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  1. Following this thread...What is the channel are you referring too? Are you referring to the Severn locks? I'm out of a kayak so trying to cover Severn sound is a lot of peddling for me! I have not targeted walleye for a while and maybe consider GBay as well but can only go so far in my craft! skdds
  2. Following...I like fishing GPool too. I was on Lake Muskoka over the weekend looking for pike. Almost skunked.. weeds were sparse and was not sure what to do ..I think I will try GPool as well in the next week or two..
  3. We use them on our suv-its an old vehicle soon to be traded/sold and did not think it made sense to purchase winter tires for one or two seasons. We are in T.O and streets are well plowed. Worked well last year.
  4. There is a big BPS in Islamorada. I would think the items stocked would reflect those needed for the region though. I was in keys last year (not in BPS) and bought a few things from the local shops to use. Tackle shops along the highway-almost exclusively saltwater gear-stuff not found up here if that is what you are looking for. Agree there may not be many bargains but always fun to look around. -skdds
  5. I've stayed at Musky's, right by the lock as well.
  6. Fished Smoke Lake out of the kayak a month ago. Caught some nice smallmouth with a variety of minnow crankbaits, casting and trolling within 50 ft of shore. Also hooked into some nice bass with the drop shot on deeper rocks near mid lake rocky islands. The lakes are cold and deep. Tried to hook into lake trout with some spoons and deep trolling but was not successful. I heard you need to get down 50+ feet to find them at this time of year. I've read that there are few pike to be found in general so most people target the bass and lake trout. The park stores at the East and West gate have "fishing in algonquin park" book you can look at (or buy) for depth charts and other info. The depth charts were definitely helpful to plan locations. I really like algonquin, clean and very few powerboats (only allow up to 20hp) so its a great place for a yakfisher like me! Good luck, post a report.
  7. I fish out of a Hobie PA12. Was looking for a boat and never considered a fisher yak until I saw the hobie. The draw for me was the peddle drive system which allowed me to fish hands free otherwise would have passed. So, I tried it, liked it, and made the buy. Pros-, SOT, spacious, hands free, easy to accessorize with neat stuff, very comfortable and stable to use for hours at a time without tiring. It is a great boat to fish out of especially calm, skinny water and trolling-perfect speed and quiet. Yak fishing is a very stress free way to fish-I don't worry about props and rocks, docks, motor breakdowns etc. Cons- you can't travel the distances that you can with motor and its built for one, although I can seat my son at the stern on milkcrate and it's not light. I can launch anywhere, however, I trailer it and now usually back it into the water at the boat launches so, its probably not as versitile as a lighter paddle yak like the others here (and my wife) fish out of. I'm happy with my choice of boat and becoming a yak fisher. Give a hobie a try as well to compare. Good luck!-skdds
  8. Of interest, how are you "trolling" the spoon? Does it go along the surface or go deep etc? thanks skdds
  9. Back from south Florida. We spent 3 days in the Keys and 3 days in Miami. As this was my first go at saltwater, I considered any bend in the rod to be a success. Thanks for all the tips they were most helpful. If you have not spent time in the Keys its worth the trip very laid back and a lot of the economy there is based on sport fishing. There are tackle shops every few miles with anything you need and good advice. I fished the bridges near Islamorada, a pier in Miami, and a two mangroves in state parks from a rented yak. I tried to time my fishing with the tides to up my chances for success. My successes were nil on the pier and limited on the bridges, however I did better in the mangroves from the kayak. Fishing the bridges and piers is like trying to find shore spots on a public dock or shoreline around Simcoe. Not easy and tend to be crowded. In Miami, they charged an access fee to the pier as well-I was not impressed with that. A Few times got my lines tangled with other anglers nearby and this was annoying. The mangroves are great place to kayak and fish-not too many large fish but good on numbers. Since I yak here in Ontario, fishing from the yak in Florida was an easy transition. What I learned: People like to use Sabiki Rigs to hook into their baitfish-this rig is also fun for kids because it produces. Its very similar to a pickeral rig that we use for perch. In fact I'll try it out here in the spring and next winter. Rig-it, throw on some shrimp and you'll catch fish. I also had success with slip bobbers and carolina type rigs baited with shrimp. The fish I hooked into were snappers, grunt fish, and puffer fish. I also sighted barracuda, needlefish and stingrays..very cool for a first experience especially from a kayak. Like you guys said..the smaller saltwater fish all fight nicely-like a 1-2lb bass so were lots of fun to catch. All had teeth too so no lipping these guys. As an aside, we made a stop at Robbie's Marina in the Keys-very cool family friendly place to feed tarpon that live in the marina. These fish are huge and can do a good job on your hand if you don't pay attention! Anyway, that's it, hope to go back.. -skdds
  10. I fish out of a SOT alot, not a cold weather kayak guy though, but I'm not keen on the idea of waders in the boat- if you dump and they fill with water that could lead to a dangerous situation IMO. Would try to avoid going out alone especially with cold water as well. Agree with singingdog that you should practice a dump and re-entery first in warmer weather. I would think its not too easy especially if you are going to be suited up. Perhaps also check out the yakfisher.net forums as well-lots of good advise from experienced kayak anglers there..skdds
  11. I've seen a few utube vids on the Peacock Bass. They look like good fish to target and pretty consistent too..shiner and hook..
