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The Ketchican Kid

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  1. I also love using my iPilot to troll. Tiller or kicker motor shouldn't make a difference as others have explained, it's all about propelling straight with the gas motor and then doing the steering with the remote. It really helps in bad cross chop as your boat will stay on a straight path without being pushed off course by waves hitting the bow. As for running it all day, I have a 36v system for my 112lb terrova on my 2025 Pro V and never run out of juice. Sometimes I'm doing 10 hours of trolling too so I think it really just depends on the strength you're running it, battery health...and of course the wind as to if you can make it last all day.
  2. I wanted to share a link to my new fishing podcast: The Love of Fishing Podcast. The show is about sharing great stories from passionate people in the fishing industry. This week I sit down with content creator Dan Favato (Flyinspired) for the kickoff edition of the podcast. Dan shares tales from fishing around the world, including an excursion deep into the Guyana jungle.Great stories. Weekly giveaways. Sub and comment for weekly giveaways! Producing the show was a result of seeing so many people pick up fishing last year and the angling community being a source of consistent positivity last year, so I wanted to keep it rolling! Enjoy! Lyle
  3. Thanks for the kind words all! Smerch those were good times on the west wall. Hope to see you around...maybe at a local carp spot where I need your net again 😉 Good luck Tyler, lots of dinks around but a fun fishery there at VB if you get there early and find parking!
  4. 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
  5. Hello NFN'ers It's been a long time since I have been active on the forum and I wanted to re-introduce myself. I want to start by saying that the forum and its great have always been helpful whenever I had questions getting started. I've connected with a lot of excellent people through the page and I'm looking forward to doing that again. Here's a picture of a nice spring steelhead caught by a friend from last year drifting the Niagara River as I dream of what's to come in the next few months. Hopefully a return to the Queenston boat ramp for one, and word from the province that Guiding is a GO as well. March is a great time to cash in on the Spring run, and there can be some tanks! I am now a guide in the area: fully insured, with all the First-aid and transport Canada requirements and have been helping people make memories on Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and Erie for the past 4 years. If anyone ever has questions about the local fisheries, I will do my best to share my experiences! A lot has changed since I was last active here but from a bit of browsing I've done, it seems like there is still a great community here! Do you prefer spring steelhead (March/April), mid-winter (Jan-Feb) fishing or the fall run (Oct-Dec)?
  6. I've heard reports of people skating and enjoying fishing locally this weekend, but as you guys have pointed out -the ice was NOT ready wednesday. With upcoming warming temps, I would pack extra caution if venturing out...espeically without a lot of experience on the local waters
  7. I agree, photobucket is a drag and a gallery will make it easier!
  8. That's what drives me absolutely nuts, people who think that we in the Niagara region are the only area to ever have out of towners come to share the water...guess what, the water is here for everyone to enjoy so shut up and fish. Ultimately, like most things, how people deal with different things such as the internet and social media comes down to choices, asking yourself how are you going to deal with it. I'm with Thorold fisher on this one, hike hard and find your water. This forum used to be really great and I really enjoyed some of the posts, and certainly I have learned a lot from its members, and met some fantastic people, but not as much any more. I think the last straw for me was when someone encouraged the members to share info about the whirlpool for early salmon... give me a break, that's the very reason this forum doesn't run like it did, and isn't a "forum" for much discussion at all.
  9. Sounds like a fair trade Smerch!
  10. Rest in peace Kenny. I was able to share a lot of great memories with Kenny this trout season, often talking with him while fishing and helping eachother land fish. He was always helpful and always willing to share a theory about fish migration or behavior. My did that man know his icthiology as well. He was as it was mentioned earlier a true gentleman who had a lot of respect for the fair chase of sportfish, along with those who he shared the water with. I will miss him this fall as I return to my home water as I know he's watching over us and cursing those who call the browns "German Browns" in november. He was a very nice man who loved the aspects of fishing that make fishing amazing, he will be missed.
  11. The pinks will be running in ketchican. There is a nearby shop which rents rods (at least they did when i went on that cruise). Of course you would also need to get a 1-day licesnce. You will see guys shoulder to shoulder on the main bridge in town where the river meets the ocean and hundreds of salmon directly below. We used pink and purple hair jigs from that bait shop and got a mess of pinks in an hour.
  12. Smerch I am trying the same thing this year. Already boiled a batch and turned out pretty well. Trick is to soak the maize for 2 days then boil until soft enough (about 45 minutes) to crush with your fingers as to avoid expansion in the carps' gut.
  13. Was hoping to hit it soon... Such big water though, could anyone point me in the right direction?
  14. That may be for new boat owners, likely old boat owners would be grandfathered in no? Otherwise theoretically if you owned a boat for more than ten years before this change, you would have to get renewed regardless.
  15. I caught my first one yesterday, very fussy as you said. Just a bit of worm weightless tossed to where the pack is.
  16. Calling the tips line is what it takes. If they dont record it, they cant put it towards their stats. And without stats, they can demand more funding for increased protection/enforcement from the gov't.
  17. Went out to Binbrook with my Papa in the kayaks and we had a blast, even though I forgot the fishfinder...whooops. Lots of small stuff appeared to be getting caught off of the shore, and there were lots of kids out fishing too which was great to see. We fished primarily around the island, the west wind made us some decent drifts, and we were somewhat able to key in on spots. We used dead minnows (they died on the way there ) on christmas tree rigs and jigs, fish seemed to still be out in the deeper water as we experienced little success in the bays with slip floats and tubes. Bonuses were a healthy (roughly 3 pound) OOS bass which was promptly released, and a channel catfish which surprised both of us. I would imagine that the warm week ahead will get the crappie moving even closer to spawning areas, but then again the water is still very cold. Great day out there!
  18. Great fish you guys. Love the spring time mixed bags.
  19. Thanks Smerch! Looking forward to it tomorrow with my grandfather. Something about those 4am departures that get the blood pumping though am I right?
  20. Wanted to try the 20 with the yak this weekend. Any sense with all this rain? Also, what is the launch like at the old Campbells?
  21. Slow for sure. Had a bit of success with minnows on jigs while drifting. Does anybody know what the regulations are there for gas motors? I'm dying to get back there.
  22. Nice perchies! Slip floats at this time of the year are hard to beat. Once you find the right depth and colour of bait, its possible to have some great success! Wtg!
  23. Interesting dynamics for sure, hope the fishing won't suffer, but of course it will...
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