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  1. 6 points
    coyotehunter

    Archery Bear Hunt

    Got up to the camp for the fall bear hunt that opened August 15th. The five brothers have a camp 20 miles north of Kirkland Lake. A log cabin that was built in the fifties. We added a bunkhouse after we bought it and every year have made improvements. New dock original cabin with bunkhouse added inside sleeping area This is the morning view out the cabin door and the evening view Some of the fish caught over the years This year we put in a new kitchen and window over sink New back deck for storing hunting gear New cover over front deck Despite the work put in we managed to get out and hunt. The yearly ritual of sorting through the trail camera photos from each of the eight baits to determine (in our own minds) the baits we liked consisted of going through hundreds of photos which included ravens, chipmunks, squirrels, lynx, wolf, and of course .....bear. Our philosophy is to have every person a chance at a bear. Accordingly, after seeing the camera photos, we draw for picking order. Any person who did not get a bear the previous year is in the A pool ( first ones to pick). All others are in the B pool. Each pool member draws a card to determine picking order within the pool. Selection depends on how you feel about the bait from previous experience and of course the trail camera photos. I didn't shoot a bear last year because I only saw small bear so I had first pick and then the others drew cards. The first evening was interesting when a small bear came in to the bait. Chipmunks and squirrels entertained me while I listened to the ducks quacking on the lake. Finally it was too dark to shoot and I decided to turn on my light to look at the barrel...crap...there was a bear between me and the bait ...10 yards from me. All I caught was a black blur as he set a new land speed record in getting out of Dodge. The consolation was that I had been quiet enough for him to come in and he didn't get my scent. Of course I still had to walk out in the dark, get back to camp and change my underwear. Back at camp the others had seen bears but nothing big enough to shoot. The next night was a repeat of the first with the small bear coming in again. Then with minutes of shooting light I saw a bear coming down the hill to the rear of the bait. I checked the video camera....drat ...not enough light. He came to the bait but didn't present a broadside shot. In fact, he continued towards the tree stand and stopped 10 yards away. The wind had been swirling a bit and I could see he was a bit cautious. Then he stood up on his hind legs and stood there sniffing the air....neat stuff.....darn... no camera. I'm worrying that shooting time was near an end when he drops down and returns to the bait only to walk behind it and turn as if to go back up the hill. After a few seconds (seemed like hours) he decided he wanted a donut and came back to the bait. With minutes of legal shooting time left he turned broadside and I shot. He went back behind the bait and within seconds I heard a couple of death moans. After a few minutes to settle down I got out of the stand to look for blood. He broke the arrow and there wasn't much blood but 20 yards later I was standing over a 240 lb. bear. The next morning was spent processing the bear and getting the packaged meat to the freezer in the trailer park across the lake. And getting the ribs prepared for the feast that night. Brother Russ and ribs ready for the bbq. We ate bear ribs, fresh caught walleye, home made spaghetti and sauce, home made chili and beer can chicken among our meals that week. The second night my brother Larry shot a 275 lb. bear with a huge head. Bears are scored with head measurements and it had a green score that suggested it would make the Ontario record book at least. It was an old male with massive front end and relatively small hindquarters. The third day the weather turned on us. Daily rains and winds that hampered the hunting and certainly put a crimp in Larry's and my fishing. Brother John (aka Mooseslayer) took a shot at a bear only to have a clap of thunder startle it as he shot resulting in a shot a bit farther back than he liked. He decided to back out and not spook it. Driving a boat back to camp in a driving rain wasn't fun for him and the other brothers (Russ and Paul) who had been out as well. Of course Larry and I were in front of the woodstove with a glass of Irish feeling lucky we already had our bear. The next morning after a night of rain we had no blood trail but good tracking of crushed vegetation and broken sticks (especially by John) resulted in a found bear. Unfortunately wolves or another bear had eaten about 20 lbs of meat from the hindquarters (the good stuff) but we took it back to camp and salvaged most of the meat. Rainy weather and winds made for miserable conditions for Russ and Paul and they didn't get a shot at a decent bear.......A pool next year. All in all a good trip. Of course it is always good to hunt with brothers. The three bears this year brings the camp total to 58 bears. My 240 lb bear Larry's 275 lb bear The five brothers and Larry's bear
  2. 5 points
    rocknreel

