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floatman last won the day on February 4 2018

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  1. I'm a centerpin fisherman. I'm also over 70. Once the weather gets down to 3C I wear cheap $6 fleece gloves, I also put the adhesive backed toe warmers in the gloves stuck on the palm. I put them in the gloves up to 1 hour before I fish, because they typically last at least 4 hours, and usually 5. This works for me right down to about -3C, after that I don't fish. Yes wearing gloves might make you miss a bite, but at least you are out there trying, which in my book is better than sitting at home, wishing you had gone. Costco has the toe warmers by the box for less than $15, and they last me for spring and fall. The gloves I get a Walmart or CTC.
  2. MNRF has now provided an updated version of the 2019 regs:https://www.ontario.ca/document/onta...wUduA1hwSZ5M9I
  3. I honestly think that common sense and government agencies are far different concepts. What you posted seems reasonable but who knows until the crap hits the fan?
  4. There are many former popular fishing websites that are now very slow. J. Collinas being a prime one. Social media has taken over. Would people be willing to pay for this one to be worthwhile? I doubt it. Would I personally? No. I am Admin on a site that has all the Floatfishing reel builders in Ontario and US on it as well as Float builders, and many rod builders, and it is basically dead. Sign of the times, and great in it's day, but sad to say things are moving on. I've enjoyed being here for many years, and have contributed when I had information to share, whatever the topic. A wise decision Cliff, in spite of the pain it brings. That's my 2 cents.
  5. https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=45142 Looks good to me!
  6. Matches the colour of Hamilton Bay which is a swamp of algae, weeds, and foul smelling water. Glad I'm not a fish that has to swim in that!
  7. Like Smerch says, Walker releases were the cats azz back in the day. For less than $10, it was a release that never failed. Garage sale only find now, I guess.
  8. Great video! Your explanation of the event prior to it happening was excellent! Replaying at half speed showed how subtle the 'posturing' of the fish was! That fish was just telling you to give it some space. At least that's the way I would describe it. I'm sure with all the years you have been diving you were thrilled to have the interaction with it. I would have been as well. Thanks for providing the video, and your very descriptive analogy of the event! Just excellent.
  9. I buy on the Seneca reserve when I'm over. Something like .78/litre CDN! Freaking joke what is going on! My F150 has a 136litre tank which saves me at least $75CDN/tank! Doug Ford can stick his 10 cents /litre!
  10. Simms will replace the BOA system if it fails, but laces are eas y to carry in the vest, and cheap too. I've worn Simms for the last 20 years and won't go anywhere else. Expensive? Yes! Worth it? Yes! I use the G3 Guide Boots. Best there is, IMO
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    Uploading pics

    Doesn’t work for me Tyler. Says files are too large. My go to is using a photo sharing site like Imgur. I find it much easier using the medium thumbnail option.
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    Fishing with a kid has so many benefits! Good on you! Welcome, and thanks for saying HI!
  13. My experience from a long time ago was that the smelt run on the first warm rain, after a long warming spell and that isn't the one coming tomorrow.
  14. The OP asked about where and how to catch suckers to use as catfish bait. I'm offering another option; I've used suckers, cut in chunks, about 1 1/2"square. Filleted, but skin on. And we did catch some nice cats. On the positive side, going out to catch the suckers provides at least one day of fishing, but low on the fun scale, at least for me. Plus you have to fillet the fish, dispose of the entrails/carcasses, as well as bag and freeze the bait. What my fishing buddy and I have found to work every bit as well is squid and shrimp. Cut the uncooked shrimp in chunks, and the squid in large rings. Now you could say that it's expensive, but if you watch the ads, (or enquire at your local supermarket fish counter for past saleable shrimp/fish) you can get great bait for cheap. And believe me shrimp or calamari rings are super for the big cats! We freeze in small ziplocs that provide enough bait for a day. Re-freezing is not a problem since smellier baits only help. The good thing is that the supermarket has bait at the last minute, should an opportunity arrive, Some are open 24 hours! I am looking forward to the spring cats more than the spring steelhead season! 20, up to 20 lb fish/per day each is super fun!
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