Jump to content





Photo

A Spring So Far From TROUT to GAR!!!

Gar Trout Walleye Crappies Boat Build

  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#1 Moosebunk

 
Moosebunk

    All Knowing Angler

  • Members
  • 4,169 posts
  • Gender:Male
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:59 AM

 
A Spring So Far From TROUT to GAR!!!
 
 
It seems like an eternity has passed since last sitting down to write a report, days have truly been flying by...  April was a month I thought rather planned out until that fell apart, while May was expected to be time for a whole lot of whatever and it ended up being quite scheduled.  Winter trip ideas that had been brain-stormed for June walleye and pike, some July Slave guiding, and an August float in Northern Ontario all slowly vanished, and becoming rather late in the date what remained was one totally clean slate.  What will become of 2016...?
 
For starters, because of being away before and after the Christmas Holidays for work, Bren basically decided we needed a family trip... and as usual she was right.  We didn't let the girls in our secret but knowing if they had the choice, the one place on earth both would want to visit is Costa Rica.  They absolutely love it there.  After being in Nunavut, once settled back home we let our two in on the trip plan.  Excited was an understatement.
 
This time around instead of checking into an all-inclusive resort we rented a condo in Tamarindo for first week of April.  With access to a resort pools, infinite restaurants on the streets outside, the beach in view, shopping and tour operators all around us, and a hot tub on our deck, the plan was to try and lessen the trip cost without losing any luxuries and experience.  It worked some... although it was more work to make happen.  Prior to arriving in C.R. I had sold the girls on surfing which turned out to be their favorite entertainment day-in and day-out.  An ocean beach and waves popular with surfers world-wide allowed those two cheap fun while serving a more relaxing pace to Brenda and I.  Incredible dinners out each night, drinks, zip-lining, horseback riding, tubing, a jungle safari and a catamaran cruise rounded out the rest of our vacation perfectly.  Yet did I fish?  Yes!  Having packed a travel rod and 4000 series spinning reel I pulled a saltwater Rapala behind the catamaran for a couple hours on the last evening, until something crushed the lure and completely spooled my 30lb braid in less than ten seconds. Rooster maybe? Yellowfin? Will never know what actually caused my reel to smoke red hot.
 
000a_zpsk1utgiz6.jpg
 
000b_zpsj9cse3cq.jpg
 
000c_zpso1pgiuzc.jpg
 
000c1_zpse2igazaz.jpg
 
000d_zpsi20ygnfd.jpg
 
000e_zpshvr78mvu.jpg
 
000ee_zpsti58rhjv.jpg
 
000f_zpssxufjsfx.jpg
 
 
Home again the softwater season kicked off April 11th with a week that will be remembered for a real long time.  Starting with steelhead and finishing on lakers and browns, Lake Ontario provided three fine samples of some local trout.  The river run rainbow was definitely the favorite because she just tore me to shreds under rainy skies... but that broonie was a best for me too.
 
001_zpsp8upchrw.jpg
 
The thing of it all is that these were actually bonus fish.  Having put in availability for a few weeks to work in Nunavut, the only offer which came way suitable to dates was in Pangnirtung on Baffin Island.  Wanted it greatly but, while at a car wash with my phone in the truck I missed the call.  A little over an hour later I learned someone else just beat me to it.  Little was left to do to but fish the rest of the month, fish May, even fish June, and pick up some shifts in the local ER's while beginning to re-plan work, family and fishing times through the summer.
 
So casting away into mid May some oddballs and incidentals were caught, along with a few usual suspects which arrived with the different openers nearing end of the month.
 
002_zpsmc1owjgu.jpg
 
003_zpscthgjiqq.jpg
 
004_zpsmomom4ji.jpg
 
005_zpsfe6evpf5.jpg
 
The time was hectic. Work around the house, a decent number of call-ins for ER work, preparations for new plans made mid June through to mid September, a fishing boat build project and, a friend's and my own 40th Birthday parties (with recovery), usual spring fishing days took a bit of a back seat to other life choices... 
 
