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Everything posted by davincan

  1. I really hate the culture of pussification that we have decended into. Just put some signes up that say 'Structural Damage - Use At Your Own Risk'. It is probably 100X more dangerous to walk along the rocks that protect the shoreline in so many places. Might as well ban access to the entire shoreline and all piers and docks for fear that someone might fall in and drown. Yet another precious spot lost for those of us without a boat....Ridiculous!
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    I caught a really nice one last April in the Welland River. Use cut bait in the slowest water you can find.
  3. Worst purchse I made wasn't a big one...it was the Banjo Minnow (as seen on TV). The first, and last, infomercial lure for me. NOTHING bites these things!! Not sure why I haven't thrown them out yet...the bloody things are still in my tackle tote! Anyone want them...you can have them for just 3 easy payments of $9.99!!
  4. I used to live in Port Weller East. There were skunks, possum, ground hogs, rabbits, raccoon, fox, and more stray cats than I could count. One spring a pack of coyotes moved into the area and patrolled the streets at night. By the end of the summer you couldn't find any of those critters...they ate EVERYTHING. Then they moved on. I thought is was great to see how they saw the opportunity, took advantage of it, and moved on to greener pastures....and did us all a favor in the process. There is a place for them if the population is controlled.
  5. Great thread..thanks for clearing this up folks!
  6. The cougar in that story sounds too comfortable with human activity to be wild. I am betting it was someone's caged pet at some point.
  7. Occam's Razor. Surely a buck made these markings and the scat is that of a coyote.
  8. Try the Welland River on Merrit Island. There are a couple of relaxing spots to fish there and plenty of fish will take a simple worm and hook presentation; and if the kiddies get bored there is a playground within site of the fishing spots so you can let them run while you continue to relax and fish!
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    I caught one of these last week for the first time in my life. Had no idea what it was so I put it back. Later learned it was an invasive species so I regretted letting it go. Well, my sons and I returned to the very same spot yesterday and low and behold one of my boys caught it again; in the exact same place using the exact same bait. I am 99% sure it is the exact same fish! Anyway...this one is turtle food now...seems a shame...such a pretty fish!
  10. davincan


    Try Martindale Pond
  11. Nice day on the river! Was out with my two sons (shore fishing) yesterday...got a few Channel cats, a drum, a silver bass and a bullhead. Never know what will bite next! Been meaning to drop our canoe in there but those boats speeding by all of the time have me very hesitant to do.
  12. Very nice Walleye! Oh, if I could just get into some of those from shore!
  13. All I know is I can't seem to get away with 5 minutes of unpaid parking before the meter-maid buggers give me a ticket! If we could divert 10% of that kind of effort into giving out tickets for littering in some of our parks and recreation areas the issue would go away pretty quickly! Yet I don't think I have ever seen a bylaw enforcement officer while I was fishing?
  14. Beauty of a snake! I haven't been lucky enough to see one of these alive yet...just road kill.
  15. That is why we love to fish it. You just never know what you will reel in next!
  16. At long last I finally caught a Bowfin! This beauty took cut bait on the Welland River last Wednesday evening while fishing for Channel Cats. We were very surprised to see what it was as it came to shore. Put up a great fight too! Now to continue the pursuit of the elusive Gar Pike...
  17. I haven't had much luck targeting pike with dead bait; but I have picked up the odd one while targeting channel cats with cut bait! I think a hungry pike will pick up just about anything off the bottom if he happens by it.
  18. I rather like the family run Esso station where I get all of my gas and propane. They are one of the last full serve stations around and they don't charge extra for it. I'm not going to punish them in an attempt to hurt big oil. Chech out Micheal Ruppert and his research on 'Peak Oil'. There is only one way the price of fuel is heading and it isn't down...not for any significant length of time anyway!
  19. There is another guy that does work though his home in Wainfleet. Has a booth at the Gun show in Merritton too. Was a pleasure to deal with when I used his services. If you are interested pm me and I will dig up his contact info for you.
  20. The official name is definitely Walleye in Ontario. All regs and info through MNR is under walleye, not pickerel. That said my Grandfather and my father both called them pickerel so I grew up calling them that as well. I still catch myself sometimes but I try to stick to Walleye now.
  21. Very nice fish. I think they have gorgeous coloring...but those lips! They really are the 'Butterface' of Ontario Fish!
  22. Yep, they can be a struggle. I went back and read the answer I received from the MNR and they did say 'game fish'. So you may be right. This is what I was sent by email: "Thank you for your enquiry. You may use the inedible parts of game fish as bait in Ontario provided there is no individual lake exception on the use of organic bait. Please check the 2012 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary for details. To view the 2012 Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary online, please visit http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/LetsFish/Publication/STEL02_163615.html If you require further assistance pl
  23. Thanks Martin. I might just Google up some Vietnamese catfish recipes and give it a try this spring! As for cut bait I prefer suckers. But I have also been known to use the inedible portions of the fish I keep and clean to eat (Heads, tails, entrails, etc) from the same body of water. You can't use the edible portion of any fish or you are in violation of the regs. Even using the inedible portion is a grey area but I understand the MNR is okay with it. As I see it, it is better than tossing it in the garbage or compost.
  24. Cut bait on circle hooks will bring in Welland river cats pretty much anytime and anywhere. Try Merritt Island park or the boat launch on river rd. Nice ones there Martin! Looks like you kept them? I have caught countless cats but I have yet to muster up the nuts to fry one up on account of their sliminess. Any good?
  25. Cool, but wouldn't it be a little more practical to just carry an Uzi? Just sayin....
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