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  1. Copy and Paste from Spoonpullers. Toronto Hydro chartered Captain Wayne Andrew’s 52-foot fishing yacht, The Last One III, for the day on Thursday, but not to troll for salmon. Instead they loaded the craft with two dozen journalists at the foot of Spadina Avenue and Capt. Andrew set a course east, steaming for two hours through the choppy teal-blue waters of Lake Ontario to a spot about a kilometre off the foot of Markham Road. Here three white steel poles jut out of the lake to the height of about three storeys. On the polls is a platform, and on top of each poll is a small wind turbine capable of producing one kilowatt of electricity. Two of the three turbines spun merrily in the noon breeze yesterday. This $1-million Toronto Hydro Anemometer Station, erected to measure wind speed, went into service last week. It looks innocuous enough, but the city-owned utility has bigger plans. Toronto Hydro has leased from the province a 25-kilometre long, two-kilometre wide swath of the lake bed, stretching from the Leslie Street spit east to Ajax. For two years, the little cups spinning on the platform here will measure the wind. If the wind is favourable, Toronto Hydro wants to erect a wall of about 70 wind turbines in the lake here, about two to four kilometres off the shore, at 500-metre intervals. Each mammoth turbine would produce about five times the power of Toronto Hydro’s lone existing turbine at Exhibition Place. The project, costing perhaps $700-million, will produce enough power to supply a city the size of Guelph. “There is a lot of work to be done,†says Joyce McLean, Toronto Hydro’s director of strategic issues. “We’re talking four or five years before we’d see any wind turbines here.†She notes that the utility is already generating a little power with its three small turbines here, to power the equipment that feeds monitoring information back to the utility. “I’ve been out here three times and it’s been windy enough every single day, that I wish I brought a hat.†Wind is not lacking. But support for this project may be harder to locate. Ms. McLean confesses that, “We have some very vocal opponents, and we were surprised at the velocity of their opposition.†Chris Tyrrell, chief conservation officer at Toronto Hydro, adds that, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. “I visited Denmark and I saw 5,100 wind turbines in a country no bigger than Manitoulin Island,†he said. “They were onshore, offshore, it was amazing: people living right beside them.†But here at home, opposition is crystallizing. John Laforet is a candidate for city council in Ward 43, Scarborough East, on a platform of tilting at the windmills. He writes on his web site, savethebluffs.ca, that, “There is not a single offshore wind plant in the world installed this close to a large residential community. In fact, the closest setback for any offshore wind plant worldwide is 7.5 km, while most are greater than 20 km offshore.†A colour computer monitor on the bridge of the Last One III displays results from a depth sounder on the yacht’s hull, explaining why, in this case, such setbacks are impractical. Lake Ontario is only about 12 metres deep along a shelf that runs to about 4 km off the shore here. When we veer southeast, off the shelf, the lake is suddenly 60 metres deep; erecting a turbine platform in that depth of water is unaffordable, the utility says. I asked Ms. McLean what she thinks of the pledge by Rocco Rossi, the mayoral candidate, to sell Toronto Hydro and use the proceeds to build subways. She opposes Rossi’s platform, because she believes a privatized Toronto Hydro would ditch its renewable energy plans and abandon efforts to serve “the greater good.†But there is another way to look at all this: even if we get the turbines by 2015, it will have taken Toronto Hydro fully 13 years between its first turbine, at the Ex, and its next wind project. If wind power makes sense, a privatized utility would perhaps be able to turn this around a little more quickly. http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/06/11 ... nto-hydro/ http://www.savethebluffs.ca/
  2. Guys, I had the pleasure of using a proto-type of the new Big Jon HDR in 2009. To say this rod holder is a home run is an understatement!! The ratchet system works flawlessly and does not get loose or sloppy over time. Also the challenge of removing the rod from the tube while it's being violated by a big King is all but gone now with the ability of simply lifting the rod into the vertical position and removing it. Regarding a picture there is absolutely ZERO difference in appearance from the standard Heavy Duty rod holder. Love it, great rod holder.
  3. Dick, I have no clue if guys are running these in the early spring. I didn't start using them until mid 2009. I will say this though if the Kings are on a cut-bait bite than yes these will get bit also.
  4. I was running # 1, # 3 & # 7. I only used the regular size but a couple of friends of mine were doing well on the magnum's also.
  5. I have ran the Rockets with great success. Last summer during early July I had been getting bit steady on my cut-bait rod, 11" DW Paddle/Rhys Davis bait head and Rhys Davis cut-bait. I now had 3 days of 8 hour charters ahead of me and really didn't want to keep using up my cut-bait inventory so I turned to the Rockets with the hopes they would still get "some" early morning aggressive fish. I was completely shocked at just how good this bait really was. That first time running one during that 8 hour charter it took at least 9-12 mature kings that day and was used for the following two days with the same good results. Also of interest that same first Rocket has taken 30 or more Chinooks and only has one small tear in it and is still very fish-able. I was very skeptical about running a piece rubber fake cut-bait but now realize they truly are a great alternative or replacement to cut-bait. I guess when you think about it, we catch fish on tinsel, we catch fish on steel, so why not rubber. Hope that helps, Dave BTW: I have never ran the Baitrix so i am not able to comment on it.
  6. Sounds like it has been very well thought out. Would love to see a scale or two on this side of the pond..... we'd like to play also!!
  7. Kevin, That was a great time and a lot of fun!! Thanks to everyone involved that made it happen. Great tournament and a great venue thanks!! Dave
  8. You should be able to click on the picture and zoom in. Let me know if that doesn't work.
  9. Yes that would be there web site, which displays the 2008 and previous years product.
  10. #70944 Gator is going to be a Killer!!!
  11. Thanks for the advice Iceman, the MSRP is $3250 canadian plus 13%. SOLD!
  12. Currently taking offers....we where thinking $2800. The MSRP plus our Canadian taxes @ 13% put's it at the $3700 range. Dave
  13. Brand New, still in the box, won in the 2008 Salmon Masters Derby. 2009 Yamaha 9.9hp, 4 stroke, Electric Start, high output alternator, long shaft, tiller, complete ready to go. Motor has been PDI'd by Yamaha Canada and is ready to go. Can make arrangements for delivery. See link: for specs and MSRP. http://www.yamaha-motor.ca/products/pro ... contentTop Picture of tiller model: http://www.yamaha-motor.ca/display.php? ... 1&group=O& Will sell to best offer. PM or e-mail offers please. Thanks Dave
  14. $500 A Day Derby Link. http://www.salmonmastersderby.com/index.php You guys on the south shore should contact Andy at the Salmon Master head quarters and express your interest, if enough of you let him know you want to be able to participate you never know maybe it'll come to the south shore. Actually he'd probably sell twice as many tickets on the south shore........ Dave
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