Gar are always on the docket though.  Making time despite the windows fewer and far between, freakish spring weather and summer plans for other fishing fast approaching, even the average gar days fished will fall short this year in the quick season.  So, I'm making the best of the time I have...  When gar kicked into gear it was intense but short-lived, 50+ inchers a plenty and on track for a banner spring things suddenly slowed, and 2016 might likely go down as the year the gar game changed.  
 
cfc7a6f7-d783-4553-b16b-a016dde145d4_zps
 
b65ddaba-8e96-4caf-8f9d-7565558aa046_zps
 
005c_zpsrcnerw7e.jpg
 
005d_zpsnyaogyyp.jpg
 
005e_zpsxkeirv25.jpg
 
Just seven years ago when really starting to get into gar, the Ottawa River that I know of had but myself and three other buddies who were on the water regularly chasing after these fish. There might have been a couple other anglers but, on any given day I'd either see no one, or I'd see one of those three; and believe me, the schedule in May and June permits many days during those months off work, so I get out there plenty.  
 
This season it has been seven days, a couple solo and five with family and friends.  Many others now on the hunt, the fish are becoming more and more weary of boat traffic and the splash of a lure. The percentages of bigger gar which allowed greater opportunity in the past is dwindling, finesse and stealth becoming ever more necessary. This said, the numbers of fifty plus inchers I still see on any given day remains astounding, while that odd true giant of 55 and up holding girth is still a rare chance.  During the first solo outing which is usually more of a search, I luckily found fresh fish ready to play the game.
 
 
Day 1.
 
006a_zpseekl88vn.jpg
 
006b_zps9de2uhe7.jpg
 
006c_zpstpdoqerx.jpg
 
006d_zpsdhzsnuu9.jpg
 
 
Day 2.
 
Bren joined up quick for the next outing.  She is always adamant about catching her own fish and as hungry as can be when it comes to wanting the biggest and best.  Gotta love that about her, as it's that same pride and drive to succeed which she lives by.  And to mention, she is the best mother and wife anyone could ask for, with some serious big fish experiences of her own to brag about as well...... although, she never does..?
 
007_zpshe9cxepn.jpg
 
007a_zpsyl0apt4q.jpg
 
007b_zpsroulcumu.jpg
 
 
Day 3.
 
A most welcome guest drove from Kingston to grace the Lund.  I had told my friend Doug that it was going to be a great day for gar.  Calm, sunny and the weather warming up nicely in the afternoon, it looked too perfect.  Well, it wasn't quite case. Night before temps dropped to frost and that pushed gar deeper.  Our time on the water they were quite slow to come back shallow and the few which did stayed a little deeper in the low-vis waters.  We fished shadows, guessing at our fish and sizes and, we stayed in one area reluctant to move around the river much as many other gar hunters were out and occupying other spaces.  End of the day though, Doug was surely satisfied with his initiation to this unique little fishery. He'll be back.
 
008_zpszmawiek0.jpg
 
 
Day 4. 
 
A childhood and lifelong friend, Steve and I both had our 40th Birthday Parties back-to-back this year.  We see each other a couple times annually, and because he lives in Ottawa now I think a gar day for the two of us should be scheduled for every spring.  In the past we worked together, golfed and fished, played a little in a band, and were always hanging out.  Distanced for years we never had to try to keep a friendship going as it just did on it's own.  We've grown up together on a parallel wave length I believe, and he gets that too.  What he also gets, is a kick out of the gar every time we end up fishing them.
 
009_zpsmsn9ngpw.jpg
 
009a_zpsmdvs7wml.jpg
 
 
Day 5.
 
A day off school for Leah and Summer at work, I told her she had no choice but to come along.  The girls for the moment just aren't that into fishing.  Summer lost the Tom-boyish way probably three years ago, and now Leah a same pre-teenager Summer was then, she too would rather do "girly" things.  But on this day Leah had fun despite the fishing being super tough due to gusty winds, some cloud, and the most skittish gar ever seen.  I made a choice after an hour or so fishing the usual haunts to just go explore new waters and secondary spots. The kiddo liked that, and in the process reeled in a few fish that weren't scared shiznitless of us cruising by.  On the way home she was grinning happy and thanked me for the fun day fishing. Maybe there's still hope?
 
