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  1. Ok, well that would explain it Smerch. I was very certain I had identified the fish correctly but to be honest, I've never seen them quite that large. Thanks for that! I guess we were seeing the same thing Bass-turd. I didn't wanna say I was seeing fish in the 20-inch range because I thought that was too big for the species, so I'm glad you said it first. lol
  2. I saw those shad by the dozens spawning and making a ruckus in Hamilton Harbour this morning. They were pretty big!! I even had trouble identifying them, because they are supposed to reach a max length of 14 inches( from what the research says ), but the ones I was looking at this morning were bigger than that. Me thinks the research stats need updating.
  3. Old rods like that are magic. Filled with stories and adventures. Priceless, in a way. And when you get 'em looking like they just came off the store shelf, well, you've got something special.
  4. That's a great looking combo, Smerch! Nice job. It has an endearing look, kinda like a vintage auto that's been restored.
  5. I read a little while ago, here in Hammy Harbour, the goldfish are able to winter-over due to our milder winters. And if I read the article correctly, the goldfish are now starting to exploit Cootes Paradise because they're small enough to get through the carp barrier. The carp themselves can't get through so the goldfish have no competition for the resources. Here's a feral goldfish( hybrid? )I caught a few years ago in the Desjardains Canal in Dundas. Looks alot like yours, Smerch. The canal had a warm water inflow so it never froze over in the winter. We used to catch carp, goldfish and hybrids there. There is a butterfly garden there and with recent trail upgrades by the Conservation Authority( ? ), I don't believe you can fish there now. That's ok though, because I found out the warm water came from the Dundas water treatment plant so I wasn't a big fan of hanging out there after that.
  6. Hey Smerch, I think the fish in your 2nd pic may be either a feral goldfish or a carp/goldfish 'hybrid.' If it has any evidence of barbels, my understanding is that it's most likely a hybrid( as goldfish don't have any barbels at all ). They can be hard to tell apart, thought.
  7. I'm ashamed to say I remember that magazine on the newstands. Yup, I'm old. If it's the issue I think it is, it had a carp on the front cover and was titled: "Fish Of The Future." As I recall, Stange was predicting the rise of carp as a sport fish because as our population grew and habitats degraded, carp would survive and thrive better than other species. And here we are.
  8. Dang, Smerch, you had me going on that one. Nice carp, though, no matter when it was caught. And we love pictures.
  9. And there you go. Not only didn't I know about Whities in Erie, but there's a commercial fishery for them. Thanks Dave.
  10. Interesting stuff Smerch. It's fascinating how some lakes become know for particular species, while those same species are available in other lakes where you didn't even know they existed. Whitefish from Simcoe are tasty.
  11. Way to keep at it, Tyler. Got my biggest carp ever from there. Funny how some winters, guys are out ice-fishing the harbour this time of year...and then you get winters like this one where the harbour is wide open. Your pic makes me want to put on another sweater! lol
  12. Ya, that is one gorgeous fish, eh? Yup, gotta get me some camo gear.
  13. What are the most exciting moments while fishing? The sudden explosion on the surface of a top water bite. Or, your float suddenly disappear below the surface. Or, the slam on the end of your line when retrieving a jerk bait. An underwater camera would deny me all of the above, so no, it's not my cup of tea. When the 'surprise' is lost, so is the thrill in fishing, Why not bypass the camera entirely and just go straight to Fortinos for some fresh fish? lol
  14. What a gorgeous pic of your set up in the snow, Tyler. I remember fishing in the snow regularly in the winter, but it was years ago in Dundas at this one spot know to area carpers. It was a canal that never froze over and we'd catch everything from carp to goldfish to hybrids( Half goldfish half carp. They looked like a small carp with no barbels ). Anyhoo, it was a fun time and great to be able to extend carp fishing into the winter months, and taking the classic "snow carp" photo of your catch on the snow. Unfortunately, I found out the current was because it was an outflow used by an area water treatment plant so my desire to fish there ended. Now fishing isn't allowed there anymore anyways as the RBG has taken over the area to naturalize the banks and make a trail for hiking. Pretty place for butterfly and bird photographers, now.
  15. Tyler, your pva presentation is da bomb! Looks like the harbour may not freeze over this year, so a bonus for winter soft water fishing spots. And Smerch, that bivvy is bigger than my first apartment( And nicer too! ). lol
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