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HUGE muskie
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Hey everyone. 

For the past 2 to 3 seasons I have really been enjoying using braided line for the first time in my life. I’ve noticed better hooksets and less lost fish. 

After 4 days camping and leaving my rods out in the sun (no choice) my dark green line looks like it’s faded to a brighter tan. Am I just seeing things or does braided line fade? If it does will it effect the fishing? Will fish see this off colour? How often does everyone replace their braid? Thanks. 
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Heading up to the basin next week and wondered if anyone has fished there in the last week or two? With the water being cooler and higher this year I am wondering if the bite is better? I plan to try a few spots I have not fished in about 20 years since the last time the water was this high.
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Ontario fires
As most of us are aware, central Ontario is under siege of fire, with folks being evacuated from their homes from Parry Sound to Sudbury. I thought it might be a good idea to keep a thread open on this topic as many of us are intending to head in that direction in the coming weeks. Any insight that can passed along from folks local to the scene or those who have traveled in the area, I think would be useful to us all.

Not going to worry at this time about who is or isn't responsible, more interested in how this affecting both locals and those visiting the areas.

Here's a link to the governments web site with up to date info.

https://www.ontario.ca/page/forest-fires

HH
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Time for a fishing report!
Boys, it has been a long, long time since i posted a fishing report, so bare with me. (I can't even remember how!)

My Daughter Amanda and I try to get out whenever we can....usually for Father's Day...especially when I was boatless and we had to rent one. Well, all that changed last year and things have been getting better ever since! This was a couple of weeks ago, and we went up to Georgian Bay for the day. I forgot how awesome that area can be to fish and I have already been back once since this trip! Just like an addict....I'm hooked!

We started out right off the bat and Amanda picked up a real decent Large Mouth on a drop shot rig. She was using a lure that they had bought me for my Birthday and they seemed to be the ticket.The fishing was pretty much non-stop all day with 7 different species of fish caught between us! I used the same soft plastic bait, but on a jig head.Little 3" swimbait.

I got a couple of nice ones too!


Amanda picked up a nice Black Crappie, and we would have loved to get a few more of those. Maybe next time.


Amanda hooked into and lost something huge. We could see it way down in about 20 feet of water, but She was not able to bring it in close enough for an accurate identification before it spit the hook. We were both shaking and thought maybe a huge Walleye? We kept fishing the same area and finally solved the mystery. Channel cat! I got my first one and I think I am still shaking! Those things fight like bulls! Especially on light gear! I have got small Bullheads over the years, but they come up like wet socks! Not this thing! I ended up with a pair.


Don't forget Small Mouth, nothing huge, but plenty of them and lots of fun!



We rounded out the trip with plenty of Perch, huge Bluegill, and Pumpkinseed Sunfish! All in all, one of the best days of fishing I have had in a long time and I got to share it with a great fishing Buddy!
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New 10% Tariff On US-made Boats
I think most people are aware that Trump has went ahead and imposed new tariffs on steel and aluminum that's exported from Canada into the US. I think most also know that in retaliation, Canada has outlined something like $16 billion on tariffs on various products coming into Canada from the US. The official list of products specifically includes boats, both aluminum and fibreglass.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT BUYING AN AMERICAN-MADE BOAT, you better get on your horse and do it asap. Effective July 1, those new Canadian tariffs come into effect and the cost of your boat will go up by 10 percent.

Beyond that, the cost for dealers to replace inventory that's on their lot today will also go up by an additional 10 percent (at a minimum) since boat builders in the US are now paying 10 percent more for the aluminum they import from Canada. The net result is that the retail price of US-made boats sold in Canada could increase by 20 to 25 percent by mid-summer.

Barring a sudden flip-flop by Trump,  or a deal on NAFTA, boats and engines are going to become much more expensive. If you're in the market, do the deal now before the new taxes come into effect and save yourself some serious coin.
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Town of Temagami under evacuation alert.
TEMAGAMI FIRE CHIEF JIM SANDERSON HAS JUST SENT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE...

