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    Since this topic has moved into pensions I would strongly suggest anyone working and close to retirement look into the option of taking a commuted pension, especially if your companies pension fund is already in an underfunded state. I did this and retired at the end of June. The first week of October I got my lump sum commuted pension in the form of 2 separate cheques. My employer of 36 years has been declining all over North America much the same as GM and they even have a 5 year loan from our government right now to help pay their pensioners. I was truly concerned that someday getting a pension from them would disappear. The pros. I got my money. If the company goes under now it will have no effect on me. The amount I got was the equivalent of 25 years of what I would have received as a monthly pension. I can invest it how I see fit. The cons. Lost all my benefits when I severed my ties with the company. If you have no coverage elsewhere...like a spouse with benefits...or you have expensive medical/dental issues this could be a problem. Do your homework and figure out what is best for you because in my experience you will always do better for yourself then somebody else will.
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    Braided line fluro leader

    I agree with this Brian. I ruined a guide this way on my most expensive rod. The worst part was I never found the true problem right away and I repeatedly lost fish and tackle to line breaks until I figured it out. I still use a swivel to help with line twist but I ALWAYS tie my leader short enough so the swivel NEVER enters my guides.
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    Braided line fluro leader

    I have just always used a short enough lead so that I don't have to worry about the swivel going into the eyelets. I really don't think a shorter lead scares the fish especially if your after lakers or anything in deeper water. Another option I have used is I tape some black electrical tape around the bottom of the butt of the rod. Then when I'm ready to call it a day or I'm moving I hook my lure into the electrical tape which saves your cork or whatever material is on your butt from getting damaged. Taping it to the very bottom also will give in most cases at least another foot longer you can tie your leader.
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    What a month, what a year!

    Best of luck with all of it. It sure sounds like you have been a busy man. I don't know you at all but you sound like someone who enjoys work and there is nothing wrong with that. My wife and I where going to retire together this year at 54-55. I did but she did not. She still loves her job and going into work everyday and the social aspect of it. Truthfully I think she will work for many many more years. You gotta do what works for you. More importantly best of luck getting out fishing more, because we all know that is the most important😄
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    Yesterdays Courtice paper mentioned that the current agreement actually runs until Sept 2020. I would think that is about all they can fight...but that only buys the employees one more year.
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    I moved to Oshawa in 1983 and worked in a printing plant right next to the GM south plant. In 30 plus years I have witnessed it's slow painful death. Really surprised it has actually taken this long. Lotsa finger pointing going on, blaming the union, blaming the company, blaming the government. All valid points. There is no singular group to blame IMHO. It's just the reality of manufacturing in Canada in general right now and one magic pill isn't going to fix it either. I feel badly for those affected and wish them the best in moving on.
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    Two youths beat a coyote to death in Alberta....

    Agree 100%. 20 years ago I firmly believed that there was no such thing as bad kids...just bad parents... and I had a very heated argument at my sons soccer game once with a fellow parent who was a school principal and said he had seen the best kids come from the worst parents and visa versa. As the years have past I now have seen this for myself and no longer blame all parents for there kids turning out rotten. No matter the circumstances some people just turn out to be low lives. And as Jimmer mentioned mental health can play a role as well which no parent can control.
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    What's on your FISHING Bucket List?

    Perhaps your Erie charter guy should give Simcoe a go then OI🤨 My nephew got a 15 four or five falls ago at a favourite fall spot we fish and I have two other Simcoe perch fanatic friends who have both done it. So I can safely say they exist on Simcoe. I just have not been lucky enough to land one in my 1000's of attempts.
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    What's on your FISHING Bucket List?

    Same thing as every year. A 15 inch perch. Have probably caught 100's by now over 14 with 14 7/8 being the biggest but I just can't get that 15 incher. In 30 years on Simcoe I have had a few that I have lost at the hole while ice fishing that I'm sure where over 15...but they don't count.
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    Shortest fall season ever

    My love of the fall is more weather related then fishing related Brian. Just love the, throw a hoody on weather, with no bugs to boot. After the 1st week in October when it got up to 27 celsius we have had very little of the fall weather I enjoy. Most days that had the temps I like had rain or too much wind to get out and enjoy them. This fall we where raking leaves at home, at the cottage and at my folks. Literally had 5 days during the last month that a would call decent days to get out and get yard work done. And now we have 4-6 inches of snow on the ground in Bobcaygeon. Just glad I got the raking done. Now it's back to fishing.
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    Shortest fall season ever

    For years I have said the fall is my favourite time of year. What the hell happened this year?
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    What’s the best slip on traction cleats for ice fishing?

    I've been telling people this for probably 20 years. Get a box of 3/8 hex head screws and drill them into the bottom of your baffins. Replace worn screws as necessary. I usually have to do a few every season. A box of 100 screws will last a long time. No slip on crap to worry about.
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    With Rememberance Day Upon Us

    Thx for that Dan. My folks do not have a computer but if I get the chance I'll show this thread to my mom. It would make her very happy to hear others speak of her uncle that way.
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    With Rememberance Day Upon Us

    Seems someone posts this song on here every year and I'm always happy to see it. It is well done and really hits home for me. My mother's Uncle on her moms side was Leonard Birchall. I never met the man but I have heard countless stories about him from my mom. I have seen pictures of him in uniform with so many medals pinned on him you wonder how he stood upright. Take the time if you wish to google his name and read about his military career and accomplishments. I find myself doing it every year at this time and wish I could have met the man. Going to war is something I have never had to give any thought to. Remembrance day is a yearly reminder how lucky those of us are to have never experienced any of those horrors and how thankful we should all be "To the boys and the girls who went over".
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    Nice day to be fishing!

    Beauty day to be fishing....well done. I spent mine raking leaves😤 Well at least I got outdoors.