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  1. Hello everyone, Headed up to the Key River, water access cabin for a week. Firewood isn’t supplied and don’t feel like cutting brush, fallen dried logs half a day when I can be on the water lol. Anyone know a spot where I can purchase bags or loose firewood between PAB and the Key that’s reasonably priced? Marina there is charging $12 a bag. Appreciate your replies.
  2. Sharing a pic from this weekend of a silver laker caught in Kingscote Lake in Algonquin. Kinda cool looking and only found in this lake. First laker trolling from a canoe for me which made it extra special. 2 oz weight, small gang troll, chartreuse mepps.
  3. Attention all Lake Ontario Bass anglers: MNR is looking for feedback with respect to bass regulations in FMZ 20 (Lake Ontario): https://files.ontario.ca/mnrf-fmz-20-2020-proposed-bass-reg-change-en-2020-02-28-v2.pdf I am for the proposed rule change of splitting the open season between Largies (3rd Sat June-Dec 31) and Smallies (1st Sat Jul-Dec 31); adding a pre-spawn season (Jan 1-May 10) with limited possession limits. Take a read, tell 'em how you feel.
  4. Amusing that these 1st ski stories are all incidentals lol, as is ski fishing happens when you least expect it! My first was also an incidental catch, OOS but a cool story. I was a young lad and it was a couple weeks after eye opener on the Moon River. We were two, packed in a coleman canoe, all our walleye gear, deep cycle battery attached to a small minnkota which I was operating off the back. I had just dropped a few dineros the day before at BPS on a brand new spinning combo (Shimano Sedona with the drag on the back paired with a BPS 7 foot medium heavy stick) that I was itching to baptize with a eye or pike. After unsuccesfully jigging some spots I tied on a leader and attached a brand new walleydiver in perch and we began to troll using the trolling motor. Hugging some 25 feet from shoreline and exiting a narrow, a large vessel with some guys trolling big plugs (probably for "pike") comes straight at our tiny canoe making me alter course toward shore. After correcting the canoe and avoiding the wake of the oncoming boat, I think I'm hung up on bottom. Then I felt a massive headshake and was like nope this is a fish lol. I had my drag set light for eyes so I tighten up and the fish moves us into the middle of the bay. When I get it about 10 foot from surface we saw the giant striped flash of the musky and realized our dinky walleye net would not suffice. So I'm battling this giant ski and using the motor to get us to shore. I pop out and shore land what was about a 47 inch, moon river thick behemouth. My legs were shaking while I stood knee deep in the water holding the big girl by the tail until she kicked and swam off. Still got the lure, tooth marked and trebles almost straighted right out that is now retired.
  5. Didn't fish but seen guys hand lining right off the causeway between Varadero and our hotel this past November. Once the sun set and folks were leaving the beach guys were using inner tubes with a wooden board for bench just off the beaches maybe 100 yards out, also hand-lining. Here's a decent write up from Trip advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g147275-r155025592-Varadero_Matanzas_Province_Cuba.html
  6. Welcome aboard. Another Gulf fisherman here, down on the FLA side when I visit the folks for some weeks in the winter. Good group here, enjoy.
  7. I've been fortunate enough to go down South to Florida for a week every winter and fish with my Dad. Gulf/Ocean fishing is a different game than the lake fishing here in ON, whereas tides play a more important factor in the bite. That said, and as you've experienced, that cold front affects the bite no matter what body of water. I'm not sure how much this will help you Cliff, as it appears you're pier fishing, but I've found that on those cold front days down South it's best to find a spot with decent current, significantly more so than the immediate surrounding water. Time your fish for exactly when the tide is at it's highest and the half hour-hour after when the tide is going out in that spot where the current is you'll find all sorts of fish clinging to bottom waiting for tasty meal to float by. I'm telling you it's like Swiss clockwork that you can time it down to the minute when the bite turns on! Anecdote: This past visit down to Florida we were on the hunt for those delicious near-shore species for our Christmas eve dinner; Redfish, (sea) Speckled Trout, Flounder and Sheephead. Normally, we wait for the hour or two when the hightide is moving in and hit the rivers that wind through the seagrass areas near-shore and target these fish with a live shrimp under a trout call (sort of a cross between a float and popper) and do well slowly navigating the river. These rivers have, in places, tiny creeks running into them, which with steady high temps don't factor that much into the bite. Low and behold on the day of Christmas Eve a cold front moves in and we couldn't buy a bite all along the river before the crest of the high tide. So we settle down on a spot where a tiny creek flows into the river and wait until the hightide and I rig up some bottom rigs (bullet weight, swivel, leader and bait hook). To the minute the hightide was at it's crest the bite magically turned on and we went through all our bait in a span of half and hour catching a few Reds, Trout and Sheephead all in the one spot no larger that 40m squared; if you moved off the spot you moved off the fish. Just from my experience fishing down there, but perhaps you can find a spot similar to how I describe and hit those on those cold front days. Maybe one side of the pier has stronger current than the other? I would suggest setting up on that side. Time it just right and you may be pleasantly surprised. Reef
  8. The Lower French. That's a disappointing result Jimmer. Personally love the French, and I'll scoot down to the Pickerel river: Ski in my avatar is from there. That stretch can be a tough fish and then sometimes someone flips the switch and it's on fire.
  9. Our situation on Canal is similar since the pike moved in. Walleye fishing dried up to pretty much non-existent (I think loss of spawning habitat and the inconsistent rise and fall of the water levels in the fall/spring is the likely culprit here). Musky were in there but were getting few and far in between - did produce some decent tigers. Still an awesome bass fishery - that has always been constant. They did some spraying years ago, but it got too costly for the cottage association and was a losing battle. Now the lake is choked by weeds early in the season. My feeling is the fish are there, just harder to get at with the plentiful growth to hide in.
  10. Awesome! Clean looking fish. Congrats on the PB
  11. Just this past labour day I was cleaning a few fish on the dock, dipped my hands and knife in the water to get some slime off and up swims a 20 pound snapper right under my hands. Had to check my appendages after that...
  12. It looks like what they call a pikeminnow. For us not a minnow or a pike but hey it's BC
  13. Nice clean restore. Beauty's all of them. My uncle has a 69 road runner sitting in his garage that was also his first car. Supposed to be his retirement project and now that he's retired he says he can't find the time the honey-do list gets longer and longer lol. Great job!
  14. My snowbird folks have a similar set-up, dock on an intercostal canal around Tampa. That lady fish is a good catch! Catfish are plentiful in the canals they'll pretty much eat anything. You can also get into some jacks which have great pull for their size. I target jacks with either a plain white zara spook or a plain silver spoon with a single siwash hook. I find the fishing there is most dependent on the tides, with high tide being the best and an hour on each side. If you find some areas where there is a good current during the high tide you can get into a mess of red fish and sea trout using shrimp under a popping cork bobber. I've also caught flounder using a simple bottom rig: small hook, 3-4 foot of leader, swivel and egg sinker. I usually go around Christmas so the grouper are out of season and moved out farther into the gulf. If you can get in a boat pretty much most structure you'll find holds grouper, sea bass and porgies. We'll set up up wind from the structure, anchor down, chum bag off the back and just cast shrimp or ballyhoo into the chum stream. We get a mixed bag of cobia, mangrove snapper, spanish mackerals, remoras, puffer fish and shark.
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