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  1. Micro tubes work great. I also use Gulp maggots, waxies, fry....all the small 1-1.5" baits work well for me when ice fishing. I put them on a dropper spoon like a Nils Master Hali, but a jig would work too. The non-Alive versions are preferable though because there is none of that nasty liquid.
  2. There are a number of underwater videos comparing various brands of stick baits to the Senko. Most don't have the same subtle action, but the Bass Pro Stik-O is actually pretty close IMO. Also the Kinami brand is the same as GYCB and a bit cheaper, just fewer color and size choices. If you can even get them still, haven't looked in a long while.
  3. I believe I was there once a long time ago for a day in the fall. It was one of the lakes stocked with Rainbow Trout, so we went to check it out. We did not catch anything from my recollection. It was stocked in 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016 so you never know.
  4. Used to rent boats for the day from Muskie Bay on Rice Lake all the time. Nice boats too, not just 14' with 9.9hp. Price used to be really good. Haven't been there in quite a few years though. There are a lot of places on Rice that rent boats. Perfect lake for a day trip. Easy drive and good bass fishing. Plenty of panfish too. Southview Cottages was another place on Rice that I used to go. I have also done day trips to Pigeon Lake. Really, any of the Kawartha lakes would be perfect. Not sure about staying overnight at the cottages for 1 night though. That might be harder to find.
  5. A few to check out: Daiwa DXSB Swimbait Daiwa Tatutla Swimbait Daiwa Kage Swimbait Daiwa Steez Swimbait Okuma Guide Select Swimbait Okuma SBX Swimbait Temple Fork GTS Swimbait St.Croix Mojo Bass Swimbait Shimano Teramar West Coast Inshore Swimbait (TMCX80MHB) Chaos Tackle Assault Sticks Surgical Strike I think Tackle Industries might have some as well.
  6. A good real-estate agent from the area you are looking should know all of this and help you with any questions. Don't get someone who is a friend of a friend etc unless they know the area well. Also, I hope your job is very secure and that you can keep working from home. Really think about this before you move. You could get stuck in a bad situation. Hopefully your girlfriend feels the same way (or is that soon to be ex-girlfriend? lol)
  7. Just look at all the standard chain hotels on Dixon and Atwell. The Sheridan on Skyway Ave is nice, it used to be a Renaissance Hotel I also think it would be safe to use Hotwire as well since most of the hotels are probably very similar.
  8. I had always had an impossible time booking anywhere for < 1 week during the summer. You basically have to make a ton of calls and see if anyone is willing to do it. Some of the larger camps might be more flexible, for example, Beachwood Resort on Rice Lake. The thing is, I recall working out the numbers for a week vs. Fri to Sun and the difference in price was not as large as you would think. So, if you find somewhere reasonably priced for the week, rent for the whole week and come/leave when you want. I've done that before too. One possibility is to rent a hotel. That's what we have done many times in the past. Not as convenient, but it gives you the opportunity to fish different lakes too. Otherwise, May/June and September might have more options. Bass is open all year in FMZ-7 and FMZ-8 as far as I recall.
  9. Two of their lakes give you access to Kesagami if that interests you. I thought you fished Partridge before Mr. Bunk?
  10. All braid is pretty much the same (not to be confused with the fused superlines, like Fireline), with one exception, the number of strands used. The reason this is an important distinguishing feature is that the more strands the rounder the line. This equates to the line being more supple. It also creates less noise and resistance. Probably increases casting distance as well. However, for me, this also brings the issue of rod wrap. If you are doing anything that requires you to impart action on the bait with your rod, I find the braids with larger numbers of strands have a greater chance of rod-tip wrap, which can be really annoying. That being said, I still use the aforementioned Daiwa J-Braid and Yo-Zuri as they are usually the best price and are great lines. They are also very round, so for jigging and jerkbaits, I prefer standard Power-pro. As for "expensive" baitcaster, that has nothing to do with braid. It is simply the inexpensive baitcasters just don't hold up over time when you are doing anything that puts a lot of resistance at the end of the line. Bass fishing tends to do that, fishing big plastics or ripping through thick weeds. Braid has no stretch either. Having a long rod can help re-direct some of that force though, but ultimately I think without good gears and drag system, the reel will fail sooner than it should. Of course, you always have to be reasonable. Get what you can afford and always consider the used market. A decent baitcaster can last a lifetime if taken care of, so buying used isn't a bad idea. Check out some of the reviews by Tackle Advisors on Youtube. He does some pretty involved testing of reels, including entry-level baitcasters. Good luck!
  11. I have a couple of suggestions. 1) Go in May or June. Big fish are shallow. September might work if you like trolling, but be prepared to work for them. 2) Forget American Plan. Added cost and it just bogs you down with schedules and mediocre food. You can BBQ everything and eat off of paper plates. Most of us don't want to cook or do dishes. I remember eating hotdogs for lunch and dinner 7 days straight (not recommended). 3) Go west of Nipigon (or to Lake Nipigon!) for improved chances at big fish. There are certainly some good choices in the east, but none are cheap. Although, Kag Lodge out of Nakina might be worth a look (rates are Canadian $ and I think they include tax, at least they used too, not sure now), maybe Brace Lake (rates also in Canadian $). 4) Pick a lake that is a good size, with a deep basin but with plenty of shallower bays and inflowing water. The bigger the better in my opinion. At least 10,000 acres. You want the lake to have pelagic fish for the pike to feed on - think ciscoes, herring, whitefish, smelt. That makes for some trophy fishing. Couple places worth a look in my opinion: https://oldpost.com/ https://www.thunderhook.com/ontario-fly-in-fishing/smoothrock-camp/ https://wildernessnorth.com/accommodations/strikers-point-lodge/ http://www.nighthawkcharters.ca/index.htm (Charter on Nipigon) https://www.northsuperiorcharters.ca/
  12. Might be a Black Friday thing. A search came up with this: http://photobucket.com/forever/?utm_source=login_redirect&amp;utm_medium=web&amp;postlogin=true It is basically a discounted Expert plan. No clue if it will work.
  13. There are a number of spinning reels with gear rations < 5.0 that should work. I put together this list for pike fishing, but some of it is just as relevant for musky. https://www.canadafishingguide.net/targeting-trophy-pike-on-a-fly-in-trip-dedicated-rod-reel-setups/ You can download a full list of reels at the bottom of the article.
  14. I almost ordered a bunch of those Super Shadow Raps, but had to restrain myself. They look really nice. The X-Rap Peto looks sweet too.
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