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  1. As a group of fishermen, we camped there a few years ago. We had three sights all next to each other and spent a week from hell there. I hope they fired this clown that was working there because we were harassed endlessly by this cop wannabe. On our first day, this guy rolled up, got out of his truck and said "Oh, there's definitely something wrong here." We were doing nothing but finalizing our setups. He took out a notepad and walked around writing down everyone's license plate numbers, for what, I have no idea. We were not being loud or rude to anyone. For the week, he continuously hovered around us, making us move vehicles that were parked just like everyone else's as well as numerous other unnecessary and very invasive things. As a group, we have done this trip for over 20 years. We have always gone up to The River and stayed at Wellesley Island but the guys wanted to try someplace different for trout and salmon. No one has ever complained about us, hassled us or badgered us like this guy did. In fact, several of the employees of the park up there enjoy joining us for dinner! We are a pretty tame bunch and absolutely did not deserve to be treated like this. I don't know what kind of little "community" this campground has evolved into, but it's clear that they consider this place a private enclave, outsiders definitely not welcome. I have camped for all of my 65 years. I'm no rookie! I'll never set foot in this place again.
  2. Sage advice to be sure. You can add my favorite one: "Never munch on a hunch!" Mushrooms have been around a lot longer than grocery stores. Are they safe? Yes. Are they dangerous? Yes. Should we be crippled by a fear of them? Absolutely not. Knowledge is power. And mushrooms aren't the only thing. There's lots of food out there if you know what to look for.
  3. My point exactly. We would never have known what a futile effort this was unless it was at least attempted. OK, so, they tried this and it failed completely. Meanwhile, as you point out, these birds are carrying fish off in unsustainable numbers and absolutely deforesting the island trees on The River. Cormorants have the ability to dive a full 30 feet down (1 atmosphere for you divers) and decimate fish populations. When's the last time you found perch on The River like we always have in the past? These birds are more than just destructive. They are an unchecked menace to the ecosystem. They have no known predators, yet they feed with complete abandon. I grew up on this river. We have survived poachers, gill netters, viral hemorrhagic disease, mirex, PCBs, zebra mussels, "pro"bass fishermen and now gobies, but there is no check or balance for cormorants. And as I mentioned before, they are advancing into new territories. I have seen them at the golf course I play at, as well as at ponds around where I live. This is a serious problem and it needs a serious solution before the balance becomes so far off that no solution will be even possible.
  4. Oiling the eggs! Oh yea, that sure had a big impact didn't it? Makes about as much sense as installing screen doors in a submarine. Can't even imagine how they thought this was going to accomplish anything. This situation has gone way past the touchy feely stage. I'm almost glad they tried this though so it became apparent what a ridiculous idea it was.
  5. They're also starting to show up in retention ponds on local golf courses. If they ask us to organize shoots or put a season on them, I'm all in. For those of you who don't frequent the St Lawrence, you would not believe the destruction these damn things have caused.
  6. When we were kids up on The River, the undisputed God of Musky fishing was Len Hartman. He caught all the big fish, he won all the tournaments and he was a celebrity, especially around Ogdensburg. Every week, we were able to see his fish in a big cooler at Cubby's Marina on the Oswegatchi River downtown. He held the record for a 67 lb, 15 oz Musky he caught out on the sandbar. Except.......it was all a lie. Hartman took mediocre fish and stuffed wet sand down their throats , then once that was down in the fish, he would "mold" the sand so you couldn't tell even by touching it. Truth is, they stripped him of all his records and the last I heard, he was living alone in a room at the YMCA in downtown Chicago, a broken man. So this is hardly a new thing. 25 years ago, I entered a perch derby on Seneca Lake. After I caught the biggest perch of my life, I pulled the boat and went to the weigh in, confident that I had swept the board. I was stunned to see what was in there on the tables. There were perch that were so obviously frozen, caught God only knows when, entered in the contest, several of them larger than mine. I turned and walked out, visions of my childhood coming back to me. Cheaters are going to cheat. I can only imaging there are not too many mirrors in their houses. Here's an article about Hartman. What's old is new again I guess. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1995-07-02-9507020340-story.html Even with all this, Hartman wrote a book that I think is still one of the very best ever on Musky fishing. It's out of print but I was able to buy a copy for my cousin a couple months ago on the internet from some bookstore. It's called "Before I Forget." I'm sure by now, he doesn't get any royalty payments or anything.
  7. The purpose of a "puffball" is to disseminate spores. What we enjoy eating is the fungus in an immature state before it has begun the process of spore formation, which occurs from the center outward. Are they toxic? Possibly, probably not, and nothing like a Deathcap or a Destroying Angel. Probably more likely to give one a nasty GI upset but as you recall correctly, when they do begin to change, they do start to smell pretty unappetizing to say the least and you're not likely to eat it anyway. Fortunately, where there's one, there are bound to be more so if you're looking for them, you just have to sort them out. I usually just cut a wedge into the ball in the field with my knife. You can usually tell the good ones from the ones starting to go. Also, give them a good thump. Good ones sound different and the balls feel "solid" rather than yielding to pressure. I found five today all tolled, only two made it home and none were good enough. Tomorrow is another day!
  8. Sometimes it's easier to catch fishermen than it is to catch fish!
  9. Ha! I just came home from a mushroom foraging trip this morning. We found two Calvatia Gigantea or Giant Puffballs this morning along with a good variety of others including Heracium Americana or Bear's Tooth, Wood Blewits and a real nice specimen of Maitake or Hen of the Woods. Unfortunately, both puffballs today had a bit of yellow in their centers. They were inedible, but where there's one, there are sure to be more. And they do make an interesting alternative to pizza dough. Suggest that after you cut them into steaks, take a rolling pin and roll the steaks out. They cook better, especially with that preparation. Great time of year to be out mushroom hunting.
  10. And by all means, get a micro SD card and download the very latest software upgrade for your SIMRAD. I have an NSS12 EVO2 on my Grady. Recently I purchased the C-Map Great Lakes chart card and found it did not run correctly until after installing the most recent software upgrade. That made a huge difference overall in the performance of the unit. And that C-Map card is a real winner. Definitely give that a look.
  11. Grady95

