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  1. 10 points
    bigugli

    Central Sakatchewan

    As a gift for my birthday, The family paid to fly me out to the prairies for a 10 day fishing trip. What a fantastic time with my family. Then there was the fishing. Never hit the water for more than 4-5 hours each day, yet we were catching 50-120 fish per session. The tactics were simple. Baitholders with leeches, and our worm harnesses tipped with worm, leech or minnow. Minnow and ball jigs , with a sickle hook or casting jigs tipped with twisters or paddle tales. The fish were insane. Walleye out there were fighters, not dead weight. Pike were a lot thicker across the back as compared to pike in southern Ontario.
  2. 9 points
    Jim K

    new underwater video

    https://youtu.be/N1hrmlhJEC0
  3. 9 points
    Tyler0420

    Grand river fishing

    Decided to hit the river and catch a meal. I knew a spot that the sun would be behind the trees so off I went. If you wanna catch fish put a spinner on, so I did. Caught a nice smallie a few casts in then a stick, nope 15”ish walleye pulled it up on shore and it spit the hook and back it went. A few casts later feels like a log, lost it. Then another log (19.5” walleye). Some decent action then it died off. Its nice to have the grand almost in your backyard.
  4. 4 points
    corey

    Chemong Lake fishing

    I know I know... it's not Niagara but a buddy of mine got a place up on Chemong and we set out for the first time to explore. The lake is known as a panfish lake and yes, it is a panfish lake. We spent probably 3 hours of the day trolling with cranks, just flatlining and to our complete suprise, sunfish and bluegill were hammering the cranks. We probably caught 40-50 panfish in total while trolling cranks. I have never had that before. We did a lot of testing as well. He has young children so we had to make sure we found spots and methods that would keep the kids busy. We did some testing in weeds and found that worms, no matter how they were rigged would catch fish, pretty obvious. I ran a jig on the bottom and he ran a dropshot. With the jig, if it caught the eye of a fish on the way down I could generally seal the deal with a plastic on the jig. If the jig with plastic was down for more than 30 seconds it was not getting hit ever. On his dropshot with the hook up a foot or so the fish would grab almost any plastic. It was sunfish galore. We spent a bunch of time casting various lures looking for better fish and other than a small walleye which released itself 8 feet from the boat on me there was nothing. We were basically casting some weedy bays at that point trying to find "quality" fish. We didn't have enough time to explore the shorelines for traditional bass cover, that will be for another day. It was our first time on Chemong and was great to get out for a day. No pics as nothing photoworthy was caught.
  5. 4 points
    Mbocco

    Fishing with the kids

    My 11yo boy and 8yo daughter wanted to go “catching” and not fishing so I took them to a reliable drum spot this morning which should look familiar. They each hooked and reeled in their own sheepshead. My daughter was thrilled. My daughter has accepted the fact that the worms must die for us to catch the fish. What she had a really hard time with was me having to kill the “cute little gobie”.
  6. 4 points
    Jwl1

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    Always pick up after myself and then some....have often brought garbage bags when fishing the Niagara glen and took some time on the way back up the path to clean up....biggest culprits...timmies cups and water bottles...I'm also a smoker but my butts go in my pocket...a little effort goes a long way for sure
  7. 4 points
    Tyler0420

    Grand river fishing

    I actually haven’t spent any time targeting carp here but they should be around. A few years ago I was fishing for whatever using a pickerel rig with worms. My reel peels off and I landed my biggest river carp. Fell off the scale at 12lbs but fought like a monster. This was before I had all the special equipment. I’ve been thinking of baiting this area for carp but there’s quite a few turtles around. A good 15-20lb snapper was swimming in front of me tonight. But I’ll probably give it a try anyways. 1 more walleye caught tonight to add to the fish fry.
  8. 3 points
  9. 3 points
    Jeremy778

    Port Maitland

    As said already.... I avoid Port Maitland at all costs on weekends. Even through the week the place is a disaster. The boat launch has room for 3 boats max and there is always one parked at the dock being repaired. Sat on Thursday and watched the launch for about 15 minutes with kids. One guy backed his trailer into the launch wall. One guy jumped the line and backed his boat into another. Everyone was rushing so much trying to get off the dock before someone hit their boat. I live in Dunnville and the only thing Port Maintland launch and pier are good for is viral videos.
  10. 3 points
    Jwl1

