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  1. jessek

    Finally got a bite

    Been a long time. Welland river.
    11 points
  2. smerchly

    Shore Perchin

    I picked up cousin Bob for a few hrs. of perch fishing today ....armed with a bucket of fresh minnows and float rods . Boy... was it blowing out there !! We found a spot with our backs to the wind ....a wind break would have been nice ! I tried a new rig with a small silver spinner and red /white beads above the hook . The rig worked well as the chop on the water kept the spinner moving to attract the fish . We caught 2 doz. perch , kept 19 for the frying pan , and one tipped the scale at 12" ( measured it on my 15" screen ......) On my pute I can click on the photo to enlarge it .....
    10 points
  3. smerchly

    Ye old canoe ...

    This old Harbour Craft aluminum canoe was bought over 40 years ago at Fort Erie before Nichols Marina took over . It was a new "second" as it has a twist in the transom, for $150 . It has seen a lot of rough water and has taken me many miles down lakes and rivers , including the Moose River and a nice ride on the Polar Bear Express. It has been welded , dented a thousand times , scratched and patched . She finally got a new coat today ! I sanded it with 600 grit , used some fine steel wool , sprayed her with vinegar , then used an etching /primer before the paint job using 3 colours of camo paint . I am looking to get some flat matt finish spray paint to help protect the camo ....I used some tree/garden plants for the design and a leaf from a maple to make a stencil on heavy paper . She does look a little younger ...... ....a bunch of photos ...all done in an hour .
    9 points
  4. Results are in 4 biggest fish. Tyler 93lbs ✔️ John 66.5lbs i don’t know how I can top that session but gotta start doing some homework. Round 2 probably starting around July 01.
    9 points
  5. Had the cameras rolling last week while fishing solo out of Virginia Beach for big yellowbellies using artificials. There's something about sight fishing that is just so satisfying! ice was a consistent 7" everywhere I went and it seemed like there were lots of good fish around. I would expect there is lots of angling pressure there on weekends so I think the best option if you're thinking of going would be to really "SOCIAL DISTANCE" yourself from others to avoid the noise/pressure of other anglers. Tight lines! Lyle
    9 points
  6. I headed out a little late , got there about 10:15 ...chummed with maize & used can corn for bait , one hair rig ,other with corn on the hook . About 30 min. later I had a hit ,just a few pulls ,then the alarm screamed . I knew I had a good one , had a peek a few times and thought I have my first over 20 lb.carp of the year . As it came closer I was thinking i might have another 30 # plus like I caught there a few years back ..... When I netted it I knew it was the biggest carp ever for this old dude ! I could hardly lift it over the small bank , then got the digi scale out , removed the handle from my 2lb.6 oz.net and needed both hands on the scale to lift it ! The numbers went up...past 20# ,then 30# and finally read 38 lbs. 12 oz . I was shakin !! lol The final weight is 36 lbs. 6 oz. ......also caught a 17 lb.30 minutes later ...then it slowed right down to a couple of bumps.....This is my largest fish ever caught ! This carp is 36 " long and is a nice hefty old girl . She will be back at 40 lbs next year ...I left her a pound of maize to munch ..... click the picture to enlarge ......
    8 points
  7. We got our annual trip to welcome lake in algonquin booked already for trout opener. I grabbed a cottage for a week in August aswell. grabbed a site in arrowhead for the family for a week in july aswell. The nice weather cant come soon enough. Side note: 2 years of research and going back and forth I think I finally pulled the trigger on my boat.
    8 points
  8. Tyler0420

    12hr carp session

    Got to the swim this morning at 4:00am for a 5am start time. I’m fishing a 12hr challenge series with “CANADIAN CARP SOCIETY”. 30 guys competing 1vs1 style the winner moves on. You can fish anywhere you want. Video the fish being weighed and sent it to the official. 4 heaviest fish count. Started of slow then bang a double header and another one shortly after. I believe I’m ahead 7lbs right now. Beautiful morning so glad I’m not working.
    7 points
  9. Bass-turd

