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  1. I was hoping I could get some advice for my upcoming fishing trip in August. I am going to Lake Dalrymple(30mins from Orillia,Ontario) in August, and have a boat rented for the entire time. I really want to do some good fishing like I used to when my dad took me as a kid. I'm hoping to catch bass, pike and whatever else I can. I never had access to a boat to be able to fish this way, and really not sure the best way to set up my rod for the trip. So far I've been thinking to reline my pole with 8lb braided line. Someones also recommended I use a fluorocarbon leader as well. But I'm not sure what #leader I should get in this case. For bait I'm hoping they sell live bait where I am going. But I have purchased a few mepps spinners, 2 frogs; and trying to think of what else I should bring along. I'm really hoping for some suggestions if anyone has some advice? What's the best line I should use? What kind of spinners, lures etc would be best for getting pike and bass with access to a boat? If anyone can help I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you
  2. Last week, I took a rare July/August trip to our home lake south of Parry Sound. As quality bait fish is imperative to catching 10+ pike & 5+ walleye, I was determined to find a bait shop enroute (from Mississauga) without having to extend my drive to PS. After some detective googling, I came across 'True Canadian Outdoors'. To be honest, their website is somewhat confusing and still references the old hwy 400 location so I went 'old school' and picked up the phone to confirm location and hours. TCO is located @ 3175 Rutherford Road, unit H46 in Vaughan. Directly NW of Bass Pro in one of the perimeter strip malls. Best direction I could give is to enter off of Rutherford Road @ the Husky Gas Station. Go south to the first entrance/left turn into the strip mall directly south of Husky. You'll find TCO tucked into a corner unit. It's worth the adventure of finding LOL. After meeting and chatting with owner Nick, I ordered 2 dozen large minnows. While Nick was prepping the minnows (including an ice pack in the box for the 2+ hour drive), I perused his shop. I got to tell ya, his prices on rods, reels & terminal tackle were really impressive. I'm sending my SIL there in early September to buy a combo for my B'DAY. BTW, we lost 4 minnows over 3 1/2 days and the survivors were feisty and caught us some decent fishies. If you're in the BPS neighborhood or looking to pick up some bait 2 minutes off the highway, it's definitely worth your while to find Nick @ True Canadian Outdoors. As mentioned, he could update & invest a little in his website but now that I know where to find him, I'll be visiting there often over September & October & probably be doing a little Christmas shopping as well. Cheers, Slayer
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