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  1. I stopped at the TI Bait Shop a couple weeks ago to fuel up a boat. There were glitterboats all over the parking lot. I asked the kid at the register if there was a tournament this weekend. He rolled his eyes and said "there's a tournament every weekend." I was then out on the water in the area near Singer Castle on the American side about 100 yards off shore. This damn puddlejumper came past me in between me and the shore going probably 50+ MPH. I was under power and making a turn toward the shore and it was only just dumb luck that I didn't choose to accelerate because this moron came at me from my blind side. Had I increased my speed at all, he would have T-Boned me for sure. I'm sorry but I have no love for these people. I don't own a marina or a tackle shop, I don't own a motel, but I've lived here all my life and I have NEVER seen such inconsiderate, in to themselves people on this river as these so called "real fishermen." I thank God that for the most part, they're gone for the rest of the season. I have many friends who own bass boats but they also possess an ethical compass, born of experience up here that we once took for granted. Not any more. I mean really, this son of a **** barely missed me and there was NO room at that speed for him to make any kind of course correction. And I know I'm not the only one this keeps happening to week after week.
  2. Heading up there next week again. Hearing similar reports from some friends. Sounds like you had some better luck steering clear of weeds than I had the previous week. I'll be running deep diving sticks and if needed, bottom bouncers. With them turning on now, might have to spend an extra day or two at the cottage, PM me if you're up that way.
  3. We're seeing surface temps in The River of over 76 degrees. It was 77 the other day out in front of Singer Castle. Sounds like a lot of that hot water from the lake is washing downstream and staying up top. It's also incredibly weedy on the surface. Really hard to troll. Is it weedy down there as well? Grady
  4. I just looked at a YouTube video about the most recent "Real Fishermen" bass tournament held up in Waddington. I was immediately struck by listening to participant after participant rambling on about having to run the 90 miles down from Waddington to Lake Ontario every day. They had to stop at least twice to refuel their boats, burn all that fuel, then go bombing down The River like a bunch of adolescent teenagers so they could catch a few large bass, throw them in their livewells, stress them to the point of nearly killing them and then have to run all the way back the other way to load their damn boats back up in Waddington! Can anyone explain to me the absolute absurdity of this concept? Are there no launches near Henderson, or Chamount? If these guys feel they need to fish in the lake, why are they launching their puddlejumpers all the way the hell up in Waddington? Sounds like with very few exceptions, the vast majority of these guys did exactly that. I'm not making this up! It's right there on YouTube today if you don't believe it. No matter what aspect of this I try to rationalize, all I come away with when looking at this is disgust. Disgust for the needless waste, disgust for other people out on the water trying to enjoy their time, being mowed down by these clowns going by at over 60 MPH, burning all that fuel for what? And then, go to anyplace like Waddington on the day of and the day after these so called "professionals" leave and you'll see what we all see, parking lots, shorelines, even shrubs and bushes full of dead bass and trash. To me, these are a bunch of selfish little boys with big expensive toys to play with who couldn't care less for those of us who call these places our homes. Not a fan of the "Glitterboys." I hear they're back down in Clayton again this year September 9-11. Looks like after that, they won't be back until mid-July of next year. This thread was originally started to discuss courtesy and mutual respect while utilizing The St Lawrence River. I find these concepts severely lacking in any of these "real fishermen." My answer to you is to tell your son to watch the way these people treat others out on the water, have him watch their callous disregard for anyone or anything but themselves, and then model his behavior to be the exact opposite. For every one of them, there are hundreds of people like me, out there, trying to do what we have done for generations, while at the same time, being courteous and respectful toward one another. Make sure he takes in some of the manners of the people who live here and to pass those values on to his friends and ultimately your grandchildren. That's how I learned it. That's how we all learned it, by example. You ask a good question. It deserves an answer.