    East Trib Fishing

    Port Hope river monsters ! Just a few of the many landed WOW....
  3. 3 points
    smerchly

    Jordan Canoe Trip

    Got an invite to do a canoe fish with Kightfisher today . Water level is still high but parking lot is dry . We trolled , , drifted various baits in the murky water while enjoying the waterfowl along the banks that were picking off the big supply of bait fish breaking water everywhere . And the fish were not hungry ! Dan picked up a perch on a worm and that was it ...Another thing we noticed was the lack of weed beds along the bank probably due to the extra high water levels again this year . On the way back to the conservation park we were met with a convoy of rowers from E.S.Crossley School who joined the park for their rowing practice , some who were oblivious that others use the harbour as well . It was a beauty day to be on the water and taking in the scenery and wildlife......and we saw a few of these wire "nesting cages" planted in the back bays ...don't know what they are for but we assume some kind of bird nests in them ?? Dan had his "good quality" fishing rod "explode" at the center joint with only a slight bend of pressure ....never seen a rod shatter like that . The one year warranty is over so it looks like he has to buy another rod .....
  4. 3 points
    Tyler0420

    Harvest Moon

    All I seen last night was thunderstorms. Still stayed out through them and was rewarded with a skunk.
  5. 2 points
    smerchly

    Carping today

    Hit the water about 10 this morning . ...chummed with some maize & a little can corn too . Loaded up the hair with can corn , 20 minutes later a 7-8 lb. carp landed . Then I tried the maize on the hair ....5 minutes later another one took off , a little better at close to 10 lbs . I switched back & forth with the corn & it didn't make much difference , except it takes longer to load the maize onto the hair rig . Lost another one in the weeds about 30 minutes later . Two elderly couples walked by & one guy asked how the fishing was ....then said "that's a pretty big rod your using " I recognized him but wasn't quite sure with him wearing sun glasses and Tilly type hat ...turned out to be my doctor (Ken Taylor) who retired his practice about 5 years ago . ...and he proceeded to show me the BIG kings he caught in the lake on his phone. He lives at Martindale pond & has a dock there . I tried another spot for a half hour but didn't chum it .....need to spend more time there to give it a proper test .... Cooked up more maize today...soaked it in warm water for 27 hrs....then on the burner for an hour ....still soaking in the hot water until it cools And also for your reading enjoyment .....a carp got me good today ! Those damn dorsal -anal fins have those sharp saw like bones that get caught up in the net sometimes , a real bugger to get the mesh over those sharp spines . Every decent carper has got stung by them ! while using the pliers to get the rubber net from the anal fin the carp thrashed and drove the sharp bone under my thumb nail ..... If you want to play you got to pay ! One for the carp !
  6. 2 points
    Chrisb

    Lake conditions this morning

    Lake looks nice. Light north wind and small rollers coming in Cottage_20190917074521_Record.mp4
  7. 2 points
    smerchly

    Harvest Moon

    Hope y'all enjoying the big yellow moon tonight ..... Just listened to Neil singing the great tune ..... Here's a picture at our trailer a while back , some beauty moon lit nights over the bay .
  8. 2 points
    cplummer