    Chemong Lake fishing

    I'm trying to post pics but cant....lol
  11. 3 points
    Captain Hooksets

    new underwater video

    Agreed Smerch and seems like on the water "etiquette" is almost non existent these days. I've been lucky to be working from home/cottage the past few months which allows me to "sneak away" for a couple hours to fish every so often. The nonsense I continue to see out on the water blows my mind. Are people that stupid or do people just not give a F?
  12. 3 points
    I don't shore fish either so I don't normally see much of this but I have picked up line and bait containers while out on the lake. One thing I am seeing more of is people who have cleaned their catch then dumping all the heads and guts in the garbage pail at the launch ramp. These pails are in a high traffic area and they soon stink to high heaven and attract swarms of wasps. I would think it would be better to dump them in the lake away from used areas and let the crabs, fish and gulls take care of them. As for myself, I use my own garbage disposal, but this fall when we go to once every two week garbage pick up, I just might package them up and drop them in the can at the steps of city hall.
  13. 3 points
    smerchly

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    Too many entitled slobs out there .....society in general had gone downhill over the decades . Hire as many people as needed to keep places clean , add to the tax bill ....I'd rather pay more than see our environment turned into a dump site . Anyone know what the trash situation is like in New York State , e,g, ? I hear their parks are kept clean ....(chain gangs lol) ?
  14. 2 points
    smerchly

    August 1/2020 carp

    New spot today ... can't say where , or I'm dead ! Water has some current , 3-4 ' viz...about 8-9 ish ft. deep average ....using maize on the hair , sliding 1 oz. egg sinker ...20lb mono , 12'rod . Started out with a couple "bumps" then a hard run ...1st carp was a mean mama ....17 lbs. (largest one so far) I baited up and 2 minutes later another hard run ! She didn't fuss as much & I thought I caught the same fish ! ! But it was a pound lighter at 16 lbs . Had another good hit , 60-70 ft. run & it slipped off .... One more smaller one after that about 10 lbs , and a nice battle . Then I moved to another spot about 100 yds away ....a little shallower with lots of bottom weeds .....About 20 min.later a good run and it got off .....re-baited with a corn puff...2 minutes later a hard hit & another one about 12 lbs . Then , I saw a carp cruising by in 3 fow about 6' from shore . I dropped my maize in front of it as it headed out deeper ...and it slammed it ...took off like a rocket and came in at about 12--13 lbs. ( I only weight the ones that look to be over 15 lbs .. It was the first time I caught a cruising carp by sight ...what a blast !!! Yep ...I had a blast ....nice way to start the month !! ...here's the 2 largest carp which I thought were the same since the second one hit in 2 minutes in the same spot ! Check the damaged lip one the second one ...think someone got a little rough with the pliers .... A nice spot and NO GARBAGE ! ...excuse the feet ....
  15. 2 points
    smerchly

    Trying for walleye

    Years ago we fished 55 fow using a 3 way rig/worm harness , trolling slow or drifting , using 1oz -2 oz weight and got some eyes on bottom ....also got them with the same rig , with lighter weights in 25 fow off Nickle Beach . We hooked a nice smallie on bottom at 55 fow ....that was a nice surprise ! The warm water may be keeping them on bottom now .....or sleeping on bottom .....
  16. 2 points
    deetch

    Reel repair

    Went to Kenny’s. Great guy. Fast work and very reasonable. I would recommend Ken to anyone interested in getting reel repairs done
  17. 2 points
    If my net doesn't have pike odor, it was an unproductive outing, I look forward to the smell🙃
  18. 2 points
    Oh boy, my irrational fear of being attacked by sharks in the great lakes and my grandmother pool after dark had pretty much dissappeared 45 years after watching JAWS, now this! LOL
  19. 2 points
    Fish Farmer

    Reel repair

  20. 2 points
    Gibson pike. Was out this Am for about 2 hours and no signs of fish. Threw out everything I had, nada. Talk about disappointing. This evening, second cast with a white spinner bait, brought in this 22 inch pike. Guessing with the heat the last few weeks the pike have gone deeper.
  21. 2 points
    Dax

    Pt. Colborne Marine Followup

    6 weeks and the boat wasn't fixed, and they charged you???!!! Unbelievable. Why do people continue to go there? Their reputation is terrible.
  22. 2 points
    Snags

    I am just going to leave this here ...