    Surprise catch

    Went out for an hour last night to Jordan marina, saw about 6-8 other anglers fishing. As soon as I geared up the gentleman beside me caught a small sheepshead about 2-3 pounds. After about 20 minutes I notice something slash at my bait, missed it the first time but not the second, set the hook into my first bowfin in quite a while. Small guy only a few pounds, but this is the first one I’ve seen or heard of coming out of the marina, although I’m sure they are around. Fish was caught on my own homemade soft plastic lure
    7 points
  10. First one that I caught this year........................I don't get out too often these days..........................Wasn't anything too big, but sure was fun to reel in.........The fish was quickly released.....................
    7 points
  11. Surf and Turf

    Trolling Lake O

    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.
    7 points
  12. Tyler0420

    NEW PB

    Been skunked at this spot for the last year n 8 days. I’ve done quite a few 4-6 hour sessions here. Finally this evening I cast some packbait out and a couple minutes later the alarm bells are ringing. So pumped right now. Not only did I finally catch one here it’s my new pb. 21lb 6oz
    7 points
  13. Well back I was for more action at Jordan harbour, brought my pike and trout rod looking for some, well, pike or trout. I wasn't surprised when I ended up with a perch and a bass since I always catch fish i'm not geared for. What I wasn't expecting was to get my personal best perch while casting for trout with a #5 blue fox vibrax.
    7 points
  14. smerchly

    Gibby today Nov.4

    Fishing for pike , using a 10'6" rod, a float , #4 Aberdeen hooks , and 3-4" minnows . Tried one spot ....very breezy ,no hits. another spot was out of the wind and a few small perch tried their best to swallow the minnows , too small for keeping . THEN ...finally the float slowly went under ...set the hook , and it started to peel out the line ...lots of line . I was thinking it may spool me as my Shimano 2000 doesn't carry a lot of line . It turned around and headed back my way ....big pike ??? musky ??? Looking forward to catching a nice toothy one ....... Well it was over 10 lbs ........and was tooth - less . My "pike" today was a blast to catch on the light rod !
    7 points
  15. Bass-turd

    Jordan Harbour

    Went down this evening to fish the last hour of daylight, thought i'd go for some late season pike, and I know this meant my odds of hooking up with a trout if anything were good since half the time I go there for pike I get a trout, half the time I cast for trout I get a pike.....and tonight didn't disappoint Got a nice male about 6-7 pounds casting a silver/purple rapala bx simmer
    7 points
  16. Peter’s Tackle in St.Catharines is a great shop to buy your tackle. They cater to the local anglers and know what tackle works best for the local waters. Canadian tire would be good for boots and other outdoor gear you may want. Good luck this season
    6 points
  17. Got this one off port dalhousie in 2015
    6 points
  18. Wow, I'm incredibly grateful for the responses to my post. First I would like to give a little background on myself; I am 38 and was born and raised in Nova Scotia (I haven't lived there in about 13 years now). I love fishing, but due to circumstances in life (constantly moving all over the Canada), I have been unable to make a good honest attempt at getting back to my roots of fishing. I want to address a few things: I couldn't agree more. I did look over some previous posts, and they were helpful, but, I really wanted to find a way to introduce myself to this forum. I have only been living in Niagara region since the beg. of 2020, and most of that was spent locked down. Needless to say, I don't really know anyone around here...especially anyone who has fished around here. I've tried introducing myself on other forums with "Hey my name is mark, just wanted to introduce myself", but it was never engaging enough to get a response. I would really like to have something to offer the community here. Having said that, I will be mindful of the forum rules, and not waste time of others moving forward. Thanks for the welcome, and fishing advice. I will do my best to add something to your community here! 🙂 I spent the first 25 years of my life hunting and fishing with my father (or Rodfather as I would sometimes call him). The best times of my life for sure. I am a software engineer/developer. Don't get me wrong, I love my work. But if I love following a brook deep into the woods and catching brook trout all day, I would be doing that instead. There was always something about the challenge of fishing these brooks (have to be quiet, and have an accurate cast, always new spots as you follow it) that was so satisfying. It's where happiness exists for me. Cheers
    6 points
  19. smerchly