    Eyelet swap

  9. 2 points
    knightfisher

    Jordan Canoe Trip

    Was quite the outing for sure. Very comfortable on the water, regardless of the high temps. And of course the beauty of the area makes it very enjoyable. However I never had so many mishaps occur as did. Quite a number of snags, handling the Pal with the gusts of winds regardless of the 40 electric made for creative maneuvers. Lost 30 or so yards of powerpro line. Line just snapped when bringing in the bait. Never happened to me before. Any breaks in the past was always at the lure or leader. Wind blew off my tilley hat, and with the wind blowing us around, got to it just as it was sinking. Later as Bill mentioned, my rod exploded to my shock. Lost various tips of rods here and there, but never in the middle. Then about 3:30 there was about 30 racing scull/shells coming towards us, but keep a good distance away. Few minutes later another barrage of shells came towards us, and the coach in the tinny had to tell a number of the crews to watch out for us. And of course don't I get a snag, and the Sportspal blowing in the wind, and a eight man boat aiming to T-bone us, lol, it was quite funny. Was surprised we didn't get any fish, especially when in the past, where many cats and sheepheads were caught. Enjoyable time out, lots of birds and wild life to see, and lots of stories between Bill and I. PS: Bill, I picked up the same rod today, I just have so much affinity for this model lol.
  10. 2 points
    marth11

    Fishing this weekend

    So, I went and took my bike out and did some fishing this weekend with a buddy, no luck but I did get a good workout, I'd start at the pond, and then with my mountain bike, I'd make my way up the creek, ending at 1st Louth, I'd fish any opening I'd get. Now I got school for the next two days so time for a rest, and probably be back at it Wednesday.
  11. 2 points
    AwolRJ

    Just wondering?

    I like to turn around and figure 8 over the waypoint, but some days u just got to go with the waves. I haven't been out in couple weeks hope to do ok in the morning with wife and son!
  12. 2 points
    DNorton

    17.10lb

    That’s a nice fish there! I haven’t been out in weeks thinking I need to get out.
  13. 2 points
    smerchly

    17.10lb

    OH BOY !! I was checking my carp gear just 10 minutes ago ! And you post this !! Nice healthy looking carp there ...congrats . I have been waiting for some inspiration since I am back in my familiar carp territory . Been bustin me arse since I got back to the house with tons of over grown weeds ....need a break .....got to get OUT on the carp bank ! Thanks for the picture ...nice shot ! ....Okay Limey , you got me going ....heading out in the morning to chase carp . I hit the stores up for some carp dinners today !
  14. 2 points
    smerchly

    Carp supplies

    Send me there names & cell phone #'s Tyler ....we could become friends very quickly ! You are fully loaded now !! I'll be carping soon as I power wash the mold off my rod & reel . Hope to see you soon with your new arsenal of equipment . I'll be checking out a few spots with my year old maize , 3 year old corn puffs , fresh cream corn , p&c. corn , fresh oats , bread , and pine apple for desert ! ....Experimenting with my Picasa pictures ....sent to desktop , cropped , resized at 25% and dragged into post .... white bass which everyone there calls silver bass .... (good eating)
  15. 2 points
    Mbocco

    Florida fishing report

    Day 1, 6am- I hadn’t visited a bait shop yet so threw a Zara topwater with no luck, then tried a gold Johnson spoon with no luck then tried some paddle tail swim baits with no luck. Grrrr! Day 2 6am- Flat fishing in the mosquito lagoon with a chartered captain friend who I have fished with before. My Zara got smashed in the early hours but no hookup sadly. Managed only small below slot sea trout on the trip. The water was very brown from too much rain the previous week and subsequent brown algae. Hence the fish were not in skinny water and very hard to find. I could only catch them on swim bait in deeper water. Too bad too because this is my favourite type it fishing. Day 3- Broke down and visited the bait shop for shrimp. Perfect fishing conditions all day. Caught about 20 fish. Mostly catfish for the kids under 2lbs. Pulled in a sweet 5lb stingray. Wicked fight on light tackle. Also caught some croakers which I filleted for bait. Moments later my reel erupted and rod flew sideways. Nearly an immediate break off. Most likely a larger shark. Earlier that day I had a 5ft black tip swim right in front of me in the crest of a wave. I’ve never been that close to a shark in the wild. He didn’t seem interested in me. Next couple days the ocean became quite rough. I don’t have the tackle required to hold bait on the bottom in those conditions. Nonetheless still caught catfish and croakers every day. My last day is tmr and I’m waking up early to fish the rocks in the jetty. Not sure what to expect but that’s half the fun. I’d love to land a snook. I know they hang out there. Here are some pics. Mosquito lagoon launch at sunrise, stingray, live delta IV rocket launch (that was too cool), cute little male sea trout
  16. 1 point
    knightfisher

