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  1. That might seem crazy but the used car dealer had a Honda Civic on his lot the other day. It was a 2022 R version, used with a window sticker asking for $49,999. Nuff said, insanity now officially prevails
  2. A friend of mine imports boats from the USA. He still gets great deals on used boats he buys in the southern US but shipping them to Canada has gone from $700 to $2000. He always has to recondition the boats he sells and not only is that more expensive it's also unbelievably time consuming. Marine mechanics and all of the people that can actually do reconditioning are rare skilled tradesmen and if qualified to do the work properly, they are booked to the max. As has always been the case boats are a hole to pour money into. That said my neighbor's in laws just won two salmon derbies and gleaned aprox $9k worth of prizes. That would make going out worth it. Another interesting tidbit for salmon anglers. A guy i know has been having success jigging salmon at the Niagara Bar. I know mooching was at one time common in BC but I have never seen guys doing it with success here.
  3. I was at Grimsby Tackle the other day and the young man there said Port Weller over to the Niagara Bar. Look for bait on the specific day as they will be right under the bait.. A friend of mine has been jigging up Salmon over on the Canadian side of the Bar for the last month. That would be a fun way to get them as they will be getting bigger and stronger this time of year. Usually this time of year you would see the salmon moving stateside around now.
  4. I've got an 8 foot Airrus 457 Co Matrix (actually Sirrus before trademark infringement made them change the name) It's 8' 12-30lb and 1/2oz to 1 3/8oz lure rating. You would think it's a broomstick but it is my walleye trolling rod in my 'toon. I catch walleyes, smallmouth and even on occasion chinnies with it. It's so forgiving it's not funny. Ken Whiting gave it to me and I've been looking to find another for years. At one time I had 3 of them but i foolishly sold the casting versions because the reelseat was not up to salmon fishing. The reel would literally pop off the rod with a salmon on. The blank is truly amazing on Co Matricx 457's. Buy it if you ever see one for sale.
  5. Every time i watch Bob Izumi throw them he breaks them off so i guess he's using light line too. If I owned an expensive lure company i would have instructions to use 4lb line. The lure will get bit for sure AND there will be lots of lost lures. Create demand and fulfill sales quotas in one recommendation lol. The Mega Bass and Jackal guys do the same thing for even more expensive lures. Lots of their rods, including baitcasters are for unusually low line weights as well. Highly conditioned bass in Japan one assumes. My spybait is a very realistic lure but i wonder what the fish thinks the props on it represent,
  6. I bought a Duo Realis spybait at the swap meet. I've never tried one but I've seen TV anglers say they work when little else will. Going to give it a try this summer.
  7. I get them directly from Japan. Even there the Worming Crank Shots are hard to find. There is a guy who has some on Ebay. He lives in Toronto but he forces you to buy through EBay itself. He also has Eco Gears. Dave Chong, on here, has some Norries but not Worming Crank Shots. I saw them at his booth at the Hamilton Swap Meet last week. A couple of big cranks and some small jerk baits. He will be at the Toronto Swap meet I'm sure. I cannot vouch for those particular lures but i will say everything I've used from Norries has worked at least somewhat They are expensive but today everything is pricey. I live down the street from Bass Pro in St Catherines and there, a J13 is $18 and a Williams Whitefish is $19. Most lures are at least $10, most are more. At the swap meet spoons were going for a max of $5 and lots for a dollar or two. I bought lots of mint Japanese hardbaits for between $5 and max $7.50. Good ones that work for sure too. My buddy bagged a 9' St Croix Avid rod that was near new for $150. St Croix does not even make them anymore so it was a great deal. It was my buddies first time at the swap meet and he also won a brand new Shimano rod worth about $150. He's now a swap meet enthusiast.
  8. It's not just Salmon check the Steelhead this guy bags at 13 minutes into the video. BIGGG. It's interesting how those guys bottom bounce, they call it drifting, with slider weights and a bait cast rod in fast moving rivers. I've know about sliding weight setups but i'd never seen someone actually use them, in this case very successfully.
  9. Jackal Squad Minnow jerkbait Eco Gear SX48 Shad crank Storm Sub Wart, subsurface crank Norries Worming Crank Shot diving crankbait Mepps Black fury #3 with the baitkeeper hook and a black twister tail There's a ton of others too. Many have been mentioned above and special mention ANYTHING from Keitech
  10. This happened last December Facebook It was a natural fish. There was a video of her actually catching the fish but no shot of the real thing. She and her husband have both caught multiple giant salmon of this class so they know where the big ones are and how to catch them
  11. I stand corrected on Lymans. Those kits ARE cedar plugs. that's good news for fisherman and very bad news for guys that hoarded original Lymans and were asking $30 a piece for them. Now we have to find the convicts that used to paint them up to get tips on what colours work best.
  12. I believe "NEW" Lymans are plastic not wood. That would make them J-Plugs not Lymans IMO. I have a plastic salmon plug that is like a J Plug but is made by the same company that makes Moonshine spoons. It glows like crazy but I have never caught anything with it. In that type of circumstance I have more confidence in the Lyman than a Tomic, Moonshine, J=Plug etc. The interest in the Boon Castanas was in the colour scheme, size (3"-31/2") and the the $4 price tag. Something I learned this year from a buddy was that sometimes if the salmon are off on bigger lures like J-13s then a J13 with the back half removed is the ticket. It still dives and wiggles like a jointed J 13 but without the back half there's a smaller profile, so it's finesse. T o make one for yourself you have to destroy the back half of the J13 but if you find them floating down the river like I do you don't mind cutting the back end off of a few because they are the ticket sometimes.
  13. I believe "NEW" Lymans are plastic not wood. That would make them J-Plugs not Lymans IMO. I have a plastic salmon plug that is like a J Plug but is made by the same company that makes Moonshine spoons. It glows like crazy but I have never caught anything with it. In that type of circumstance I have more confidence in the Lyman than a Tomic, Moonshine, J=Plug etc. The interest in the Boon Castanas was in the colour scheme, size (3"-31/2") and the the $4 price tag. Something I learned this year from a buddy was that sometimes if the salmon are off on bigger lures like J-13s then a J13 with the back half removed is the ticket. It still dives and wiggles like a jointed J 13 but without the back half there's a smaller profile, so it's finesse. T o make one for yourself you have to destroy the back half of the J13 but if you find them floating down the river like I do you don't mind cutting the back end off of a few because they are the ticket sometimes.
  14. I use Lymans and Tomics casting with a straight retrieve and sometimes it's the only thing they will take. i use a clip to attach to the line, an "O" ring or straight tie does not work as well. A Rapala knot would also work well I'm sure. Lots of anglers out west use plugs like Lyman on trolling weights with success. They definitly wobble with a great deal of back and forth movement, it's what makes them work on sulky chinooks. That movement is what you look for in a good hot shoting lure like a Hot Shot, Kwikie, Hot-n-tot or Wiggle Wart.
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