    40" + and my spinnerbait was destroyed.
  23. 2 points
    Jwl1

    Trip to Sault Ste Marie

    If you get a chance to fish the boardwalk or up near the dam on the st Mary's....use some of the same bottom bounce techniques you would use on the niagara....if you can find them...buzz bomb jigging baits can slay em up there....you will loose a couple though..Haha...parts of the river run pretty fast in that stretch...some guys even fish the boardwalk using portable clamp on downriggers....just drop down a roe bag or rapala and wait...lol....its almost frustrating when the pinks are in heavy....you can literally see hundreds of them in the water and fight for a nibble sometimes..haha....if you go up by the powerhouse there is a fish ladder....and also a huge lamprey trap.....its a huge tease when you look down off the side of the road and see a cloud of pinks.....under that...whitefish pushing the 15lber or more range...then the huge chinook shadows lurking at the bottom underneath that.....huge tease cuz you cant fish there...but it's fun to look at......after a couple days with a guide....and just looking around a bit yourself...you will find some wicked fishing options....you would be surprised at all the options from past sudbury to wawa right along side the road.....you could always tell the wife "you gotta stop for a pee"....haha...along with all the little spots littered with splake....(put and take fish for a reason....they cant reproduce.....stocked purely for fishing.....and if you dont "take them".....eventually the will stop "putting" them.....along with that however are some of the most beautiful and biggest natural run brookies I have ever seen....super dark black...bright red fins.....if you aren't opposed to stopping for a pee....or a sandwich...and just happen to have an ultra light set up ready to go with a tiny spinner....or float and piece of worm you can get some fish of a lifetime for sure.....look for the areas with small Rapids or falls on the side of the road....stick your hand in.....if the water is a cold spring....try it out....take a few steps into the woods and look for small pools.....even rock ledges......bring a whistle or something to make noise with in some of those spots....you never know when a black bear might decide to see what you are up too....specially if you stumble upon some blueberry bushes that time of year....lol..they dont like people..just yell loud or blow a fox40...they will go away...haha... . .
  24. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Trip to Sault Ste Marie

    If the wife gets sick I know someone that will take her spot
  25. 2 points
    I always clean up garbage... usually just a grocery bag or 2... I just find a park garbage can and toss it there... I'll never get it 100 percent as long as its cleaner than when I left I'm happy
  26. 2 points
    smerchly

    Best mono line .....

    Exactly Mopm... I have used braid with my 8' salmon rod ( in confined spaces) . The soft tip handled the head shakes better with the braid line . The 12 ft. Maddraggon rods come with 3 specs. which don't vary much . I watched a video about them which demonstrated 3 curvature aspects of the rod using the same line weights . One can use an 8' rod , 15' or a fly rod if desired .Most of the carp anglers I've seen use the 12 ' rods , using both braid or mono line . Maybe it's a personal preference depending on water depth , water conditions (weedy or clean) , or bank structure (trees) . I like the 12' rod as it can reach over the thick shore weeds or rocks while propped on the alarm stick , and when the carp makes a fast run into shoreline structure the 12 footer has the advantage of reaching out to pull the line away from shore . This got me out of trouble a few times ! When I consort with other carp anglers at the water front , I usually inquire about their set up, lines and of course, their favourite recipes .
  27. 2 points
    Dax

    SLOW Repair Service at Pt. C Marine

    Another vote for Bay City Marine(Hamilton), I'm in St.Catharines and won't take my business anywhere else.
  28. 2 points
    smerchly

    Carp carp carp

    Went 3 for 5 today ....lost 2 in the thick weeds . Carp went 24 lbs ....7 , 8 & 9 lbs ......Weeds went 30 lbs ! Maize on the hair was the ticket again ...floating corn was slow , a couple of bumps ..... 2 pictures..... 7 lb.carp & 10 lbs of weeds ..... Smerch's "little bivy" Nice to see you Steelshady ...your little ones sure know their carp fishing !
  29. 2 points
    Lund-SS

    SLOW Repair Service at Pt. C Marine

    In fort Erie
  30. 2 points
    verado

    Chemong Lake fishing

    Your story makes me laugh Corey, you and your buddy are doing things right. When my kids were little we'd be at a cottage with my buddy and his kids. He'd say let's go fishing and pile his kids into his boat and head out to the middle of the lake and start trolling and casting, that is the only way he liked to fish. They would never catch anything and the kids hated it. I would take mine to a weedbed in three feet of water where they would catch sunfish and rock bass by the bucket full on their little snoopy rods. My kids loved it and still do. His kids would run and hide when their father said let's go fishing.
  31. 2 points
    smerchly

    new underwater video

    From what I've heard , the RV /Boat dealers can't keep up to the demand for trailers , boats motor homes, etc. as many want to be more mobile and away from crowded accommodations . More people are getting into fishing /boating , and other water activities . As Norton said ..... it's becoming a zoo out there . Lets see more police out there !
  32. 2 points
    steelshady

    Carp carp carp

    Bought a sling shot yesterday at Pete's and a jar of cured corn for todays outing. Was using home made maize as per Smerchly recipe, bought the corn at TSC (25kg) lol... Started chumming at 11:30 am and about 30 min carp were jumping around our baited area. Results, 1/3 in 1 hour, fish stopped biting after we ren our of chum.
  33. 2 points
    Jim K

    new underwater video

    Thank you. In my opinion, the risk of entanglement is too great. I refuse to wear a tether in the river personally. Others do, but I believe they were a factor in two river fatalities I am aware of. In this sport, I feel every diver has to do his own personal thorough risk assessment. I have Opted out of dives because I didn't like the plan. The only line we employ is to our float and flag.
  34. 2 points
    Snags

