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  1. Yes Dan , could it be some garages will make as much money as possible before the etest is cancelled ? After the second etest and drive to Beamsville , they just put the code reader on outside and showed me the 3 codes that were not ready , one being the cat.converter ....maybe just a poor connection . I should have went to my reg. mechanic who has a guy down the road do his etests . It's not just the money , it's all the time spent getting it done . A farce from day one . There was nothing wrong with the car ....everything in good working order ,,,,no lights , car running fine . New battery installed a month ago ($225.) and all fluids checked .
  2. It sure is a joke . I must drive for many miles & BURN gas to pass an ELECTRONIC etest . If I stopped driving the car for 3 weeks & then applied for my sticker after April 1 ....would I still need the etest ?? I can drive my van in that time span ....no etest required this year . I drove for many more miles today ,both city & hwy speeds up to 105 km.as requested & will do the same again Thurs. morning ,then doing the 3rd test . If it fails again I'll call the mto & ask about waiting till April to get the sticker which costs go up every year automatically. Ya Snags , the carbon tax is just another tax added to our hst and other "green" taxes .....will they tax mary jane for the smoke going into our atmosphere ?
  3. Yeh , the Beacon has always been a "sketchy" place to ice fish . A good N.W. wind can quickly bust up the ice . Sometimes I just fish from the docks .....or check out the "other" side ...
  4. I thought that might be you ... where we met last time . I was walking the sidewalk back to Ontario St. Another guy near the point close to shore ...(weed beds) Busy busy place down there with all that heavy equipment ....west wall is pooched ! I can't decide on where to fish next ....maybe give the Beacon a go ....(checking out the winds ).... My minnows look bored .....
  5. Went to Port Dal. to snoop & do an etest while there (S & W). ...Got the 06 G6 4 banger in right away ! NICE !! I see a guy take a couple pictures , one of the v.i.n. no. & he says they can't get hooked up to the gov't computers....another test & I must now pay . Second test failed ....something in the car's wiring shows a short to the computer . ...they find & fix it . So I walked to Port & checked out the big rigs & machines fixing the wall , then had a coffee there . Walked back about 1 km to get the car ...... Now I have to drive to Beamsville to reset the computer .....recheck ...still 3 codes not ready . I'm now up to $220.00 & no certificate . Take it back Thursday for another test , hoping the codes are loaded . The car has be running great , only 65 km., no issues or lights , everything works good . What a P>I>T>A !! A few years ago I had the same problem with my 02 F-150 ....used a FULL tank of gas to reset the codes after 3 tests ! ( really helped stop emissions ) It was the cat.converter not getting hot enough in the -10C weather ! In both cases a new battery was installed just weeks before the test . Saw 2 guys ice fishing Rennie but only had my walking shoes on .....looked like a good day to wet a line !!!!
  6. Wowzer ! Beauty ! ..... worthy for a great mount ! Congrats ! I like the shape of that pickerel C.R. ...very streamlined , beautiful specimen ! That fish would surely be the winner back when we had derbies there !
  7. Does Dolly's song , "Something Fishy" qualify for a fish song ? ....going way back here ......
  8. That's going wayyyy back Bruce . Ron Howard got his start on that show . We watch the old daily "Happy Days" on CH .....heyyyyyyyy ! Cronzy 's TV intro song was another fishing song .....remember the "shore lunch " guy ?
  9. We fished it out Fred .... I hope the open auger holes froze over , can't see them under the fresh snow . I'll be going to Port Dal. today , will do some snooping ....hoping to wet the lines tomorrow.
  10. Not fair Jack ....you have been strumming that geetar for YEARS , you know a lot of songs !! Being a country bumpkin .....I like the "Fishing Song" by Brad Paisley ..... and Fishing in the Dark by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band .....still have the vinyl album ! ....and love Trace Adkins ' "Just Fishin " beauty video ! ....just a note on T.Adkins.....his second wife shot him through the heart and lung , and he 's still singing ... .....
  11. I've been in retirement mode for 26 years and the days are still too short ! Did 3 hrs. on the snow blower & shovel today ....until the blower got jammed in reverse and pinned me against the car ! haha ! Had to reach down & kill the power ! As usual ....another job to get the blower out of gear .....(thanks You Tube) ....looks like an easy fix ....
