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About smitty55

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  1. smitty55

    Nymphs,woolys and smoked chops,,,,,,

    Hmm, I've never thought of soaking pork in juice as a marinade. I do pork chops in my big chief all the time, generally I dry spice for a couple of hours and then into the smoker. Vacuum seal the rest after saving a few and freeze. Only takes a few minutes in the pan after that as they're half cooked already. Funny enough, the one spice that has stayed with every batch since I first tried it on a whim is curry powder. Who'd a thunk. Misfish I highly recommend you try making your own smoked "Canadian " bacon. I've done it twice now and the results are excellent to astounding. Because my Big Chief barely hits 150 I finish them off in the oven. I basically follow this recipe but add extra garlic, peppercorns, bayleaf, thyme. The ratio of curing salt is paramount. https://nwedible.com/how-to-make-canadian-bacon-at-home/ I saw fresh loins at 1.44lb today at Freshco. I know what I'm doing next week now. Good time too restock on mince too.
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    The wierdest place you met for buying

    Carleton Place now has a safe area right outside the cop shop dedicated for buyers to meet sellers from online ads. Good idea imo. Cheers
  3. smitty55

    Smoking fish on going

    Totally agree Dougie. I've been smoking fish for 30 years and I always leave the skin on. Never had an issue with it, but to each their own. Cheers
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    Smoked a laker

    For sure it is recommended to let the pellicle form on the fillets before going into the smoker. Help keep the meat together. I use a brine and find that it's usually between two and three hours before it gets that shiny sticky coat on it. My big chief smoker has seem plenty of fish over the years and I always leave the skin on my fillets which also helps keep things together. Plus my dog loves it lol.
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    Walker Downrigger Repair

    Good stuff. That company has been around for a long time. Back in the 90's they serviced my Lowrance 1510B paper graph and did a great job. New transducer and tuned to it. Never would have figured they did riggers too. Cheers
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    Summer Brook Trout Tips !!

    Wtg Curt. I see you even made Shane's FB page. Cheers
  7. Like Sparky I'm a big fan of using gang trolls for trout. I use the 48" 7 blade Big Hammer for summer Lakers, and smaller ones like in the video for Specks and Bows on inland lakes. The bottom line is that they call in fish from a much greater distance and then once fish get closer the flash from all the blades further enhances the illusion of a school of baitfish. Once you find the cool water depth, trolling covers so much more of the lake and your lure is always in prime depth as opposed to casting. If we catch a fish then we'll circle back and redo the run. Sparky those are nice trout for sure. Well done, I bet it took a good while for your your smile to go away after that venture. I have lot's of gang trolls, but I never had one with Chartreuse beads. I take it you like that one, do you find it makes a difference? Also, have you ever tried a ford fender gang troll? It can be run at a bit slower speed to get more depth on those deepest sections of the lake with more thump than the willowleaf blade. Cheers
  8. I would go with Shoe Goo, that's what it's made for. Cheers
  9. Tons of them out there. https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/best-free-video-converters/ Cheers
  10. smitty55

    Aluminum boat leaks

    Quite often leaking rivets when dry will end up with a white hazy ring around the head of the rivet. A couple of shots with a bucking tool may be all you need to do. Cheers
  11. smitty55

    Question for smallmouth guys

    I'm really surprised no one has mentioned hair jigs for smallies. I guess they've been around for too long hehe. A very versatile year round lure for SMB. I think it would be easy enough to use out of a yak as well Here's a good read for you Dutch. http://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/catching-smallmouths-with-hair-jigs/ Cheers
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    Beauty of Lake Kipawa Quebec + 1 fish!

    Love the pics Scuro, specially that sunset one. My first thought was looking north from Thompson island toward Corbeau, but I couldn't make out the little island in the pic. Where did you stay? Did you fish for Walleye much? That's a real shame about the Laker fishing, certainly not the norm. However, unsettled weather and specially that heavy pollen dump would certainly have an effect. Even then, only one fish at 20" is real bummer. Like you I'm not happy at all about the 65cm minimum size for trout, in fact I haven't been back there since. It was always our main reason for visiting Kipawa and we used to really enjoy our feeds of fresh trout fillets after the morning fish. Regardless, I envy you getting two weeks in up there. Every time I went there for a week the thing I wanted most was to stay for another. Floater there is no daily fishing rate on Kipawa. You'd need to be in the zec for that. Also I wouldn't worry at all about warm water. First week of August was always my favorite time to go. If anything the fishing is more stable for Lakers and Walleye, as the thermocline is well setup and the Walleye are well established into their summer haunts. Plus the swimming is great and best of all no skitters and black flies. Drew, yea it's similar to Temagami, but much more secluded, tranquil, intimate even, and there's just something about that waterway and it's character that Temagami can't touch. It's hard to explain, there's like this magic touch that seeps into you and keeps drawing you back. Ask Scuro, he's done his fair share of traveling to fish and he just went back there for two weeks. The watershed just screams explore too if you look at maps, full of islands and narrows, it takes many years to learn it well, a big reason why I love trolling for Greys. Its how I toured the lake over the years and learned all the different runs and hot spots and even found some good Walleye structure too along the way. For trout it's certainly not a trophy fishery, that's never been my goal there, but it's always been a good fish. Carl at Alwaki had his 22lb on the wall behind the bar. But being just over 4-5 hrs away from Ottawa, it was like paradise being so close. I had one in the boat over 10, and it won the biggest of the week at the Corbeau Lodge weekly derby for my partner. Same year I got my PB Walleye, over 11lbs. Lol my 14ft tinny took the whole thing. As for Walleye are Walleye, yea maybe but Kipawa Walleye seem special.hehe... Again I don't know anywhere within a 5 hour easy drive for a vacation where you can have shots at 40+ fish evenings anchored and sipping a pint. Big ones are there too though I find best to target at night. Bunk I'll leave with this. For a close drive family vacation for your clan I can guaranty you a memorable experience. Either Alwaki at 14 miles or Kipawa Lodge at just over 20 will be more than you could want. Cheers
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    I had to laugh at that one. You might be surprised. I went and picked up some eggs at the farm down the road at 6:15 this evening. Two pairs of real dirty crocs at the door. I see them there all the time. Easy to hose off. I don't think they wear them at milking time though. Cheers
  14. smitty55

    Beauty of Lake Kipawa Quebec + 1 fish!

    Joey I'm not sure where you got that info. Here's a quote from a member of the Kipawa forum who was up mid June. " When we launched the Quebec ministry was at the dock stocking the lake.. my buddy struck up a conversation with the employee as my buddy spent some time working for the MNR hatcheries in Ontario. The ministry worker told us they were stocking 50,000 lake trout that day, and another 60,000 the next day... yes that's 110,000 LAKE TROUT!!!! No wonder the fishing is soooo good for them!! Scuro I know you're on that site. These lads did pretty good on the Greys for the little time they were there. Here's the thread. http://kipawafishingforum.net/index.php?topic=941.0 Cheers
  15. smitty55

    HWY 11 through Temagami ?

    From what I've been hearing hwy 11 north is blocked and folks are having to detour over to the QC side Cheers