MNR fire has notified me that they are putting
Temagami on Evacuation Alert. People should be prepared to leave if notified of an evacuation. If people want to leave on their own they need to go North as per MNR direction
The emergency community group is being activated and meeting shortly
Thanks
Jim
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NFLD bound
Well I'll try to make this as short as possible, it'll be hard to do. I have travelled the maritimes for 30 years, majority has been spent in Nova Scotia but a fair bit in the others to be sure, the one glaring omission is Newfoundland! I've always wanted to go just for some unknown reason I've never pulled the trigger. After last years NS trip I made a pact with myself that 2018 would be the year I go. A lot can happen in a year, such as I finding a lady friend that will put up with my crap (we've known each other for over 10 years) but that could have put a dent into my plans, however she also wanted to see NFLD badly, so you might say it's kismet. I love to camp so a camping vacation is what I planned to do, however she has a bad back so sleeping on the ground would not do, fix was turning my Rav4 into a sleeper....honestly I doubt I'll ever put the rear seats back into it, it rocks!! My buddy also inherited a "car tent" that he's never used so I couple that with my car & it's like a traveling condo. So really there was nothing left to do but go
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Got up to Lac Seul for the first time a few days ago. Went with some friends and their uncle from Edmonton. Wanted to show him the lac Seul walleye experience...hmmmmmmm....took 4 hours to land the first fish....that has never happened before. heard reports from all over of the same experience last week. Some of the fish we caught when they eventually decided to bite were very skinny, also heard reports of this from all areas of the lake, hope its just the hot weather/low water.

 

 
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Canada Day weekend
There's only one thing we need to entice our Canadian bass and pike to bite
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Lake Eugenia
Hey guys just looking for any shore fishing spots on this lake ive heard about the public boat launch but its gets really busy with swimmers and boaters

any help would be appreciated thanks
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The boys down here have been following the show since it started. It's more about the personalities and onboard drama than catching 500lb fish. Does anyone here on OFC? We all have our favorites and a few we wish fell overboard. I have seen episodes where they have fought a fish for close to 24 hours. They sure earn their money. Dave Marciano in his scow that is held together by duct tape is most of the guys faves. Dave Carrano on the Dot.Com is an airline Pilot that does it for a hobby is least likeable. Without his great crew he couldn't catch a cold. For every fish he catches is 1 less fish for those that depend on the Tuna fishery to feed their families, like Marciano. Up therewith Carrano is the kid who's father bought him a fishing oat to get him out of the house "The Pinwheel," he's a pinhead. There's a few crews that act like The Keystone Cops when a fish is on, mayhem followed by bedlam.

The thing that gets me about this reality show is no matter what sonar they have on board they all make the identical "bdeep, bdeep" when they mark a fish, courtesy of the editors. My Brother-in- Law from SE Nova Scotia grew up commercial fishing with his Grand Father and Father. He hates boats, fish and the ocean. He is the antithesis  of a commercial fisherman, he has a LANDscaping business. He has broken 3 generations of commercial fishermen. He said if you want to know what it feels like to catch a 500 pounder throw a rope over the house and tie it to a fridge, then go to other side and reel it up and over the roof.
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I have some commitments down here this weekend and the long weekend we are entertaining some non fishing people.  I may be able to get out before they come up but not sure yet.  I am off for a week during Canada day so I do plan on fishing a lot in the magnetwan area and I am heading to the inlaws for a few days up in marten river/Temagami so that will really be my opener.  

Where are you guys fishing the bass opener.  All signs are pointing for the bite to be on!  

Cheers!

 
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Just got back from northwestern Ontario and some great pike fishing.   I love these things, especially chasing giants in 2ft of water or less.   Biggest fish of the trip was 47in, saw ones much bigger but they were rather uninterested in my presentations but did enjoy sunning themselves   Surprise 29in walleye to finish the trip off as well!   The 47in was one of the thickest pike I've ever seen, shoulders on these fish (Even the high 30in fish) were insane.    You'll also notice no GoPro shots and fish being held 8ft away from us.  No need to camera tricks with these things.    Our best day was 12 over 40inches,  I caught 4, 42inchers in an afternoon but of course she got all the big ones, lol.   Can't complain, her first time pike fishing, she definitely got spoiled!  Biggest for me on this trip was 45in, I'll be chasing that 50 next spring.   No weights on these fish, just a quick measurement, pic then back they went.




47in giant..  she could barely hold on to it.


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Bonus walleye!  Hit a Dr spoon, not surprised I've caught some pretty big walleye on pike gear
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Shes a Natural
This girl loves to go fishing, took her out targeting pan fish with a little ultralight rod, a small fly, and even smaller chunk of worm, and she got a very nice surprise. 
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