    My Amazing Plants

    Once in a while I post pics of this amazing plant on the forum. Not many people get to see something like this, except the people in my neighborhood. It's always a pleasure watching people walk by, stop, stare, continue and stop again for that second look. This is the 15th year for this plant. By late fall all the leaves fall off and all that's left is a long straight pole. Each year in early May I cut down the stock to the lowest bud forming and see how it grows each year. The plant usually reaches it's maximum height in 3-4 months....wild. Last year I let a sucker plant grow, and currently it passed the original plant by about a foot. This year the sucker plant reached a height of 15'6''. The leaves currently measure 24 inches wide. With just the one plant, as posted before, the leaves grew a whopping 34 inches wide. Amazing. Now you know why I call it the Amazing Plant. ps: Sorry if some of you thought it was of the 420 variety.
  17. 1 point
    Chrisb

    My Amazing Plants

    Do you know the actual name of this plant. I get nothing searching the amazing plant.
  18. 1 point
    curious

    Eyes on the lake

    Thanks Chris, if u can let us know if it flattens that would be much appreciated
  19. 1 point
    smerchly

    Painting

    I think most of the exterior house paints are water based now . I got mine at Home Hardware and they put several colours in the mix to create the chocolate brown I desired . Easy cleanup with water ....no turps to clean brushes , probably more "environment friendly" as well . If the rain held off for another couple hours I would have been safe . The paint dries quickly but the heavy rain wiped out the last 2 hours of painting . The last paint job with the same water base lasted a good 20 years ....I was taking a chance and lost .... Painted the barn shed yesterday ...all went well ! Washed back 8 x10 tin shed today , free rinse with the rain , ready to paint when ???
  20. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Eyelet swap

    So looks like I’m just going todo it myself. It’s only a spod rod and doesn’t look hard. Can I use a epoxy from CT or Lowe’s? Or does it have to be for fishing rods?
  21. 1 point
    rocknreel

    East Trib Fishing

    My cottage is 32kms from port hope so it's not a special drive from TO. I like the faster drifts and bigger fish !! 3 weeks ago I was catching silvers The big push is yet to come ,also it's big enough that people can spread out....
  22. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Carping today

    Good job on the fish smerch. I fished local yesterday after work for a few hours and landed one and lost one. I’ll be tying some new hair rigs today with some new hooks. I was sitting in my truck up on the bank and seen two pods of fish about 70m out so I reeled and casted between the two pods and fired out some boilies. 5min later I landed one. Going back out tonight for a short shift 4-8. Hopefully there’s a lunker hanging around.
  23. 1 point
    marth11

    Another healthy hobby of mine.

    So one of my favourite things to do is cook, I am actually in school for that currently, well working on a few prerequisites first. Here is my breakfast this morning, it's a shakshouka, which is eggs poached in a spicy tomato stew.
  24. 1 point
    smerchly

    Duck

    While wondering about Dalhousie today I saw a large group of ducks being fed by an elderly couple and one duck ? stood out among the rest of the mallards . It is larger with dark plumage with white flecks on the breast . It is a cross with something , possibly a black duck which I haven't seen in years . Any duck hunters know what this thing is ???
  25. 1 point
    Captain Hooksets

    Bit of advice please...

