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    verado reacted to Chrisb in engine help needed   
    Turns out I did not have spark or it was intermittent.
    New CDI control module ordered. No fishing for a week until it arrives.
     
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    verado reacted to smerchly in Musky help please   
    Can my idea of using a cradle to boat a musky ., maybe they are used for gentle releases only ? I've seen videos on that . You seem to be well versed about musky fishing ....I am a rookie , never targeted them , just an incidental catch when pike fishing etc. Thanks for all that good info.
     
    That could have been an encounter with a big old snapper verado . I had a snapper attack at the French River when I left a stringer of crappies and perch at the dock. Some fish only had the head remaining . I cleaned up the rest and left a few heads on the chain stringer & set it back in...caught the BIG snapper by slowly pulling it up and it refused to let go ,  then released it in a small shallow weedy lake . 
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    verado got a reaction from NiagaraRiverFisher in Bass opener   
    For years I drifted the upper Niagara in the Black creek area. The only presentation I ever used was a 3 way swivel with a bell sinker on the bottom and about 3 feet of line attached to a silver flatfish or quickfish. It was dynamite on smallmouth. The only problem arose during the late summer when seaweed was very heavy.
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    verado reacted to genec in Bass opener   
    Every year, until this year, I always fished Pt. Abino bay for smallmouth for the first 3 weeks of the season. This year the wind and rain prevented me from getting out.
    My ONLY go to lure there was trolling a #7 or #9 Rapala Shad Rap in perch finish - it would outfish everything else hands down!
    And our magic depth was always 10-15 feet of water - we would see a lot of people fishing shallower in there, but we almost always outcaught them.  Caught a lot of big smallies that way, many over 4 Lbs., and personal best there was 5 3/4 Lbs.
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    verado got a reaction from smerchly in Bass opener   
    For years I drifted the upper Niagara in the Black creek area. The only presentation I ever used was a 3 way swivel with a bell sinker on the bottom and about 3 feet of line attached to a silver flatfish or quickfish. It was dynamite on smallmouth. The only problem arose during the late summer when seaweed was very heavy.
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    verado reacted to smerchly in Bass opener   
    When I fished for small mouth on Erie over 20 years ago , we drifted using salted tube jigs , greem/bown combo . We did well using them , off Point Abino . I also used them at the 12 Mile and did very well there too , but they got hung up a lot on the rocky bottom . Then I tried the 3 way rig with a small spinners and worm , and that worked great too . The 3 way rig is so versatile for many fish !  I caught my largest bass at Rennie, just using a worm and one small split shot , letting it sink slowly for a natural presentation . It was a 25" largie , my biggest ever bass.
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    verado got a reaction from trouter in Buying gear to get started, online or Canadian tire? Thoughts?   
    Several years ago I received a flyer from Bass Pro for the great Canadian fishing week. Every ad had a maple leaf on it and they also said shipping would be free. I ordered a one piece ultra light rod that was $150 on sale from $300 figuring it was coming from Canada. After I placed my order, they informed me that due to the size of the box the rod would have to be shipped in, there would be a slight extra charge. The rod arrived the following week along with the bill for $150 plus the shipping and duty charges of $185 US. I immediately called them and was speaking to a lady with a strong southern accent. She informed me that absolutely everything that is ordered online from BP is shipped from their main facility in Missouri, regardless of what the ads say. I asked her if she really thought I would order a $150 rod if I knew I had to pay $185 in shipping, so I said I was going to return it. She agreed and said this one time she would waive the shipping. I learned my lesson and have never ordered anything online from them again. I don't know if it is still the same since BPS and Cabella's have merged. Anything ordered from Cabella's (guns included) is shipped from Winnipeg with no extra charges, duty or US funds.
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    verado got a reaction from smerchly in Ye old canoe ...   
    Beautiful, exactly what a hunting camp should be.
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    verado reacted to smerchly in Ye old canoe ...   
    Great memorial pictures Verado !   Your camp looks like ours with all the tents . One of our guys who lived in Parry Sound made our tents , gear bags & army cots ....known as the "Stitcher" (rip)   The kitchen tent had a steel water pipe frame that fit together with elbows etc.,made by his brother who repaired props in Hastings .Our crapper was a board with a luxurious 2" thick foam seat with a plastic overhead roof ! We also had a great shower stall  ....plastic wrapped around 3 small trees and a black solar bag with warm water . ....but we had no phones ....just maps and  useless cb radios....Those were days we call "back in the day" 
     In your first picture the guy on the right looks like a good friend of my dad  (Jack Hills) a former police sergeant in St.Kitts . 
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    verado got a reaction from Bubba14 in Ye old canoe ...   
    Quite a while ago we were featuring strange boat names that some of us had. Came across this photo of my 1979 24 foot crestliner and thought I would share.