010_zpszm2j4bxa.jpg
 
010a_zpstmn89i6n.jpg
 
010b_zpsygwlspnm.jpg
 
 
Day 6. 
 
Better late than never, my friend Simon slid on into the boat one cold and windy morning for what may be the last day fishing gar for my season.  An annual trip, from southern Ontario Simon has been coming all this way for a visit the past few years now, for his will to fish gar each spring cannot hold him back.  When finding fish Simon will cast at anything. He knows I'm usually good to give him a couple smaller ones early, but after accomplishing that it's urged we move on to the big girls. Yet... he just loves to cast at 'em and I have to remind myself I get to do this all the time, whenever I want. Simon enjoys a day or maybe to a year, and needs a much faster big gar fix. With that approach and perspective, we actually ended great on a tough weather gar day.  Big and small fish and plenty of 'em.
 
z10_zpswqf8ij2p.jpg
 
z08_zpsncirzzip.jpg
 
z09_zpscz1nvk6q.jpg
 
 
Day 7.
 
At some point throughout the month there was a banner day.  A couple guys canceling out on the gar fish I went it alone.  The first hours on the water were absolutely terrible, the fish hardly around or real jumpy.  Finally when that midday sun got high and the heat sweat the brow, the gar rose to the occasion.  Over a short few hours five fish over 50-inches came topside, one almost being my longest fish to date at 55.5 inches.  It was an awesome specimen although she had not a bit of girth, being absent eggs and a belly of fish.  Longer than the current and new record holding fish at only 51-inches, she would have been a serious contender... ahhh well.  Snapped up some pics of a few but lost two over the bow while setting up for the shots.  In fact, this year I had a terrible time with fussy gars getting the step on me and escaping the boat.  Twice with Leah, once with Bren, two more times on my other solo outing and twice this day, they weren't just spooked in the water, they wanted no part of usual procedure.
 
011b_zpswwfjorfq.jpg
 
011a_zpsjhfmxoqh.jpg
 
011_zpsqsyl9lgp.jpg
 
011c_zpsew8sqjln.jpg
 
As each year passes, gar fishing for me personally loses a smidgen of its luster. They are fun and enjoyable don't get me wrong, and probably the best thing going during their certain season, yet the hunt is becoming more a feeling of been there and done that, and big fish including Ontario Record breakers have already been caught again and again. Much time and stock is usually put into the season while some other things have been missed because of it. Thinking next year to maybe break it up with a fly-in north for pike and eyes, like in the past days.  Since my gar beginning I have fished local waters more and harder than anyone known, and it's either wearing off or wearing me out some.  Other than the real big, pound for pound these fish are actually kinda wimpy, but the hunt, chase and the initial take remains the excitement of it and man, they are gnarly looking beasts.  Still fun overall!  For me, honest, genuine and shared experiences with my girls, with others, and to a lesser degree out there hunting solo, are the gar moments and memories worth fishing them for, and why it will always continue.
 
012_zpswbita49h.jpg
 
 
Continued...

Edited by Moosebunk, 12 June 2016 - 09:36 AM.


#2 Moosebunk

 
Moosebunk

    All Knowing Angler

  • Members
  • 4,169 posts
  • Gender:Male
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:00 PM

 
There has been some serious reflection this past month with the sale of the WarCanoe.  So many memories, so many trips, so many fish, I can look back in my fifteen years of fishing journals and relive many great days in the freighter canoe.
 
13a_zpsnaexweuz.jpg
 
13b_zps2ty7b7au.jpg
 
13c_zpsb9c6ovpo.jpg
 
13d_zpso3mi2qkt.jpg
 
13e_zpszzu5pid1.jpg
 
But it was time to sell.  It is not the boat for here in the south and I figured this day would come. Cedar strips, canvas, wood, it all needs to be wet more often, to stay damp and not dry to the bone in a field out back of the house.  Each spring I would pull the tarp off, flip it over and notice new spots that needed work.  Then it would often sit under the hot summer sun on it's trailer waiting for the half dozen to dozen times I'd use it some place before flipping it back over for the winter.  Past few years I have hated seeing it deteriorate and felt the work and costs for upkeep just didn't align with it's use.  Posted on Kijiji it sold in two days to a fella who has other cedar strip boats like those you'd see out east on the Miramachi or some river like that, and he also has other Northwest Canoes. Capable and experienced, his plan is to re-canvass and fully restore the WarCanoe so he and his Grandchildren can enjoy it.  I couldn't have asked for a better ending for my boat, unless we maybe rode over Niagara Falls together and made the local news one way or another.
 
