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  1. I hear ya Bubba. It's too damm bad how work has to always get in the way of fishing, hunting and the more important things in life. With regard to hooks, I use the same setup as Fishking, usually with a pencil shaped sinker and I add a bead or two on the dropper lines. I seem to do better when using pink hooks (always extra sharp). I do prefer to use pickerel sized hooks as the perch have big mouths and can take them just fine. I find when I'm using the smaller hooks they have more of a tendency to swallow them and it always happens when I'm on a hot and quickly moving school and I have to stop fishing to operate or re-tie my rig. Again, good luck today, I think you're going to have a beauty.
  2. I was out on Erie today and it was beautiful flat calm. There was a large group of boats off Waverly Beach so I tried there first even though I did not see anyone catching fish. Trolled all around but did not mark anything on the graph. Left there and tried off Abino but nothing there either. After four hours of more looking than fishing I finally located a large school of perch off Sherkston in about 65 FOW. Started catching immediately right on the bottom using minnows but the school was constantly moving so you had to as well. They were hitting very lightly, possibly because of the cold water. The best advice I can give you is to rely very heavily on your fish finder. No point in fishing where there are no fish. You're right that the weather for the weekend looks good although I usually try to stay away on those days because it is just too crazy busy at the launch ramps. Good luck and be careful.
  3. Took a drive to Point Abino yesterday to check out the launch ramp. The entire eastern end of the lake is still choked with ice. Purchased my season's launch pass at the Fort Erie municipal centre and the staff told me the docks are supposed to be reinstalled in about 2 weeks.
  4. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for the post.
  5. Looked at the security camera footage from the cottage in Port Carling yesterday and there were about 12 turkeys standing in my driveway. Going to get the boat on Tuesday. Maybe they'll still be hanging around.
  6. Thanks for all the great comments guys. It was good to hear from you and especially nice to hear the comments from people who are not proponents of hunting. If in the future, any of you might be considering a trip like this, I would be more than happy to send you all the literature and contacts I have. Now it's time to bring the boat home and focus on the perch.
  7. I was a bit surprised as well. My partner used a .300 win mag but the 30:06 was more than ample for this type of game. Because of the ranges involved on the plains, a .270 is also very popular. My professional hunter always had a .375 at reach. We saw cape buffalo many times and there was always the possibility of lions.
  8. I was wondering when someone would pick up on the rifle. You can import a firearm into Africa fairly easily. It's best if you get a service in Africa to look after all the details. There is a charge for this but they meet you at the airport, pick up your firearm, take it for the necessary documentation checks then personally deliver it to your hunting camp. The same when you are leaving. They do have some different laws. You can bring any shotgun, rifle or handgun but no semi-autos and no 2 guns of the same calibre. Their prime concern is that everything you brought into the country, leaves with you. You also should only bring a rifle if you are flying direct to South Africa, hence departing from New York or Atlanta. If you leave from say Toronto and have to transfer in London, Paris or Amsterdam, they tell me your firearm will probably never arrive in time for your hunt or possibly at all. A friend of mine who has been a couple of times, discovered just before leaving that on the return flight the U.S. would not allow you to import a riflescope of greater than 9 power. Since his was a 10X he was scrambling to buy a new scope and get it mounted as he was leaving. One of my rifles would have been ideal, a Seiko .300 Win Mag with 3-10X Zeiss scope but for this reason I decided not to chance it. We elected instead to rent rifles from the professional hunters. I was very nervous about this because the most important piece of equipment for this hunt I was leaving to chance. I need not of worried because like everything else the rifles were top quality. I used a Weatherby rifle in 30:06 with a Nikon 3-12X scope. It was sighted to hit 2 inches high at about 140 yards and was dead on. Ammunition is at a premium there. A box of ordinary 30:06 sells for $100 US. We both used handloads made by our PH's. The rifles did have silencers on them. A very strange experience, almost silent but absolutely no question as to whether you made the hit or not. A very loud thunk when the bullet strikes meat. Silencers are legal in Africa but if they find you with one and are not a licensed professional hunter, you are suspected of poaching. The silencers are used because the PH's hunt year round and with all the shooting they do it protects their hearing. They also say it keeps the game calmer. In the end I was charged $25 per day for the rifle and 8 shots including 3 sight-in shots at $4 each. I do not know if this is the area that Wild TV is filmed. I heard no mention of it.
  9. Thank you so much Tyler. Don't know what you did but it worked perfectly

  10. Guys I would love to post the other pictures but it is not letting me. The pictures were all taken with an I-pad. The first one I posted no problem but the with the others it tells me they exceed the size limit and won't allow it. I don't understand since all the pictures are the same size and of the same format. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, on another note, the animals I took were not considered trophy animals, just run of the mill African plains game. Unlike North American game, the antlers do not fall off every year but continue growing. Just another quirk in African hunting, my package included trying to get a shot at a Kudo with up to 55" horns. The one I managed to get on the advice of my professional hunter, had 54" horns. He glasses each animal very carefully before giving the okay to shoot. If my animal would have exceeded 55" then it would be considered a trophy and I would have been charged $185.00 U.S. for every inch over 55. If I did not get the opportunity for a reasonable shot, I would have been refunded $2500.00. As it was, the animal I harvested was 275 meters away and he told me only take it if I felt I could make the shot. If I miss or wound it and can't find it, it's considered taken. All the range time paid off as it dropped in it's tracks.
  11. Thank you, your comments are appreciated. Not everyone agrees with hunting and everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it is refreshing to have someone see both sides of the coin.
  12. We booked through an agency called Hunt Nation with a very helpful rep right here in Toronto. However, the lodge told us if we ever come back to book directly through them which I am sure would be cheaper. I have all the names and information. Another thing they told us was never feel guilty about coming there to hunt their animals. They said without the legitimate hunters paying the huge rates we do, animals such as elephant, rhino, lions and leopard might possibly have been extinct years ago. My kudo for example was worth $2500, an elephant is $100,000. The bulk of this money goes to the game dept. to fight the never ending problem of poaching. The poachers are offered up to two million dollars for rhino horns, lion bones, leopard paws etc. They sneak in at night, machine gun these animals, lop of the horn then radio for a helicopter to pick them up. It's almost impossible to fight but our hunting fees go to constant armed patrols and 24 hour controlled access. The game in Africa is highly managed and a renewable resource. When an anti-hunter contributes this amount of money towards the game dept., then they can talk to me.
  13. This started out as a horseback hunt for elk in Colorado but the prices were so atrocious that just for the hell of it we took a look at Africa instead and we were pleasantly surprised. The total cost including flights and the four animal plains game package was around 7 grand. All meals, drinks included and the service was spectacular. I spent 12 hours a day in the bush with my professional hunter and tracker and they could not do enough for you to ensure a successful hunt. My largest animal was the kudo and I am still trying to post the pictures. In regard to the bow, fish king the ph told me the largest Kudo he ever saw was taken where I shot mine by a bow hunter from Idaho a couple of years ago.
  14. The meat all goes to the villagers but we did eat a variety of it at every meal. Impala stew, sable roasts, etc. They really know how to prepare it and it was delicious. It really is a hunter's paradise. I probably saw 2-3 hundred animals in the bush every day. Everything from Zebras, Giraffes and Ostriches to Baboons and Monkeys. So unlike hunting in our Northern Forests. It was hard to wrap my head around hunting in 80 plus degree weather but it certainly was the trip of a lifetime.
  15. My Package included a Blesbuck (shown) a Gemsbuck, Impala and a Kudo. I got all four and I will post the other pictures when I can.
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