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  1. I'll never forget fishing for Splake on Georgian Bay. Most times we were catching them every cast at a depth of 40ft. Almost every one was so full of smelt and not just one but several smelt were hanging out of their mouth as they didn't have room for them and still took our lures. Didn't matter what we threw at them. It's a shame they couldn't reproduce. One of the nicest eating fish I have ever had. Happy Days.
  2. Howdy Garry, very nice to get your message. I still have my 330 Quick. I used it almost every day for years and the only thing I had to do was replace the bail spring and right from around the same time I bought a 110 ultra light, it is an awesome little reel. Quick went out of business but years later they were reintroduced but I can't remember where they were manufactured. At that time the 330 became 330I and so on. They were also a good reel but not as good as the original. Tight lines. - Barry.
  3. Very nice work Misfish, they look as though they may crawl away any second.
  4. When I went to public school, many moons ago, (Oxenden), one room school, one teacher, grade one up to and including grade eight we couldn't wait for the leeks as we would eat a couple on the way to school as the teacher couldn't stand them and would send us home. Lol. I need a fresh feed of morels is what I am craving and stock up the freezer. To me they're better than steak.
  5. Heck of an idea Misfish, I've used coffee grinders for a lot of things but I never would have thought of that.
  6. I like it so much I had to come back on the computer and look at it again. I'm the same way when it comes to cork handles. Looks like something I'd own, lol.
  7. It looks beautiful Misfish, I love everything about it, especially the cork handle. He obviously knows what he's doing when it comes to building custom rods. Very nice reel by the way. It looks as though they were indeed made for each other.
  8. Speaking of 10lbs. I'm kicking myself in the butt for not taking up my Dad's hunting and fishing buddy's offer. He had his hunting and fishing camp, he called it, but it looked more like a lodge on Manitoulin Island. He told me, and this was just steps from the door in his harbor, for every walleye I caught over 10lbs. he would give me 25 cents, for everyone I caught under 10lbs. he would give me ten dollars. Sure wish I'd went. My Dad was actually born (in 1919) and raised in Little Current. He said back then you could walk down main street with a 30lb. northern or 6lb smallmouth and no one would pay any attention to it as most everyone caught them that size.
  9. Hey Kickingfrog, I want to see at least a 7.2 walleye to equal that photo of your bass. Haha. Tight lines to all.
  10. I can relate, I'm chomping at the bit myself. I'm going to concentrate on lake trout as they move to shallower water once the ice is off and with that extra boost of oxygen they put the feed bag on big time.
  11. Thanks for that Snidley; my biggest steelhead was 18.5 lbs. 1969.
  12. You're right about that. A lot people don't realize is that the little debit machine that you enter your card on, the business where you are making your purchase pays a rental fee to the bank for these and sometimes depending on their contract they are charged for each transaction. So in other words some vendors are unlikely to have one.
  13. Howdy Kickingfrog; First and foremost congratulations to your son and team. As far as the vendors. It's kinda hard to say. Personally, I wouldn't take a chance on it.
  14. In the past I have found very detailed topographical maps showing depths of course of lakes and rivers at local libraries.
  15. This has been bugging me for years and years. Back in I believe it was 1983 or 84 Bob Izumi and I were fishing off the mouth of Colpoy creek and he told me there was a hatchery that took some chinook salmon eggs and raised the water temperature to a certain degree for a certain length of time thus rendering the fish infertile, so in other words all they did was eat and grow They were released into lake Huron. I'm wondering if any of you anglers ever caught one of these big guys or know of anyone who has? and if so how big? I never pursued them as where would you start on such a large body of water. If one was caught I'm sure it would have been purely a lucky accident if that makes sense. They would have grown to mammoth size. Years ago I saw one caught just under 90lbs at the mouth of the Kenai river in Alaska. Thank You.
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