no longer slides well than I run fixed floats and need the extra length. I have many centerpin outfits and enjoy them but on big River like niagara I'm just as comfortable using a baitcast outfit.
  43. 1 point
    Oh man, where was this video last night, when I stayed until 2am pre-tying hooks! I tried all three snell versions from the page I posted in my previous post, and none were as easy as this one! Thank you very much, I feel like a ton of frustration just fell off my shoulders!
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Nice going Corsara, your hooking fish so that's a good thing..nice brown btw !!! Like mentioned takes fishing that river a lot to get it figured out. Smerch we used corkies last week and hooked 6 fish between 3 of us bottom bouncing...couple lakers and 4 bows. I'm done with Glen, and whirlpool the ole knees are shot...park n fish for me now...lol
  46. 1 point
    I find a snell knot , in wide gap octopuss hooks works best for me...and I like owner hooks. That's my opinion...others may differ. I run, 5, 6, 8, and 10 mil beads mostly. I will sometimes go 12 on very dirty water. Colours, your trying to match the hatch...keep that in mind. I use a lot of natural, white, and greens but having a mixture is a must. I always peg the bead with the rubber bead pegz and 2" above the hook.
  47. 1 point
    I believe there are website out there that might determine niagara water level
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  49. 1 point
    gunner-2

    Controlled Deer Hunt

    Good luck guys i'm headed north for a rifle deer hunt tomorrow
  50. 1 point
    pike007

    Controlled Deer Hunt

    Good luck, i also didnot get time to do any prep work.....doing it old school like the old days when there were no cameras. Headed out to the spot in about 20 min. Beautiful little spot in 89A. 007
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