  12. We got us some snow today !! Much better to haul our sleds to the ice . Good fishing today Fred .
  13. No tourney Fred , not many guys ....but I might have won with my jumbo 8 7/8" er . The prize was a 10" sausage ...
  14. We were having lunch (on Tyler) ....great tasting sausage on a bun , then packed up shortly after , about 1 pm . Yep , it was real slippery after a short melt down added some water to the ice . Tyler picked a nice day for the meet . ....and meat ! "I did do a driveby though; had lunch in the parking spot around 11:30."... Brian, you should have did a "drive through" and got a free sausage for lunch , and we could have used some coffee and doughnuts .....
  15. Wow ! So many old fishing spots in Niagara that are gone ..... with new housing going up everywhere , more spots will be banned , even the Gibson Lakes come into mind with liability - garbage issues . Surf....I fished the Maid many years ago ....bass every cast & got a nice 10 lb. bow from a large rock that emerged when the water was low .....then the water level began to rise quickly and I had an escape ....very quickly !! Ya ....I was stupid enough to try that ! Lots of new housing near Gate 12 now .....I'll bet there are yotes that live nearby are raiding the hoods ....lots of bush country towards the escarpment . And we fished /swam in the big weir just north of the GM plant , mostly fished for pike tossing Rapalas & spoons . We had access to the Haulage Rd.then ....picked many wild strawberries along the road . It's also a no-go area now ...... pretty hard to sneak in there ....will they soon have drones patrolling for trespassers ? (wear your turkey suits )
  16. The ice got real slippery as it warmed today , could have used the creepers today . It made it tough taking the hut down . The help was well appreciated guys !
  17. Good luck ! Lettuce know how you made out . I am contemplating about trying Rennie again , Monday . nope....Tuesday ....Monday is family day ...busy busy ! Gil .....hope you did better than I did ! Fish'n chips for supper today .....haddock ...and a beer !! Perfect ending for a fishing day
  18. It was a treat meeting all you guys , and we had nice weather to boot ! Fishingking , I thought you were in one of the huts ....sorry to hear your daughter hurt her knee . ...it was pretty slick out there !! I was getting hungry ....called a pizza joint on my phone , and a guy shows up with a big sausage on a bun !! HA HA ....Thank you Tyler for the nice hot sausage , it really filled the gap ! And thanks again for all your help with packing up my hut and helping me drag it up the hill . You guys are ACES ! The fishing was very salowwwww....a few "reasonable" perch , some dinks , no smelts .The perch hit small pieces of minnows on one rod & a champ/large minnow on the other rod . and one on a 1" Ice Rap tipped with a small minnow's head . "Gene C" ....nice chatting with you ....hope you are feeling better , thanks for coming out to meet the guys . Bubba......nice hut , love the Halloween colours ! Good luck on your sons surgery ....real nice kid you have there ! Limey ....hope you are off those dang crutches soon ....we need to meet up for some carping in April ! Jack Jack Jack .......a Harley just went down my street ...... 🛵 Had I known your car was snatched , I could have picked you up .....
  19. Ah boo ! It's getting harder to get guys together these days ....the old 5 day week is now a thing of the past . ( service sector jobs , ect.) Retirement can really spoil you !
  20. That's nuts mate ! We had a guy at G.M. drive his new Lada car into the parking lot .... He was teased about it but nobody cared much ... Now , if you want to know more about the "Smerch" .....fire away . 💥 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BM-30_Smerch
  21. Don't blame you for the O.T. $. ....I used to grab a Sat. & Sun. & take a day off through the week to get some fishing time in . I'm shooting for 7 ....driving a pink Lada 4 x4 SUB.....built like a Russian tank !
  22. Paul......I didn't see many minnows at Dalhousie in 2018 . I usually got lots in the late fall to fill up my tank for ice fishing . I also made a trip to the River but all the "bait fish" in my net were dink perch . I think you may do well using Mepps spinner baits , tipped with a minnow or worm ,etc. The old fav.there used to be Cleo's .
  23. The Sunday tournament has been cancelled . It was started on Facebook to get a few people together but the interest escalated until the city stepped in and said a "permit" was needed . ....other weathers factors also . We may see a little shore rot but it's dropping off quickly now and a colder week ahead . Got my "stuff" ready to go ......... https://www.wellandtribune.ca/news-story/9178568-welland-ice-fishing-tournament-cancelled/
  24. Genec....maybe something you ate ....hope you are feeling better real soon . thefrog ....hope to see you there ! If the bite is on I will have an extra rod .....
  25. We had some good fishing spots at the Welland Ship canal , best one a lock one at the spillway , and tons of smelts in the spring . Liability issues have taken so many good spots away . People will sue for dropping a coffee on their lap ....and win the $$$lottery$$$ .
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