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  1. John wrote for the Toronto Sun, every Thursday if I remember correctly, for many, many years. Before him it was written by Pete Sticklee (briefly) and Tiny Bennett, author of The Art of Angling. It was John Power (another wonderful guy) who wrote the outdoor column for the Star. I often regret the fact that we no longer have outdoor columns in the papers, even the online versions. Now that it's out of the mainstream media, it's becoming more and more of a fringe pastime ... something that's painfully obvious with every MNR budget cut.
  2. Deeply saddened to learn that former Ontario Out of Doors magazine editor John Kerr has passed away at 73 from complications related to cancer. John was not only a terrific angler and a true pioneer of many techniques that trout and salmon anglers in Ontario take for granted today, he fought countless battles with MNR on behalf of anglers and campaigned relentlessly toward getting MNR to establish the extended fall seasons and year-round seasons we all enjoy today. Beyond that, John was a true gentleman, a pillar of integrity, and one hell of a mentor to guys like me who wanted nothing more than to make a living writing about fishing. No funeral service details have been released. For more info, see https://oodmag.com/news/ood-editor-john-kerr-passes/
  3. Wow, if only they sold beer like that.
  4. https://nationalpost.com/news/world/hook-line-and-sinker-australian-burglar-uses-fishing-rod-to-lift-versace-necklace-from-mannequin
  5. Nice, 250 hp x 8 = 2,000 hp. But sometimes 6 engines beats 8 engines. 6 x 450 = 2,700 ponies. Still wouldn't want to have to gas up either one.
  6. Sad news today - Ranger Boats founder Forrest Wood passed away Saturday at the age of 87. https://www.ky3.com/content/news/Ranger-Boats-founder-Forrest-Wood-dies-at-87-567295871.html
  7. Is it even possible to troll with something like this????
  8. Why don't you talk to a couple of boat dealers who sell pontoon boats and ask about ordering a console? You'll have to wait for it to be shipped from the factory (most likely mixed in among a shipment of boats) but that would be the easiest way of getting something that's rotomolded. No idea on cost, but obviously the more intricate the console, the bigger the price tag. January - March is boat show season, so that might be the best way to speak to a bunch of different dealers in a short time. Or just build one from marine plywood. Cost-wise, that's going to be the cheapest way to go by far.
  9. Don't bet on it. That 150 km range means perhaps a half hour of flying time in the E-Beaver before you run out of juice. Then it sits on a charger for how long? Float planes don't earn their keep when they're tied up to the dock. By comparison, a standard gas Beaver has a range of around 700 km and can be refuelled in a couple of minutes. Headhunter is right, it's a start, but it's going to be a long time before this becomes truly practical or economically viable.
  10. Mike is the authority. https://www.canadafishingguide.net/
  11. Back in the 1960s when alewife were taking over the Great Lakes there was a lot of debate in the US about whether to introduce striped bass or coho salmon as a way of dealing with them. Back then stripers were being introduced to freshwater systems all over the southern US, and creating amazing fisheries. But as they started planting them in systems farther north, they began running into problems with winter kills, especially in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee. The thought was that the water was too cold in winter, and that belief was a big factor in the decision to stock salmon into the Great Lakes. Having said that, today New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI all have huge striped bass populations and all of those paces are cold in the winter. I don't know if it being salt water habitat versus fresh water makes a difference, perhaps it does. In New Brunswick the stripers are said to be major predators of Atlantic salmon smolts. That being the case, I doubt MNR or the OFAH would be very happy to see them show up in Lake Ontario.Personally, I'd be happier with more rainbows.
  12. Reef Runner is correct, the two non-bass are pikeminnows. They're pretty common in parts of the west ... run 2 to 3 pounds on average, I think the provincial record is over 10 pounds though so they can get big. They occupy the same kinds of places that smallmouth do and seem to like jigs and spinners. Fight okay, no jumps but they're fairly strong, sort of like a small lake trout. Never eaten one but I'm told they're not that good.
  13. Didn't ruffle any feathers here, since I couldn't care less where you fish or how much you spend on the latest miracle baits. But I do find it amusing that so many younger anglers, and bass anglers in particular, get totally sucked in to this whole "newer has to be better" marketing hype. If you want to blow $50 on a crankbait, hey man, fill your boots. The tackle companies will love you for it.
  14. Featureless? Seriously? It's pretty clear you haven't spent any real time fishing Erie, or you wouldn't say such a thing. There's a ton of structure and cover if you know what to look for. The lake is an amazing place to fish, especially if you like big bass. Not sure if they still run it or not but there used to be an opening weekend smallmouth tournament that ran out of Buffalo ... it was a two-fish limit and if you didn't have 12 - 13 pounds, you wouldn't even crack the top 10. The problem ... if you want to call it that ... was culling four and five pound smallies one after another, all day long, while trying to get a bigger limit. I can't think of too many other lakes in Ontario where you have that kind of trouble. Walleye fishing on Erie is legendary. It coughs up some of the biggest muskies caught in Ontario every year. Summer trolling for steelhead is mind-boggling, and the east end of Erie has some of the biggest lake trout this side of Nunavut. It has jumbo perch, big pike, some major slab crappies ... man alive, what more do you want? And yeah, Sinker is absolutely right - you see huge numbers of high-end bass boats out there that bristle with rod holders. Some of the US boats like like porcupines. If you've never seen rod holders on a bass boat, then you need to try fishing somewhere other than the Kawarthas.
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