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  1. Sounds like an exciting outing. Don't worry. all us guys tend to overestimate the size of fish, among other things and underestimate the cost of gear and the number of beer we had when together with friends, so it all balances out in the end.
    6 points
  2. I know that it's important to take steps to protect the beauty of Niagara and the surrounding areas, but it's a shame that we are limited to shore fishing spots in the region............For people that only fish from shore (like me), we can't afford to have any more fishing locations taken away from us....................
    5 points
  3. bigugli

    Perch

    Past couple of days, I've manged to find me a couple of feeds, from shore, out on the Welland R. And well away from any crowds.
    5 points
  4. You know what is said when a story starts off with "true story". 😄😉
    5 points
  5. bigugli

    Community Votes Niagara

    Looks like I'm moving up in the world??? Some fool nominated Ugliboys onto the voting list under the Fishing supplies category. Don't know if I should be tickled pink or scared. LOL
    5 points
  6. St Catharines Hospital Cancer Centre. 20 hits of Radiation for prostate cancer and yup 6 bucks per visit parking...I got them, I bought 50 timbits for every visit to change the conversation in the Cancer waiting room. 10 bucks a visit. Best 200 bucks I have ever spent. Beachwood doughnuts for the staff on my last visit. 36 bucks. I am good with launch costs....
    5 points
  7. I used to run a fishing derby for the kids at the trailer park l was in for 17yr and our very own bigugli Bruce and his son Robt was a supporter & sponsor " Thanks as always Bruce" and it was a lot of hard work but it was a great time and fun....
    5 points
  8. Freedom and rights come with responsibilities and right now IMO the factor in all of this is a pandemic which has only gotten worse because too many people tend to think of only themselves. If we followed proper protocols - mask wearing, social distancing , non essential cross regional travelling, limited gathering - a good many activities could still continue, but it appears we are not willing to do that. Try to see the bigger picture in all of this. This stage of the pandemic is far worse than the first when we seemed more willing to follow severe protocols, so why do we whine and wane durin
    4 points
  9. Bubba14

    Perch

    I know where you live Bruce, don't mind that white truck following you in the near future...
    4 points
  10. smerchly

    April 2 Carp Trip

    Smerch is grinning today ....finally got into some carp ! I used 2 rods , one 12'carp rod with bait runner reel and a hair rig with 3/4 oz egg sinker , then tried corn directly on the hook , .....never caught a fish on it !! The other rod (my old 8' salmon rod) ....simple drop shot , 2 aberdeen long shank #4 hooks , loaded with corn ...caught all 5 carp . As expected one carp got tangled up with the second rod . The carp were very "frisky" to say the least. Had one double header , small carp & mud cat . Three carp were only 1 to 3 lbs , and 2 were a decent 7-8 lbs, It was a
    4 points
  11. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    Took out my new peddle drive kayak this morning out of Grimsby. Many reports of brown trout in shallow. Trolled spoons and crankbaits 15-20 fow. Nadda. Decided to head out to where the boats were at 35 fow. I couldn’t mark any fish but my crankbait got nailed. Miss! 20min later another hit on the same rod and this time it to was a very large brown! Great fight as he kept digging. The lake water was super clear and as he emerged from 20ft I could see his fatness. Biggest fish I’ve ever hooked in a kayak. I brought him boat side but had no net. He was
    4 points
  12. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    Didn’t forget my net today!
    4 points
  13. I agree surf and turf. Way too much bickering and arguing about something that has nothing to do about fishing. We all have our own opinions, and let's just leave it at that.
    4 points
  14. smerchly

    sports

    I don't watch any sports now except fishing related ..... ( the power of boycott) I used to be a hockey fan ( go Bruins ! ) ,but over the years Big bucks turned sports into a brutal "game" where the players use brute force instead of skill . The wimmins play better hockey today ! Now , sports has turned political . When I seen them "taking the knee" and pissing on their own countries flag .....time to say goodbye . ....same goes for other "sports" . So I only watched the Olympic sports , until they found crooked judges ,,,,,, Soccer is a good game for the kids ....lots of good exer
    4 points
  15. Funny how pike are so strong smelling when they are being cleaned , yet no fishy taste at all after cooked . They are so tasty when kabobed (new word) .... Here is supper today pike , with zucchini , red pepper , mushroom , onion . cherry tomatoes & bacon . ...add a little salt & pepper , and some suds ..... Still have over half the pike fillets for another day ....
    4 points
  16. smerchly