    Dead bass

    Saw a bunch of them headed out of town this morning along Rt 37. Saw some out fishing near Blind Bay and Chippewa yesterday. Heading out tonight to fish. I'll let you know if they're gone. They're worse than mosquitos. At least with mosquitos I can put on some bug spray.
  12. I know someone who was fined several years ago fishing two rods in Ontario Provincial waters near Gananoque. Apparently from his account, they were quite unsympathetic to his pleas for leniency.
  13. Bon Appetite! Those look delicious. (even upside down!!)
  14. Go to Roy's. Decent launch, they have gas, bait and tackle as well and yes, they might just tip their hand if you ask nice about where to go and what to do. Kept a boat there for years. Glass Factory Bay right around the corner. Belhurst hole almost within sight, you're in prime water there.
  15. Mariners have a pet nickname for this boat. They call her "Cinnamon Bun!"
  16. Picked up fish each day Thursday, Friday and Saturday bottom bouncing in some fast current. At about 7:15 AM, on Friday, the glitterboys came flying by at 60+ MPH going from Waddington to probably fish all the way down in the lake. Apparently it's necessary to burn through tankfuls of fuel to catch real fish like real fishermen. Don't even get me started........ Friday afternoon, we could see the trucks with boats on trailers of the ones who didn't make the cut heading out of town. On Saturday morning, here they came again flying past our boat within just yards at 60+. Wonder if these guys even know we routinely throw back smallmouths they would probably win with, fishing within a few miles of where they launch? Anyway, had one interesting thing happen. Brought in a nice 23" fish yesterday morning that had clearly been attacked by something with big teeth. Looked like something came up from underneath and locked onto this guy, leaving fresh rake marks on both of his body toward the tail end of the fish. Makes you wonder what's down there sometimes looking a your presentations. Only one thing in that river I know of that would do this. You can probably guess where I'll be Muskie fishing during the week. BTW: had a nice visit from the CSL Assiniboine early Friday morning. At 730' long and 78' breadth, she's a touch bigger even than The Edmund Fitzgerald! Nice way to start the day. Probably if not the biggest, that one of the biggest ships to sail The River. The size is a function of the lock system. A 730' long boat is the biggest thing that will pass through the locks.
  17. First time this season? I would suggest you pay CAREFUL attention to where you are. They have been sucking all the water out of the river for the past couple weeks. They usually don't really start doing that until September, but they're really drawing it down. Last two weeks we watched levels go down by at least 4-6" and it's continuing. Be really careful around shoals. This is the best time of year to own a prop reconditioning company! The fish are there. Just watch your step!
  18. Grady95