Knowing the sale was coming I had been half arsed keeping an eye out for a replacement.  The needs were to have a smaller, lighter, simpler boat than the Lund.  One that could better weather the sun in the yard and snow through the winter, and take the occasional pounding of dirt and back roads into some of the smaller, out of the way lakes I sometimes fish.  The hope is it will be around a long time and used when a bigger boat isn't necessary, for the Lund will be upgraded in the next few years to something 18+ feet and fully rigged. 
 
Buying a used boat didn't go as planned.  Most sales for something decent included boat, motor and trailer, and if you viewed one online that was only the boat, it often appeared in rougher shape or a little too small.  Because only the WarCanoe sold yet everything else with it remained, I only required a boat.  Asking sellers to separate theirs from a package I was getting responses asking too much for just the shell alone.  Of local dealers selling Lund, PrinceCraft, AlumaCraft and StarCraft I found pricing to range from $2750 to $3750 for new... Luckily, left over from when our Canadian dollar was stronger, Rideau Ferry Marine had one 2014 new Alumacraft V14 made for a short shaft motor.  The only boat of all which had flooring installed, this find was the lowest priced yet most equipped choice available.  The Marina threw in numbers and licensing and come end of the search I was happy with the replacement for the WarCanoe. 
 
14_zpsqkumxxkl.jpg
 
15_zpspvgmfyda.jpg
 
My trailer is still in good shape but to prepare it for the shorter boat a few things needing moving around.  Once started with the tools, I ended up pulling everything off it to do nearly a full repaint before reinstalling things back into positions felt best for the coming boat.  A busted tail light was repaired, the wheel wells went from dirty white to grey instead, and the bunk guides I turned around as they were a little longer at one end having been made for the 20-foot WarCanoe that once sat upon them.
 
The boat an empty canvass, I got to work at tweaking everything how I wanted.  The plan was turn this into a solid pimped out fishing machine that had all parts detachable for storage and any long or rough trips on the road.  Much of the materials and additions were kicking around the house and I was chomping at the bit to make shart happen.  To the work...
 
Folks at Ottawa Fastener Supply cut four 6-inch pieces from a 3-foot 1 1/2 inch metal corner bracket.  This was the best choice I could find for providing a solid mount for the bow platform. 1/4" stainless steel 1" screws, washers, etc were used to hold.  Had to bend the brackets inward a little with vice grips.  Was happy when drilling into the boat that I could do it where the aluminum is doubled up for the gunnel, (a little more sturdy) but to make that happen I did need to drill my own holes as high as I could into the corner bracket to still receive the washer and nut... Because it's spring, outdoor deck carpet seems in high demand. Couldn't get grey locally but was "OK" with this grey-blue which was the last of it at Rona. They didn't have outdoor carpet adhesive in Rona, and Home-Depot was out of the small tub too. Dood there gave me 50% off the big tub though, making it only $5 more than the small. Plenty to go around now for this platform and the casting deck, I was quite liberal tacking down the carpet to a well measured and cut 3/4" sheet of treated ply. Didn't want to see the screws on the underside from the motor mounting plate to come, so a 2X3 got carpeted as well to finish the look and maybe add a little strength.
 
013_zpse6uowvoh.jpg   
 
Sits nice and flush with the gunnels, just maybe an 1/8 inch above.  The Minn-Kota mounting plate came next, it kinda uglies it up but it serves a purpose.
 
014_zpsmfyd9h2j.jpg
 
This 55lb thrust MinnKota PowerDrive V2 was the first trolling motor on the Lund. Glad I kept it because it'll be perfect for this boat.  Bow platform with trolling motor complete!
 