    Beauty sunsets

    My daughter Dee has a trailer on the south shore of Weller's Bay , south of Trenton . She sends us many pictures from her dock of some of the fish she catches . There's bass , pike , pickeral, pannies and carp , etc there She is in the right spot to see the sun go down from their deck ! This is tonight's sunset ....a real gem ...now my desk top picture . (downloaded with the snipping tool........ click on it X2 for larger picture ....
    6 points
  20. smerchly

    to carp fishermen

    It was quite the day , lots of action and the carp were at the table waiting for my maize delight . I decided to take 2 rods since both needed to be rigged up with hair rigs , one with a loop hair and bolt rig ,other with hair and 1 oz, egg sinker The bite was steady , lots of bumps , one carp kept dropping the line for 5 minutes before it took off . All 7 fish were between 14 and 19 lbs ...two about 15 lbs fought long and hard for 10 minutes ! They were all very spunky today ! Then , I got a hard hit ...grabbed the rod and 5 seconds later the other rod went nuts peeling out line while the alarm screamed . I had to let it go while I fought the first one ,landed it , dropped the net on the pad , then grabbed the other rod to see if the carp was still there ....it was ,about 100' to the right close to shore . I had to flip my bail and carry it to the pad & set it beside the other carp ...both about 15 lbs + or - a few ounces . Well I didn't have a heart attack or doo-doo myself ...... It was getting hot by 1 pm , I baited up one rod and it went off in 5 minutes ....landed it and immediately said ..." Time to go" They were still biting very well . I was using maize/pineapple corn only and chummed with it every 30-40 minutes . I think the chum (about a cup at a time) really brought them in and close to shore in about 6-7 fow. Saw a few big jumpers ... Some shots ...one a video clip of da smerch holding a 14 lb.carp and the 2 carp caught 10 minutes apart ( pandemonium) another carp has a smaller rounded head , not a Buffalo but a little different . It was one hell of a day and gave my arms a workout !
    6 points
  21. First dedicated carp outing of the year. First hour no real action other than small dings (bullheads?) Decided to chum using the current from the dam and about 15 mins later they turned on hard. Landed 7 or 8 in the next hour. Nothing huge, all on can corn. Let my girlfriend fight a few too which was chaos haha.. finally died off and we went 20 mins or so without a take and called it an afternoon. Should only get better from here
    6 points
  22. smerchly

    It’s a start

    I wasn't sure about the weather today , so I left late in the morning to try a new spot . Water has a fluctuating current and very deep so a 2 oz. weight is minimum there . After chumming with oats/cream /can corn mix ,nothing happening for about 90 minutes .....then a hard hit ! Can you believe 30 lbs ? .......well that was between the two carp at 15 lbs each ....not a bad day for 4 hours of fishing ......hit up the "poutine shack" on the way home for some fries and hot dog ....today's supper . here are the little ladies ....they had some attitude in that deep water !
    6 points
  23. Got my license renewed and went out fishing last week down the street from my house with my father. We manged to get some nice size perch and alot of small ones all including the nice size ones were released.
    6 points
  24. Nice afternoon so I thought I’d give the river a go for a couple hours. Success! Nice fight too...one high jump which thankfully didn’t loosen the hook, and 3 or 4 good drag peeling runs. It had been a while since I fished and even longer since I caught, so I’m very happy!
    6 points
  25. Im very happy that I stumbled upon NFN. I feel exactly like Tyler the other day when he said that he wished he had found this site years ago. This is one of the only sites where I've seen people actually helping one another. The other sites I tried before NFN were awful. Guys taking pictures with the backgrounds blacked out, very secretive about depths and baits, just all around no help. This site is what it's supposed to be all about. Helping one another, and meeting new friends.
    6 points
  26. Tyler0420

    NEW PB

    I fished the “fall big four 2020” tournament with the carp anglers group and won my region. Wasn’t hard I believe I was the only one competing in Canada. Canadians and Americans could compete. I didn’t come anywhere close to actually placing but I won a plaque for winning my region. the picture is my personal best carp so it’s kinda nice. Looking forward to the spring big four tournament.
    6 points
  27. A scrappy 20lb female from the WP today. I fought a gigantic male for 15min and brought him to my feet but he was too big for the net and spit the lure while I tried to net him. The largest fish of my life. Another fish story ....
    6 points
  28. Mbocco