    No Fish Today, but Got this Photo

    Got out for an hour to try for a muskie or two from shore, the radar told me I had some time. No fish No follows No signs of life in the water outside of a few carp and a turtle Driving home I did a double take, pulled over, and snapped a few photos.
  35. 2 points
    Tony

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    I saw the same type of things a few years back at Beaverdams......................Made me sick to my stomach.........Hard to believe how ignorant some people are.......................
  36. 2 points
    smerchly

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    I have more concern and respect for the birds and animals ....including domestic animals than I have for the human entitled slobs that sadly , inhabit this planet . The reg. book should note this issue with BOLD print !! ( in 10 languages )
  37. 2 points
    Snags

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    If you think the garbage dumping is bad now, wait till the fall when you are allowed garbage service every other week. The winter won't be a big deal, but I can tell you in the summer I don't want stuff sitting in my garage for two weeks.
  38. 2 points
    I'm with you Smerch....I'd maybe pick up some line so an animal, pet or child doesn't get caught in it but that's as far as it goes for me. I haven't shore fished in years so I don't get to see the shore mess like others do. However, when i am fishing in the boat and reel up a rats nest of someone else's line, I will bunch it up to throw out later.
  39. 2 points
    smerchly

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    Most of our garbage comes from plastic materials ....single serve containers, etc., .. and yes, butts too . There are some who don't toss their butts anywhere they please and the others should not complain about the garbage .It would help to make all cigs without filters .... My two kids wore cloth diapers and their crap went down the toilet . How many millions of crappy "disposable" ones go to the dump now every day ?....just one example of the garbage produced in today's mass produced throw away society . I'll pick up line and that's about it .....cannot reason with pigs .
  40. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    I fish a few rivers in the states and most of them river have garbage cans around and not overflowing. The states do a few things better then we do when it comes to fishing but that’s about it.
  41. 2 points
    I will clean up others fishing line. That I don't like for birds and animals.
  42. 2 points
    fishingking

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    They need cameras in these remote areas to actually catch idiots in the process and fine them heavily!
  43. 2 points
    Tyler0420

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    good thing about carping is i don't have to sit and watch my rod so in the meantime i clean up some garbage if i have a bag with me if not ill toss some line or a few cups in my tackle bag. just last night i was fishing local i thought next time i come out ill clean up the shore lines, just maybe the fish gods will reward me.
  44. 2 points
    bigugli

    Do You Clean Your Fishing Spots?

    We are always picking up stuff here and there, but not to the volume that I have to buy additional garbage tags to dispose of the waste. I do, however, pick up a few thousand bottles and cans that I recycle. It takes 30 pop cans to make 1 lb.
  45. 2 points
    bigugli

    I'm Baaaack!

    Just finally back from my western adventure of 100 fish days. Report to follow.
  46. 2 points
    genec

    Erie bass

    My son and I finally got out this morning for the first time. Launched at Pt. Abino at 6:30 and fished till 9:00. We caught 4 bass out from the Buffalo Canoe Club in about 10 ft. Of water - the biggest was 3,3 Lbs.
  47. 1 point
    knightfisher

    Climate Changing ??

    Here's a pic of a straw, in case people forgot what they look like 🙃
  48. 1 point
    genec

    Pt. Colborne Marine Followup

    After the recommendations of people here, I took my boat to Erie Marine to get fixed this morning. The interesting part was he had someone just yesterday pull their boat out of Pt C’s yard and bring it to him! Finally talked to the manager at Pt C Marine, and he said”I absolutely am not giving you any money back”. His response was that they are too busy to water test to see if it was working, and that was my job!! And they charge $120 per hour labour?? They have no water tank to do any testing.”..it would spray water all over!” How much trouble would it be to set up a tank outside with a tarp that you could pull over and around the motor to prevent splashing? How can any marine repair shop NOT test to see if they have solved a motor problem? So I spent $542 and waited 6 weeks to get a motor back that still dies after you put it in gear and try to accelerate! I hope everyone on here spreads the word about how bad that place is!!
  49. 1 point
    bigugli

    Happy , Harry & Sir Bites Alot ..

    Are you talking about those nights at Jack's trailer?????
  50. 1 point
    I always check for fishing line, for the sake of my dogs and other animals, and move it out of the way. I'm not there to clean up someone's else 's mess.


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