16_zpsqsabp693.jpg
 
The casting deck dried a couple nights on the top side before flipping it over to pull the remaining excess around the edges and tack it down using outdoor carpet adhesive and the staple gun. The partly carpeted cleat in the centre of the underside was added to prevent movement of the deck.  This works amazingly to keep it in place and I have done similar with the cargo box on the ATV and casting decks for the Lund and WarCanoe.  I carpeted the two pieces for three reasons. 1. It snugs into place better. 2. It helps prevent noise. 3. As said already, it stops movement of the deck once flipped and in place. The cleat fits perfectly against the edges of the two seats seen in the pic. 
 
The deck in place... at this time I kinda started to wonder about the color though.
 
17_zpskmyuhyev.jpg
 
Below picture 1 the underside, and 2 topside. This is the base that will receive my sonar and GPS.  Carpeted it will reduce vibration and help the wood and sonar last longer. The two carriage bolts facing up were hammered into the wood, the area epoxied, then all covered with some scrap carpet.  Once flipped over and secured to the boat, a couple wing nuts, lock washers and washers will do nicely to hold the sonar... you'll see!!
 
18_zps66b6bl75.jpg
 
Cannon base mount was added as well. Needed extra height and appreciate the extra thickness of having a very sturdy base. Four 4-inch wood screws pinned that in place.  The sonar base was secured with nuts and bolts, just using what was around the house.  Although more may get added later, the work station is complete. 
 
19_zps6bmnfl3u.jpg
 
Picture 1 is my sonar and GPS combo for travel and guiding. Years back my father gave me the perfect case and I eventually found a good use. Everything including the wiring, transducer, C-clamp, hardware, sonar and GPS can fold up into this protective hard case for travel.  Another benefit is it can be removed and either screwed onto another boat or, as seen in picture 2, docked onto this new boat.
 
20_zpsuu0cmhzp.jpg
 
The Cannon base receives a swivel stand which I use on the Lund as well. The rigger, a standard Scotty rod holder (with GoPro) or the big nasty with the Salty for pointing the musky sticks right in the drink, this setup is all about portable, detachable options.
 
21_zpsxtfbu0iv.jpg
 
Hummed and hawed about seat mounting awhile but went this route. Lucky for me on my 40th I got a Canadian Tire gift card and that paid for the seat brackets and some odds and ends. A second time lucky, my employer surprised me with a $250 Costco gift card for some extra work well done while in Kugaaruk this past winter. So, when Costco advertised boat seats on sale that caught my eye, I picked up a couple... One thing known about this style seat bracket though is it's tendency to lift from position. Picture 1 and 2 was my remedy for that. Found a couple nuts and bolts the right size and once in place they tack the bracket on both sides and prevent movement.  Pic #3 is the end result.
 
22_zpsww51yjss.jpg
 
Mounting a motor is simple. The transom is 2-inches thick while the bracket for my old Honda can tightly receive up to 2 1/2 inches. Initially, I had cut a piece of 3/4" ply, painted it grey (see just left of motor) and planned to thicken the transom some but, that obviously made the transom too thick. 1/2" ply... meh, didn't bother! What I had kicking around though were two pieces of 1/4 inch thick and solid firm rubber that were cut off truck mud flaps. That rubber has come in handy for a couple other projects and repairs.  Anyways, I cut a piece for the Honda here which I think will do great to help absorb some motor rattle and protect the transom a little. Also added a U-bolt which bungeed like that keeps the motor straight while trailering or, while using the MinnKota. The motor could lock to it as well.
    
My father some time back had no more use for his 44-lb thrust MinnKota pictured here so, he gave it to me. It's been on the WarCanoe the past 5 years. With the 55lb PowerDrive already up front, this option may or may not come in handy at the back if wanting to use it instead, I'll see. Both motors mounted here the initial ride is near.
 
23_zps6uylz7yj.jpg
 
Have six Scotty rod holders all which came with a base.  Most bases are in use for the Lund so had to purchase one more. They are $3 cheaper at SAIL over CTC. After punching some holes and finding the right length bolts, two longer, two short for each holder, beam me up... two Scotty's on deck!
 