  12. Thanks for the great posts.....wish I could leave tomorrow
  13. Thanks for the great posts, much appreciated. I did do a saltwater trip a few years ago with one of the outfitters docked at the marina's. Caught fish but the trip was not fun (like I have been used to here with our guides) and I was not impressed with those operations. Basically they trolled along the ocean about a KM out for three hours, so this time I want to explore the coastline and waterways myself. I don't really care if I target salt or freshwater as long as its got gills and bends my rod! I was thinking of bringing my bass/pike outfit- with 20/30lb braid spinning reel and my musky rod-80lb braid as the hardware. Do I need fluoro leaders here?
  14. Hi guys, I'm heading down to south florida in a few weeks. I won't have a boat so I'm mostly interested in shore fishing inland water or the canals around the miami area. Perhaps may check out a pier as well for some salt water action. Anyone ever do this? Any tips much appreciated! -skdds
  15. Thanks for the tips, saw a few utube vids and will give it a go.-skdds
  16. ok, thanks for all the great responses! If this is an easy fix myself I'll do it or perhaps I am better to send in to a local shop to clean it out and specify cold weather use for the correct grease. Not sure I want to take apart the whole reel. Next year I'll be more prepared. tx skdds
  17. Hi guys Seems that one of my reels is stiffening out on the ice, better at room temp at home. I was thinking there is moisture that is freezing up inside the reel but it should be dry as was indoors since last winter. Reel is an aluminum Pfllueger. Any suggestions? Thanks Skdds
  18. So which brands are the winners?
  19. Thanks for the heads up on the Aqua Vu, i'll see if I can find that review..
  20. Never heard of Eyoyo..I'll look through amazon as well...I'll post about the micro if I go that route
  21. Hi guys, I am thinking about getting an ice fishing camera this year-one of the aqua vu's or similar camera's to add to the ice fishing collection. I was at BPS recently, and I was thinking either the AV 715 c or one of the AV micros. Any feedback would be appreciated. The 715 seems kinda heavy and the micro maybe less durable? What are the better camera's these days? Probably will buy from BPS, have a gift card to contribute, Santa was good to me this year! Thanks, Skdds
  22. ..Well I'm glad I'm following this post I did not think of that perspective!
  23. Worked for me last year too..
  24. I fish the east end (near Big Chute ) a lot of times in the summer. Look for my reports. Good bass (LM and SM) and ok pike fishing (numbers) There is current, cover, rocks, weeds, drops offs etc. so adjust tackle accordingly. Senkos, topwaters, Spinnerbaits and drop shots have all been productive. Just try to avoid the summer weekends as LOTS of boat traffic headed out to the lock. I don't know of any guides for that lake. I'd be interested too for new spots. I've heard of guys hooking into walleye and muskie as well, but I've not had great success for those species.
  25. Thanks I'll give it a go, short trip out so gonna need to pack light- spinnerbait, a few senkos, and a few deep diving cranks per porkpie's advice. Hope I can get something!
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