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    verado got a reaction from Bubba14 in Ye old canoe ...   
    A few pictures of some early bush camps for moose. Can you guess what the one with the birch logs is? That was roughing it.





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    verado reacted to Surf and Turf in Ye old canoe ...   
    Good looking camp, brings back memories. The birch log setup is a redneck outhouse. Nothing will wake you up in the morning like dragging the boys across an ice covered log! LOL
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    verado got a reaction from Surf and Turf in Ye old canoe ...   
    Quite a while ago we were featuring strange boat names that some of us had. Came across this photo of my 1979 24 foot crestliner and thought I would share.

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    verado got a reaction from Surf and Turf in Ye old canoe ...   
    A few pictures of some early bush camps for moose. Can you guess what the one with the birch logs is? That was roughing it.





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    verado got a reaction from Mbocco in Ye old canoe ...   
    Quite a while ago we were featuring strange boat names that some of us had. Came across this photo of my 1979 24 foot crestliner and thought I would share.

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    verado got a reaction from Bubba14 in Ye old canoe ...   
    Great story Surf and Turf. Reminds me so much of my first moose hunting trips as a teenager. One thing we did do right was leave home around midnight so we would arrive in our hunting area (usually Gogama or the Sault) around first light and have all day to set up camp. We always used prospector tents with air tight stoves. I've got several photos of some of our camps and I will try to post them. Looking back on it now Surf, I think you'll agree with me, we really didn't know what the hell we were doing way back then but it was fun and quite the learning experience.
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    verado got a reaction from smerchly in Ye old canoe ...   
    Great story Surf and Turf. Reminds me so much of my first moose hunting trips as a teenager. One thing we did do right was leave home around midnight so we would arrive in our hunting area (usually Gogama or the Sault) around first light and have all day to set up camp. We always used prospector tents with air tight stoves. I've got several photos of some of our camps and I will try to post them. Looking back on it now Surf, I think you'll agree with me, we really didn't know what the hell we were doing way back then but it was fun and quite the learning experience.
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    verado got a reaction from Surf and Turf in Ye old canoe ...   
    Great story Surf and Turf. Reminds me so much of my first moose hunting trips as a teenager. One thing we did do right was leave home around midnight so we would arrive in our hunting area (usually Gogama or the Sault) around first light and have all day to set up camp. We always used prospector tents with air tight stoves. I've got several photos of some of our camps and I will try to post them. Looking back on it now Surf, I think you'll agree with me, we really didn't know what the hell we were doing way back then but it was fun and quite the learning experience.
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    verado reacted to Surf and Turf in Ye old canoe ...   
    That is a cool picture Smerch, Looking at old pictures brings your mind back to that time. Unfortunately I have very few pictures from my youth. I didn't really start taking pictures until I had kids. 
     
    This reminds me that on my first moose hunt we camped on the Mattagami River too, can't recall exactly where but was fairly close to a big dam. I was 18 along with my buddy, his brother and his uncle. It was a real circus. We had made a "tent" out of orange tarps that must have been 8 x 20. I remember when it was all sewn up I mentioned that maybe we should cover the grommet holes and buddy's uncle said "one rain drop hitting a grommet hole isn't going to hurt anything," those turned out to be famous last words.
     
    So we leave Niagara Falls in the afternoon, ran out of pavement just past Smooth Rock falls and all the way to the Mattagami on logging roads in the dark, getting there around midnight or so. Next step, set up the "Tent".  Well to set up the tent you basically had to build a log cabin to put the "tent" over it, so out come the chain saws, lashing together of poles and, finally draping the "tent" over the makeshift frame. By this time it started to sleet and snow with a bit of rain mixed in. Once set up we dragged our stuff in and crashed. The next thing I knew it was raining with the rain collecting on the sagging roof and each grommet hole was a mini waterfall inside the tent. Being so tired we just stoked the fire and pulled a plastic sheet over us. My buddy and his brother both had army surplus sleeping bags that were warm and evidently waterproof. I had an old cheap Canadian Tire special that soaked up water like a sponge. The next morning I woke up and my head was in a puddle and I had ice frozen to my head and I had the worst head ache I have ever experienced!
     