23a_zpszszd9pyo.jpg
 
Loaded up now!! The boat looks big but really isn't. 14'3" I think it is. A dry weight of 240lbs. Depth is 28.5" with a 62" beam. Capacity is for about 900llbs but once my fat arse sits in it we're eliminating payload quick... Couple years back I pulled the gel-cell 12V battery out of the emergency generator at home to replace it with a 12V cranking battery. (wasn't getting the cranking amps needed or for long enough in the winter to turn over the genny) So, this smaller battery kicking around and still live, I have put it to use for my sonar. A second 12V deep cycle on it's last legs will be used up managing the trolling motor(s). If ever needed, for extra rod holders I'll probably just throw on my Saltys, this said, with three choice holders now I can't see there being need for more. (it's not going to be a Great Lakes boat by and means) The Captain's chair I'll need to re-position as far back as it can go where it's mounted now because, that tiller handle is so stupid short it's a stretch for me left arm.
 
24_zpslitecsxz.jpg
 
Bare bones to dressed. The transducer board I probably will paint grey in time. It has to stay long as some boats used up north are 20" transoms not 15" like this boat. The main motor has full range of motion without hitting it or the stern mounted MinnKota...
 
25_zps8rmhg243.jpg
 
Almost everything on this boat is detachable except the Cannon base and obviously the bow deck which has the MinnKota base plate. Come winter it should make storing things inside the shed easy, allowing for longer life of parts.
 
26_zpssexdrury.jpg
 
That prop on the 99 Honda is the original. It and the skeg have truly taken a pounding, bouncing off rocks on the Moose, French and Cheepas Rivers countless times. Although worn it's still unbelievably balanced.  A lower pitch meant for work over speed and it's built thick. In time I may take that off and store it as a back-up (store spared props in a sealable bag, trust me) because it would be nice to have a new one a little higher pitched for speed.  The motor itself still runs like a top and will idle all day long if need be.
 
Not so sure about the color (not blue/grey so much as it looked under the dim lights at Rona) but it was either this or green or black.  It may just be a one of a kind color scheme though.
 
27_zpsupgtmcno.jpg
 
The End Result!!! Other than needing to extend the 8 guage wire for the MinnKota up front and mount the second seat, the rig is fully pimped out to fish.
 
28_zpsx1kogjpe.jpg
 
29_zpsjrdbhfbx.jpg
 
The water test...
 
First opened it up and wasn't achieving plane. Stuck at 9mph max speed with the wind. There was plenty on the transom bogging it down too. Back to the launch I reset the trim pin as low and forward as it would go. Back out again I worried a couple times as the cowling was in the water and the exhaust often bubbling while submerged. This said, it jumped easy to plane and got up to 18.5mph. Back to the launch I reset that trim just up one more and that seemed to be the best solution to keep the exhaust out of the water and find me a top speed of 17.5 to 18 mph. When alone I need to get more weight forward too, and what really helped was when the 12V deep cycle was hooked to the MinnK-PD up front and not the stern mounted MinnKota. If a second person comes along there won't be any issue jumping to plane but it will slow as this motor is 10hp under full power. Both MinnKotas worked fine but I actually found the one on the stern cumbersome and annoying so it'll go unless really needed. The foot pedal on the bow mount motor has plenty wire to reach me in the back if need be anyways. One thing I found a little spooky is how low a 15" transom really is. I didn't notice as much in the WarCanoe as the transom is so narrow and you sit more deeply into the boat. It cautions me to think twice about being caught out there in big water as one good wave could swamp ya no issue. One thing I noticed and really like is how the outer runners displace any splash outward. I went looking for chop on the lake and tried carving into waves to see what kind of water I could get over the gunnel to splash me but, I couldn't even make this boat do it. I'll have to try this again in bigger waves in the future and see what happens, yet for now this little boat rides seemingly nice and dry. Finally I wanted to stand on the deck and cast. The 55lb-thrust MinnKota has more than enough balls to hammer this boat around, so no ish there. Side-to-side just as it rides, there was little rock while standing high on the bow. Happy with it's sturdiness and notably less tippy than what I was used to with the WarCanoe, so far it's making me happy... and no leaky rivets yet anyways.
 
