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  1. No disrespect to you Trouter but I have not been a shore fisherman for many years so I would not have any idea as to where to direct you. My favorite spots used to be Lake Gibson at Decew, St. John's pond in Effingham and the sand docks at Queenston. Welcome to the Forum.
  2. I'm being a bit of a smart-ass Smerch, but I noticed that Trouter has 1 post on this forum. Maybe you should have told him to check out your other 17,200 posts for information on fishing this area. LOL
  3. I ask the wife to stand on them then run.
  4. I think you're right about the pollen. I can wash my vehicles and 3 hours later they are covered in a fine yellow dust. I would park them in the garage but between my toys and the grandchildren's toys, there is no longer any room. As for the bugs, I have reached the stage where I want to be comfortable when fishing. No heavy waves, freezing temperatures or dressing like a ninja to keep the bugs off me. I'll wait for a better day thank you.
  5. Isn't it great when things work out.
  6. I believe you are right Surf & Turf. As my camp is only 4 hours away, I would continue to go with only a calf tag. I love the whole hunting camp experience and I would not care to miss it. Having said that, I don't think I would continue to make that long and expensive trek to northwest of Thunder Bay where I hunted for so many years with only a calf tag in my pocket. In 40 plus years of moose hunting, I have taken many a bull & cow but only once did I have an opportunity to down a calf.
  7. I have had a Nautilus charger from Canadian Tire for about 8 years now and it works well. It will do starting, deep cycle and gel at 2, 10 or 15 amp and will show voltage and percentage of charge. I normally only use the 2 amp setting as I prefer to charge them slow. At the time it was about $100 but they might go on sale at this time of year. Father's Day is coming.
  8. Maybe you'll have better luck in the second draw Mooseslayer. One advantage of our big camp is that we have that many more guys to apply for. I personally got a bull tag 2 years ago ( my first in about 8 years) so I won't be expecting anything for many years to come. Another thing going against us in our area is that last year the tag allotment was dropped from almost 900 to around 275.
  9. We had one guy with 25 points who got the bull tag, 8 no good. The cow tag went to someone with 14 points, 7 no good. The calf went to 6 points, 4 no good. Based on this we could have a very hard time next year getting anything.
  10. verado

    Open Ramps

    According to the Fort Erie news, the ramp at Point Abino/Crystal Beach reopened Saturday May 22
  11. How is everyone making out with the new system for this fall's hunt. Our camp in area 54 was extremely lucky in receiving a bull, cow and calf tag.
  12. Like the rest of you, I always removed my batteries from the boat in the fall and would use a 2 amp trickle charger once a month to keep them topped up. My charger as well has a 2, 10 and 15 amp setting and a switch for regular, deep cycle, and AGM. This year my dealer at Bay City Marine told me to continue doing that with the starting battery but to leave the deep cycle batteries in the boat (I store the boat in an unheated garage). He said to use the onboard charger to bring them to full charge, then disconnect them (very important). In the spring, reconnect them then again use the onboard c
  13. Took a ride to Port Colbourne today and saw they had just finished installing the docks at the launch ramp at Surgarloaf. Then went to Crystal Beach but nothing there yet, still no docks on the ramp.
  14. I still have my original Lowrance green box Fish Lo-K-Tor. It's a portable flasher that runs on 2 6 volt batteries, a friend and I bought it together in 1970 for about $150. I tried it a little while ago and it still works. On my first big boat I had a Sitex paper graph then I upgraded to a top model Lowrance paper graph. They were ideal for the salmon fishing on Lake O. I still remember the odour they gave off when operating as the stylus etched on the paper and all the black dust that used to accumulate on the screen. Now I use an Elite 7Ti and am very pleased with it.
  15. I have a 2014 19' Lund Tyee with a 200hp Mercury with hydraulic steering. Since day one, I have been very surprised at how much effort it takes to turn the wheel. Like you, I have mentioned it to the dealer several times but was told everything is fine and it is working like it should. My 9.9 pro kicker was purchased and installed at the same time. It is connected to the main motor for steering whether in use or not. I have never tried disconnecting it to see what difference that would make (I would think a lot). One day I will do that but over the years I have just got used to it. On the plus
  16. For many years I have done the winterizing myself on motors ranging from small to large 2 stroke outboards and various large 8 cylinder GMC and Ford blocks. Never had a problem and it was quite easy. My present rig is fairly new with both main motor and kicker being 4 strokes. So far, I have had the dealer where I bought it (Bay City, Hamilton) do the winterizing. They charge me $246 for the big motor and $103 for the kicker (plus taxes) This includes changing the oil and filters, the gear oil, fuel treatment, seal kits and complete lubrication of all components. The service is excellent, sinc
  17. Yes there is a waiting list for both and I have no expectations of getting one for the upcoming season but you can always hope.
  18. I would like to get a slip or at least a launch pass at Bertie Bay Boat Club.
  19. Sounds like a good setup Surf and Turf. That's a good idea for the planer board mast especially since I never use the electric for trolling on Erie or Ontario, the pro-kicker handles that. I use my boat as a family craft as well but when fishing I always use the downriggers simply because I am usually by myself and find them much easier to handle then a pair of planing boards.
  20. Beautiful boat, I'm sure you will be very happy with it. When I purchased my boat in 2014 I outfitted it with a pair of Canon Magnum 5T electric downriggers on Canon tracks and for rods I used Bass Pro Shop LPD86M 8'6" medium action equipped with Strata Max-20 reels with line counters and spooled with 20lb mono. Each rod and reel with line came to just over $100. I know this is not high quality but for six years they have functioned perfectly for walleye on Erie and I am still using the original line on both downriggers and reels. I do not use planer boards so I can't say how this set-up would
  21. I've never fished in an actual tournament. I have bought tickets in the Orillia Perch Derby and the Salmon derby back in the 70's but never had the inclination to try a tournament. Never really thought about it but I guess the rules should be looked at for future contests. Smerch has a great idea about an official weigh-in boat. That's something that should not be too hard to arrange and would cut out the bad publicity of anglers standing on a podium with dead or near dead fish to weigh. A little tongue in cheek but could you imagine if us hunters did the same thing? All line up in the morni
  22. I knew a bear guide north of Thunder Bay. He put about 16,000 km on year on his ATV's, liked the Honda, Yamaha, and CanAm, didn't like the Arctic Cat or Polaris. His oldest machine was a beat up Suzuki. He was waiting for it to die but it never did. Didn't look after it at all but said it always started and never left him stranded. I think that all the major brands of outboards are pretty high quality. I bought my 200 and 9.9 Merc in 2014 and have had no issues. Something you do have to consider is the availability of parts and service in the areas you do most of your boating. Suzuki and Honda
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