  5. When I was a teenager, I bought a rod/reel combo at Sears, line included for probably $30 back then. Our family friend. living legend on The River, Jimmy Evans told me to go drift in The Brockville Narrows and countdown a big Abu Reflex spinner to catch some nice pike. Got in the family 14' rowboat with our old 5 horse Johnson (yep, the green Sea-Horse!) and putted out there at around 6:00 AM by myself. She hit me right away, must have been down there, hungry. I held on for dear life, current sweeping me right past Brockville, past The Three Sisters with something on the other end of that line. After an eternity, I finally saw her. To me, she looked almost as big as my little boat. She saw me too and at that moment decided it was time to dive. She flipped her tail and took off for the bottom so fast, my little Sears rod snapped right in half just above the reel seat. I watched helplessly as the rod section slid down the line into the water. Wasn't long after that the line went ping and it was all over. Kevin, it's not important whether you landed that girl. You would have let her go anyway. What we have are memories so vivid, we will relive them forever. I will always remember that green back, the swirl on the surface when she came up to give me the finger before she let me know who's river this really was. Great story, I believe every word. Cherish the memory friend. Tight Lines, Grady
  6. Just came back. Fished all that area from American Shoals to Chippewa Bay for walleye. The River has been glass calm for way too long and there are WAY too many recreational boaters churning up weeds. Trolling was nearly impossible. We did manage a few fish on sticks but I wouldn't say it was worth the drive, the gas, and the hassle of cleaning lines off. Water surface temps were at or above 75 from Singer Castle to Jacques Cartier and there are just weeds everywhere you try to fish. If you are going to do it, I might suggest running bottom bouncers and worm rigs along the side walls of the shipping channel or in the trenches. Pulling sticks is just frustrating as hell, they clog up right away. BTW: if you are not familiar with trolling The River for walleyes, I might suggest considering taking one trip out with a seasoned walleye guide so you can kind of learn the ropes out there. There's a pretty steep learning curve to successful walleye fishing on "my river!" but if you know where, how, when and what to use, there's some world class fishing up there. Best of luck to you. Send me a note if you need any more info. One more thing......see if you have any purple or dark red stickbaits! Good colors right now. Grady
  7. Just came back down from Blind Bay. Went up about a week ago and noticed how busy the Salmon River was in Pulaski. I could see it just driving up 81. Coming back, it was even more vigorous. Sandy Creek even had a good water flow which you rarely see in the dog days of summer. So it's no surprise that with these water levels, the fish are on the move. Going to be a busy fall this year! Saddle up boys, here they come........
  8. Want an eye-opener? Go to the marina where these superstars have to do their weigh ins about a day or two after they all pull out of town. All around the docks you're going to see a whole bunch of dead bass that these "pro" fishermen just threw out on the parking lot and the shoreline. Unfortunately, they are coming back to Waddington in August so you can expect to find at least two glitterboy boats in every spot you know pounding the water, dragging breeders out and running back to Waddington at 60+ MPH. They don't even have the courtesy to give these fish away. "Oh the seagulls will eat them!" NO THEY DON'T! They just sit there and rot. It's disgusting to see and it happens every time they're here.
  9. Good on you buddy! BTW: if you do go up to The River, be aware of the water levels. River is down almost 2 feet already and from what I hear, they're going to draw it down some more very soon. Duck Cove has about maybe 2 feet of water, Goose Bay about the same, Blind Bay, most residents have their boats on trailers, almost nothing is docked and there's probably 1.5 feet of water. I was able to get the big boat into Goose Bay, but had to use the 17' Whaler with the motor tilted way up to get to friends/families cottages. So just be real careful. Whoever has businesses doing lower unit and prop reconditioning is probably doing VERY well this year financially.