    In my opinion I wouldn’t even suggest a topwater lure right now especially where you are going (northern country). It’s getting colder up there by the day, water temp is dropping and the chances of top water action are coming to an end. Is there a chance you catch something on a topwater? Sure, but you’ll have better luck doing other things. Since your in a canoe I would; 1. Drift a minnow or worm on a jig head or on a worm harness - closer to the bottom the better. You’ll catch anything doing this. 2. Troll some spinners like you have listed above or minnow body baits. Again, you’ll catch most species doing this. 3. Jig vertically with a mister twister( white, black or chartreuse). This may be harder since you’re in a canoe unless you are anchored. 4. From shore, I would cast jig heads tipped with worms, minnows or mister twisters or cast spoons or minnow baits. 5. Tie a live bait rig. Bait holder hook, couple sinkers a foot and a half above that and tie a worm or preferably a live minnow on there and let it soak . You can do this from shore or drift from behind your canoe. I know the general area you are staying. I usually travel a bit further north and fish in the fall and have a blast. Enjoy and be safe! Cap’n
  26. 1 point
    curious

    Just wondering?

    That’s why we try to fish away from other boats, We will stay away from everybody as much as we can provided we are catching.
  27. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Tough couple of days at the office

    2hours fishing right now and no takers. Cant wait to put some time in this weekend.
  28. 1 point
    Joe ....are you sure you didn't hook another huge sturgeon ? haha Good to see you post again ! You may need to up your line # a tad to 50 # braid . 🐳 There are carp reels that will hold 1000 + ft. of line ..... Good luck ....send us pics .....carp pics are very rare these days !!
  29. 1 point
    verado

    Moose tags.

    Ok thanks Kgm. I'll give them a try.
  30. 1 point
    Mike Pike

    Carp supplies

    Way go go Smerch and good on ya for leaving the rod in until the last moment. Ocassionally it does pay off! I went out yesterday but blanked. I even left the rod in until the last moment too but didn't enjoy the same fate as you. As a matter of fact, when I was leaving with all my gear slung over my shoulders, rod and net in hand, I looked back at my swim and saw a carp jump twice over my bait. Bugger that.
  31. 1 point
    Surf and Turf

    Controlled Deer Hunt

    Hey guys, don't forget that August 31st is the deadline for entering into the controlled deer hunt draw.
  32. 1 point
    Limey

    17.10lb

    Mate just caught this 10 minutes ago...
  33. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    17.10lb

    That’s a fatty. Nice fish
  34. 1 point
    smerchly

    At the Bay

    It's amazing what you can buy at the reserve in Shannonville.....We bought a new fridge there today ....no tax (right up my alley) ! Looking through the town , you can buy anything from pickerel to yep , a fridge ! Some of the names are original and funny , like "Smoke on the Water" , Smokin Joes , The Weed shop ....lots of weed shops here .....We can buy a 40#der of whiskey , big bag of cigs , lumber , furniture , food, jewels, and of course gas & propane .....all tax free .They do a booming business . I can get my worms as well and NO TAX on them as well !!! It's well worth our 15 minute drive to stock up on anything we need .....so nice to give our greedy government the finger ! I'm checking out the area for bait/tackle shops ....I would think these talented people would make some good tackle that is used at Quinte for both both summer & winter fishing .....will post again if I find any ...lots of yard sales in Deseronto as well , should be some fishing gear .... ...a fishing note.....I'm watching 3 guys come in with a 5 gal pail full or nice eyes with some tails over the top ...got their limit of 12 fish...lots of eyes coming out of here.
  35. 1 point
    smerchly

    Antlerless Deer Draw

    Heed this advice and best of luck to you guys (and gals ) !
  36. 1 point
    Bubba14

    Antlerless Deer Draw

    And you'd best do it because you won't like the consequences!
  37. 1 point
    kgm

    Duck hunting

    I'm sure it will be tough getting back into your groove without your dog, but once your out there and ducks are flying I'm sure you'll be right back at it. I'm up for hunting with you again for sure. I will make sure to be available before it gets icy out this year though. Lol
  38. 1 point
    DaveC

    Sault saint marie

    No its not in the middle, its below the power plant alongside the canal trail.
  39. 1 point
    Tyler0420