30_zpsgit2w1sr.jpg
 
So that's it! Built up from just a boat and into a "Fishin' Boat!" Since this photo I've caught a few small lakers and pike but because they were runts I wouldn't let their slime touch the boat.  Bren joined me for a short evening of muskie trolling too, and made herself comfortable. This boat will have its advantages.
 
z08_zpsrcfh6cdg.jpg
 
Been stuck on a name.  Ghost, Grey Ghost, Smokey... just not sure yet.  It's first fish was a "grey" trout though, and the online FB vote did favor Ghost.  One thing is for certain, it has a long way to go to create the kind of personal history and connection the WarCanoe has.  But, there's no plans to stop fishing anytime soon so it'll get that chance. 
 
31_zpsstr68ipp.jpg
 
 
And about that clear and clean summer slate, it's fully packed up now and ready to begin. As always, thanks for reading.
 
 
Bunk.

Edited by Moosebunk, 12 June 2016 - 09:38 AM.


#3 MikeCmuskie

 
MikeCmuskie

    Almost a Guide

  • Members
  • 189 posts
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:55 PM

Awesome report as always, love reading the gar posts. Good stuff!!

#4 mr blizzard

 
mr blizzard

    Super Fishing Icon

  • Members
  • 1,594 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Yellowknife NWT
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 12:57 PM

Bunk as usual a shear pleasure to read, pics are awesome but I have to admit I am a little partial to your fishing machine, you have in your words "pimped it out" very well sweet looking boat for sure, well done

 

Sorry u did not get up this way for some summer work but I am sure we will share a meal when u get up here again, hopefully fall into winter

 

Say hi to all the family and again thanks for sharing a most pleasurable read :canadian:



#5 Old Ironmaker

 
Old Ironmaker

    No longer looking for a job

  • Members
  • 5,164 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Selkirk Ontario
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 03:03 PM

Fantastic as expected from all of us living vicariously through your exploits. In other words I'm jealous Johnny,,,,, again.

#6 AKRISONER

 
AKRISONER

    All Knowing Angler

  • Members
  • 2,244 posts
  • Gender:Male
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 04:01 PM

reading about your new boat makes me think so much about "tinner magic" back home in ontario...its sitting waiting for me to come back...almost brings a tear to my eye.

 

Ive also done the casting deck, bow mount trolling motor rig...i really like your approach. We did it a little different mounting to a piece of wood on a bracket at the front and then bolting down. Same kind of idea though. We tried using plasti dip, but the moisture in the wood has caused a few problems so I will be thinking of a more permanent solution in the near future.

 

I might just have to steal your idea.



#7 Moosebunk

 
Moosebunk

    All Knowing Angler

  • Members
  • 4,169 posts
  • Gender:Male
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 08:03 PM

Sorry u did not get up this way for some summer work but I am sure we will share a meal when u get up here again

 

John... I'll be staying in the usual hotel for a night late July while rolling through for work and Arctic char. :)  See ya then.

 

Fantastic as expected from all of us living vicariously through your exploits. In other words I'm jealous Johnny,,,,, again.

 

Well, keep it only at jealousy please John... I fear that it could turn to hate as it has with some in the past. 

 

I might just have to steal your idea.

 

Thought some of the ideas were worth posting about. Steal away.  Nice thing about having that removable casting deck is, I can store it in the winter and store things underneath it in the summer, and get at the trolling motor battery easily.

 

 

Thanks gang!



#8 BITEME.Esq

 
BITEME.Esq

    Fish Fear Me

  • Members
  • 1,966 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:BRONTE
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:13 PM

Always cool outings
Beautiful family
And really nice job on the boat!!!!!!!

Cheer
Peter

#9 Gallie

 
Gallie

    esox hunter

  • Members
  • 1,215 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Keswick
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:27 PM

Fantastic all around as usual bunk! Those gar sure are a sweet looking fish!

#10 manitoubass2

 
manitoubass2

    master debator

  • Members
  • 10,602 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:RRFN
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 10:40 PM

Sweet lil rig and fantastic exploits!

