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sdcaller
Posted: Jul 23, 2021 - 07:56 pm


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Sunny warm and mostly a dead calm day.

What a difference a week makes. Last Friday at 8:15 am, I was the 4th trailer in the parking lot. Today at 6:45am, I was the the 19th trailer in the parking lot.

I was by myself and by the time I got rigged up and out there with a line down it was 7:30.

Boatswere widely scattered, but most to the South. I usually go where others aren't, so I worked my way North, running in 90 to 110fow. Headed for a waypoint I have off Craigleith and didn't mark much until I got in that vicinity . I was running a Freedom Herring Cut Bait down about 80ft and about 80ft behind the ball.

Had a small laker of about 3lbs hit and I got it to the boat and it got off as I was trying to net it.

Switched to one of my other FHCB's, running behind an Agitator flasher and I landed a 4lb laker which I kept.

Marked a few fish and as it was dead calm I tried jigging a heavy spoon, but no lookers or takers, so after about 10 minutes and that was it.

Decided to head back South and put on one of my favorite Luhr Jensen Shoehorn spoons, Wonder Bread pattern . Noticed a concentration of gulls on the water and they seemed to be feeding on something. When I got in the area, I was in 100fow and there was a good concentration of scattered bait all the way from the surface to 70fow. Marked some fish and decided to stay in the area doing large circles and figure 8's, running the Shoehorn at 80ft and 50ft behind the ball. Had a good hit and landed a laker around 5lbs and I released it.

Kept working the area and a couple more hits, but nothing there when I grabbed the rod.

Still stayed in the area and then my friend Phil who I normally fish with phoned to see how it was going. He wasn't able to go today due to a Chiropractic app't. As we are talking, the rod fires and does it ever fire!

Jump up, shut the phone down and grab the rod. A couple of good hook sets and the reel starts screeching as a fish makes a run for the far distant East shore of the bay. She stopped with 358ft of line out according the line counter on the reel. Took me about 10 minutes to get the Salmon to the boat and into the net. 11.5 lbs, what a fun fight with many strong runs. WB Shoehorn comes through again.

Continued to work the area using the same lure and depths etc and had two more good hits, but gone by the time I grabbed the rod.

While all this was happening, there wasn't another boat within 3 miles of me.

Called it a day at 1:30.

That's the 3rd time to C'wood this year and I don't seem to have any problem catching lakers. Each day, I have had my limit or more and needed to release fish. They are a nice size, in that 3 to 5 lb range.

Pic of salmon and Shoehorn.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021 - 07:59 pm


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Laker that I released. Kept him in the net all the time and once I removed the lure and flipped the net over it swam off lazily heading back to the depths.

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021 - 08:01 pm


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Laker I kept, with Agitator and FHCB

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021 - 09:27 pm


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Good for you Ralf way to go your a trooper nice report

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Posted: Jul 23, 2021 - 09:27 pm


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Nice salmon SD, keep at it. I am at Meaford in a trailer park right on the west shore line below the tank range. Fishing has been so, so.

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Posted: Jul 24, 2021 - 08:25 am


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Beauty Salmon

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Posted: Jul 24, 2021 - 09:51 am


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Great report Ralph. love the detail


really nice salmon to boot

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Posted: Jul 24, 2021 - 10:18 am


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Terrific report and pics, glad you enjoyed your day. 👍

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Posted: Jul 24, 2021 - 08:04 pm


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Great report SD. Thanks for sharing
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Posted: Jul 25, 2021 - 06:14 am


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Wow! What a day..

Doing real well out there this year!

Well done, nice catch

Thanks for the report.. Enjoyable read

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Posted: Jul 25, 2021 - 07:17 am


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Just heating up the Bradley.

First batch of "Indian Candy" for 2021 will soon be underway.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2021 - 08:55 am


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Beautiful fish! I'm certainly planning to get over to GB soon and go for some big game. I'd be coming from Barrie and I have a 23-foot boat. Any suggestions on the best launch over there?

I don't mind paying for a launch as long as it's not busy and not going to chew up my boat.

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Posted: Jul 25, 2021 - 10:26 am


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QUOTE (reelinginthebigone @ Jul 25, 2021 - 08:55 am)
Beautiful fish! I'm certainly planning to get over to GB soon and go for some big game. I'd be coming from Barrie and I have a 23-foot boat. Any suggestions on the best launch over there?

I don't mind paying for a launch as long as it's not busy and not going to chew up my boat.

Collingwood Harbour. Great launch--room to launch 4 boats at a time. Fee is $8.00

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Posted: Jul 25, 2021 - 11:06 am


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nice day on the water Ralph. That the exact lure I'm getting walleye on out of Erieau.

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Posted: Jul 26, 2021 - 11:46 am


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Great report Ralph! I didn't manage to get out this weekend as I was building a fence my wife very much wants done but there's plenty of time to catch fish left this season!

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