    Daddy Daughter Camping

    I’m up north in Grundy Provincial park on a dads and daughters camping trip. Lots of rain yesterday but today was great. We kayaked and rock jumped, swam, and fished a bit! My daughter dropped a simple split shot rig and caught piles of sunfish which made her happy. I got some of the other girls onto fish also. I caught sunfish, perch, a baby bass, and one little pike. Always fun to flip a soft swimbait into cover and pull out a pike.
    5 points
  29. smerchly

    Anchors Away ...

    I found a half bag of mortar cement mix in my garage .( I have more stock than Home Hardware) ... And I found a half full bag of white garden stones , average size about one inch . So I mixed up a batch of mortar -stone mix , about 60 % stone & 40 % mortar I found an old plastic water filter canister that I kept for a "rainy day" , and I always have a few empty coffee cans I save for many purposes , including for picking worms and ........... for making anchors . The white one weighs 6 lbs .and the 4 grape wire hooks serve two purposes ....to hold bottom better or pull up branches if I snag up my lure . The wire is strong but flexible enough to bend enough to get it back . I have a smaller version of this for the same purpose. The other anchor weighs 10 lbs ....lots of rocks in the can mixed with the mortar . That one will stabilize the 16 ft. canoe with stronger winds & use for my boat. Next on the agenda ....get them wet !
    5 points
  30. genec

    Rec Canal Tonight

    Been frustrated with the bass opener, and so windy I can’t take the boat out to Pt. Abino, or even my yak into the rec canal. Decided after supper tonight to fish the bank of the rec canal for a little while. Only fished for 1/2 hour, but caught a small bass and another a little under 2 Lbs. Got the small bass on a small blade bait, and the bigger one on a small Rapala Husky Jerk.
    5 points
  31. Was out this morning trying for some fish and there was a lady walking grumbling into her phone about how much trash fisher people leave behind and that something needs to be done about it, she was obviously ranting and raving into someone's voicemail and how disgusted she is about cleaning up after us slobs. It sounds like her whole neighbourhood supports closing off street parking and she has a petition for it. So to those of you who are F***ING PIGS, THANK YOU FOR RUINING ANOTHER SPOT! To those of you who tie garbage bags to trees, for people to use, you are just as bad because no one ever removes those bags, and to those of you who leave your beer cans and coffee cups ... THANK YOU TO YOU TOO! Looking at the junk she was moving to a garbage can, it wasn't a snip of line, it was a whole spool of line, and various fast food related garbage. Where is this spot? You all can figure it out if the few parking spaces available get turned into NO PARKING. Thank you for being such pigs, we deserve to see spots lost. BUT IT ISN'T JUST FISHERMEN ... in this area ... it is, you aren't gonna park there and smoke a joint ... it is us.
    5 points
  32. 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
  33. Didn't used to be that way until people from hours away came and ruined em. 8 post hmmm....
    5 points
  34. What's the chances though...if it is a "manned"..operation that this will carry over into the winter fishing season.....man...years ago when I had my boat and went 4 or 5 times a week..a bunch of us guys would all work together keeping the ramp ice free as possible...helping eachother putting our boats in and out...share tackle and tactics...inviting the odd "regular" shore guy who may not experience this type of fishing onboard..... those of us who where on to a hot pattern would point others to where the high fish number areas where...ect....ect...it was all about the love of fishing...meeting some great people..making the best of a winter day on the river...instead of fighting over spots we would gladly move cars...trailers help accommodate each other....we all had a great time and caught tonnes if fish
    5 points
  35. gunner-2

    Useless COVID Phone Ap

    Not being a smart A$$ but the truth is anyone with a smart phone is already being tracked and the covid app is just another way of infringe on your freedoms and its going to get wors not telling anyone what to do but with this gov i would seriously think about this
    5 points
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