Please come through NW ontario sometime lol. Lets fish!

As usual, amazing report and I know for a fact its not just that dirty italian thats jealous😜

#11 chris.brock

 
chris.brock

    citiot

  • Members
  • 2,959 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:oakville, cottage in haliburton
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:15 PM


Happy belated 40th Bunk! 40 is kind of an ugly number when you're 38 or 39, I thought anyway.

Cool old canoe and nice new boat.

You're still living the dream as I can see from all the other pictures and stories.

#12 adempsey

 
adempsey

    Fishing Icon

  • Members
  • 1,462 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:London, Ontario
 

Posted 07 June 2016 - 11:44 PM

Very nice!  Always enjoy your gar exploits.   Love the boat build.  I vote for "Headstone" or "Gravestone" given the "death" of WarCanoe.



#13 manitoubass2

 
manitoubass2

    master debator

  • Members
  • 10,602 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:RRFN
 

Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:14 AM

Nme, my vote for
a name😍

Edited by manitoubass2, 08 June 2016 - 12:17 AM.


#14 wormdunker

 
wormdunker

    Fishing Icon

  • Members
  • 1,726 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Fonthill
 

Posted 08 June 2016 - 01:57 AM

Nice job on your new ride.  I love doing my own projects as well.  The gar pix are awesome, but I really like the walleye.  I'm a walleye hunter. Happy birthday!



#15 BassMan11

 
BassMan11

    Almost a Guide

  • Members
  • 407 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Ottawa
 

Posted 08 June 2016 - 07:17 AM

Another stellar report Bunk.

 

The fishing portion is epic as per usual,  but I really like that boat build as my main rig is something very similar. You can get a decent tiller handle extension at Chandlery in town if the short arm really bother you. I have one on my Honda 30 tiller that works fairly well.

 

 Happy hunting



#16 JoshS

 
JoshS

    Guide

  • Members
  • 670 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Toronto
 

Posted 08 June 2016 - 12:56 PM

Nice breakdown of the spring adventures. Sweet job on the rig as well.



#17 PUMP KNOWS

 
PUMP KNOWS

    Guide

  • Members
  • 631 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:ONTARIO
 

Posted 08 June 2016 - 08:21 PM

Nice multispecies!



#18 spincast

 
spincast

    Downriggin Junkie

  • Members
  • 3,115 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:where the Grand and the Nith meet
 

Posted 09 June 2016 - 04:24 AM

enjoyed reading that over the morning coffee - making the most of what life has to offer, excellent



#19 Moosebunk

 
Moosebunk

    All Knowing Angler

  • Members
  • 4,169 posts
  • Gender:Male
 

Posted 09 June 2016 - 09:20 AM

Please come through NW ontario sometime lol. Lets fish!

 

I hope to someday soon Rick, and would certainly look you up.  Good friend of mine moved out that way couple years ago and I have to get out to see him.

 

Happy belated 40th Bunk! 40 is kind of an ugly number when you're 38 or 39, I thought anyway.

 

Thanks man!  And I have seen a couple of those interesting pics of specks floating around with you in 'em.  You'll have to write that one up Chris.

 

Very nice!  Always enjoy your gar exploits.   Love the boat build.  I vote for "Headstone" or "Gravestone" given the "death" of WarCanoe.

 

Headstone... do like that.  I have no clue so far really.  Boaty McBoatFace, who knows..? lol

 

You can get a decent tiller handle extension at Chandlery in town if the short arm really bother you. I have one on my Honda 30 tiller that works fairly well.

 

Gonna bookmark this little tidbit of info dood!  Good to know. I would like to extend it a foot or so.

 

 

Thanks for reading gang!



#20 Steelheadphycho

 
Steelheadphycho

    Almost a Guide

  • Members
  • 465 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Massillon, Ohio
 

Posted 10 June 2016 - 11:51 PM

You've done it again Bunk and the good ship lolli-GAR! Is quite the build. Nice work! Always enjoy your contributions!





Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: Gar, Trout, Walleye, Crappies, Boat Build


View My Stats