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  1. 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
  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. 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
  4. Bubba14

    Perch

    I know where you live Bruce, don't mind that white truck following you in the near future...
    4 points
  5. 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
  6. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    Didn’t forget my net today!
    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
    3 points
  8. ... 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
  9. deetch

    C C R

    Do do do looking out my back door........ lol
    3 points
  10. 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
  11. I would love to see it Smerch. I would even be willing to pay more for my fishing license to support it. There just doesn't seem to be any interest in enforcing it to protect our access and environment. Education and changing peoples attitudes has been the focus and I agree to some degree that has worked but for the rest they only respond to repercussions for their actions. We both have probably carried a ton of garbage out of there over the years and it continues to accumulate. I applaud the person that put the garbage bins in and try's to manages those because
    2 points
  12. Not really "us" anglers who mostly keep our spots clean . Those "snowflake artists" have been doing this everywhere . Our permissive "liberal" society allows this crap to continue with little consequences . Much of the garbage there comes from "visitors" who either don't know any better , or don't give a rat's ass about the garbage. .....We certainly could use more plain clothes MNR people .....and start the fines at $1000 .(money talks) .
    2 points
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. fine was 65 ,he said there was a sign on the other side of the road,i was parked30 ft from tracks,trespassing on railway property.
    2 points
  18. 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
  19. My first spinning reel was an Airex Spinster, made by the people who also made Lionel toy train sets.
    2 points
  20. 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
  21. On another note, Walley fishing is hot right now on the Detroit River, both from boats and shore around the Ambassador bridge.
    2 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Reminds me of going to to my grandparents house house as a young kid, they had a closed in front porch that was more of a storage shed in use, lots of treasures for a young boy to rummage through. My grandfather had a few old rods like those, one had a big sinker that I managed to hit the neighbours kid in the head with, there was some blood and lots of crying but he eventually healed up. On another visit I dragged out grandpa's golf clubs and the same kid put a ball through another neighbours side window and I took the blame for it. Guess I felt bad about the sinker incident. To S
    2 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. smerchly

    Hey Smerchly

    I met a French guy fishing for crappies at the Rec,Canal , many years ago and he was using those eyeless hooks which had a flat shank with tiny ridges . He gave us a few to try and I wondered how to tie them with no eye ! A simple snell knot tightened properly did the trick . Smooth sailing Boogs !
    2 points
  28. Mbocco

    Trolling Lake O

    I like flicker shads and flicker minnows. They are cheap, and they dive easier than a spoon. You can always tell that they are working by looking at your rod tip. I have tried spoons but in the depth required to catch lakers you would need additional weight. No downrigger on my vessel. I do have snap weights which I did not use today. I brought 6 lures out today. That’s it. If they didn’t work then it was going to be a day out exercising. Minimizing your tackle box does help you really master that lure.
    2 points
  29. price update. I did some checking today for a 20 pound BBQ tank Prince Charles Drive at Riverside - $25 Prince Charles Drive at Lincoln beside Pioneer - $20 Freegas Fonthill - $17.
    1 point
  30. smerchly

    Incineration

    Well ,we did ban the plastic straws ...... Let's make a $ 20 mask which can be washed everyday ...... if it helps keeps our cities clean , send those billions of masks back to china for disposal (Pacific Ocean)..... How ironic it is depending on China for masks and their "vaccine"
    1 point
  31. Talked to the Niagara parks officers as they were kicking everyone out td including me ,they said it was because of the mass amounts of out of towner SMELT NETTERS go figure lol , they were getting to many calls from concerned local citizens because of the lack of physical distancing, the Garbage everywhere , Fires, etc , Thanks again SMELT NETTERS from out of town, thanks for trashing our home and ruining it for us locals again ! 🤬
    1 point
  32. smerchly

    Incineration

    I feel for those who must wear a mask for many hours each day ( on the job) Surely breathing back some of your own CO2 is not healthy . Fortunately , I have never had to wear one for more than 30 minutes while shopping .... Masks may be doing more harm than we realize.....and China will sell all they can .... What a pleasure it is to be fishing and breathing all the fresh air !! The only ones wearing masks are the coons.....
    1 point
  33. OH, and it's only going to get worse.
    1 point
  34. Mbocco

    Incineration

    It’s getting worse than plastic bottles and coffee cups.
    1 point
  35. smerchly

    Perch

    Where can I buy a magnetic electronic tracer ? Do you sell way points too Bruce ? It's hard to find those spots as the crowds from afar get larger and mark their way points .....
    1 point
  36. DNorton

    April 2 Carp Trip

    Sounds like a great day out! Congrats on the fish! I’m hoping to get out tonight I’ll make sure to bring the tick spray with me.
    1 point
  37. Explains why SCGF was so packed this morning. Most I've seen. I'm sure lots of tickets were handed out for the half on the road parking.
    1 point
  38. That’s a monster goldfish. Nice day to be out.
    1 point
  39. Bubba14

    April 2 Carp Trip

    Great seeing you yesterday Bill, and I was there to witness the catch of a cat!!
    1 point
  40. Darryl L

    April 2 Carp Trip

    Congrats smerch. Well deserved, you definitely put the time in!
    1 point
  41. It's exercise isn't it? Exercise is one reason to leave the house that is "permitted
    1 point
  42. boogaloo

    SMELT?

    I checked out Queenston launch last night around 8:30. I must be outta my mind. There were more than 50 vehicles down there. Just drove thru and didn't stop. More cars were coming in as I left..............Daniel
    1 point
  43. Need rain, water is way to low and clear....Some small ones caught at GRT off the bridge but traffic is heavy lol.
    1 point
  44. genec

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

    My wife and I get ours on Saturday.
    1 point
  45. I tried once last week on warmest day, but nothing yet. I'll go back this weekend. My spots usually don't turn on until early May. Is almost like lightswitch. Go one day, nothing, go back next day they're there.
    1 point
  46. Tyler0420

    Port maitland

    I’m hoping for some pbs this season. Hopefully I’ll be living on the bank may-oct.
    1 point
  47. smerchly

    April 2 Carp Trip

    She said " I thought " .....there's your opening .....and you say , I "meant" tomorrow !! Always check the weather before committing ! Check Google out for the book "101 Excuses to Fish" . We need to clear our brain of clutter , it's a form of Zen , and helps us treat our lovely wives like Queens ....
    1 point
  48. Darryl L

    Vintage rods and reels

    Do these have a financial value or has technology made them obsolete? Of course not taking into consideration sentimental value ?
    1 point
  49. smerchly

    SMELT?

    I have some in the freezer from last year ...covered them with water and will use them for catfish .
    1 point
  50. smerchly

    April 2 Carp Trip

    There's nothing worse than having a nice day and the wife presents you with the "honey do this and honey do that " You need to learn how to sweet talk her ! My wife still has the "list" for the basement from 30 years ago ....It does have more charm now with all my fishing gear down there .......
    1 point


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