    Jordan Harbour access

    That was a nice little park with the pines , grass space , and benches for the "public" to enjoy . It was a beauty spot for anglers to catch many species of fish , including the smelt dippers from the past ..... Maybe , if I can sell my house for a million or so , I can buy one of those condos and fish from the balcony ....
    4 points
  17. Posted this already but maybe better under this thread
    4 points
  18. You mean the 12.8 million from the out of towners taxes don’t you? The garbage comes from locals as well as people from out of town and both should be ashamed of it. I suppose the used syringes and broken alcohol bottles are all from out of town people. As for wanting only locals to be able to use a certain area suck it up you live in Ontario and all public lands should be available to anyone that wants to use it. Don’t let the rest of Ontario turn into a lake simcoe no access to the water situation. Anyone that purchased a fishing license has the same rights to fish any Ontario waters period
    3 points
  19. ... and installed parking meters. This is very unfortunate. I’m not skipping this year’s shallow water salmon fishing. I’ll launch my kayak off a rock if I have to.
    3 points
  20. deetch

    C C R

    Do do do looking out my back door........ lol
    3 points
  21. A few more today. All between 9-11lbs from 15-20ft of green clear water. They would only take 1 single lure which had to be green.
    3 points
  22. Ross

    April 1 st !

    Canada is actually really bad at testing and detecting/diagnosing Lyme when compared to the states. I’ve read about people who are told they don’t have lyme for quite some time and have to go to doctors in Florida to finally get diagnosed correctly, at a high price of course... it’s a shame too considering how many ticks there are in southern Ontario.
    3 points
  23. I just ended it before anything started. Wasn’t because of any specific post. Let’s talk fishing
    3 points
  24. It will be nice when it warms up and everyone can start fishing reports again! LOL
    3 points
  25. Tyler0420

    carp fishing in April

    Now you’re talking. Was out today on the upper. No luck I was fishing a mud line coming out of a creek. Then my buddy texts me and says the fish are farther out on the gravel. Only fished it for half hour before I had to leave. Wasted my whole day fishing the wrong spot. try some creeks or creek mouths. There are fish being caught.
    3 points
  26. Mbocco

    sports

    NBA Basketball just might be worse
    3 points
  27. smerchly

    1st trip a bust

    I tried 2 spots at Rennie today ....water very clear , could see some BIG tree stumps extending from shore about 15 ft.....good to know when they not visible . Used 2 rods , one with hair rig/maize & one with puffed corn .....nothing happening yet . Took a cruise to Jordan ...tall ship parking lot full , grabbed a coffee at Tim's & went to CDP ....nothing happening there , water is very lowwwww . branches sticking out of the water , not a go for carp this year again ....maybe the lake side will be okay , but the lake level is way down as well .....need to cast about 500 yds ... (
    3 points
  28. bigugli

    Jordan Harbour access

    In the early 1990's there was a program for the development and enhancement of the L Ontario waterfront, small harbours, and the waterfront. The result was the creation of numerous marinas, stabilisation of waterfront and parks along the golden horseshoe, and the creation of the waterfront trail (which originally only went as far as Burlington). The enclosures now known as LaSalle, Beacon, Port Dalhousie, were all built with that money. A lot of work went into Hamilton hrbr and Bayfront park. Ontario Construction did a lot of the marine construction. The company I worked for subcontracted to
    3 points
  29. I would like to do a carp trip there this year . There is probably some good spots there like at the culvert or at the back end in shallower water , I think the chubs are better bait than minnows , and for walleye as well . Daniel ....saw a video of a diver who retrieved a lost Swiss Army knife in very brackish water . I think a good magnet will pick it up . Good luck !
    3 points
  30. Jwl1

