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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. 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
  3. 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
  4. You know what is said when a story starts off with "true story". 😄😉
    5 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
    4 points
  8. Bubba14

    Perch

    I know where you live Bruce, don't mind that white truck following you in the near future...
    4 points
  9. 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
  10. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    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.
    4 points
  11. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    Didn’t forget my net today!
    4 points
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
    4 points
  17. ... 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
  18. deetch

    C C R

    Do do do looking out my back door........ lol
    3 points
  19. 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
  20. I just ended it before anything started. Wasn’t because of any specific post. Let’s talk fishing
    3 points
  21. It will be nice when it warms up and everyone can start fishing reports again! LOL
    3 points
  22. 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
  23. Mbocco

    sports

    NBA Basketball just might be worse
    3 points
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. Cops maybe won't stop you arbitrarily, but may set up road blocks to check vehicles. Anyway - to answer the original question - yes, you can still go fishing - per the Ontario Government Parks website. They will be shutting down boat ramps though. It isn't about a virus - it never was. It's about control.
    2 points
  27. Fishing for smelt, I met a couple of guys down from Golden Lake Reserve trying for smelt as well. Being I could not possibly handle all the smelt I was netting, I offered these two guys many of the smelt I was netting. The two being very appreciated of the act of kindness, as they put it, offered me some tobacco. In short order I was given a great history lesson on gifting tobacco. As well they showed me many pics on their phone, of the various outfits they wear. Showed me pics of harvesting wild rice into canoes etc. It was quite a pleasure spending some time with these tw
    2 points
  28. smerchly

    Turkey Vulture

    I would definitely be fishing , but my sciatica told me to cool it for a few more days .......soon M. soon !
    2 points
  29. smerchly

    Turkey Vulture

    They have been eyeballing me the last couple years .... I wear my camo hat and keep on moving .....
    2 points
  30. Darryl L

    Trolling Lake O

    Still priceless time with your son that neither of you will forget. Fish or no fish.
    2 points
  31. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    Well off I went again today. This time I brought my 12yo. We sat back to back on the kayak. I set up a milk crate with a cushion for him. One rod each. It was difficult today, partly because of the extra weight and also the strong wind and waves out there. We were stable but it was tough to maintain speed. I managed to hook up to a nice laker though. I handed my boy the rod and tried to talk him through it. He was doing pretty well until the fish got near the boat and did a predictable dig. I warned him that was about to happen and told him to loosen the drag. Wel
    2 points
  32. The government has been cutting the MNR budget for years, I think we still only have one or two CO's for the entire region. Not that our license fees have continued to rise though. In my 30 years of hunting and fishing I've seen one, not a great deterrent. The States seem to put more of a priority on hunting and fishing rites, enforcing the laws fully. If you trespass to hunt in most States you could get jail time, here basically nothing. Unfortunately our rites as outdoorsman are not a factor for our politicians. How long did it take to get the spring bear hunt back after they cancelled it wi
    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. We got our first shot today at the St. Catharines arena. Got to give Niagara Health system kudos for their setup...Very well organized and efficiently run with a LOT of people helping. Our appt. was for 1:20, and by 1:45 we were on our way home.
    2 points
  36. knightfisher

    C C R

    Cats carp rudd ? The rudd was two tone green. Never saw one like it before. The tail was different then most fish. The first pic of the cat was just over 14 inches.
    2 points
  37. On another note, Walley fishing is hot right now on the Detroit River, both from boats and shore around the Ambassador bridge.
    2 points
  38. 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
  39. Tyler0420

    Port maitland

    Guys should only be fishing the river for catts n carp. Everything else is closed I believe. Especially trout, right to the edge of Lake Erie. The guy in the pic was coming from the launch. I’d have to check the reels but I think line cap is 390m/.40mm,540m/.35mm 3 of these coming soon. My shimano 14000 will be my spod reel.
    2 points
  40. I have a few of those old relics from the 50's , one reel has the old black nylon line on it . They are a great memory of the past days of fishing . I have a rod & reel hanging on my bedroom wall .(Southbend 550) . If you have a spot to hang (crisscross) 2 rods and reels with a couple of old lures .....a nice little momento from the days when your Dad had the latest (technology) ...here's one wall of my bedroom ...all 4 walls have fishing/ nature things to remind me why I'm here .....
    2 points
  41. Wishing everyone in this great group a Happy Easter..........Best wishes and good health for the remaining days of 2021...............
    2 points
  42. Happy Easter everyone. I just did 4 hours of spring yard work and now I’m going fishing!
    2 points
  43. smerchly

    SMELT?

    I have some in the freezer from last year ...covered them with water and will use them for catfish .
    2 points
  44. 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
  45. I actually use a youth 5’ugly stick combo(black/green) from crap tire for pannies and rec canal shore fishing. Feel everything and when I’m onto the bite I can hand it off to the kiddos and it’s not too much rod for them. Feel all those gobies no problem 😝
    2 points
  46. smerchly

    sports

    The "sportmanship" has left the arena . It's "win at all costs" because they are paid multi million dollar salaries now . These guys are paid more than the best brain surgeon , scientist or lawyer ...A trained seal can toss a ball through a hoop .... It's the violence and fake injuries , etc that has spoiled many sports ....and it reflects into our kids today . Back in the 50's two grade 8 boys had a 10 minute fist fight in the schoolyard .A teacher came out and told them to shake hands ,and they did .....then complimented each other for a good fight and became friends , with mu
    2 points
  47. Gota love them no matter the size. I never take a hooked pike for granted. The adrenaline flows till the fish is in the net. Most pike put up some type of fight trying to throw the lure. It can get quite exhilarating when the pike breaks water and they seem to have an art to throw the hook. I once caught a pike on a spinner bait, but my line broke before I could net him. About two minutes later that pike was breaking water, about a foot up trying to throw the spinner. On his third attempt the pike threw it out. I could not believe what I was seeing. Anyways, I enjoy
    2 points
  48. Dutchie

    Trolling Lake O

    I got out Sunday afternoon for a couple hours, launched my boat in Port Dalhousie, had 3 hits but only caught 1, was about an 18 Pound Brown great fight. I caught it in 40 FOW, down 22FT. between Port Dalhousie and the Beacon
    2 points


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