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  1. Back to Grundy we were for dad son camping. A lot of rain again but plenty of pike and bass for all. We spent the day yesterday on Clear Lake which is far less populated by campers. That’s where all the better fishing is here. I caught my share so offered to take kids out on the canoe 2 at a time and put them on fish. For most it was their first time catching fish in artificial. I am all for worms but there is nothing like casting and retrieving a lure and enticing a strike. The boys loved it. We had a fishing contest and everything. Fun times.
  2. He doesn’t kayak though. 😁
  3. Not good. More news to be weaponized for another cause.
  4. You can buy a $40 per year (usually $60) parking pass that covers the majority of tourist parking lots. It’s good for 2 cars. This doesn’t apply to boat launch parking however. Those are $120 per year I believe which covers the group of Niagara park launches including queenston.
  5. Not a good idea in front of queenston. Heading back up river on the queenston drift drops you right in a huge current that doesn’t feel nice even in a boat. You go drift downriver but it’s still hard to get back up. You can kayak more near the mouth
  6. Yes. I bought a mount that attaches to my universal track.
  7. It was a couple years ago but under $100. I had to splice my own attachment. But it’s the lightest solution.
  8. Realistically on a kayak or canoe most people don’t buy a > $1000 unit. The smaller cheaper units don’t have great resolution and large screen sizes which makes the downscan and sidescan less useful. It does depend on what and how you are fishing but for me it’s GPS, speed, depth, structure. But, I fish large bodies of water mostly.
  9. Only for structure and depth changes
  10. I bought a talent cell power bank 8300mAh. It weighs 1lb and powers my finder for a week.
  11. I would suggest not drilling holes to start and run it with the cords outside then decide if u still want to drill holes. You also will want to be certain of the exact spot for your finder if drilling. So better to fish a bunch of times with it installed to see where u like to have it. If you put it in the wrong spot it will be in your way.
  12. Nice!! Good choice. Now you can find the fish you won’t catch but catch the ones you don’t find. Ironic really. Let me know if u need help with the transducer mount
  13. Remember that realistically you can only effectively fish for fish in less than 50ft water. 25ft from a deep diving crankbait and another 20ft from a snap weight or jet diver, etc.
  14. The track is universal. Scotty Brocraft Ram. They all work. But the short ones will leave the rod butt right in your peddling space. You can buy extenders so they are above your knees but I prefer to hold one and use the built in rear holders
  15. It’s nice here. The water is great to swim in. Fishing is average. We will be back in 2 weeks on a father and son trip. We will try more distant lakes with fishing. I’ve online mapped a few spots.
  16. 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.
  17. At the whirlpool (since it isn’t anyone’s secret) you can find them everywhere along the shore. There are plenty of rocks where crawfish live in large numbers. The whirlpool is down the wooden stairs. Hard to miss it. I have caught them on spoons, spinners, crankbaits, and even under a float twitching a gulp minnow or jerk shad.
  18. Does it have a cable input spot?
  19. Pretty easy to catch bass in tight in the whirlpool also.
  20. Oh good because I never carry it. In fact I recommissioned the floating line thing that came in the container as my anchor rope. 🤣
  21. Pretty sure you need a whistle (which is attached to my PFD), a floating flashlight and a rope with the float. Not sure why. They sell that orange container with everything in it.
  22. I wonder if u will need to buy a pass to sit on the new benches.
  23. When I bought mine it was on clearance and was behind the counter. Garmin Echomap43 in 4”. Worth asking them if they have anything on clearance. Your Oldtown kayak universal transducer mount will accept Lowrance and Hummingbird transducers so if I could do it all over again I’d buy one of those. The garmin transducer doesn’t fit without modification. Features……I have yet to find a use for down scan….Mostly because you don’t need it in Lake Ontario and because a 4” screen doesn’t do downscan well anyways. Sidescan I have never used but I can see it’s value. GPS is key however because map contours are important and speed is super important. You need a GPS unit to accomplish that. It all comes down to what fishing you do most in your kayak. Im happy with the unit I use but I kinda think I’d like it better if it were bigger. But bigger costs more.
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