  10. Boy, I'd be REAL careful if I were you. Just came back from a week on The St Lawrence, where I grew up. I have witnessed the deterioration of the relationship over the past several years, having nothing to do with the pandemic. "The Incident" that really started this happened a few years ago in the Gananoque Narrows by Wellesley Island. Canadian Border Patrol descended on a walleye fishermen in the narrows, confiscated his boat and all his gear, extorted a big ransom payment and created an international incident. This happened right in front of my friend's cottage while they were on their deck watching and listening to the whole thing. Since then, Ontario Border Patrol has been making fishing boats feel very unwelcome to say the least. I called Ontario a few weeks ago to renew my Sportsman's Card and get a new yearly provincial non-resident license as I have done for ages. I was told I shouldn't bother right now because even if we did start the process, I would not even be able to get the license because you must cross the border now to get it. (No more runs being done by TI Bait Shop) While I was up last week, all the people I spoke with from residents to marina owners to people at the bait shop ALL said the same thing: Don't risk going into Ontario waters, period. They are looking, they do want to make an issue of each and every one of us violating the rules. I fish from Clayton up to about Blind Bay just past Singer Castle and have for over 60 years. Some of my favorite spots are in Ontario waters. Used to be, their guys would pull up beside my boat, I would show them my paperwork, they would ask what was in the livewell, and most times, I would wind up getting good updated info from them about where they were seeing other boats they checked have good luck. It was always cordial, even pleasant to speak with the guys. Not any more. As long as the political climate remains hostile (for no good reason I can find), they are going to continue to arrest, confiscate, detain and make examples of US sportfisherman. We're low hanging fruit. They can score big PR points with very little investment beating up on us like this. We as fishermen have done nothing to deserve this but we're being used as pawns now. I hate politics. Wish people would just keep their opinions to themselves and stop labeling others as enemy combatants. We have coexisted with our Canadian neighbors up there for generations. Our "leaders" (leader) sure did a hell of a job destroying that. Anyway, my advice? Don't push your luck right now. You don't have the paperwork, you can't get it, and they absolutely will come after you.
  11. Perfect! Just wanted to be helpful. I've seen people come to the launch and get in a bit of a jam. You'll have no problem with your Starcraft. Just take a look at the wave heights beyond the creek mouth before you go out too far. That's kind of a rough water area once you leave the creek. Tight Lines!
  12. You do know about the launch being a Town of Ontario thing though I assume? You'll have no issue with your Starcraft, but you will with the Town if you don't have the correct permits. Here is a link describing what you'll need to keep everyone happy. BTW: we launch big Grady Whites out of there. It's a nice launch. https://ecode360.com/10665032
  13. Went to Honeoye the other day and launched at the south east park. Kind of thought there might be a few people there? I arrived at 9:15 AM, the lower lot was already completely full. I had to park the truck/trailer up in the overflow lot which already had probably half dozen trucks in it. The south west corner across from the launch looked like a parking lot! There must have been 15 or 20 boats all stacked up like cordwood out there. Only reason I mention it is to point out that the interest is still there and guys were out. I have to suspect this was true at almost any other popular fishing hole in the state. This is going to be tough. My two vices, fishing and golf both got scrubbed on the same day. My buddies and I are talking among ourselves, making sure we have bail money available if one of us winds up going cabin-crazy!! Just kidding, but this is going to be tough, no work and no diversions. Time to go out to the workshop and make a bunch of useless things out of wood.
  14. Agreed. So again, monitor 16 while on the water and if you hear someone in distress and you are somewhere in the vicinity, pull your lines and go try to lend assistance. Every second counts. We're a brotherhood out there guys. Always remember, "There but for the grace of God goes you." I hope if I am ever in trouble, someone like jimsji2 is the first person to hear my distress call. Grady
  15. Yes to the suggestion to join Boat US. They also have the best boat insurance policy I've seen. It includes a provision for striking an underwater object. I hit the American Shoal two years ago up on The River with one of the boats, a 2015 Grady White 225 with a 250 Yamaha 4 stroke. Did over $8,000 damage to the motor and boat. Boat US paid everything but the $750 or so deductible. Underwater hazard inclusion on a policy is a lifesaver. And, they do also have towing and roadside assistance. Well worth the premiums. No doubt you're going to run into an occasional USCG radio operator with a bit of attitude, but they're human like the rest of us! I know way too many who don't so take it with a grain of salt.
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