    Shore Fishing

    Rocky...shallow....slime covered bottom...and busy in the warm water season.....that being said if you can figure out a presentation to stay out of the snags and the slime....perch...walleye...smallies....but not an ideal fishing spot you gotta work for them
    3 points
  31. My buddies granddaughter's winning fish in the Catfish derby in 2005 ......
    3 points
  32. Pushing the fear is as follows: "A DEADLY NOVEL VIRUS is sweeping the planet. NOBODY IS IMMUNE and there is NO CURE. ASYMPTOMATIC people are major drivers of disease. So we have to LOCKDOWN and WEAR MASKS until everybody is VACCINATED. Anybody who challenges this narrative is a danger to society."
    2 points
  33. Right on about the garbage Steve . It comes from local anglers , out of town anglers and other non anglers as well . The MNR should put more focus in the reg book on keeping our spots clean . I always look for discarded line and bring it home . I hope the bus loads of people have stopped during the covid rules , but we can't stop people from crowding a bank anywhere . I remember the days of trout opener at Thornbury ...insane crowds , people fishing over others , fights ,...and we didn't spend any money , just fished and went home . The lock downs have got many more people interested
    2 points
  34. Finally got into a few The gold fish was a surprise. Lost two large girls....not sure why, but these and the cats I caught made up for it.
    2 points
  35. My first spinning reel was an Airex Spinster, made by the people who also made Lionel toy train sets.
    2 points
  36. Tony

    Vaccine...................

    So far so good................Only reason that I was worried is because it was the AstraZeneca vaccine.........But as of now my wife and I are doing fine.....................Hope to see you out on the water some day............
    2 points
  37. smerchly

    April 2 Carp Trip

    I play this song once in a while to keep me tuned up ..... Lots of laughs (@2:27 lol) ...... the big payoff I like to read the comments , great to see so many happy anglers ...... Take note Nort https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwRrKaq0IyY&ab_channel=BRADPAISLEYVEVO
    2 points
  38. Funny you mention the the black Dacron line Smerch, and we use to catch fish on it. Now they want us to use Flora carbon. OH! the good old days👍 Great looking wall Smerch, I bet it makes you reminisce at times
    2 points
  39. Happy Easter to you also Tony and your Family and All Here on this site 🐇🐰
    2 points
  40. smerchly

    SMELT?

    I had to settle for haddock & chips today ....and it was excellent . They were very busy there today ! Cost me about 12 cents in gas ..... ......
    2 points
  41. Surf and Turf

    April 1 st !

    Not to worry on the weather Smerch, I just found out that my boat is stuck in storage until May 1st due as they put it at the back of storage building rather than front like they were supposed too, so April is bound to be a stellar month! Argh! Ticks are scary critters, knock on wood ,the Ultra Shield has kept them at bay so far. With turkey season fast approaching will be putting it to the test soon. I think I would sooner take my chances coming down with COVID than Lyme disease.
    2 points
  42. Wayyyy back when I was a green angler ......I read stories of a guy catching a 6 foot musky using a 6ft.rod and 6 lb.line ....fought it for 6 hours and finally got it to shore .....it died on the way in....(rip)
    2 points
  43. I think there is a hint at something Knightfisher
    2 points
  44. knightfisher

    1st trip a bust

    Smerch, I will be giving another seminar in the near future, Pike fishing 101. I can try an squeeze you in, just let me know🧑‍🎓
    2 points
  45. genec

    TURKEY SEASON 2021

    You gave to go knock on doors and ask...part if the task every newbie has to do to get places to hunt. Depends on whether you hunt w gun or archery....some landowners may be more willing to let you hunt w archery over a firearm. Just because you dont see any doesnt mean they are absent...at this time of year they are mainly in the forested areas, and may only come out unto the fields for a short period of time to feed. Good luck.
    2 points
  46. Man, Catfish Derby. My brother won 1st place with a big carp the first year that derby was held. Make me realize how old I've become.🤔
    2 points


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