    We had a ton of other mishaps on that trip some while sober, some while not. Wild devil pig encounter, devil pig barricade, skunk shot outside tent, Five Star induced bird feeder, lost in the bush etc. Good times, and way better than spending the week in school!
     
    We did allot of exploring  in our 12 foot aluminum, bouncing off dead heads out in the river. We are lucky we didn't all drown. One day it was raining so hard and with our firewood stash soaked,  my buddy and I decided to backtrack up the logging road to cut up some dead fall birch that we could split for dry wood. On the way back we see something in the middle of the road, had to give it a double take, it was a Bull, he looked at us then walked off the road into a small clearing maybe 75 yards short of the bush, stops and looks back at us.  Well we weren't really hunting at that time, so we weren't prepared at all. I pull over, flip the seat of the truck pull out my rifle, fish around under the seat for the box of shells, get loaded up. By then the moose must have gotten bored wondering what we were and decided to move on. The rifle I was using was a borrowed Lee Enfield 303 with open sights, that I had fired once to make sure it still worked. I took aim and fired, it looked like it slumped forward but it stepped into a gully and went down, I thought that I had it it, well it walked up the other side of the gully, so bang, shot again, one more step and it disappears into the bush. We get back into the truck and race up to where it was, off we go looking for our moose. No sign of a hit, no hair, no blood, nothing, clean miss. That moose was so big I figured it was about 200 yards away when I shot but was more like twice that so I would have been hitting the ground in front of him.
    Well we get back to camp and tell our story and my buddies Uncle was so mad that I had missed that moose that he wouldn't talk to me for the rest of the week. He was also mad at my buddy for not bringing his rifle with us because he had a new 30-06 with a scope. 
     
    Back then, we didn't know what we didn't know, but boy was it a learning experience of what not to do. Hunting trips no go by in a blurr, more successful by far but gone in a flash. It felt like we were on that trip for a month in comparison. 
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    verado reacted to smerchly in Ye old canoe ...   
    I found this old photo of my canoe , way up the Matagami R. where we camped at the small trib.  We could here moose at 1 am near our tent and found fresh tracks beside the canoe in the morning , tent was up in those pines ....and we didn't get our moose that year !  The moose ( bull & cow ) disappeared by morning .pffffft   
      ...can't remember what camera it was, probably a 110 or my old Brownie  !  
     
     

    We took the 3 hp motor off to go up the trib about 1 km . to a beaver dam . Then we broke some of the dam open 
    which enabled us to ride back to camp on the tidal wave   . The canoe sustained a lot of bruises on that ride !!  By morning, 
    the busy beavers had the water flow back to normal !
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    verado reacted to Snags in Bass opener   
    I am a believer that there is an issue with that watershed and the fishing.  The 12 is fed from Lake Gibson which is fed from the canal (Lake Erie) and this eventually winds up in Martindale Pond.  @knightfisher might agree with myself, but the past few years the quantity of fish has drastically dropped in the Gibson through Martindale stretch.  I used to have double digit days on bass and pike and I am down to very few days where I even see a fish or have a hit.
     
    If you look closely as well, the waters are much muddier and there is a lack of zebra mussels as well.  The last time I saw more than a few feet of visibility was when there was still some ice around the shoreline.
     
    I am a believer something was put into the waters and it has altered them significantly.  Farm runoff?  Maybe.  Something to kill the zebra mussels?  Maybe.  Something to kill the Asian carp?  Maybe.  Or the Asian carp have completely taken over and destroyed the spawning habitat for bass and pike.
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    verado got a reaction from Bubba14 in New Camera   
    I'm planning on making my first walleye outing of the year on Friday if the forecast holds.
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    verado got a reaction from smerchly in New Camera   
    I'm planning on making my first walleye outing of the year on Friday if the forecast holds.
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    verado reacted to smerchly in New Camera   
    Went to Henry's at 4th Ave and bought the Canon ELPH 190 ...sweet little camera . They don't include a card or a camera case and it has a lithium battery . 
    Like most places now , they don't keep much stock in the store . I'll have to wait a week .(or so) It was easier buying many things 50 years ago. Much of our stuff was already assembled too . 
      Looks like a good week to wet the lines , cooler temps and free showers .   
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    verado reacted to smerchly in 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 .
     






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