    Dead bass

    Lovely........ I'm going to be up around Galop and Cardinal all weekend. Can't wait for those nice shiny glitterboats to come flying by all damn day.
  19. Grady95

    Dead bass

    Thank God they're not in Waddington again this year. The majority of the bass that got weighed in the past couple times were caught all the way down past Henderson Harbor and out into the lake. All that expended fuel, all those dead fish and for what? Last time they were in Waddington, they trashed the place, left many dead and dying fish floating around the docks. Hopefully they aren't going to be back up here for a while. Not a fan.
  20. Ouch! Tough luck. Happened to us. Our homeowners covered having ServePro come in after we got everything pumped out and bring in these huge dehumidifiers to help dry the place out so it would not wind up smelling. Actually worked out pretty well. Best of luck with it.
  21. Obviously the fish don't seem to know whether you have the grip or not!
  22. Hey Kevin,


    It's Bob DuPre from The 'Burg.  Where are you located?  We're over at Preston Carslisle's place on Morristown Bay.  I've been most of the time down at Blind Bay but we have our family reunion at Jacques Cartier this afternoon so I moved up here to be a little closer.


    I see your posts al the time.  Where are you?  I'm going to stay up here for a few days and work the shoals in front of Cartier, and then work the Brockville Narrows.  Probably be back over to Blind Bay after things here settle in a little.


    If you have time, maybe we could go have a beer or a cup of coffee and talk fishing.



  23. Well done! Dropped one, picked up one nice one and again, caught a ridiculously huge smallmouth trolling. To end the night, trolled across a shoal, took no hits so reeled everything in to move. There on one of the plugs was a rock bass, no more that 4" long, hooked right in the mouth. The plug was bigger than he was. Never know out here. Beautiful night to be on the water.
  24. Honestly, if I were you, I would take everything I knew about trolling on lake O, put it in a box under the bed and leave it there! There are virtually no similarities between that and walleye fishing on The St Lawrence. I have a big rig too, a well appointed Grady White with all the toys. It's almost useless up here for walleye. I don't even use it. This is about knowing the behavior of the fish and adjusting your techniques to get their attention. I'll be trolling tonight for example. I'll be running in 18-22' but making repeated passes over little humps and shoals that are where these fish come up to from the deep to feed No way are you going to be able to do this with a downrigger or a planer board. Maybe you could adapt using a couple colors of leadcore, but I wouldn't even bother. You would learn SO much from going out even just once with a real St Lawrence River walleye guide. Full disclosure: I am NOT a guide! Not looking to drum up business I promise you. I've tried all day to come up with an answer for you . Other than there is water, tackle and boats, there are no comparisons. This is just totally different. If I could suggest anything, it would be to leave the downriggers off. I can't imaging how long it would take before one snags and snaps your transom off. As you say, "like I do on lake O." This river is very different.
  25. Will probably release any more of these zeppelin size bass. Don't mind the 14" - 17" size, they make decent table fare. Picked up a few more eyes tonight and thank God, no mosquitos. Something hit me right when I ran up my favorite little hump. I think it was maybe a huge walleye but this one could have been a musky. Where I fish, they have always been there. Jimmy Evans used to take his guided trips to this place back when we were kids. Also happens to be a premier general purpose fishery! (as is most of this river) Anyway, he just stayed behind the boat and fought. Could not gain much ground on him so I was trying to be real careful about not losing patience and horsing him in. I usually run about 125-130' out so he was out there a ways. My lines don't ever break on walleyes. After about three minutes, this thing took a big head shake and snap, my line got very easy to reel in. If it was a walleye, I want that plug back! It was the most productive lure I had. Something tells me this was no walleye though. Not this one. Would have been the first musky of the season. He's still out there and I'm not leaving just yet...........
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