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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
    Chrisb

    Lake conditions this morning

    Lake looks nice. Light north wind and small rollers coming in Cottage_20190917074521_Record.mp4
  6. 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 .
  7. 2 points
    Tony

    Harvest Moon

    I love looking at a big, full moon'''''' One of the simple pleasures of life'''''
  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. 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.
  11. 1 point
    curious

    perch

    Planning for tomorrow, will let u know how we do.
  12. 1 point
    Chrisb

    My Amazing Plants

    Do you know the actual name of this plant. I get nothing searching the amazing plant.
  13. 1 point
    steellee

    Eyelet swap

    First as in your stripper guide? Or your tiptop?. Hot glue will work on your tiptop like was said. If its your stripper guide and you need a rewrap don't mess around trying hardware store epoxies. It'll yellow and crack in no time. Its not made to flex. It should be done with flex coat and cured rolling on a motor or finish will sag. I could do it easy enough for ya but am in London area. For any rod building supplies (guides, etc)use Johns flymaterial in London. Best walk-in store I know for rodbuilding supplies. Most big tackle stores have a piss poor selection if anything.
  14. 1 point
    smerchly

    Eyes on the lake

    Erie ....so unpredictable ! no wind here at all . Chris ....would you please set up a live web cam at the lake for the anglers here ?
  15. 1 point
    curious

    Eyes on the lake

    Thanks Chris, if u can let us know if it flattens that would be much appreciated
  16. 1 point
    knightfisher

    Jordan Canoe Trip

    It's a Riversider IM7 MH 8'6''. Has served me well till this outing.
  17. 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 ???
  18. 1 point
    smerchly

    Cheap Gas

    Well smerch , here it is Sept 12 ,2019 and the carbon tax has been added to gas and low & behold , gas at my local station (S & W , Lakeport Rd.) is $1:08 today ...cheapest on the Gas Buddy chart ....and they SERVE ! We anglers who do lots of traveling from spot to spot ( Tyler) appreciate these unexpected low gas prices which free up some extra cash for fishing needs ! As more E.V.'s come on to the scene , I'm hoping gas will get cheaper (supply & demand) . But don't count on it as the government of the day will keep adding more tax to gasoline & more ethanol which brings mileage down .
  19. 1 point
    corey

    deer tag

    The MNR sent out an email the other day with this attachment.
  20. 1 point
    smerchly

    Eyelet swap

    I've been using Dollar Store epoxy for years . It sets in about 5 minutes but I give it 12 hours to harden up . I glued little knobs on my medicine cabinet over 10 years ago and it's still good . Here's the cheapest way to do it when you haven't got the proper set up to do guides . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_uBhPSSLGcY
  21. 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?
  22. 1 point
    smerchly

    Jordan Canoe Trip

    Thanks Mike , we saw a few mink running the shoreline so they would not be able to raid the mallard nests . Put there by the MNR or private clubs .....not too far from the "Owl Lady's" territory .
  23. 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....
  24. 1 point
    Mbocco

    Jordan Canoe Trip

    I’m heading to the exact same spot tomorrow morning! We shall see what luck I may have.
  25. 1 point
    w1w

    Friendship Bass Tournament (27th year)

    ...great day for an event on Sunday. Wind...N-NW with gusts up to around 15kms (?) at times...sunny with cloudy periods. Our first tournament had 4 boats and there were 4 of the original guys fishing on Sunday (one original team). Sixteen boats competed. A lot of guys seemed to lose fish, including us. Our day started at Sherkston with no success (lost one fish)...stopped at Point Abino (lost one fish). Then we headed toward the Windmill Point area and found some decent fish but not a lot of bites. There were a lot of boats around us but by the time we left at 1:50pm, the other boats were gone except for one. Most fish were taken on dropshot but a tube, possibly, produced our biggest fish...'freight train'...jumped and spit. Bertie Boating Club is a wonderful facility to host our tournament. Thanx to Molson for sponsoring, again. Everyone walked away with at least a $20-25 prize...1st-$250...2nd-$200...3rd-$150...Big Bass-$25. Thanx to all the competitors for making it possible...see ya, next year!
  26. 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.
  27. 1 point
    Mike Pike

    Carping today

    Ouch!!! Good on ya gettin' a few, Smerch. I hope you asked your Doctor if you could visit him sometime. His place on Martindale Pond sounds like it could be a good carping spot! 🐵 Thumbs up, Smerch! ( Your good thumb )
  28. 1 point
    cutthroat dan

    Bit of advice please...

    Plain medium black rapala ,just cast and slow retrieve always worked good for me on the Key river area.
  29. 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
  30. 1 point
    Jim K

    Niagara Underwater Video

    I finally got around to putting some video clips together.
  31. 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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