    Summertime carpin

    4:00 I was packing up on the pier. Looking forward to when the fish start biting again.
  40. 1 point
    DaveC

    Sault saint marie

    https://www.northernontario.travel/sault-ste-marie/gone-fishing-four-seasons-of-fly-fishing-in-the-st-marys-rapids
  41. 1 point
    verado

    Winter Boat Storage

    You might try Admiral Storage on the corner of Montrose Rd and Yokum Rd. across from Rolling Meadows golf course. It's an old chicken farm and he now rents out the barns for storage. I kept boats there for years. He charged around $40 per month. The guys name is Scott. I don't have is number anymore but if you're interested it might be worth a drive out there.
  42. 1 point
    cplummer

    Hiring in Fort Erie

    Positions filled
  43. 1 point
    Joshua - they've already answered your question, so I'm just adding info in case you need something similar in the future. Google Maps, when you open it in a browser on a computer: right-click with the mouse at, e.g. Queenston docks, then select "measure distance". Then keep clicking one or more times in other places, it will keep adding the distance between all clicks. It's actually very reliable method to calc distance.
  44. 1 point
    fredfisher

    At the Bay

    40 oz of domestic whiskey...I’m curious as to whatthey sell that for.i know they sell pretty much everything ..but the booze? What about a case of beer smerchly?is there a reserve or band brew? i thirstily await your response! 🍻
  45. 1 point
    smerchly

    Sault saint marie

    Yes , looks like a laker to me as well . Our dog doesn't like car rides so we give her Gravol , recommended by our vet, seemed to work well for 3-4 hr.trip .That lure looks a little sad , some surgery and new limbs can fixer up to see another fish .
  46. 1 point
    Limey

    Sault saint marie

    My wife put the idea in my head mate, maybe even muskoka area would do for me.
  47. 1 point
    DNorton

    Sault saint marie

    Looks like an amazing place to be! And quite the story. Thanks for sharing. I wish I could up and move somewheres like that but the wife won’t let me. Oh well maybe just gotta keep buggin her
  48. 1 point
    Fonthill

    Pontoon Boats ?

    we were fishing out of crystal beach last evening , and the wind was blowing pretty good . we were in a 20ft lund and taking a few over the bow, and low and behold along comes a pontoon boat trolling along as stable as can be. At first we were like what the **** are they crazy but as they passed we all changed are tune . they looked high and dry and enjoying themselves.
  49. 1 point
    Jwl1

    Sault saint marie

    I lived up in the soo like 25 years ago.....check the regs...not sure on the rules in that area anymore but....all along "the boardwalk " downtown can be good....huge pink and chinook runs up there in the fall.... decent bows....whitefish....if you go by the locks there is an mnr building there and a lamprey research centre that you can check out...its pretty neat......there is a park....belview park it's called.....there is a shallow bay that runs in there off the river that has some killer pike fishing sometimes...we would use spinnerbaits there and the pike would often run right up to the bank..flop on the ground and back in the water chasing our baits...20lbers not uncommon in there...lol....there are also some spots on the side of the hwy in and out of the soo that have signs where the mnr stocks put and take splake in them.....some of those little spots are also full of natural run brookies as well.....again though....check the regs for that area and the st Mary's river
  50. 0 points
    I decided to give some of my best Gibby spots a try this morning , about 4.5 hrs worth . Armed with fresh maize on a hair I tried some deep spots with some current ...not a sniff . I decided to try a "sure bet " spot that has a good current with a back eddy , had good luck there before but not great for walking .(rocks) I tried the maize for an hour and nothing . So I clipped the hair off & tried a corn puff ....about 20 minutes later a hookup ! It didn't fight much ...came to the surface and "rolled" in like it was out of steam . This carp looked beat up , and not healthy at all ! I fished for another 1/2 hr.and decided one sorry looking carp was all to be had . Gibby is strangely void of carp this year and this sick one makes me wonder what's going on here ? This is not what a healthy carp should look like ....


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